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Bishop Shanahan, Great Valley earn state bids, advance to district semis

DOWNINGTOWN – Bishop Shanahan rode a stifling defensive performance and balanced scoring attack to a wire-to-wire 54-39 victory over Rustin Saturday, locking up a state playoff berth and spot in the District 1-5A semifinals.
Earning its first PIAA bid in 22 years, Shanahan moves on to play No. 8 Upper Merion, a 53-50 upset winner over top-seeded Chester, in the district semis Wednesday night (7:30 p.m.) at Temple University.
Brendan Dearing and David Angelo scored 10 points each for the fourth-seeded Eagles (20-6), who expanded a 13-8 first-quarter lead to 33-19 at the half behind a 20-11 run.
The No. 5 Golden Knights (17-9) would get as close as 38-30 late in the third quarter on a Jake Nelson bucket, but Shanahan quickly got the spread back to double digits and held on down the stretch.
Brandon Frazier connected for 11 points and Nelson added 9 for Rustin, which plays at Chester Wednesday with a state playoff berth hanging in the balance of the elimination clash.
Rustin (39) – McMahon 1 1-2 3, Asparagus 2 0-0 4, Frazier 4 3-6 11, Barrouk 1 0-0 3, Durant 2 0-0 6, Thomas 1 1-2 3, Nelson 4 1-3 9. Totals 15 6-13 39.
Bishop Shanahan (54) – Angelo 3 3-3 10, Ford 1 2-4 4, Browne 3 0-0 6, Dodds 3 0-0 7, Dearing 4 0-2 10, DiBeneditto 0 0-0 0, Lamb 0 0-0 0, Kozinski 4 0-0 8, O’Malley 2 4-4 9. Totals 20 9-13 54.
Rustin            8  11   11   9 – 39
Shanahan    13  20   7  14 – 54
3-point goals: Durant 2, Barrouk; Dearing 2, Angelo, Dodds, O’Malley
 
(2) Great Valley 41, (10) Springfield (Delco) 38 – The Patriots (18-6) earned a state playoff berth and trip to Temple University’s Liacouras Center for the District 1-5A semifinals Wednesday night with the defensive-fueled victory.
The Ches-Mont League American Division champions held the Spartans without a field goal in the final 4:57, eventually taking the lead at the 1:42 mark when Alex Capitano cashed in a layup off a backdoor cut.
Nate Graeff would provide the cushion with another layup after a strong drive to key the comeback for Great Valley, which overcame a 21-16 halftime deficit to advance to the district semis against No. 3 Pennsbury Wednesday (6 p.m.) at Temple.
Capitano, who missed most of the season with an injury, led all scorers with 15 points, Graeff scored 9 and Robert Geiss and Liam Ward added 6 apiece for the Patriots. Geiss was also strong at the defensive end, holding Alex DeAngelis to just one field goal and two points.
“This is incredible,” Great Valley coach Paul Girone said on papreplive.com. “To be going to Temple is an incredible testament to these kids. They just played as a team all year and just kept working hard.”
Springfield, Delco (38) – Long 3 0-0 8, Collins 2 4-6 9, DeAngelis 1 0-0 2, Sullivan 2 1-2 5, Orjih 1 4-6 6, McKenzie 1 2-3 4, Webb 2 0-0 4, Chevalier 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 11-17 38.
Great Valley (41) – Geiss 3 0-0 6, Ward 2 0-0 6, Frankenheimer 1 0-0 3, Graeff 4 1-2 9, Capitano 6 2-3 15, Porreca 1 0-0 2, Long 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 3-5 41.
Springfield (Delco)     10    11    6    11 – 38
Great Valley                  7    9    12    13 – 41
3-point goals: Long 2, Collins, Ward 2, Frankenheimer, Capitano.
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