Saturday, February 9, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Methacton holds off Phoenixville's upset bid

Methacton's Brendan Casper splits the defense of Phoenixville's Marcus Howell and Greg Hughes during Saturday's PAC-10 boys basketball semifinal at Spring-Ford. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

By Jeff Stover

ROYERSFORD — A scoring trip, a defensive stand, and three timeouts.
A lot of action for the last six seconds of any basketball game, let alone one at the high-school level.
But Methacton managed to keep it all straight Saturday afternoon, with a 53-51 victory over Phoenixville in the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Final Four playoffs to show for it.
Zach Jenkins had the eventual game-winning basket for the Warriors in the back end of the boys’ semifinal doubleheader at Spring-Ford. But the game wasn’t secured until both teams called for timeouts three times in a three-second span, then saw the Phantoms miss a shot at the buzzer as the final three ticks went off the clock.
“That was a long three seconds,” Methacton’s Brendan Casper admitted afterward. But the reward for surviving it was Methacton (20-3) getting to defend its PAC-10 title Tuesday, where it faces Perkiomen Valley — a 65-52 winner over Pope John Paul II in the first game — for the championship back at Spring-Ford.

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