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Exeter captures Manheim Central Tournament championship

Both the Exeter Township High School boys and girls basketball teams got their season off by participating in tournaments. The Exeter boys won both of its games to win the Manheim Central Tournament, while the Lady Eagles took second place in the Haverford Tournament.

On Dec. 5, the Exeter girls began the tournament with a game against host Haverford. A big second quarter helped Exeter to a 35-24 victory.

The Lady Eagles held a slim 7-6 lead after one quarter, but broke things open by outscoring Haverford in the second quarter, 13-4, and the third, 9-4. Haverford could not recover from the deficit.

Jen Eck led the Exeter offense with 20 points in the game. Ali Snyder netted seven points while Abbey Mengel and Kedden each had three points.

On Dec. 6, Exeter took on Nazareth in the championship game of the tournament. Nazareth proved to be too much for the Lady Eagles and won the game, 50-17.

Nazareth jumped out to a 9-2 lead after one quarter, then increased the advantage to 24 by halftime, 30-6. It then put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring Exeter, 13-4.

Mengel paced the Exeter offense with nine points in the contest. Eck netted seven and Cachet Greene had the other point.

The Exeter boys took on host Manheim Township in the opening round of the tournament. Thanks in part to a strong third quarter, the Eagles defeated their hosts, 58-49. With the game tied at 20-20 at halftime, Exeter came out in the third quarter and outscored Manheim Township, 19-10.

Luis Arndt paced the Exeter offense with 15 points in the game. Brandon Keim netted 12 points while Drew Churchill scored 10 and Michal Menet had seven.

The victory sent Exeter to the championship game where they took on Holy Ghost Prep. Arndt layed in the winning basket in the final 10 seconds to give Exeter a 47-46 victory. Exeter led the game at halftime, 24-20, but could not pull away in the second half. The game went down to the wire, giving Arndt his chance to be the hero.

Arndt and Devon Glover each had 10 points to lead the Eagles. Churchill and Brandon Keim each netted eight points while Angel Ocasio scored five.

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