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.
Neshaminy (5-1), of the Suburban One National, led after every quarter, and Arcidiacono scored nine points in the third period.
Lower Merion hails from the Central League, and started 3-0 in league play before falling to Neshaminy, 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 Tuesday 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
In the second game, Prep senior guard Joe Nardi scored 23 points on seven 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
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 also finished 2-0 in this year’s Nelson Classic.
Life Center defeated Friends’ Central, 56-49, on Saturday on the same court at Widener University.
In defeat, Atlantic Christian was led by junior guard Deshon Minnis (14 points).
Penn Wood 53, Academy of the New Church 41
Penn Wood harassed Academy of the New Church for victory before about 1,400 fans in the fourth of five boys’ basketball games played Monday.
Senior guard Will Brown led Penn Wood with 13 points, as the Patriots (No. 4 Inquirer preseason rankings) got 6-foot-9 ANC junior forward Rakeem Christmas in early foul trouble and defeated the preseason-No. 5 Lions.