Bensalem defeats Lower Merion to win the Philly.com/Rally Tip-off Classic

Senior center Calvin Brown made a strong move to the basket and hit a layup with six seconds left to give Bensalem a 38-37 boys' basketball win over Lower Merion in the Philly.com/Rally Tip-Off Classic at Philadelphia University on Saturday.

In other Philly.com/Rally games:

Academy of the New Church got 22 points from Daniel Pittman and 18 more from Savon Goodman in a 76-58 win over Life Center (N.J.).

Aaron Morgan had 21 points to lead Council Rock North to a 63-58 win over Neumann-Goretti. John Raymon chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Indians.

Freshman guard Shep Garner scored half of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter to get Roman Catholic off to a good start in a 55-43 win over Malvern Prep.

La Salle closed out the game with an 18-8 run to beat Dobbins, 45-28. Steve Collins led the Explorers with 16 points.

Abington Tournament. Archbishop Wood's Joe Getz scored 24 points and took tournament MVP honors in a 56-47 title-clinching win over host Abington, the third-straight year the Vikings have won the title.

Bristol Coaches vs. Cancer. At Bristol, MVP Jamal Nwaniemeka had 21 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead Conwell-Egan past Truman, 72-54, in the final.

Central Bucks West Tournament. Kevin Sweet had 19 points, 15 of them coming on three-point shots, to lead host Central Bucks West past Ridley, 40-36, for the title.

In the third-place game, Mike Scheier also had five three-pointers for Wissahickon in its 67-47 win over Hazleton. Scheier's 20 points turned out to be the difference for the Trojans.

Cheltenham Tournament. The host Panthers beat Frankford, 57-45, to earn the title behind MVP Nafis Walker, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Don McBride Classic. At Haverford School, tournament MVP Sema'j Reed scored 17 points to lead host Haverford School past McDonogh, 65-62. Teammate Andrew Acker added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Germantown Community Tournament. Gilman Myran scored 29 points as host Germantown Friends beat Bodine, 56-47, in the third-place game.

Council Rock South Tournament. Holy Ghost Prep took the team title by beating the host school, 48-36, behind Tyler Juchno, who scored 17 points.

Friends Select Tournament. Jamear Seals hit a 10-foot jumper off an inbounds' pass with less than nine seconds left to give MaST Charter a title-clinching 61-60 win over host Friends Select.

Calvary Baptist Tournament. Jose Figueroa made 6 of 8 fourth-quarter free throws to help Plumstead Christian past Calvary Christian, 57-44, for the title.

Daniel Boone. Tournament. Dawon Matthews scored 22 points and Elijah Jackson added 19 points for Pottstown in a 74-46 third-place win over Pequea Valley.

Delco Christian Tournament. Cordell Long, a 6-foot-4 forward, scored 18 points to take home tournament MVP honors for Church Farm in a 57-36 win over Delco Christian for the title.

Hatboro-Horsham Tournament. The host Hatters beat Upper Dublin, 51-42, for the title behind MVP Mike Brown's 13 points.

Kutztown Tournament. MVP Andrew Scanlan had 18 points for Spring-Ford in a 61-41 title-clinching win over Wilson of East.

Mastery Charter North Tournament. MVP William Wingate had 23 points for the host Mighty Elephants in a 69-65 championship win over Audenried.

Northeast Tournament. Danil Kelly, a 6-foot-4 junior, scored 19 points to lead Fels past Esperanza, 55-49, for the title. Kelly scored 12 of her points off short jumpers and layups.

Oreland Lions Tournament. At Springfield (Montgomery County), MVP Brahieme Jackson had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Bishop McDevitt in a 61-55 title-clinching win over Phil-Mont Christian.

Omega Psi Phi Classic. At Chester, the host Clippers got 19 points and 11 rebounds from MVP Erikk Wright to beat Engineering and Science, 63-27, for the title.

Peddie School Invitational. Daniel Ochefu, a 6-10 center, scored 14 points to lead Westtown past host Peddie, 39-34, in a tournament first-round game.

Pennridge Tournament. The host Rams got 29 points from Tim Abruzzo in a 66-55 title-clinching win over Methacton.

Rock The Rim Classic. At Plymouth Whitemarsh, Neshaminy knocked off the defending state champion Colonials for the title, 64-57, behind Ryan Arcidiancono's 30 points.

