Tues. Pa. boys: Neumann-Goretti wins in OT

Posted: March 13, 2013

Neumann-Goretti's quest for a fourth straight state championship survived an early-round scare Tuesday night.

The Saints needed overtime to outlast Scranton Prep, 51-44, in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament.

Down four at the half, Ja'Quan Newton took over in the third. He hit three three-pointers in the period, scoring 13 of his 24 points. Newton also had six rebounds.

Scranton Prep hit two foul shots in the final minute to tie it. The Saints misfired on a shot to win it at the buzzer.

Neumann-Goretti, The Inquirer's third-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania, will play Donegal in the quarterfinals Friday.

Imhotep Charter 57, Susquehanna Township 48 - Brandon Austin scored 18 points at Reading to lead the Panthers into the quarterfinals. Abraham Massaley added 12, and Basil Thompson had 10.

Imhotep will next play Abington Heights, a winner over Philadelphia Electrical, on Friday.

Class A Second Round

Louis Myers' hot hand from beyond the arc sparked Math, Civics & Sciences to a 62-46 win over St. John Neumann at East Pennsboro.

Myers hit five three-pointers en route to 19 pointers. He scored 11 in the second quarter as the Mighty Elephants built an 11-point lead. Britton Lee also scored 19 points and had five assists.

Math, Civics & Sciences, The Inquirer's sixth-ranked team, will play Sankofa Freedom in Friday's quarterfinals.

Sankofa Freedom 61, Pius X 56 - Dache Talbert's strong fourth quarter helped the Warriors close out the victory at Harrisburg. Talbert, a senior guard, scored eight of his 17 points in the final period.  

Vaux 76, Sullivan County 41 - Vaux's pressing defense created 19 steals in the win at East Pennsboro. Lester Mattox led the Cougars with 17 points, and Rysheed Jordan and Amir Butler each added 11.

Vaux, ranked fifth by The Inquirer, will play Church Farm in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Church Farm 42, Mahanoy Area 36 - Church Farm held Mahanoy Area without a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Junior guard Joey Shelton hit a shot to put Church Farm ahead. Shelton made several key baskets as Church Farm went on a 19-4 run in the fourth quarter. Mahanoy Area led, 15-3, after the first.

Contact Tim McManus at tmcmanus@philly.com.

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