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Norristown outlasts PW

There may not be a boys' basketball team in Southeastern Pennsylvania more overlooked than Norristown.
The Eagles weren't taken seriously for much of last season before advancing to the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game. Although three starters returned to the team this season, critics thought this would be a rebuilding year.
It turns out that people had better start paying closer attention to Norristown.
The Eagles defeated Plymouth Whitemarsh, 45-41, in tonight's Suburban One American first-place showdown at the Colonial Elementary School gym.

Norristown outlasts PW

There may not be a boys’ basketball team in Southeastern Pennsylvania more overlooked than Norristown.
The Eagles weren’t taken seriously for much of last season before advancing to the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game. Although three starters returned to the team this season, critics thought this would be a rebuilding year.
It turns out that people had better start paying closer attention to Norristown.
The Eagles defeated Plymouth Whitemarsh, 45-41, in tonight's Suburban One American first-place showdown at the Colonial Elementary School gym.
“This victory means everything, because we are the underdog everywhere we go,” Norristown senior Lorenzo Christmas said. “… They [the Colonials] were hyped up way more than we were. So to come in their house and beat them like that means a lot. We proved everybody wrong.”
Norristown improved to 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the division. The Eagles also nabbed their second consecutive win over Plymouth Whitemarsh to take a 48-35 series advantage.
The Colonials, ranked 10th in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, dropped to 8-3 and 4-1.
Norristown swingman Khalif Wyatt and Christmas spearheaded the Eagles’ decisive fourth-quarter run. The duo combined for 14 of Norristown’s 19 points in the period.
Wyatt, a 6-foot-3 senior who signed with Temple, scored seven of his game-high 19 points in the last eight minutes. Christmas, a 6-2 forward, collected seven of his nine points in the quarter.
Wyatt tied the score, 34-34, on a three-pointer with 4 minutes, 39 seconds remaining. Christmas’ three-pointer with 2:43 left gave the Eagles a 37-34 edge and the lead for good.
Junior center C.J. Aiken led PW with 14 points and three blocked shots.

- Keith Pompey

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Bill Iezzi has covered high school sports for The Inquirer since 1985 and South Jersey sports since 2006.

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer high school sports reporter since 2004. He was named the 2007 media person of the year by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.

Don Beideman has covered high school sports for The Inquirer since 1989. Among his favorites are field hockey and lacrosse.

Rick O’Brien has been at The Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Phil Anastasia has followed the South Jersey sports scene since 1980. A South Jersey native, Phil joined the Inquirer as a sports columnist in May 2008 after nearly 30 years with the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill.

Marc Narducci has covered South Jersey high school sports for the majority of his tenure with The Inquirer, which began in 1983. After a few years of covering the NFL and NBA, Marc returns to South Jersey, serving as the assigning editor, columnist and beat writer for various sports.

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