The Christian Academy and Chester Charter Scholars Academy are both bound for their first District 1 finals … and their first state tournaments.
Both teams won in the District 1 Class A semifinals Wednesday, with top-seeded TCA downing No. 4 Jenkintown, 65-46, and No. 2 CCSA handling third-seeded Phil-Mont Christian, 59-46.
TCA (23-4) bounced back from a loss in the Bicentennial championship game with its usual offensive balance: Five players had at least nine points each, led by Isaiah Mitchell’s 14 points, plus seven assists and three steals. Jourdan Green had nine points and nine rebounds, Grant Sareyka paired 12 points with six assists and four steals, and Sam Geathers chipped in 10 points. Tahmir Phillips was 6-for-8 at the line in scoring nine points. TCA led by 10 after one quarter and never looked back.
Their opponent in Saturday’s final (noon, Lower Merion) is the Sabers, who rode 15 points, five rebounds and four assists from Breon Showell to top Phil-Mont. Sean DeShields added 12 points as the Sabers (17-6) won their first playoff game in the school’s three-year varsity existence.
CCSA also beat TCA, 61-56, on Jan. 8.