Jackson lifts Pottstown past Pope John Paul II; Phoenixville blows out Pottsgrove

POTTSTOWN - Elijah Jackson drilled a pair of free throws with 2 seconds left and Pope John Paul was unable to get off a final shot in the closing moments as Pottstown posted a pulsating 53-52 Pioneer Athletic Conference victory Tuesday night.

Jackson finished the night with 18 points and 4 assists for Pottstown, which got a game-high 19 points from Dawon Matthews.

“This was a character win,” said Pottstown coach Jai-T Randall after the Trojans improved to 1-1 in the PAC-10 Frontier Division, 3-2 overall. “We showed resolve. We showed composure. We showed fire and we showed focus. Proving that we can win a close game should help our confidence. Elijah hit the free throws, then we got a deflection on the inbounds play.”

Pope John Paul II, which got double figures scoring from Paul Mills (14 points), Jeff Evans (12, 4 treys) and Brent Mahoney (10), fell to 1-1 in the PAC-10 Frontier, 3-2 overall.

Phoenixville 64, Pottsgrove 44 – The Phantoms blew out to a 44-19 halftime lead and never looked back en route to an easy Frontier Division victory.

Marcus Howell dropped 18 points and delivered 6 assists to lead the way for Phoenixville (2-1 Frontier, 4-2 overall), which also got 17 points from Jake Lynch and 12 more from Rasheed Lawson.

“We played a solid first half of basketball in every aspect of the game,” said Phoenixville coach Randy Reber. “We shot 54 percent in the first half and we really defended. I was very pleased.”

Robert Stiles was the only player for Pottsgrove to hit double figures with 10 points. The loss drops the Falcons to 2-1 in the Frontier Division, 3-3 overall.

Methacton 70, Boyertown 60 – Evan Galloway did it all for the Warriors, collecting 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

Trailing 44-42 entering the fourth quarter, Methacton (2-1 Liberty, 4-2 overall) saved its best for last, posting a 28-16 advantage in the final quarter to secure the win. Scott Markle added 18 points and 7 rebounds and Mike Handley chipped in with 15 points for the Warriors.

Boyertown, which slipped to 0-3 in the Liberty (3-3 overall), was led by Tyler Moser (18 points) and Scott Dennin (16).

METHACTON 70, BOYERTOWN 60

Methacton (70):
  Ahlberg 1 2-2 4  Miller 3 0-0 7  Dinan 0 0-0 0  Donahue 0 0-0 0
Handley 6 2-2 15  Galloway 6 8-12 20  Hart 1 0-0 2  Herber 0 0-0 0  McKee 1
0-0 2  Markle 4 10-11 18  Casper 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 22-27 70.

Boyertown (60):
  Wrigley 1 2-2 4  Bauer 1 0-0 3  E. Shalaway 2 0-0 4  Moser 5 8-12
18  Pasik 3 1-1 8  Q. Shalaway 1 0-0 3  Werley 1 1-2 4 Dennin 8 0-3 16.
Totals 22 12-20 60.

Methacton:  11    18    13    28 - 70
Boyertown:  9      16    19    16 – 60

3-point goals: Miller, Handley, Bauer, Q. Shalaway, Pasik, Werley.

Cardinal O’Hara 65, Spring-Ford 64 – The Rams saw a 35-22 halftime lead evaporate in a firestorm of three-pointers, dropping their second straight non-league decision by the narrowest of margins.

O’Hara drilled eight treys and converted 7 of 8 shots from the free-throw line after intermission to nail down the victory. Steve Joyce led four players in double figures with 19 points for the Rams (4-2 overall, 2-0 Liberty).

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Boyertown 47, Methacton 29 – Kaitlyn Eisenhard scored a career-high 22 points to help the Bears improve to 2-1 in the Liberty, 5-1 overall. Boyertown also got strong games from Kelly Furman (9 points, 4 assists, 5 steals) and Jess Schlesman (8 points). Methacton fell to 1-2 in the Liberty, 1-5 overall.

Pope John Paul II 56, Pottstown 43 – The Golden Panthers built an 18-4 lead by the end of the first quarter en route to the Frontier Division triumph.

Devin Casey scored 14 points and Devin Raugh added 11 for PJP, which improved to 2-0 in the league. Pottstown (1-1, 2-4 overall) got a game-high 19 points from Sidney Sanford.

Phoenixville 50, Pottsgrove 26 – Amber Keys poured in 17 points to lead the Phantoms (2-4 overall) to their second win in 3 Frontier Division outings. The loss drops Pottsgrove to 1-2, 3-3 overall.

Upper Perkiomen 37, Faith Christian 35 – The Indians earned their first win of the season behind Stacey Auckland (19 points) and Holly Crossin (12). Upper Perk (1-3 overall, 0-2 Frontier) led 23-12 at intermission and withstood a late Faith Christian run to score the non-league victory.

BOYS SWIMMING

Gov. Mifflin 110, Spring-Ford 73 – Billy Drennen recorded a pair of individual wins, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Rams from sinking in the non-league dual meet.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Gov. Mifflin 124, Spring-Ford 56 – The Rams were no match for the powerful Mustangs in the non-league dual meet despite two individual triumphs by Erin Seiler.