By Pat Leonard
FOR THE INQUIRER
Penn Wood harassed Academy of the New Church for 28 turnovers and a 53-41 victory before about 1,500 fans at Widener University Monday, highlighting five boys’ basketball games played on day three of
the Jameer Nelson/Pete Nelson Scholastic Play by Play Classic.
Senior guard Will Brown led Penn Wood with 13 points and three steals, and junior forward Darian Barnes had 12 points and nine rebounds, as the Patriots, ranked No. 4 in the Inquirer’s preseason rankings, bested the No. 5 Lions.
“We don’t look at rankings. We just look at matchups,” said Brown, who was named Penn Wood’s tournament MVP. “This was a tough game on paper, but we played defense and ran our offense, and everything worked out.”
Academy of the New Church 6-foot-9 junior forward Rakeem Christmas and sophomore forward Savon Lloyd-Goodman scored 10 points apiece, but Christmas committed three fouls before halftime and sat down while Penn Wood built a 39-30 lead by the end of the third quarter.
“We felt like we could pressure them a little bit, but we didn’t expect 28 turnovers,” Penn Wood coach Clyde Jones said.
Patriots junior swingman Aaron Brown added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Tyree Johnson (seven points) manned the point, and 6-foot-9 junior center Shawn Oakman fouled out but not before scoring eight
points and making life difficult on Christmas and ANC’s other low-block presence, 6-foot-11 junior center Malcolm Gilbert (five points).
“We expected them to be able to handle pressure, and we were just trying to get them to play a little faster because they’re great at running their sets and at finding your weak spot and getting their big [players] touches,” Jones said. “And we felt if we could pressure them on the perimeter, maybe it would limit how many touches came down inside and how many touches Savon got along the wings and the baseline.”
Twenty-eight turnovers and 15 points from two near-seven-footers. Sounds like Jones’ plan worked.
Neshaminy 63, Lower Merion 58
In the opening game on day three of the Nelson Classic, Neshaminy sophomore forward Ryan Arcidiacono hit four three-pointers and scored 21
points as the Redskins handed the Aces (3-1) their first loss of the season.
Arcidiacono, a do-it-all 6-foot-3 swingman, made 7 of 9 foul shots and handled the ball down the stretch. Redskins junior forward Dwight Williams (16 points) and junior center Mike McGarry (14 points) also stepped up, while Lower Merion got 13 points apiece from senior forward Aaron Staley and junior forward Mike Buchwald.
Neshaminy (5-1), of the Suburban One National, led after every quarter. Arcidiacono scored nine in the third.
Lower Merion hails from the Central League, and started 3-0 in league play before falling to Neshaminy Monday, despite hitting seven three-pointers. Lower Merion plays again in the Nelson Classic on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., against Atlantic City (N.J.) at Gwynedd-Mercy College.
Neshaminy faces Ridley in Holy Ghost Prep’s Jack Schott Tournament tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Redskins’ only loss this season was a 79-59 defeat to preseason No. 3 Plymouth Whitemarsh on Dec. 12th.
St. Joseph’s Prep 62, Marple Newtown 42
Prep senior guard Joe Nardi scored 23 points on 7-three pointers, giving him 34 total points for the tournament, as the Hawks finished 2-0 in this year’s Nelson Classic with a convincing win over the
Tigers of the Central League.
St. Joseph’s, of the Catholic League Red division, also defeated Wissahickon, 57-44, Sunday at Gwynedd-Mercy College.
Marple Newtown junior center Ryan Hanley led the Tigers with 15 points and 11 rebounds (seven offensive), but St. Joseph’s senior center
Connor McIntyre added 13 points and 11 boards, including five on the offensive end.
And there weren’t many to go around. St. Joseph’s shot the same percentage from three-point range (12 of 28, 42.9 percent) that it hit from the floor (24 of 56).
The Hawks’ Nardi grabbed seven rebounds to go with his game-high scoring. St. Joseph’s sophomore guard Gene Williams had five points and six assists.
Marple Newtown senior guard Soutiri Sapnas scored 11 points and dished four assists.
