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PIAA Class 5A Boys Basketball: Chichester battles, falls to Imhotep Charter in states debut

Chichester's Akhir Keys pushes the ball upcourt in a January game against Academy Park. Keys scored 16 points to get the Eagles to states with a 37-36 win over Sun Valley Saturday. (PETE BANNAN - DAILY TIMES)

Chichester’s first matchup in the state tournament did them no favors, but the Eagles battled against one of the top programs in the states.

Akhir Keys led the way with 12 points, but the sixth seed from District 1 couldn’t slow down Imhotep Charter, which ran out to a 78-51 win in the PIAA Class 5A tournament.

Isaiah Diggs added 11 points, but the Eagles struggled with the Panthers incessant pressure, which led to 21 steals. The Eagles (11-15) trailed by 33 points after three quarters.

Justin Edwards led the way with 20 points for the Imhotep. Ahmad Nowell connected on five 3-pointers for 19 points. The Panthers (24-4), the District 12 champions, advance to take on District 1 runner-up Radnor in Friday’s Round of 16.

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