Upper Moreland boys move on as Kohn scores 28

Upper Moreland's Matt Kohn, guarded by Octorara's Lee Wilson, scored 28 points in the win.
Upper Moreland's Matt Kohn, guarded by Octorara's Lee Wilson, scored 28 points in the win. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff)
Posted: February 28, 2013

Upper Moreland's Matt Kohn has wavered a bit about pursuing basketball or baseball as his primary sport in college.

"I think it's going to be basketball," the senior guard said. "There's more energy, movement, and excitement. Baseball is more of a lazy man's sport."

Kohn was anything but slow-moving in Wednesday night's PIAA District 1 Class AAA semifinal vs. Octorara. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound whirlwind registered 28 points in leading the Golden Bears to a 60-55 triumph at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

"He was a man possessed tonight," Upper Moreland coach Brian Corrado said. "You could see it in his eyes."

Kohn, a third-year starter, fell just short of his career high for points. Late in the regular season, he totaled 30 in a 75-59 win over Suburban One League American Conference rival Springfield (Montco).

With six points in the first quarter and 11 in the second, Kohn was the catalyst behind his team's 30-23 advantage.

"He's just one of those kids who doesn't come along too often," Corrado said.

Upper Moreland (13-11), the No. 4 seed, will face No. 3 Pope John Paul II, a 48-42 semifinal winner over Glen Mills, for the championship at 8 p.m. Saturday at Villanova.

Against No. 8 Octorara, which had upset defending champ and top seed Holy Ghost Prep in the quarterfinals, 6-5 junior forward Kevin McFall (15 points) and sophomore guard James Martin (nine points) aided the cause.

"We made it to the district semifinals last year, so we do have some experience," Kohn said. "Nerves weren't an issue for us."

Senior guard Mauriece Bowers spurred the Braves (8-16) with 19 points, including five three-pointers. "We ran a couple of different guys at him," Corrado said. "To his credit, he nailed some long-range shots."

Upper Moreland, which went 13 for 21 from the line, clinched its first berth in the state tournament since 2006.

Octorara 12 11 14 18 – 55

Upper Moreland 14 16 12 18 – 60

O: Devante White 9, Mauriece Bowers 19, Anthony DiNorscia 8, Tarojae Brake 15, Lee Wilson 2, Zack Cornell 2.

UM: Matt Kohn 28, Tommy Robinson 4, Kevin McFall 15, James Martin 9, Chris Corr 4.

Contact Rick O'Brien at robrien@phillynews.com, or @ozoneinq on Twitter.

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