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Mercury Roundup (Feb. 14): Hill School, Perkiomen avoid upsets in PAISAA first round

The Hill School boys basketball team took all 32 minutes to knock out defending PAISAA champion Haverford School Friday, 56-54.

The Blues led from start to finish, building an early 20-7 lead. After back-to-back threes from Zack Genther in the second quarter, Hill had only a 25-18 lead going into halftime.

The Blues were never able to pull away, leading by only as many as seven points. Outstanding three point shooting from Haverford, and poor free throw shooting from Hill kept the game within reach down the stretch.

Hill got a great defensive spark from Daniel Nixon, who had two big steals for dunks and scored all 10 of his points in the second half. Zach Lezanic led Hill with 12 points and Toni Buchmann and Gabe Moss both had nine points while controlling the glass alongside Caleb Dorsey.

Hill converted when it had to and kept the game at multiple possessions until a final buzzer three by Haverford made the final margin a pair.

Perkiomen School 70, Germantown Ac. 60 >> The Panthers used a late surge Friday to pull even with the Patriots in regulation time, then another in overtime to claim victory in their Pa. Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) first-round playoff game.

Trailing GA 43-32 through three, Perkiomen pulled even at 57 with a 25-point fourth, fueled by half of Honor Huff’s team-high 22 points. In overtime, Gil Otoo (11 points) scored five and Steve Payne (17) went 4-for-4 at the line as the Panthers dominated the frame, 13-3.

Wrestling

District 3-AAA >> Four Daniel Boone grapplers advanced to the semifinal round of the Section 1 tournament through Friday’s early rounds at Gov. Mifflin Intermediate School.

Chase Stehman (120), Canton Dolla (132), J.T. Hogan (145) and Colby Pyle (170) were quarterfinal-round winners for the Blazers. Stehman blanked Conrad Weiser’s Branden Manderbach 7-0, Dolla scored a third-period technical fall on Gov. Mifflin’s Eathan Vogelin, Hogan also “teched “ Oley Valley’s Jacob Busnach in the third period and Pyle registered a 9-5 sudden-victory verdict on Exeter’s Charles Williams.

Reamaining alive in wrestlebacks were Purshotma Singh (113), Michael Elphick (138), Josh Smith (152), Colin Leahy (220) and Kyle Bernet (285). They were all first-round winners in their respective brackets.

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