Check out the results for SOL boys basketball teams in action on Thursday.
TRUMAN 58, FRANKFORD 50
Senior Merdic Green had a monster game, posting a double-double with 28 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five steals and four assists as Truman claimed a victory in the opening round of the Wissahickon Holiday Tournament. The Tigers held a narrow 11-10 lead after one quarter and saw that lead erased as they went into halftime staring at a 25-23 deficit. The Tigers rallied in the third quarter, outscoring Frankford 19-13 to take a four-point lead and increased that lead to eight by the final horn. Marcus Palmer also made important contributions for the Tigers, scoring 12 points and pulling down six rebounds while Abdul Olatunboson grabbed seven rebounds and added five points. Truman (5-3) will face Lansdale Catholic in Friday’s title game.
CENTRAL BUCKS WEST 44, WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 42 (OT)
Jared Kelly buried a baseline jumper at the buzzer to propel the Bucks to the dramatic win in overtime on Thursday at the Boardwalk Classic in Wildwood. Kelly led a balanced West attack with 12 points while Cal Reichwein and Patrick Kelley each scored eight points. The Bucks (3-4) will take on Middle Township in Friday’s title game.
NORRISTOWN 34, POPE JOHN PAUL 31
There are slow starts and then there are slow starts.
Both teams got off to decidedly slow starts in Thursday’s opener of the Triangle Club Tournament as the Eagles scored just two points in the first quarter but still held a 2-0 lead. Things picked up considerably in the second quarter, and the Eagles took a 16-12 lead into halftime. At the end of three quarter, the Eagles led 26-19 but then withstood a late charge to earn the win.
Josh Johnson led a balanced Eagles’ attack with 11 points while Luke Kelley added eighth and Jahbri Hargrove had six points. The Eagles (6-1) were 0-for-8 from beyond the arc and connected on just 2-for-13 from the foul line. Norristown will face Central Dauphin in Friday’s title game.
WEST CHESTER HENDERSON 50, COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH 34
The Golden Hawks couldn’t recover from a 24-13 halftime deficit when they faced the Warriors in the opening round of the Penncrest Holiday Tournament. The Hawks rallied in the third quarter and outscored the Warriors 13-12 but never could make up the ground they lost. Christian Crane led the Hawks’ offense with 15 points, followed by Mike Stuski with 9 points. The Hawks (2-4) will face Sun Valley in Friday’s consolation game.
UPPER DUBLIN 70, PHIL-MONT CHRISTIAN 47
The Flying Cardinals (2-4) topped the Falcons in the opening round of their Cardinal Classic on Thursday after a strong second half showing, which included a 28-point third quarter. Andrew Carber led the Cards’ scoring with 21 points. Simeon Fryer chipped in 11 points while Curt Groff, Zach Greenberg and Kevin Woods each added eight points, and Malcolm Berry rounded out the scoring with seven points. The Cards advance to the title game on Friday at 5 p.m. when they will face Conestoga, a 56-53 winner over Penn Charter in the opening round.
BENSALEM 63, ACADEMY PARK 58
The Owls recovered from a 22-17 first quarter deficit at the Steve Juenger Christmas Tournament to trim Academy Park’s lead to 36-35 at the half. The Owls held a narrow 49-48 lead after three quarters, and Leo Vincent helped clinch the victory in the final frame, connecting on 8-of-8 at the free throw line on his way to scoring a game-high 23 points. Donnie Reed (12 points) and Deion Jones (11 points) also sparked the offense in the come-from-behind victory. The Owls (5-2) advance to Saturday’s championship game at 3 pm against host Haverford High.
UPPER MERION 64, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 48
The Vikings cruised past the Cougars in the opening round of the Lower Moreland Holiday Tournament. The Vikings were led offensively by Justin Lewis with 21 points. Lewis has scored more than twenty points in each of Upper Merion’s last five games. Connor McGrath chipped in with 16 points, and Danny Kubler added ten points in the victory. Upper Merion upped its overall record to 3-4 and advanced to the championship game where the Vikings will face Morrisville on Friday at 5 pm.
