Malvern Prep coach Rullo wins 100th game

Malvern Prep's basketball team said farewell, formally, to six seniors on Senior Day Saturday, the same day head coach Jim Rullo said hello to career win No. 100.

Rullo, a former Malvern Prep Inter-Ac League MVP, won his 100th game as head coach at the school when the Friars (20-5) nipped visiting New Beginnings, 55-50, in a nonleague game.

The Malvern post is Rullo's first job as a head coach. He was previously a college assistant at Hobart and Drexel.

Two of the seniors, Kevin Rafferty and Carl Nassib, were instrumental in the win, with Rafferty scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and Nassib pulling down 11 rebounds. A junior, Brendan Kilpatrick, scored 16 points.

The Friars have a pair of Inter-Ac League games left on the schedule.

In other nonleague games:

At Philadelphia Biblical University, Faith Christian outlasted Calvary Christian, 89-87, in overtime as Dondre Perry scored 28 points and Greg Boyd added 27. The Cougars were led by Seth Heinicke's 34 points.

Perry's steal and dunk gave the Lions an 89-87 lead with eight seconds left in overtime.

Senior forward Brett Nagle scored a career-high 41 points for host Friends Select in a 76-56 win over GAMP. Nagle made 16 of 18 free throws.

Rob Pitman scored 24 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to lead Chichester to a 68-62 win at Oxford.

Radnor won at Kennett, 51-48, behind Eric Eichenger's 20 points.

Hill School got 23 points from Josh Heyliger and 22 more from Hans Brase in a 67-54 win over the Penn junior varsity team.

Cardinal O'Hara got 13 points from Chris Duffin in a 47-38 win at Haverford High.

Public. Darrell Ockimey scored 26 points to lead Mariana Bracetti to a 67-60 win at Mastery Charter South.

Lincoln opened the game with a 20-5 advantage and coasted to a 69-40 win over Olney in a game played at Northeast.

At Ben Franklin, Constitution got a season-high 20 points from Tamir Bolger in an 84-42 win over Paul Robeson.

Host Palmer beat Parkway Northwest, 70-48, behind Demetrius Crawford's 21 points.

Host Philadelphia Electrical got 27 points from Carrington Ward in a 79-31 win over Carroll.

Boys' Latin won at Math, Civics and Sciences, 89-87, as sophomore guard Yahmir Greenlee scored a career-high 36 points.

Inter-Ac. John Moderski scored 25 points and made a 75-foot shot at the halftime buzzer to help Penn Charter to a 59-54 win at Haverford School.

Central. Sean Church scored 18 points to lead Ridley to a 50-44 win at Garnet Valley.

Dexter Bridge had 15 points for host Conestoga in its 57-45 win over Harriton.

Suburban One National. Calvin Brown, a 6-foot-8 center, scored 14 points to lead host Bensalem past William Tennent, 61-48.

Ches-Mont. West Chester Henderson got 26 points from Chas McCormick in a 73-61 win at Avon Grove.

Pioneer Athletic. Antonio Moore, a 6-6 sophomore center, had 11 points and a season-high eight blocked shots to lead Pottstown past visiting Upper Perkiomen, 75-63. Moore was one of five players to reach double figures for the Trojans (13-8), who also had their Senior Night. The Tribe's J.D. Ricapito had a career-high 41 points in the loss.

Battle by the Bay. In Atlantic City, Chester defeated Plainfield (N.J.), 75-67, behind Maurice Nelson's 20 points. Rondae Jefferson added 10 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Clippers (18-1).

 

Girls' Basketball

Cassidy Koenig made a school-record nine three-pointers to lift Upper Merion to a 41-35 nonleague win at Truman.

Koenig finished with 29 points. The previous record was eight, held by Kate Brobson since 2004.

Junior guard Taylor Bryant scored a career-high 26 points for Upper Dublin in a 70-50 win at Chester.

Courtney Whelan scored a season-high 12 points for host Merion Mercy in a 45-33 win over Chichester.

Downingtown West won at Springfield (Delaware County), 48-36, as Tori Grossi had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Host Quakertown beat Faith Christian, 40-23, behind 18 points from Lauren Starzecky.

Coatesville got 13 points from Autumn Smith in a 51-38 win over visiting Penn Wood.

Academy Park got 20 points from Brianna Macauley in a 55-47 win at Penncrest.

Central. Chelsey Benedek's shooting at the free-throw line turned out to be the difference for host Ridley in its 45-38 win over Garnet Valley.

Benedek, who led the Green Raiders, make seven of her eight attempts from the line and finished with 16 points.

Sheba Hall's 14 points powered Lower Merion to a 41-32 win at Upper Darby.

Conestoga used a 13-9 fourth-quarter advantage to rally for a 48-42 win at Strath Haven. Taylor Kenan's 12 points led the Pioneers.

Pioneer Athletic. Taylor Bearden scored 13 points and Devin Raugh made six clutch free throws down the stretch to help Pope John Paul II win at Pottsgrove, 40-38.

Meg Yates had 17 points and five assists for host Spring-Ford in its 62-40 win over Perkiomen Valley.

Bicentennial. Host Girard College overwhelmed Jenkintown, 58-31, behind Krystle Cook's 16 points.

Public. Lovely Accilius scored on a three-foot jumper off a loose ball at the buzzer to lift host Northeast past Overbrook, 41-40.

Catholic. Host Archbishop Carroll doubled up Archbishop Ryan, 44-22, behind Emily Fazzini's 15 points.

Catholic Academies. Steph Smith, a 6-1 senior forward bound for Loyola (Md.), scored 20 points and added a career-high 20 rebounds as Mount St. Joseph won at Villa Joseph Marie, 53-34, clinching top seed in the league playoffs that begin Saturday.

 


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