Phelps wins one, loses one in same afternoon

The Phelps boys' basketball team didn't exactly have a typical Monday afternoon.

One half of the squad stayed home to play West-Mont Christian in the quarterfinals of the Tri-County League playoffs, in which the Lions are the No. 1 seed. The other half traveled to Abington Friends as the ninth seed in the opening round of the Independent Schools Tournament. Phelps split its team into two eight-man squads for the unusual day.

At least the Lions will have one win to celebrate.

The home team, which included a few players up from junior varsity and others seeing added varsity playing time, beat West-Mont Christian, 74-36. About an hour later, the other Phelps team fell to Abington Friends, 86-69, in the state tournament.

In the win over West-Mont Christian, some little-used players stepped to the forefront. Senior Rashard Lyles hit four three-pointers for 18 points, and senior Ira Hunt sank three three-pointers and scored 11 points. Andrew Alemoh and Nick Tilley each came from the JV ranks to make an impact. Phelps will play Del-Val Friends in the Tri-County semifinals on Tuesday, presumably with its full ranks restored.

Martin Bedulskij scored 21 and Terry Larrier added 18 for Phelps in the tournament game, but Abington Friends proved too deep. Six players reached double digits for the Kangaroos, led by Jordan Greene, Montana Mayfield and Josh Sharkey, who each scored 11.