Life Center (N.J.) 79, Atlantic Christian (N.J.) 55
Life Center senior forward Stojan Gjuroski scored 22 points, senior guard Chris Thompson added 17, and Syracuse-bound senior guard Dion Waiters had 14 points as the Warriors finished 2-0 in this year’s
Life Center also defeated Friends’ Central, 56-49, on Saturday on the same court at Widener University.
The Warriors have to be considered one of the most impressive teams, in this year’s tournament, along with Plymouth Whitemarsh, St. Joseph’s and Penn Wood.
In defeat, Atlantic Christian was led by junior guard Deshon Minnis (14 points).
Bartram 72, Chester 65
In the Monday finale, senior guard Tyrone Garland scored a game-high 27 points, giving him 53 in two games for the Nelson Classic, as the Braves handed the hometown Clippers and sophomore forward Erikk Wright (22 points) their second loss in this year’s tournament.
Bartram won a close game after losing one Saturday on the same court, 60-57, to Archbishop Carroll.
By Pat Leonard
FOR THE INQUIRER
In the opening game on day three of the Jameer Nelson/Pete Nelson Play by Play Classic basketball tournament, Neshaminy sophomore forward Ryan Arcidiacono hit four three-pointers and scored 21 points Monday as the Neshaminy Redskins handed the Lower Merion Aces their first loss of the season, 63-58, at Widener University.Arcidiacono, a do-it-all 6-foot-3 swingman, made 7 of 9 foul shots and handled the ball down the stretch. Redskins junior forward Dwight Williams (16 points) and junior center Mike McGarry (14 points) also stepped up, while Lower Merion (3-1) got 13 points apiece from senior forward Aaron Staley and junior forward Mike Buchwald.
Mentioned: Conestoga High School | Ridley High School | La Salle College High School | Council Rock High School South | Norristown Area High School | North Penn High School | Bishop McDevitt | Council Rock North | Del-Val Charter | Downingtown East | Downingtown West | Garnet Valley | Glen Mills | Interboro | Lower Moreland | Marple Newtown | Neshaminy | Northeast | Owen J. Roberts | Penncrest | Pennsbury | Pottsgrove | Quakertown | St. Joseph's Prep | Upper Moreland | Upper Perkiomen | Washington | Academy of New Church | Overbrook (PA) | West Chester Rustin
Julie Reiff assisted on the game’s first three goals, then scored the fourth, as Lower Merion earned a 5-0 nonleague win over visiting Notre Dame. Kiersten Daly, Samara Kitnick, Patricia Neckowicz and Callie Page also scored.
Freshman Rachel Dougherty scored the game-winning goal with 18 minutes left to give Marple Newtown a 5-4 come-from-behind win at Delco Christian. The Tigers (3-10-1) were down, 2-0, before mounting their comeback behind a pair of assists each from Bridget Kine and Casey O’Donnell.
Ches-Mont. Katie Buohl scored three goals for Octorara in a 7-0 win at Oxford.
After getting out of the gate with a 10-0 record and a No.1 ranking in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association poll, Council Rock North is 1-1-1 in its last three games including a 2-2 double-overtime tie with host William Tennent in a Suburban One National Conference game 10-9.
The Indians needed a goal with seven minutes left in regulation from Billy McConnell to tie the game.
Phil Marks preserved the shutout for the Indians with 12 saves.
Jarvis Lynch picked up a pair of goals and led Lamberton past host Parkway Center City, 4-3.
Trey Mason and Nil-Cludly Pierre also scored for the Blue Devils and Hamed Bandini notched a hat trick for Parkway.
Mentioned: Hatboro-Horsham High School | Wissahickon High School | Germantown Friends School | George School | La Salle College High School | Cardinal O'Hara High School | Springside Chestnut Hill Academy | Upper Darby High School | Archbishop Ryan High School | Shipley School, The | Pennridge High School | Abington Friends School | Central Bucks West High School | Plymouth Whitemarsh High School | Academy Park | Bishop McDevitt | Bok | Central Bucks East | Council Rock North | Del-Val Charter | FitzSimons | Germantown Academy | Haverford School | Kennedy-Kenrick | Lamberton | Lower Moreland | Malvern Prep | Marple Newtown | Mastbaum | Monsignor Bonner | North Catholic | Penn Charter | Phil-Mont Christian | Pottsgrove | Souderton | St. Joseph's Prep | Sun Valley | Upper Moreland | Westtown | William Tennent | Episcopal Academy | Academy of New Church
Javier Delgado scored the last of his two goals midway through the second half and handed Kensington its first win of the season, a 3-2 decision over host Boys’ Latin, in a Public League game.
