Boys' Hoops: Phoenixville back in District 1 AAA playoff picture

Phoenixville's season, believed to be over after last Tuesday's PIAA District 1 Class AAA boys' basketball playoff seeding meeting, is alive again.

A motion made by two District 1 committee members to have Phoenixville face Sun Valley in a play-in game for the tournament was approved in a vote Tuesday afternoon.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Plymouth Whitemarsh, the Phantoms and Vanguards will vie for the eighth and final district playoff berth. The winner will visit No. 1 seed Holy Ghost Prep in a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Saturday.

A motion for a play-in game was made after Phoenixville was initially awarded the eighth playoff spot. After it was found that Gospel of Grace Christian had used an ineligible player and had to forfeit its 19 games played against PIAA teams, Sun Valley, with an adjusted points total, passed Phoenixville in the rankings.

Before the motion, Sun Valley, as the No. 8 seed, was slated to play Holy Ghost Prep in a quarterfinal. Phoenixville was on the outside looking in.

Because of the forfeits, records for PIAA opponents had to be adjusted and the seedings for the District 1 Class AAAA and AAA tournaments were impacted. The point system is based on wins, losses, and opponents' records.

In the District 1 Class AAAA tournament, after the issue with Gospel of Grace Christian was discovered on Feb. 10, Norristown was awarded the No. 32 spot in the Feb. 11 seeding meeting.

Had the meeting taking place as usual two days earlier (postponed due to the weather that delayed the playing of regular-season contests), Downingtown West would have been the No. 32 seed and played No. 1 Conestoga.

Norristown bowed to Conestoga, 47-34, in first-round action.

According to Bob Ruoff, District 1's executive secretary, no official motion was made to have a play-in game for the district's Class AAAA tournament.