When Haverford’s offense is at its best, it’s all about balance. That and a little timely shooting doesn’t hurt.
Jake Ruane provided it Thursday with 14 points, one of three Fords in double-figures as Haverford notched its first win of the season, 54-48, over Garnet Valley.
The win is the first for Haverford in the league since Jan. 30, 2016, a span of 21 contests.
Ruane was one of five Fords to hit a 3-pointer, as did JT Smyth (11 points) and Dan Roe (12 points). Luke Verzella chipped in seven points for Haverford (1-4, 1-3 Central).
Connor O’Brien led Garnet Valley (2-2, 2-1) with 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Greg Vlassopoulos chipped in 14 points on a night where 1,000-point man Austin Laughlin was limited to seven.
Also in the Central League:
Upper Darby 60, Conestoga 57 >> Magd Abdelwahab scored 19 points as Upper Darby recouped a 12-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter by outscoring the Pioneers, 25-10, in the final frame.
Mamadou Toure chipped in 12 points, and Jalun Trent added 10 for UD (4-1, 2-1).
Penncrest 65, Springfield 38 >> Tyler Norwood hit four 3-pointers for his 29 points to go with seven assists, and Matt Arbogast posted a second double-double on the year with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the unbeaten Lions (5-0, 4-0).
Frank Durham led the Cougars (3-2, 3-1) with 12 points, while Ja’Den McKenzie added nine.
Strath Haven 51, Radnor 38 >> Ryan Morris canned four 3-pointers to finish with 24 points, all of the connections from long range occurring in the middle two quarters in which the Panthers (2-2, 1-2) accrued a 32-17 edge.
Vernon Harper led Radnor (1-3, 0-3) with 10 points.
Harriton 61, Marple Newtown 65 >> Tommy Gardler scored 21 points to help the Tigers overcome a 15-point halftime deficit, but the Rams prevailed in overtime.
Mike May paired 13 points with four assists, and Minh Tran drained four triples for his 12 points for the Tigers (3-2, 2-2).
Lower Merion 66, Ridley 52 >> Jack Grace buried five 3-pointers in a 19-point outing, but the Green Raiders (2-4, 1-2) couldn’t top the Aces thanks in part to 16 points from Steve Payne.
In the Bicentennial League:
New Hope-Solebury 50, Delco Christian 37 >> Tyler Smith scored nine points, Tyler Rossini added eight and Eric Lewis chipped in seven, but the Knights (5-1, 2-1) were handed their first setback.
In the Ches-Mont League:
Great Valley 40, Sun Valley 36 >> Vinny DeAngelo scored 16 points, but the Vanguards (2-4, 0-3) were playing catchup from a seven-point deficit after one quarter onward in as a slow start to the Ches-Mont season persists.
In nonleague action:
Bonner & Prendergast 75, Penn Charter 55 >> Isaiah Wong scored 16 points to surpass the 1,000-point career mark as the Friars (6-1) shook off a slow start by outscoring the Quakers 39-19 after halftime.
Tariq Ingraham scored 20 points, and his low-post mate Ajiri Johnson paired 16 points with 12 rebounds.
Chichester 75, Brandywine 50 >> DaQuan Granberry scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter, where the Eagles (4-1) overturned a 10-point deficit on the strength of a 31-10 edge. Granberry added seven rebounds.
Amiri Stewart was one of seven Eagles with at least six points, augmenting his nine points with six assists and four blocks.
Archbishop Carroll 71, Shipley School 39 >> Devon Ferrero led a balanced effort with 12 points, Justin Anderson chipped in 11 and Keyon Butler poured in 10 as the Patriots (4-2) halted a two-game skid.
Unionville 60, Glen Mills 36 >> Kheland Kirkland led the way with nine points, and Raheer Griggs added seven, but the Battlin’ Bulls (2-3) found offense tough to come by.
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