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West Chester East, Rustin take tourney titles; Coatesville suffers first loss

West Chester East 54, Penncrest 28 – Tym Richardson hit for 18 points and 6-foot-7 tournament MVP Andrew Carr added 15 as the Vikings (6-1) cruised to the championship of the Penncrest Holiday Tournament with the wire-to-wire romp Friday night.
WC East especially got the job done at the defensive end – keyed by the inspired, unselfish play of Brendan Merten, Gibby Trowery and Ben Delaney. Richardson and Carr were named to the All-Tournament team.
WC East (54) – Trowery 2 0-0 5, Delaney 2 1-1 5, Dedda 0 0-0 0, Cummings 0 0-0 0,  Kushner 0 0-0 0, Carr 6 3-7 15, Merten 2 0-0 5, Richardson 7 1-2 18, Anderson 3 0-0 6, Dutton 0 0-0 0, Duell 0 0-0 0,  Nelson 0 0-0 0,  Heffernan 0 0-0 0,  Totals 22 5-10 54.
Penncrest (28) – Carroll 1 1-1 4, Rice 2 1-1 5, Tomlin 3 1-1 9, Potts 1 0-0 2, Lehmann 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 4-4 6, Quinn 0 0-0 0, Boyer 0 0-2 0. Totals 9 7-9 28.
3-point goals: Richardson 3, Merten, Trowery; Tomlin 2, Carroll
 
West Chester Rustin 56, Souderton 53 – Ivy Pettit dropped in 16 points and Jake Nelson added 12 to lead the Golden Knights to the championship of the Rustin Boys Basketball Winter Classic.
Rustin, which also got a combined 17 points from Drew Hickson and Taj Asparagus, used a 13-10 closing edge in the fourth quarter to break away from a 43-43 deadlock.
Souderton (53) – Williams 5, Vince 10, Towsne 4, Thatcher 2, Reiner 14, Natale 9, Chouriaf 15
Rustin (56) – Pettit 16, Nelson 12, Hickson 9, Asparagus 8, Pew 6, Wethey 5
Souderton             12 17 14 10 – 53
Rustin                    10 20 13 13 – 56
 
Abington Heights 67, Coatesville 63 – Jhamir Brickus collected 27 points but it wasn’t enough as the Red Raiders suffered their first loss of the season, dropping the narrow decision to the defending state Class 5A champions in the first game of the Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic at Chestnut Hill College.
Coatesville returns to action Saturday (6 pm) against Malvern Prep in the Nelson Classic at Widener University.
 
Upper Dublin 62, Henderson 41 – The upstart Warriors (3-5) led 23-21 at halftime in the championship game of the Great Valley Holiday Shootout, but were outscored 41-18 in the second half as the Cardinals earned the title.
Tournament MVP Corby Watkins pumped in a game-high 20 points for Upper Dublin (6-3), which shot 52 percent (12-23) from the floor and knocked down 5 triples in the second half.
Jordan Laudato, a 6-foot-5 sophomore center, scored 16 points and Luke Weirman added 10 for Henderson, which shot just 30 percent (15-50) from the floor and was victimized by a 13-3 UD run at the start of the fourth quarter that expanded a precarious 7-point lead to an insurmountable 51-34 advantage.
Upper Dublin (62) – Watkins 8 2-3 20, Williams 3 0-0 8, Brady 1 3-4 5, Stover 3 1-2 7, Slovak 3 4-4 10, Klammer 3 4-4 12. Totals 21 14-17 62.
Henderson (41) – Laudato 6 4-6 16, Weirman 3 4-9 10, Fay 2 0-0 4, Harkins 0 3-4 3, Gray 1 0-0 2, Briglia 2 0-0 4, Dinari 0 0-0 0, Bertrando 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 11-19 41.
Upper Dublin          10 11 17 24 – 62
Henderson              10  13  8 10 – 41
3-point goals: Klammer 2, Watkins 2, Williams 2
 
