Boys hoops: Memmo keys quick-starting Phoenixville; Pottstown pulls off shocking comeback win

Phoenixville 43, Upper Merion 35 – Mike Memmo triggered a fast start with 9 of his team-high 12 points in the first quarter as the Phantoms opened the PAC season with a wire-to-wire win Friday night.
Phoenixville, which also got 7 points from Dallas Maloney and 6 each from Josh Warren and Jackson Brutsche, led 13-4 after the opening period and had enough cushion to survive a 10-1 run by the Vikings that cut the deficit to 37-34 with 2:20 left.
Phoenixville held on at crunch time, closing things out with a 6-1 sprint to the final buzzer. Ty Jones cashed 12 points to lead Upper Merion, which got 6 of Kareem Abdussaamad’s 7 points during its fourth-quarter surge.  
Upper Merion (35) – Jones 4 3-5 12, Kim 2 0-0 5, Tatum 2 1-2 6, Etheridge 0 0-0 0, Lawson 2 0-2 4, Smith 0 0-0 0, Eyer 0 1-2 1, Abdussamad 1 5-6 7, Totals 11 10-17 35.
Phoenixville (43) – Orsatti 0 0-0 0, Allain 1 1-2 3, Mayo 1 2-2 4, Martin 0 0-0 0, Maloney 2 3-4 7, Breisblatt 2 0-0 5, Warren 3 0-0 6, Brutsche 3 0-2 6, Memmo 4 3-4 12, Kuranda 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-14 43
Upper Merion       4   9   9  13 – 35
Phoenixville       13   8   7  15  - 43
3-point goals: UM (3) – Jones, Kim, Tatum. Phoenixville (2) – Breisblatt, Memmo
 
Pottstown 43, Upper Perkiomen 38 – The Trojans overcame a 38-28 deficit with a closing run of 15 unanswered points to pull off the stunning comeback victory in the PAC Frontier Division opener for both teams.
Darius Smallwood cashed 3 of 6 free throws down the stretch to finish with a team-high 12 points for Pottstown, which got 5 fourth-quarter points from Terryce Phillips to help key the rally.
For the Indians, Adam Shaak dropped a game-high 13 points and Nick Aron chipped in with 10.
 
Pope John Paul II 58, Pottsgrove 37 – The defending PAC Frontier and District 1-AAAA champion Golden Panthers rode deadly long-range shooting, balanced scoring and a sizzling start to the season-opening victory.
Kevin Green, Jaden Workman and JP Baron cashed 14 points each and combined for 8 of PJP’s 12 treys while Luke McCarthy was the deadliest assassin from beyond the arc with 4 3-balls en route to 13 points.
The Falcons, who fell behind 15-8 after one period and 30-17 at the break, got a game-high 16 points from Luke Kaiser and another 9 from Zion Dyches.
Pottsgrove drew within 39-31 behind a 14-9 edge in the third quarter, but PJP answered the challenge with a closing run of 19-6.
PJP (58) – Green 5 1-2 14, McCarthy 4 1-4 13, Wells 0 0-0 0, Workman 5 3-3 14, Mink 0 1-2 1, Baron 5 0-0 14, Haffney 1 0-0 2, Carr 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 6-11 58.
Pottsgrove (37) –G.  Rinda 0 0-0 0, Allen 0 0-0 0, McMenamin 1 0-0 2, Sisko 0 0-0 0, Dyches 3 2-4 9, Kaiser 7 2-2 16, Majors 0 0-0 0, S. Rinda 1 0-0 2, Stringer 2 0-0 5, Thompson 1 0-0 3. Totals 15 4-6 37.
PJP                 15  15   9  19 – 58
Pottsgrove        8   9  14   6 -  37
3-point goals: PJP (12) – McCarthy 4, Baron 4, Green 3, Workman. Pottsgrove (3) – Dyches, Stringer, Thompson.