Chester vs Methacton PIAA D1-6A Semi-final playoff game

Methacton’s first district final is one to remember

Chester’s Karell Watkins steals an in-bounds Methacton pass in the first quarter Tuesday night at the Liacouras Center. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

By Matthew DeGeorge

Erik Timko admitted that there were some nerves when he took the court at the Liacouras Center Tuesday night. But somewhere between the tipoff of the District 1 Class 6A semifinal and when he and teammate Brett Eberly chest-bumped after Timko splashed home a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer, he’d loosened up pretty well.

Tuesday was just another game, Methacton would’ve said in the pregame huddle. But no less an authority than dominant senior center Jeff Woodward would admit it wasn’t entirely truthful.

Pete Fuliginiti shares some game impressions with Jeff Woodward on Methacton’s victory over Chester in the D1-6A semi-final game. Photo by: Delcohoops/Mike Mayer

“We made sure we got here and got the experience of being down here so it’s not like we’re just playing a game here,” Woodward said. “Obviously we know our mindset is it’s just another game, but we all know it’s not just another game. It’s got a lot more meaning. It’s a beautiful arena, it’s really, really nice, and I think it’s a great experience.”

The game they put together, the top-seeded Warriors pasting No. 4 Chester, 81-54, in the program’s first District 1 semifinal, was extraordinary. It was also the latest first in a long line of them for a golden generation of Methacton basketball. And it was emblematic of the PIAA system that, despite the many shortcomings of its expansion to six classes, has led to an uptick in once-in-program-history moments like what Methacton shared.

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