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Westtown Moves to 4-0, Shipley to 3-0
On Friday, January 5th Westtown traveled to Abington and took home a 70-47 win. The Moose won the first and third quarters by a margin of 38-15. Westtown placed four players in double figures, led by Jalen Gafney and TJ Berger each with 15 points. Jake Forrester added 13 and Seyon Kpaan netted 12. Cameron Reddish did not play due to injury. Colin Brown paced the ‘roos with 12 points. The other contests scheduled for the 5th were postponed. Moorestown will host ANC on 1/11, GFS will host George School on 1/18, and Shipley will host FSS on 1/29.
Four games were played on Tuesday, January 9th Westtown hosted ANC and had things well in hand, leading at the half by 22-12, and after three periods by 41-22, before the Lions made a huge run in the final stanza and pulled to within 51-49 on an uncontested trey at the final buzzer. Gafney paced the winners with 25 points (5 threes) and Reddish contributed 14. Isaac Marshall led ANC with 22 points and Glenn Saab netted 15.
At Moorestown, the visiting GFS Tigers won 57-55 in overtime on an offensive rebound putback basket by Issac Myran as time expired. The visitors opened up an 18-13 lead after one period and expanded it to 31-23 at the half before the hosts pulled to within two points after 3 periods and tied the score at 50 at the end of regulation. Peter Gard led the Tiger scorers with 20 and Myran added 14. Jack Stern paced the Foxes with 23 points and Michael Cramer added 20.
Shipley held off visiting Friends’ Central 68-61. The Gators opened up a 37-20 halftime advantage before the Phoenix came back to pull within 1 point early in the fourth quarter and only trailed 61-58 with 1:20 left to play, before the hosts pulled away at the end. Sam Sessoms paced the winners with 35 points (13-14 from the foul line and 10 for 18 from the floor) and Ray Sommerville added 10 plus 7 blocked shots. Omar Nichols led the Phoenix with 22 points, while Mason Mosley added 12 and Myles Robinson scored 11. Shipley was 23-34 at the charity stripe, while Friends’ Central was 8-11.
George School topped host Friends Select 62-51. The Cougars drained 15 shots from beyond the arc, while connecting on only 4 from 2-point range. Charlie Trey-Masters paced the winners with 20 points (4 threes). Masai Olowokere netted 17 (4 threes) and Max Malavsky scored 15, all on three-pointers. Charles Carlies led the Falcons with 17 points.
On Thursday, January 11th ANC visited Moorestown and took home a 50-30 victory. The Lions opened with a 17-11 first quarter advantage and increased the lead each successive period. They were again led by Marshall with 20 points. Saab and Devin Bryant each tallied 13 in the winning cause. Stern paced the Foxes with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 13 blocked shots.
Also on the 11th, George hosted Shipley and yielded a 64-40 decision to the Gators. Shipley jumped out to a 28-9 advantage after one quarter, but the hosts pulled to within 9 points at the half, only to see Shipley pull away again with a 19-6 third quarter run. Sessoms again led the way with 22 points. He was joined in double figures by Sommerville with 13 and Khai Champion with 12. Trey-Masters led the way for the Cougars with 20 points, draining 6 threes.
The final three games of the week were scheduled for Friday, January 12th. At Germantown, the Tigers stayed close with Westtown through the first period, before the Moose exploded for a 24-2 second quarter. After that the visitors substituted liberally on the way to a 58-34 win. Gafney led 10 Moose scorers with 20 points (4 threes). Pietro Berghella with 12 and Gard with 10 led the hosts.
At Moorestown, the hosts won each quarter against Friends Select on the way to a 48-28 final score. Stern again paced the Foxes with 26 points and 17 rebounds. John Dinal led the Falcons with 7 points.
The Abington Friends-Friends’ Central game was postponed due to slippery floor conditions caused by the excessive humidity. The game at GFS was similarly impacted and had to be moved from the Scattergood Gym to the Fieldhouse in the middle of the second period.
December Games Split: 3 Wins at Home and 2 on the Road
The 2017-18 league season opened at ANC on Tuesday, December 5th. The Lions hosted Shipley and fell 65-50 to the visitors from the Main Line. The Gators jumped out to a 24-10 lead after one period and then saw ANC edge a bit closer through the middle two quarters, before the winners closed out with a 19-14 final stanza. Senior Sam Sessoms led the way with 21 points (8 FG and 5-5 from the foul line). Sophomore Khai Champion added 15 points (6-6 from the charity stripe). Sophomores Glenn Saab and Devin Bryant led ANC with 15 and 13 points respectively.
On Monday, December 11th Friends’ Central defeated visiting Friends Select 53-34. The Phoenix put 10 players in the scoring column, with four between 8 and 10 points. Bryce Spriggs led the way with 10 and was matched by Phil Seig who also netted 10 to lead the Falcons.
Two games were played on Tuesday, December 12th. At Germantown, the Tigers won every quarter against Abington, and used a 21-10 third quarter advantage to pull away from the ‘roos on the way to a 65-43 win. Senior Peter Gard paced the hosts with 24 point (6 threes). Classmate Pietro Berghella hit for 13 and sophomore Dean Wang added 12. Senior Joel Arteaga paced Abington with 8 points.
At Westtown, the hosts took a Patterson Cup point with a 63-44 win over George School. The Moose were led by Jalen Gafney with 17 points. Jalen Warley added 14 points and Noah Collier notched 13. George School scored 33 of its 44 points from beyond the arc, led by Charlie Trey-Masters and Masai Olowokere each with 12 points all from 3-point land. Jake Forrester and Cam Reddish sat out the game for the winners. Reddish was coming off a 53 point performance on Sunday against Holy Spirit from Georgia. With research still ongoing, the 53 points may be a record for a Friends Schools League player. Jonathan Haynes of GFS tallied 50 points against AFS in 1990.
On Thursday, December 14th Abington hosted ANC and fell to the visitors by a 42-32 score. The Lions used a 12-6 third quarter advantage to pull away from an 18-16 halftime lead. Saab and Bryant again paced ANC with 18 and 12 points respectively. Ace Bibbs led the ‘roos with 9 points.