Springfield (D) Tournament. Host Springfield beat Freire Charter, 56-43, behind Zack DeVito's 18 points.

Southern Lehigh Tournament. MVP Jack Rachut scored 26 points to lead William Tennent to a 73-69 win over host Southern Lehigh in overtime for the title.

In a consolation, Dylan Gossler hit a contested layup with three seconds left to give Quakertown a 46-44 win over Upper Perkiomen. Gossler finished with 10 points. Teammate Cory Jorgensen led the Panthers with 12 points.

Unionville Tournament. Kennett won the title with a 56-37 win over Garnet Valley as Sam Tavoni had 11 points and seven assists and Kenshi Kobayashi added 14 points.

Upper Darby Royal Classic. Brandon Hashim's 18-foot jumper at the buzzer gave host Upper Darby a 62-61 win over Germantown Academy in the title game. Hashim finished with 23 points.

Radnor Tournament. MVP Duncan Becker scored 22 points for Devon Prep in its 44-39 win over host Radnor.

Nonleague. North Penn traveled to the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia and needed two overtimes to escape with a 52-48 win at Archbishop Ryan. The Knights were led by Wes Brooks, who scored 20 points. Ryan got 24 points, seven rebounds and a trio of three-pointers from Eric Fleming.

 

Girls' Basketball

Abington achieved twice, getting the title of its own tournament with a 58-45 win over Neumann-Goretti and notching the 200th win in the career of head coach Dan Marsh.

Aiyannah Peal, a junior, scored a career-high 26 points and was named tournament MVP.

Marsh is now 200-79 in 11 years as a head coach, six at Abington and five at Akiba Hebrew Academy.

Al Achuff Memorial. At Bishop McDevitt, MVP Jayni Webster scored 14 points for Sacred Heart in a 73-32 championship win over Hallahan, the third-straight tournament title for the Lions.

Cedar Crest Tournament. MVP Steph Smith scored 12 points and had eight rebounds for Mount St. Joseph in a 57-26 title-clinching win at host Cedar Crest.

Hatboro-Horsham Tournament. MVP Maggie Borski had 15 points to lead Nazareth Academy past Lansdale Catholic, 48-33, in the title game.

Interboro Kiwanis Tournament. MVP Ali Grady scored 12 points and helped Harriton past host Interboro, 52-34, for the title.

Shipley Tournament. Freshman Sox Alexander scored 20 of her game-high 34 points in the second half to lead the host Gators past Agnes Irwin, 65-55, in the title game.

George Carter Memorial Classic. At Chester, Brittany Hrynko scored 28 points to lead Engineering and Science past Freire Charter, 61-31, for the title.

Germantown Community Tournament. Tournament MVP Julya Loder scored 20 points to lead host Germantown Friends past Bodine, 41-27, for the tournament title. Loder and teammate Caroline Myran were named to the all-tournament team.

Germantown took third place with a 31-26 win over Pennsylvania School for the Deaf as Junea Scott had 13 points.

Hazleton Tournament. Mariah Traywick scored 16 points as Spring-Ford stunned Cheltenham, 62-58, for the title.

Daniel Boone Tournament. Downingtown East held on for a 51-50 win over host Daniel Boone for the title. The Cougars took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter. MVP Kaitlyn Dougherty had 19 points for Downingtown East.

Haley Halteman scored 15 points as Owen J. Roberts beat Schuylkill Valley, 46-34, for third place.

Calvary Baptist Tournament. Plumstead Christian took home the title with a 38-22 win over Calvary Christian behind tournament MVP Hope Caracappa, who scored seven of her 15 points in the fourth quarter.

In a consolation, Nicole Davis scored 20 points to lead West-Mont Christian past host Calvary Baptist, 33-27, for third place.

Delco Christian Tournament. Emily Homan, a 6-3 center bound for Lafayette, earned tournament MVP honors with 14 points in leading Delco Christian past Episcopal Academy, 44-39, in overtime for the title. Sophomore guard Stacey MacArthur scored 17 points for the Knights, including a three-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation that forced the overtime.

In a consolation, Chandler Lally had 15 points for Radnor in its 63-37 win over Atlantic Christian (N.J.)

Springfield (D) Tournament. MVP Madi Vitelli, a 5-6 senior guard, scored 11 points to lead Central Bucks South past Unionville, 40-19, for the title.

