|Boyertown's Mike Mansur tries to drive past Pennridge's Kyle Bigam during the championship game of the Boyertown Holiday Tournament Friday. (Photo by Brian Ludy)|
By Dennis Weller
Special to The Mercury
BOYERTOWN — The boys championship game of the Boyertown Holiday Basketball Tournament on Friday night resembled a three-point shooting contest much of the time and the Bears certainly held their own in that department. But it was the inside game that ultimately made the difference as Pennridge scored on close-range shots and offensive rebounds early in the fourth quarter and went on to capture the title with a 64-58 win.
Mike Mansur hit a game-high 24 points for Boyertown (3-5), which had won the last three tournament championships, and Connor Dunn and Kyle Dennin added nine points apiece. But Zach Muredda poured in 11 points in the third quarter as the Rams (5-4) wiped out a 31-20 Bear halftime lead and forged a 39-39 tie. Then Pennridge scored the first four points of the final quarter and led the rest of the way while protecting the advantage with a 14-for-20 performance at the free throw line.
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