Wednesday's Pa. roundup: Chris Arcidiacono scores 51 in Neshaminy's thrilling win over Lower Merion

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Neshaminy High basketball player Chris Arcidiacono.PHOTO: JS Garber

Chris Arcidiacono poured in 51 points Wednesday to carry the Neshaminy boys’ basketball team into the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals with an 88-87 triumph over Lower Merion in double overtime. Greg Deluca scored off an offensive rebound with 13 seconds left to give the Redskins a one-point lead. Neshaminy, the No. 9 seed out of District 1, will play Lincoln on Saturday.

Central Bucks West rallied from nine points down with more than two minutes remaining to shock Reading, the reigning 6A champs, 60-47, in overtime. The Bucks made 14 straight free throws in overtime to seal the win. Central Bucks West will battle Roman Catholic on Saturday.

Khalif Mears had 16 points as Lincoln knocked off Hempfield, 65-55, in double overtime. Emeul Charleston hit the game-tying three with 10 seconds left to send the game in overtime for the Railsplitters. Lincoln will play Neshaminy on Saturday.

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Bishop McDevitt had balanced attack of 11 scorers to advance to the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals for the second time in school history with a 77-51 victory over Notre Dame Green Pond. Robert Smith Jr. led the Lancers wioth 15 points, followed by Tahmir Thompson and Jamil Manigo, who each had 11 points. Bishop McDevitt will meet Catholic League foe Neumann-Goretti on Saturday.

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Semaj Mills recorded a game-high 23 points as Math, Civivs and Science took down Dock Mennonite. 92-38, in the PIAA Class 2A second round. Mohammed Semega and Anthony Mcfall added 18 and 13 points, respectively for the Elephants. Math, Civics and Science will play the winner of Holy Cross and Bishop McCort on Saturday.

Girls’ Basketball

Alli Dreger hit a mid-range jumper at the buzzer to send Archbishop Carroll to the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals with a 39-37 triumph over Lower Dauphin. Dreger finished with five points. Molly Masciantonio, who assisted the game-winning basket, led all scorers with 20 points. Amber Schweiger chipped in eight points for Archbishop Carroll, who will face the winner of Palmyra and Oakland Catholic on Saturday.

In other 5A action, Kaitlyn Orihel posted 13 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter to lift Archbishop Wood over Twin Valley, 48-35. The Vikings’ hot start contributed to the victory, shutting out Twin Valley 12-0 in the first quarter. Wood will play West Chester Henderson on Saturday.

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Dakota McCaughn hit two free throws with three seconds remaining to give Bonner-Prendergast a 40-38 win over Bethlehem Catholic in the PIAA Class 4A second round. McCaughan finished with a team-high 13 points, while Ariana McGeary had 11 points. The Friars move on to play Gwynedd-Mercy on Saturday.

In other 4A action, Georgia Cattie and Carly Heineman each scored nine points as Gwynedd-Mercy defeated Greater Nanticoke Area, 37-26.. The Monarchs will play Bonner-Prendergast on Saturday.

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Jennifer Kremp scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the first half as Jenkintown defeated Linden Hall, 47-21, in the PIAA Class A second round. Amelia Mulvaney added eight points for the Drakes, who will play the winner of Lourdes Regional and Sullivan County in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

In other A action, Grace Gormley finished with 16 points as The Christian Academy defeated Benton, 42-29. Dejah Burley-Chambers contributed 10 points for the Crusaders. The Christian Academy will play the winner of Greenwood and Lebanon Catholic on Saturday.

Hockey

Matt Owens recorded a hat-trick as West Chester Rustin won its fifth straight Class A Flyers Cup with a 5-4 victory over West Chester East.

The Golden Knights jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead, thanks to two goals apiece from Owens and Nicholas Ferraro.

Vikings’ Dylan McLaughlin would cut the lead in half with two power play goals of his own in the second period. Charlie Carsello would close the gap to one on a goal four minutes into the third period, assisted by McLaughlin.

Owens’ third goal, assisted by Ferraro, was the decider to make the score 5-3 with more than 11 minutes remaining.

CORRECTION: Neshaminy’s Chris Arcidiacono scored 51 points in a PIAA playoff game on Wednesday, the wrong score was reported previously.