Norwood is a spark plug for Penncrest boys’ hoops


By Rick O’Brien

Penncrest, with an undersize but gritty lineup, is bidding to make its ninth consecutive appearance in the PIAA District 1 boys’ basketball playoffs.

Odds are that the Lions will achieve that goal as they were 12-2 overall and 8-0 in the Central League entering Wednesday night’s contest against Marple Newtown.

Mike Doyle’s squad was riding a 12-game winning streak entering its contest against the Tigers. It opened the season with taut nonleague losses against Phoenixville and Academy Park.

“The kids have done a nice job of buying into our offensive style,” Doyle said. “We do a lot of off-the-ball screening to get good looks at the basket.”

Junior point guard Tyler Norwood is shooting 53 percent from the field while averaging 24.5 points per game.

“He has an unbelievable shooting stroke. He keeps the ball on a string, and he’s a great finisher,” Doyle said.

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