Senior forward Kelsi Chazin had 15 points and three steals as the host Cougars earned third place with a 62-30 win over Penn Wood.

Friends' Select Invitational. Host Friends Select made sure the trophy would stand in house with a 29-23 win over MaST Charter in the title game behind senior center Wylie Wilson, who had 18 points and 21 rebounds to get the MVP trophy.

In a consolation game, Linette Young scored 10 points to lead Mercy Vocational past Renaissance Academy, 42-18.

Methacton Tournament. North Penn took the title with a 43-35 win over Downingtown West as Steph Knauer scored 11 points. Knauer and Lauren Crisler made the all-tournament team. The Whippets' Brittany Sicinski led all scorers with 23 points.

Oley Valley Tournament. Boyertown beat host Oley Valley, 49-46, for the title behind MVP Kelly Furman, who scored 15 points.

Octorara Tournament. Tara Turberg's jumper in the final minute gave Chichester a 32-30 third-place win over Pequea Valley.

Oreland Lions Tournament. Host Springfield (Montgomery County) held off an Upper Moreland rally to take the title, 36-32. The Bears made it close with a 16-6 run in the final quarter. Neither team had a double-figure scorer.

Oxford Tournament. Liz Peabody's putback in the final two minutes gave host Oxford a 33-32 win over Avon Grove for the title. The Hornets' Judy Reinhardt was the tourney MVP.

Solebury School Classic. Alexis Rice hit two three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to lift host Solebury School past Abington Friends, 29-27, for the title.

Upper Darby Royal Classic. Sam Zang hit a winning three-pointer with less than a minute to go to help West Chester Rustin beat Upper Darby, 42-39, for the title.

In a consolation, Upper Dublin needed two overtimes to subdue St. Hubert, 63-58. The Cardinals scored nine points in the last 1 minute, 30 seconds of regulation to get the game into overtime. They were led by Taylor Bryant's 17 points.

Upper Merion Tournament. Gwynedd-Mercy beat Quakertown for the title, 47-26. Monarchs' junior center Erin Casey was named MVP.

 

Wrestling

At the Brian Bealer Memorial Bear Duals at Boyertown, the host school beat Governor Mifflin, 40-17, for coach Pete Ventresca's 100th win at Boyertown.

The Bears opened with two pins and a decision in the first three bouts. The match started at 215 when Zach Heffner registered a second-period pin. Joshua Fiss (285) earned an 8-7 decision at 285 before Ed Kriczky pinned his opponent in 34 seconds at 103.

La Salle Tournament. The host Explorers took home six individual titles, behind Rich Cerebe (103), Bryan Pflanz (112), Joey Mazza (135), Matt Cimato (140), Nick Burns (171) and Antonio Pelusi (215).

Truman had the second-high total, getting three titles behind Steve Evens (125), Sean Edmondson (130) and Quinton Bryant (285).

Bethlehem Liberty Duals. Council Rock North's Chris Davis decisioned Noah Klingboard, 7-3, in the 171-pound to clinch his team's 38-33 win over the host school. Davis made the final bout, 189, moot by increasing the team score to 38-27.

Bob Henry Classic. At Avon Grove, Harriton's Elliot Levy (135) went 4-0 and took first place at 135. Levy had three decisions and one major. Hadeom Corbett (215) went 5-0 and finished first in his weight class with an athlete from Hamburg. Corbett had four pins and a technical fall.

Chestnut Hill Invitational. Westtown won the tournament for the third consecutive year and placed four individual champions. Nathaniel Rabin of Germantown Friends (125) was named the most outstanding wrestler. Westtown's champions were Alex Becker (119), Nick Sawyer (130), Zach Cope (189) and Chris Farrow (215).

 

Indoor Track and Field

In the Coaches Association Meet at Lehigh University, Chestnut Hill Academy's Dustin Wilson covered the 3,000 meters in 8 minutes, 53.89 seconds in the Division II race.

Wilson's time easily topped John Trueman of Springfield (Montgomery County), who posted a 9:12.29 and finished in second place.

In Division I, also at Lehigh, Eric Futch had an 8.37 to win the 60-meter hurdles.

Penn Wood, Cheltenham, Archbishop Ryan and North Penn all had two individual winners apiece in Division I.

 


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