District boys hoops playoffs: Curtain comes crashing down on Spring-Ford, Methacton and Perk Valley

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Three-and-out.

The Pioneer Athletic Conference’s three entries in the District One Class AAAA boys basketball tournament were all bounced from the field after suffering opening-round losses Friday night.

PAC-10 Liberty Division champion and No. 18 seed Spring-Ford fell 47-43 at No. 15 Wissahickon (see featured story), No. 20 Methacton gave 13th-seeded Lower Merion all it could handle before suffering a season-ending 63-57 defeat and No. 32 Perkiomen Valley was ousted by top-ranked Chester, 70-36.

Lower Merion 63, Methacton 57 – Brendan Casper dropped 18 points and collected 7 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors ended their season at 14-10.

The Aces, who got 16 points from Darius Hall and 12 from Mike Robbins, used a strong fourth quarter to win their eighth straight. Lower Merion emerged from a 39-all tie to get the victory behind a 24-18 run in the final frame, with Hall and Robbins both getting 6 points during that span.

Mike Handley hit double figures with 11 for Methacton.

The Aces draw No. 4 Upper Darby, a 71-37 victory over Kennett, in Tuesday’s second round.

Methacton (57) -:  Ahlberg 2 0-0 6  Dinan 0 0-0 0  Handley 3 0-0 6  Galloway 3 2-4 8
Hart 1 0-0 2  Herber 2 2-2 6  McKee 0 0-0 0 Markle 5 1-2 11  Casper 9 0-0 18 Totals:  25 5-8 57

Lower Merion (63)
-  D. Hall 6 2-4 16  McKenna 1 0-0 2  Robbins 4 4-11 12  Krantz 2
0-0 6  Buchwald 3 0-0 7  Reynolds 2 1-2 5  Green 2 4-8 8  R. Hall 3 1-2 7 Totals
:  23 12-27  63

Methacton:          14    10    15    18    57
Lower Merion:      17      9      13    24    63

3-point goals: Ahlberg 2, D. Hall 2, Krantz 2, Buchwald.

Chester 70, Perkiomen Valley 36 – The Clippers (22-1), who have six state titles on their resume, jumped out to a 32-13 by halftime and never looked back, finishing off the injury-depleted Vikings.

Playing without its top two scorers in Andrew Kenney (17 ppg) and Chris Stewart (9 ppg), PV simply didn’t have enough bullets to challenge the top seeds, who move on to host No. 17 Springfield (Delco) Tuesday night. Springfield edged 16th-seeded Cheltenham 56-55.

The Vikings (10-14) were led by Erik Ragusa (12 points) and Marcus Williams (9).

Perkiomen Valley (36) – Erik Ragusa 12, Marcus Williams 9, Terrance Thinna 2, Rashaan Stewart 1, Ian Rykaczewski 5, Brett Davis 4, Steve Conboy 1, Purnell Wilson 2.

Chester (70) – Rondae Jefferson 13, Maurice Nelson 18, Darius Robinson 10, Erikk Wright 10, Lamon Church 6, DeQuann Walker 7, Kareem Robinson 4, Richard Granberry 2.

Perk Valley          8   5  15 8 – 36

Chester             16 16 20 18 – 70