Alfonso Bac also scored for the Tigers (1-8 overall and league) while Nabieu Sesay scored twice for the Warriors (4-10, 3-8).
Playing the entire second half a man down, Frankford shook it off and beat visiting Bodine, 2-1.
Eric Salguero scored a goal in each half to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead. Jeton Kupa scored for the Ambassadors with four minutes left in the game. Angel Paulino stopped six shots for Frankford.
Harry Bun scored twice as Furness beat visiting Franklin Learning Center, 3-1.
David Corona added a goal and Salmon Kahn stopped wight shots for the Falcons.
Kervens Mertus notched a hat trick and two assists to lead Martin Luther King to a 7-1 win over visiting Engineering Science.
Kervens Begin, Duckens Gabriel, Tyler Sampson and Qumer Winfield also scored for the Golden Cougars who also got five saves from Edwin Sanon. Ben Brewer scored for the Engineers.
Connor Waraksa scored in the third minute and Kelsey Beck-Cullen turned aside 10 shots to lead Strath Haven past visiting Conestoga, 1-0.
R.J. Spargo stopped six shots for the Pioneers.end new
Jordan Wolf scored in the first half and Sasha Safadi tallied in the second half to give Lower Merion a 2-0 win over host Marple Newtown.
Mark Krantz assisted on Wolf’s goal and Nate Diehl assisted on Safadi’s score. Jake Van Adelsberg stopped three shots to got the shutout for the Aces and Austin Severino saved nine shots for the Tigers.
Mentioned: Haverford High School | Conestoga High School | Perkiomen School | Abington Senior High School | Coatesville Area Senior High School | Delaware Valley Friends School | Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy | East High School | Academy Park | Bodine | Chichester | Delco Christian | Fels | Frankford | Franklin Learning Center | Furness | Great Valley | Lower Moreland | Marple Newtown | Mercy Vocational | Octorara | Penncrest | Pennsbury | West-Mont Christian | Woodlynde | Boy's Latin | Engineering & Science | Kimberton Waldorf | Springfield (D)
Zeborah Flippen handled all of the scoring for Girls High in a 4-0 Public win over visiting Central.
Madira Holliman stopped two shots to earn the shutout in goal.
Kelsey Palmer notched a hat trick and boosted Washington past visiting Lincoln, 7-0.
Also scoring for the Eagles were Kale Carrero, Lyndsey Hoban, Yazmin Malter and Hilary McFillin.
Northeast spread the scoring around and tripped visiting Rhodes, 10-0.
Steph Candoi scored twice and was joined by teammates Jen Alcalde, Sarah Barbakoff, Sandi Chaziaras, Ashley Harkins, Steph Hughes, Paula Sitek, Erica Thompson and Julianne Timcho who collected single goals.
Gwynedd-Mercy Academy needed a second-half goal by Morgan Sheridan to break a tie and win, 1-0, over visiting St. Basil in an Athletic Association of Catholic Academies soccer game Tuesday.
Goalie Courtney Sullivan, a freshman, prevented the Panthers from getting the equalizer by turning back all nine shots she faced. It was Sullivan’s fourth shutout of the season.
Catholic. Megan Poiesz scored three goals and added an assist for host Lansdale Catholic in its 6-0 win over Cardinal O’Hara.
Mentioned: Academy of Notre Dame de Namur | Conestoga High School | Ridley High School | Cardinal Dougherty High School | Archbishop Wood High School | Cardinal O'Hara High School | Archbishop Ryan High School | St. Hubert High School | Abington Friends School | St. Basil Academy | Springside School | Archbishop Carroll | Conwell-Egan | Delco Christian | Girard College | Gwynedd-Mercy | Harriton | Lansdale Catholic | Little Flower | Marple Newtown | Nazareth Academy | Neumann-Goretti | Phil-Mont Christian | Pottsgrove | Westtown