By Matt De George
It took Derik Harrison until Academy Park’s fourth game of the season to get a chance to shine.
Wednesday, he made a convincing case for more minutes.
Harrison scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as Academy Park roared back to top Pope John Paul II, 58-49, in the Steve Juenger Tournament at Haverford High School.
Shermik Lofton added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Nick Simmons drained three 3-pointers to tally 10 points for the Knights (2-2), who take on the hosts in Thursday’s title game.
Also at the Juenger Tournament:
Haverford 44, Collegium Charter 32 >> Dan Roe scored a season-high 18 points and Trey Blair added 11 as the Fords (1-6) got their first win of the season with a season-best point total. They advance to the final against Academy Park Thursday.
At the Penncrest Holiday Tournament:
Penncrest 52, Olney Charter 46 >> Tyler Norwood exploded for 38 points, including 15-for-17 from the line, in accounting for 21 of the Lions’ 23 fourth-quarter points.
The win extends Penncrest’s win streak to six games. The Lions (6-2) take on West Chester Henderson, a 63-53 winner over String Theory, in Thursday’s title game at 7:30 p.m.