UPPER MORELAND 64, AVON GROVE 44
The Golden Bears defeated the Red Devils in Thursday’s opening round of the Great Valley Christmas Classic after digging their way out of a 26-23 first half deficit. The Bears had a third quarter explosion, outscoring the Devils 20-8 to take the lead going into the final frame. The Bears put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, closing out the game with a 21-10 burst. Matt Kohn was the standout for the Bears, leading all scorers with 20 points, followed by Kevin McFall who added 16 and Martin who chipped in with 10. Upper Moreland (4-3) will face Great Valley in Friday’s title game.
CHESTER 74, ABINGTON 38
The Ghosts trailed by just three after one quarter (12-9) but then watched the game slip away as the Clippers used a 23-6 second quarter explosion to go into halftime with a 35-15 lead. The powerhouse Clippers continued their scoring barrage with a 22-9 third quarter before edging Abington 17-14 in the final frame to hand the Ghosts their first loss of the season. Abington was led by the 11-point efforts of Jordan Simmons and Anthony Durham in the Thursday’s game in the 8th Annual Pete and Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic at Widener. The Ghosts (7-1) face Atlantic City on Friday.
SPRINGFIELD (M) 49, PLUMSTEAD CHRISTIAN 29
The Spartans eased past the Panthers in the opening round of the Dock Holiday Tournament on Thursday. Billy Dahm was the top-scorer in the victory with 12 points. The Spartans (3-5) will face Christopher Dock, which recovered from a 15-point deficit to defeat Upper Perk in a dramatic semi-final match-up. The title game will be Friday at 7:30 pm.
PENNRIDGE 50, GOVERNOR MIFFLIN 47
The Mustangs jumped out to an early 18-11 lead over the Rams in the first quarter, but the Rams knotted the score 27-27 at the half in the opening round game of the Boyertown Bears Holiday Classic on Thursday. The Rams outscored the Mustangs 13-12 in the third quarter to go on top 40-39. In the final frame, Pat McClatchy hit a layup with 25 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game and sealed the deal for the Rams. Zach Murreda (16 points) and Jeff Garner (13 points) each buried three treys in the victory to pace the Rams’ offense. Pennridge evened its overall record to 4-4 heading into Friday’s championship game against Boyertown at 7:30pm.
HATBORO HORSHAM 60, PLEASANT VALLEY 34
The Hatters topped the Bears at the Hazleton Cougar Holiday Classic to advance to Friday’s title game. Three Hatters cracked double figures in the victory: Zach Quattro (21 points), Mike Brown (16 points) and Ryan Kelly (12 points). The Hatters, who boast a five-game winning streak, upped their record to 7-1. They will face Hazleton at 7:30 pm in the championship game.
CONSTITUTION 54, WILLIAM TENNENT 45
The Panthers fell to the Generals on Thursday in the 8th Annual Pete and Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic at Widener. Tennent (2-5) will face T.C Williams (VA) on Friday at 3:45pm.
LANSDALE CATHOLIC 64, WISSAHICKON 61 (OT)
The Trojans jumped out to a 22-14 lead after one quarter in Thursday’s Wissahickon Trojan Classic and upped that lead to 38-27 at the half. However, the third quarter proved to be troublesome for the Trojans as they scored only one point and saw their lead trimmed to 39-36. The Crusaders knotted the game 47-47 to send it into overtime.
Chris Vila recorded the game-high 25 points for the Trojans while Gordon Bentley (14 points) and Chris Carradorini (11 points) also chipped in double-digit efforts. Wissahickon (4-3) will face Frankford in Friday’s consolation game at 2:30 p.m.
ST JOSEPH’S PREP 91, PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH 68
The Colonials could not keep up with the high-scoring Hawks - who boast a five-game winning streak – when the two teams squared off against each other on Thursday at the Kobe Bryant Classic at Lower Merion. The Hawks staked out a commanding 44-33 lead at the half and upped that lead to 71-45 by the end of the third quarter, putting the game out of reach for the Colonials. Anthony McKie led the offense for PW with 25 points, followed by Michael Reddick (13 points) and Andre Mitchell (9 points).
CENTRAL DAUPHIN 61, SOUDERTON 60
The Indians held the lead over the Rams entering the final frame but were outscored 17-13 in the fourth quarter to close out the tightly contested first round game of the Norristown Triangle Tournament. The Indians (4-3) will face Pope John Paul in Friday’s consolation game at 6:30 pm.