Three GA standouts - Julian Moore (now at Penn State), Greg Dotson (Morehead State), and Nick Lindner (Lafayette) - graduated. Lindgren and Guers were the only returnees with real experience.
"As soon as those guys were gone, we heard, 'GA is down. It's going to be a long year for them,' " Patriots coach Jim Fenerty said. "I think Sam and Tim took it to heart. I think they got tired of hearing how bad we were going to be."
Lindgren, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound swingman, led the way against the Quakers with 18 points, including two first-half three-pointers, and five rebounds.
"Tim and I have tried to be leaders," Lindgren said. "Setting a good example, with the number of young guys we have, is important."
The 6-3, 180-pound Guers, a wing guard, totaled 11 points, five boards, four assists, and two blocked shots. He defended Sean O'Brien, the Quakers' catalyst, most of the way. The Colgate signee finished with 22 points but was held to eight in the first half.
Guers and O'Brien trained together last summer at GA with former Patriots and Villanova star Alvin Williams.
"I had a good idea about the moves he likes to make," Guers said. "A big thing was me matching his energy."
With a 10-2 spurt late in the second quarter, GA led, 28-20, at the break.
Penn Charter battled back and cut the gap to 41-39 on Patrick McCain's floater early in the fourth. The comeback ended there, as GA went 13 for 16 from the line over the last seven minutes.
For the Quakers (5-6, 0-2), O'Brien (seven boards, two assists, two steals) was supported by Demetrius Isaac (13 points) and sixth man Anthony Campanile (seven rebounds, three assists).
Germantown Acad. 15 13 13 16 – 57
Penn Charter 14 6 17 15 – 52
GA: Devon Goodman 12, Kyle McCloskey 10, Evan-Eric Longino 6, Tim Guers 11, Sam Lindgren 18.
PC: Sean O'Brien 22, Alex Schwarz 5, Micah Holloway 2, Demetrius Isaac 13, Malcolm Elashari-Rashed 2, Anthony Campanile 4, Julian Johnson 2, Patrick McCain 2.