Boys basketball wrap: Boyertown, Spring-Ford, Pottsgrove reach holiday tournament finals

By DAVE KURTZ

Pac-10sports.com

Boyertown 63, Southern Lehigh 41 – Dylan Pasik hit for 21 points and Scott Dennin chipped in with 19 points and 4 blocked shots Tuesday night to lead the host Bears (4-3 overall) into the championship game of the Boyertown Tournament.

Boyertown, which ran out to a 35-22 halftime lead, will play Gov. Mifflin for the tourney title Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Gov. Mifflin reached the final by upending previously unbeaten Pennridge 70-64 behind the two-man tandem of Javar Colon (26 points) and Chris Jazneck (20).

Spring-Ford 45, Vaux 44 – Darryl Branch hit a free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining as the Rams ended a 3-game losing streak and advanced to the final of the Coatesville Tournament against the host team Red Raiders.

Zameer McDowell filled up the stat sheet with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots for the Rams (5-3 overall), who were led in scoring by Steve Joyce’s 14 points.

Pottsgrove 53, Christopher Dock 28 – The Falcons (3-4 overall) rolled out to a 23-9 halftime lead and never looked back to reach the final of the Walt Katuzny Tournament at Radnor.

Bryce Carter cashed 17 points, including 10 in the third quarter, and Joe Kelly added 10 for Pottsgrove, which faces Radnor for the tourney title Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Radnor 58, Upper Perkiomen 50 – J.D. Ricapito collected 23 points and Chris Auckland added 14 but it wasn’t enough as the winless Indians fell in the first round of the Walt Katuzny Tournament. Upper Perk (0-8) will try to break through Wednesday at 6 against Christopher Dock in the consolation game at Radnor.

Mariana Bracetti 67, Pottstown 59, 2 OTs – Elijah Jackson poured in 28 points, nailing 6 three-pointers in the process, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans slipped back to .500 at 4-4 with a double-overtime loss in the consolation game of the Reading Central Catholic Tournament. Dawon Matthews also hit double figures for Pottstown with 14 points.

Penn Charter 44, Pope John Paul II 40 – The Golden Panthers came up empty in the opening round of the Bishop McDevitt Tournament despite 12 points from Dave Cotellese, 9 from Jeff Evans and 8 from Paul Mills. PJP (4-3 overall) meets Gospel of the Grace Wednesday in the McDevitt consolation game at 1 p.m.

Bishop Shanahan 77, Phoenixville 67, OT – Despite a balanced scoring effort, the Phantoms slipped to 4-3 overall with the overtime loss in the Marple-Newtown Holiday Tournament.

Jake Lynch (23 points), Rasheed Lawson (16), Marcus Howell (13) and Mike Jones (12) all hit double figures for Phoenixville, which faces Delco Christian Wednesday in the consolation game at 6.

Avon Grove 48, Owen J. Roberts 47 – Mark Henry soared for 14 points and 14 rebounds but the Wildcates suffered a heart-breaking loss in the opener of the Great Valley Tournament.

OJR, which erased a double-digit deficit with a 23-13 fourth-quarter run, missed a free throw at the end of regulation that would have tied the game. Other key contributors for the Wildcats (1-7 overall) were Ryan Megay (12 points) and Tyler McGrath (7 points, 12 rebounds). OJR meets Upper Moreland in Wednesday’s consolation game (6 p.m.) at Great Valley.

North Penn 73, Methacton 47 – The Warriors fell behind 35-16 by halftime and never really challenged at the Chris Smith Memorial Holiday Tournament at North Penn. Evan Galloway scored 13 points and Ryan McKee added 11 for Methacton, which fell to 4-4 and will face Abington in the consolation game tonight at 6 at North Penn.