Downingtown East 70, Steelton Highspire 41 – The Cougars (4-3) went wire-to-wire for the victory in the consolation round of the Reading Holiday Tournament.
Dylan Rowe cashed a career-high 19 points for D-East, which had 10 different players score including All-Tournament selection Tariq Kalim with 14.
D-East (70) – Mujica 3, Umberger 5, Caggiano 5, Subramanian 6, Rowe 19, Burton 3, Kalim 14, Kent 5, McClatchy 2, Owsik 8.
Steelton (41) – Bullock 4, Spencer 4, Flowers 4, Dickey 17, Brooks 6, Vijasinovina 2, Szekeres 2, Hammonds 2.
D-East                17 17 19 17 – 70
Steel High          11   9 10 12 – 41
3-point goals: Owsik 2, Subramanian 2, Mujica, Caggiano, Burton, Kalim; Dickey 3, Spencer
 
Kennett 58, Haverford High 54 – Mitch Kosara fired in a game-high 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter highlighted by a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line, as the Blue Demons (6-3) took down the hosts in the opening round of the Haverford High Holiday Tournament.
Jack Mullen and Sam Forte added 12 points each for Kennett, which held on down the stretch after taking at 31-21 lead at the break behind an 18-4 second-quarter surge.
Kennett faces Paul Robeson High of Philadelphia for the Haverford tournament championship Saturday night at 7:30 pm.
Kennett (58) – Ferrighetto 0 0-0 0, Ploener 1 0-0 2, Hertz 3 0-0 7, Kosara 5 12-14 25, Mullen 5 2-4 12, Forte 6 0-0 12, Patrissi 0 0-0 0, Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 14-18 58.
Haverford (54) – Siedman 2 1-2 5, Roe 5 0-0 13, Curray 5 0-0 10, J. Verzella 4 0-0 10, L. Verzella 2 0-0 5, Reynolds 2 0-0 4, Higson 1 0-0 2, Ruane 1 0-0 3, Brown 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 1-2 54.
Kennett          13 18 10 17 – 58
Haverford       17  4 17 16 – 54
3-point goals: Kosara 3, Hertz, Roe 3, J. Verzella 2, L. Verzella, Ruane
 
Boyertown 46, Avon Grove 37 – Bryson Morgan hit for 13 points and Matt Gallagher added 10 for the Red Devils in their opening-round loss at the Boyertown Holiday Tournament. Avon Grove faces Gov. Mifflin in the consolation round at Boyertown Saturday (4:30 pm).
Avon Grove (37) – Arnold 0 0-0 0, Morgan 4 5-6 13, Brown 0 0-0 0, Gallagher 4 0-2 10, Hauton 0 0-0 0, Ziegler 3 0-1 6, Greenjak 3 2-2 8, Totals 12 7-12 37.
Boyertown (46) – Smith 0 0-0 0, Salata 2 4-6 8, M.Marinello 0 0-2 0, Obarow 3 0-0 6, Kiefer 7 1-2 15, Borgmann 4 2-2 10, Diguglielmo 3 0-0 7, Metcalf 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 7-16 46.
Avon Grove    13   9   3 12 – 37
Boyertown     13  13  4 16 – 46
3-point goals: Gallagher 2, Diguglielmo
 
Marple Newtown 49, Oxford 30 – After being within 19-17 at the break, the Hornets were outscored 30-13 in the second half while falling short in the opening round of the Marple Newtown Holiday Tournament.
Luke Campbell and Tom Repetz finished with 8 points each to pace Oxford but it wasn’t enough to offset the strong performances of Aziz Khammassi (21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists) and Tom Gardler (18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) for Marple-Newtown.
Oxford (30) – Ruddy 2 2-2 6, Rozich 1 0-0 2, McCartney 1 0-0 2, Campbell 2 2-2 8, Dukes-Vincent 1 0-1 2, Hagar 1 0-0 2, Repetz 4 0-0 8. Sirels 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 4-5 30.
Marple-Newtown (49) – Khammassi 10 1-1 21, Gardler 6 3-3 18, O’Brien 1 1-2 3, Pettinelli 1 0-0 3, Davis 1 0-0 2, Mikropolous 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 5-6 49.
Oxford                            9  8   2  11 – 30
Marple Newtown          12  7 15 15 – 49
3-point goals: Campbell 2, Gardler 3, Pettinelli
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