It took 19 years for Haverford School to get one Inter-Ac title. Now under coach Bernie Rogers, the Fords have two in as many campaigns.
Tyler Seward scored 21 points, and Christian Ray added 19 as the Fords stopped Springside Chestnut Hill, 69-56, Friday to clinch at least a share of a second straight Inter-Ac title.
The Fords (23-0, 9-0) can clinch a second consecutive outright title Tuesday by winning at second-place Malvern Prep.
Gavin Burke and Jameel Brown scored 11 points each for the Fords, who also got seven points from Asim Richards. The starters accounted for all 69 of the Fords’ points.
Also in the Inter-Ac:
Malvern Prep 67, Episcopal Academy 61 >> Matt Dade scored 26 points and EA led by one after three quarters, but Malvern stormed back on the strength of 36 Deuce Turner points to set up next week’s title showdown.
Will Delaney canned three 3-pointers for a career-high 11 points, and Colin Chambers added 10 for the Churchmen (10-13, 3-6).
In the Catholic League:
Cardinal O’Hara 60, Devon Prep 47 >> Tre Dinkins hit five 3-pointers for a team-high 18 points, and Sean Hutchinson and Adrian Irving each connected on three triples for 11 points apiece as the Lions (8-11, 3-8) drained 12 3-pointers on the day. Anthony Purnell added nine points.
In the Central League:
Marple Newtown 57, Springfield 42 >> Aziz Khammassi celebrated senior night with a career-high 30 points to go with 15 rebounds, and Tommy Gardler paired 13 points with seven rebounds and five assists as Marple Newtown (6-13, 4-10) won their second straight.
Cole Rhodes scored 12 points, and Brian Ward added 11 for the Cougars (0-20, 0-14).
Radnor 60, Harriton 55 >> Sean Mullarkey went off for a career-high 18 points, his fourth double-figure game in his last six outings, as the Raiders (10-9, 6-8) nudged back above .500.
Jack D’Entremont added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Lewis Robinson provided 12 points for the Raiders.
Penncrest 48, Strath Haven 35 >> Malcolm Williams scored a game-high 26 points, stepping up big in the fourth quarter as the Lions overturned a deficit by outscoring the Panthers, 18-3 in the final frame. Penncrest shot 9-for-14 from the field in the last eight minutes. Denzel Atkinson-Boyer added 10 points for Penncrest (15-5, 11-3).
Justin Morris hit three 3-pointers to lead Haven with 10 points. Brady Mutz and Ibo Pio had eight each, and Luke Edwards paired a quiet four points with 10 rebounds and six blocks for Haven (2-18, 2-12).
Lower Merion 77, Garnet Valley 57 >> Cade Brennan scored a season-high 18 points, and Greg Vlassopoulos and Carl Schaller combined for 23 points, but the Jaguars (12-6, 8-5) couldn’t overcome allowing 13 3-pointers to the Aces.
Matt O’Connor hit five triples for 15 points for the Aces. Jack Forrest also scored 15 points, as did Julian Hairston, and Steve Payne added 17 for LM.
In the Bicentennial League:
Christian Academy 61, Jenkintown 52 >> Grant Sareyka paired 21 points with six rebounds, and Tehron Phillips added 15 points as the Crusaders (9-7, 7-4) notched a big win for their playoff chase.