"I didn't take much time off after football," the 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior said. "I wanted to get back into basketball as soon as I could."
Conran and the Cardinals, seeking to win their tournament for the first time, will play Conestoga, which earlier defeated Germantown Academy by 53-44 in overtime, for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Against the Knights, who shot 3 for 28 from three-point territory, the hosts were without starter Simeon Fryer. The 6-4 sophomore forward is sidelined with a concussion suffered in practice.
"We just had to pick up the pieces," said Conran, who said he planned to visit Ursinus on Saturday. "Everybody had to do their part."
Conran was joined in double-figure scoring by 6-5 forward Zach Greenberg (15 points) and guard Kevin Woods (12).
In the first quarter, with the aid of Greenberg's fastbreak layup and Conran's inside bucket, Upper Dublin jumped out to an 11-0 advantage.
Late in the second stanza, after Conran gathered an up-for-grabs ball and scored, the Cardinals were comfortably in front, 27-10. North Penn was 1 for 16 from beyond the arc before intermission.
"We did our best to get out on their shooters," Conran said. "And then, after the shot, we focused on closing out and getting the rebound."
Upper Dublin is looking to improve on last season's 8-14 mark.
"If we stay healthy and play as a team, we can be very competitive in the American Conference," Adelman said.
North Penn 5 9 11 14 – 39
Upper Dublin 13 16 13 17 – 59
NP: Cordell Lord 2, Aaron Dean 4, Jason Jones 9, Noah Melchior 6, Brian Coleman 3, Suleyman Hakim 4, Jim Lim 4, Joseph Richards 5, Kevin Shue 2.
UD: Matt Thompson 6, Kevin Woods 12, Zach Greenberg 13, Ryan Stover 5, Marc Conran 14, John Barrett 5, Eddie Weiss 2, Ben Abel 2.