Strath Haven vs Penncrest PIAA D1 5A Quarter-final 2020

Tomlin’s defense locks up Haven’s Edwards and states berth for Penncrest


Penncrest guard Marquis Tomlin, splitting a pair of Lower Merion defenders in their Central League playoff game two weeks ago, scored 16 points and put the clamps on Strath Haven’s Luke Edwards defensively in a 43-34 win in the District 1 Class 5A quarterfinals Saturday night. MEDIANEWS GROUP FILE PHOTO

By Matthew DeGeorge

On any given night, Marquis Tomlin can occupy any number of roles in the Penncrest backcourt. Some nights, it’s as the shutdown defender. Others, he’s directing the offense at the point. Sometimes, he’s playing off the ball, ready to knock down shots.

Saturday night, with point guard Saahir Lee out injured and Aidan Carroll sitting with early foul trouble, it wasn’t an either/or situation. Tomlin would have to do all three.

And did he ever.

Tomlin led all scorers with 16 points, but his lock-down defense on Strath Haven’s Luke Edwards made the difference in a 43-34 win for the third-seeded Lions in the District 1 Class 5A quarterfinals.

Aiden Carroll being interviewed by Dave Burman after Penncreat defeated Strath Haven in last night’s PIAA D1-5A quarter-final. Photo by: Delcohoops/Mike Mayer

The victory sends Penncrest (21-6) to its fourth straight state tournament and fifth in six seasons. The Lions take on No. 10 Penn Wood, which upended No. 2 Holy Ghost Prep, 69-59, in Wednesday’s semifinal, at 6 p.m. at Norristown High School.

Sixth-seeded Strath Haven (16-9) will make states if it wins at Holy Ghost Wednesday in playbacks.

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