Dylan Bittle and Dan Lloyd didn’t get much time on Penncrest’s senior night, but they made the most of it.
Both cleared for limited action after sustaining injuries that had effectively ended their season, Lloyd hit a 3-pointer from the corner off a set play on the first possession of Thursday night’s game against Springfield, and Bittle added a bucket in the first minute of the Lions’ 58-27 win over the Cougars.
Fellow senior Gee Antonelli, who has missed the entire season with a foot injury, also got into action for the first time Thursday.
Malcolm Williams led the Lions with 17 points. Matt Arbogast added 10 points, and Aiden Carroll chipped in nine for the Lions (17-5, 13-3), who enter Saturday’s Central League semifinals on a six-game winning streak.
Robby Longo scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter, and Cole Rhodes added six for the Cougars (0-22, 0-16).
Also in the Central League:
Lower Merion 59, Ridley 35 >> Steve Payne and Jack Forrest scored 17 points apiece, and Theor Henry added eight as the Aces wrapped up a 16-0 run through the regular season to cinch a semifinal bye in the Central League tournament.
Malachi Williams scored 12 points, and Nasir Santiago added 10 for Ridley (12-9, 7-9). The Green Raiders, who needed the win to hope to move up from 25th in the District 1 Class 6A standings and vault into the 24-team field, trailed 19-4 after one quarter.
Garnet Valley 51, Haverford 46 >> Carl Schaller returned from a one-game absence with 23 points, including 16-for-18 from the line as the Jags won despite not hitting a fourth-quarter field goal, scoring all 10 points from the line. They were 20-for-24 at the charity stripe on the day.
Neel Beniwal added 11 points for Garnet Valley (14-8, 10-6).
John Seidman buried five 3-pointers for 22 points, and Canaan Curry tacked on 11. Danny Roe scored nine points for the Fords (12-9, 8-8).
Harriton 70, Marple Newtown 67 >> In a battle of teams sitting 17th and 18th in the District 1 Class 5A standings, the Tigers roared back from a 16-point deficit after three quarters but couldn’t get even in the final period.
Tommy Gardler capped a brilliant career with a personal-best 39 points. Aziz Khammassi added 17 points for the Tigers (8-14, 5-11).
Radnor 48, Strath Haven 46 >> Jack D’Entremont scored 20 points, including the game-winning layup in the final seconds to seal the win for the Raiders.
Lewis Robinson tossed in 11 points, and Jahmir Dixon added 10 for the Raiders (11-10, 7-9).
Brady Mutz led Strath Haven with 11 points. Luke Edwards tossed in 10, and Jaeise Davis added nine for the Panthers (3-19, 3-13).
Conestoga 73, Upper Darby 38 >> Mamadou Toure and Shareef Jones scored seven points each, but the Royals (8-13, 7-9) trailed by 22 at half in formally ending their playoff hopes.
In the Del Val League:
Chester 66, Academy Park 59 >> Karell Watkins recorded his 19th double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Clippers overturned a halftime deficit to cap their second straight unbeaten Del Val championship run. The Clippers (17-4, 10-0) have won 21 consecutive Del Val League games and finish the regular season on a 13-game winning streak.
Michael Smith scored 15 points. Akeem Taylor paired 12 points with seven rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two assists, and Rahmaad DeJarnette tallied 10 points plus six boards, three blocks, two assists and three steals.
Naseim Harley buried four 3-pointers for a game-high 19 points. Tyriq Marrero added 15, and Shermik Lofton tossed in 13 points for AP (15-7, 6-4).
Penn Wood 75, Chichester 57 >> Desman Johnson scored seven of his 13 points in the first quarter to get the Patriots rolling. Zac’Chae’us Williams tallied 12 points, and Shad Kyem and Davanta Smith added 11 each for the Patriots (14-8, 6-4).
Jamese Lundy-Byrd led the Eagles with 22 points. Josh Hankins tallied 12, and Calvin Church added 11 for Chichester (4-18, 3-7).
Glen Mills 67, Interboro 50 >> Greg Arroyo scored 16 points, and Aaron Thompson added 10 as the Battlin’ Bulls (7-15, 5-5) notched the victory.
Damon Dukes scored 15 points, and Alec Wood added nine as the Bucs (1-21, 0-10) wrap up the season with 21 consecutive losses.
In the Bicentennial League:
Delco Christian 68, Morrisville 27 >> Jacob Bronkema scored 22 points, and Obinna Nwobodo tallied 15 points as the Knights led by 31 points at halftime.
Jackson Piotrowski added eight points for the Knights (13-9, 8-7).
Phil-Mont Christian 55, Christian Academy 54 >> Tehron Phillips scored 16 points, and Grant Sareyka did a little of everything with 10 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Jourdan Greene added eight points for the Crusaders (9-10, 7-6).
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