Pa. Boys: Lower Merion gets revenge with win over Upper Darby

Posted: February 23, 2011

The Upper Darby boys' basketball team got the best of Lower Merion during the regular season, but the Aces won when it counted most.

Raheem Hall collected 22 points and Darius Hall struck for eight of his 12 points down the stretch as Lower Merion topped the host Royals, 73-66, in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA second-round playoff game.

The Aces (17-7), seeded 13th, lost to No. 4 seed and Central League champion Upper Darby (22-2) twice during the regular season.

But Lower Merion clinched a spot in the Class AAAA state playoffs, and the Royals must battle it out with seven other teams for one remaining spot.

Aaron Webb scored 15 of his 33 points in the final quarter and helped No. 7 seed Norristown come from behind to beat visiting No. 10 seed Coatesville, 67-62, to clinch a state berth.

No. 2 seed Council Rock North got 25 points from Aaron Morgan and defeated visiting No. 15 seed Wissahickon, 50-44, to earn a trip to the state tournament.

No. 3 seed Plymouth Whitemarsh held visiting No. 14 Pennridge scoreless for 18 minutes, 45 seconds from the second quarter into the fourth quarter and eased past the Rams, 50-27, earning a trip to states.

Sam Pygatt paced the Colonials with 17 points.

Top seed Chester got 16 points from Maurice Nelson and ripped visiting No. 17 Springfield (Delaware County), 72-48, to punch its ticket to states.

No. 5 seed Neshaminy parlayed 19 points from Ryan Arcidiacono into a 60-36 win over visiting No. 12 seed Glen Mills and will go to states.

Class A. Jordan Sbraccia scored the 1,000th point of his career and boosted No. 6 seed Delco Christian past visiting No. 11 seed Christopher Dock, 52-34, in a first-round game.

Sbraccia scored 23 points and reached the milestone in the second quarter. He finished the game with 1,008 career points.

No. 8 seed Morrisville held on in the final quarter and edged visiting No. 9 seed Calvary Christian, 56-53.

Kris Shaw scored 18 points for the Bulldogs.

David Hunsberger picked up 10 of his 15 points in the first half and led visiting No. 10 seed Calvary Baptist past No. 7 seed Jenkintown, 34-29.

Jose Figueroa came through with 25 points as No. 5 seed Plumstead Christian dumped visiting No. 12 seed Friends Select, 65-55.

Tri-County. Bruce Brittingham poured in 29 points and Eric Fanning added 25 points as Perkiomen School downed visiting Del-Val Friends, 66-51, in a semifinal.

In the other semifinal, top seed Phelps opened the second half with a 28-10 scoring run and trounced visiting Collegium Charter, 71-31.

Isaiah Gans paced the Lions with 15 points and 17 rebounds.

Phelps will play Perkiomen for the title at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hill School. It is the third consecutive year the Lions and the Indians will meet for the title. Phelps won both previous title encounters and beat Perkiomen twice during the regular season.

Tri-State Christian. Mike Evans scored 18 points as Christian Academy beat Pilgrim Academy (N.J.), 57-45, in a quarterfinal playoff game.

Postponement. The Public League semifinal doubleheader at Southern was postponed until Wednesday.

Constitution will meet Math, Civics & Science at 5 p.m. Imhotep Charter will play Philadelphia Electrical at 7 p.m. In a District 12 Class AA fourth-place game, Communications Tech will host Prep Charter at 4 p.m.


Contact Joe Fite at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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