Boys hoops wrap: Howell, balanced scoring help Phoenixville hold off Pottstown


POTTSTOWN – Marcus Howell dropped 18 points to lead four Phoenixville players in double figures as the Phantoms improved to 3-1 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference Pioneer Division with a narrow 71-69 victory over Pottstown Tuesday night.

Rasheed Lawson (15 points), Jim Riggins (13) and Jordan Kelly (12) also hit two columns for Phoenixville to help overcome the double-double recorded by Pottstown’s Dawon Matthews. Matthews finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds but it wasn’t enough for the Trojans, who dropped their third straight and fell to 1-2 in the league, 4-5 overall.

“I thought we played real well,” said Phoenixville’s first-year coach Randy Reber. “Pottstown is very athletic, very talented. We made some plays at the end to help us get the win.”

The Phantoms withstood a fourth-quarter charge that saw the Trojans post a 28-25 advantage. In addition to Matthews, Elijah Jackson added 19 points and Jeff Endy drilled five treys en route to 15 points for Pottstown.

“We got the lead on them, and then they started chasing us around,” said Reber. “We were able to hang on.”

Phoenixville was able to hang on despite a subpar 16-for-24 effort from the free throw line. Reber wasn’t happy about that.

“Sixty seven percent is not good, we need to be at 75 percent or above,” Reber said of his club’s inability to close things out at the charity stripe. “But we’re a young team, 6-3 and 3-1 in the league. We’re making strides.”

Spring-Ford 56, Owen J. Roberts 34 – The Rams improved to 3-0 in the PAC-10 Liberty and 6-4 overall behind Josh Dishman’s game-high 18 points that included a quartet of three-pointers.

Leading 30-17 at halftime, Spring-Ford blew things open with a 16-4 advantage in the third quarter. Ryan O’Hara and Steve Joyce added 8 points apiece for the Rams, who placed 8 players in the scoring column.

The Wildcats (0-3 league, 1-9 overall) got 16 points on four 3-pointers from Ryan Megay and 7 points and 10 rebounds from Mark Henry.

Pope John Paul II 44, Upper Perkiomen 32 – The Golden Panthers used a 19-7 surge in the fourth quarter to put away the feisty Indians and raise their PAC-10 Frontier slate to 2-1 (6-3 overall).

Billy Malescio and Brent Mahoney scored 10 points apiece to lead PJP, offsetting J.D. Ricapito’s game-high 15 points for Upper Perk (0-3 Frontier, 0-9 overall).

Exeter 54, Boyertown 48 – Scott Dennin cashed 18 points and Dylan Pasik added 10 but it wasn’t enough as the Bears dropped the nonleague clash. Boyertown (5-4 overall, 0-3 Liberty) led 21-18 at halftime, but was outscored 36-27 after intermission in losing for the first time in six nonleague starts.