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Top four seeds advance to PAISAA boys basketball semifinals


The top four seeds, Westtown School, Perkiomen School, Haverford School and Hill School, all advanced to the PAISAA boys’ basketball tournament semifinals with victories in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Top seed Westtown defeated Shipley, 72-55, led by 35 points from Jalen Gaffney (including 12-for-13 from the free throw line). Noah Collier chipped in with 14 points for the winners and teammate Jake Forrester tallied 11 points. Westtown will face No. 4 seed Hill School Feb. 23 at Neumann University in the PAISAA semifinal.

No. 2 seed Perkiomen earned its first trip to the PAISAA semifinals with a 78-63 win against Phelps School. Chandler Brooks led all scorers with 23 points while KJ Rhodes hit five threes on the way to 22 points as Perkiomen extended its home win streak to 26 games. Tautyvdas Kupstas chipped in 12 points in the win. The Panthers led No. 7-ranked Phelps 53-47 in the final frame where they closed it out with a 23-16 advantage. Anton Laginov led Phelps with 14 points while Manasseh Small added 10. With the win, Perk will face No. 3 Haverford School Feb. 23 at Neumann University in the PAISAA semifinal.

No. 3 seed Haverford School defeated Penn Charter, 66-46, as Gavin Burke scored 20 points, handed out six assists and five steals. Burke hit on three of the Fords’ eight 3-point field goals. Kharon Randolph added 19 points and five assists, while Christian Ray tossed in 10 points. Asim Richards paired four points with a team-high eight rebounds for the Fords.

No. 4 seed Hill School defeated Malvern Prep, 70-57. The Blues saw four player score in double-figures on the way to a win over the Friars in the quarterfinal round of the PAISAA playoffs. Seth Maxwell led the way with 18 for No. 4 Hill while DaQuan Morris scored 15, Chase Audige had 13 and Nick Alikakos scored 11. The Blues led 57-47 heading into the final frame where they used a 13-10 advantage to close it out.


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