Ross Reber could not have picked a more dramatic way for St. Pius X to open its final boys' basketball season.
Reber drained a 16-foot jumper at the buzzer and handed the Winged Lions a 38-37 win over Downingtown West in the opening round of the Springfield (Delaware County) Tournament Friday.
St. Pius X will close at the end of the school year and merge with Kennedy-Kenrick to form Pope John Paul II High School in a new building in Royersford.
The Winged Lions led at the end of each of the first three quarters but needed Reber's shot to get past the Whippets. Reber finished the game with 12 points. Ian Jones scored 18 points for West.
Aaron Wolf Coaches vs. Cancer Weekend. Donovan Womack was perfect on six shots from beyond the arc and sparked Phelps to an 84-50 semifinal win over Charles Carroll at Abington Friends. Womack picked up 21 points for the Lions.
Abington Ghost. Jack Walsh earned a win in his varsity coaching debut as Archbishop Wood eased past Strath Haven, 53-26, in a semifinal game. Brian O'Grady paced the Vikings with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Bristol Coaches vs. Cancer. Ike Robinson collected 17 points for Conwell-Egan in a 72-28 semifinal win over Morrisville.
Cheltenham Panther. Imire Taylor drained a trio of three pointers and scored 13 points as Frankford beat Franklin Learning Center, 52-38, in a semifinal game.
Daniel Boone. Eric Anderson ripped Pottstown for 23 points and led West Chester East to a 54-46 semifinal win.
Friends Select. The host Falcons shut out Coventry Christian in the first quarter, 21-0, and eased to a 43-14 semifinal victory. Brett Nagle paced Friends Select with 12 points.
George Rocco. Jack O'Neil, playing for his third team in thre seasons, scorched Downingtown East for 27 points and 5 rebounds as Wissahickon tripped the Cougars, 75-58, in a semifinal game at Phoenixville.
O'Neil played for Episcopal Academy as a freshman and at North Catholic last season.
Germantown Community. Matt Wahl had a successful coaching debut for Germantown when the Bears beat the host Tigers, 56-51. Dominique Twiggs led Germantown with 23 points.
Hatboro-Horsham Hatters. Aaron Goodman notched 22 points, 11 rebounds and two steals to lead Council Rock North past Perkiomen Valley, 57-43, in a semifinal game.
Red Land. Troy Hockaday scored 13 points for La Salle in a 52-40 win over Cedar Cliff in a semifinal game.
Southern Lehigh. Rick Kivela scored 22 points and Dalton Nice added 21 points to lift Quakertown past Northern Lehigh, 61-45, in a semifinal game.
Unionville. Mike Ibarguen drained three free throws with no time left in regulation, and Bishop Shanahan went on to beat Marple Newtown in overtime, 73-65.
Anthony Sam scored 17 points for the Eagles who outscored the Tigers in overtime, 17-9.
Public. Amir Stringfield collected eight of his 17 points in the final quarter and helped Randolph get past host Mastery Charter North, 56-54.
Tyler Hunt dropped in 20 points and sparked Masterman to a 52-48 win over host Esperanza.
Shaquille Shannon picked up 21 points and helped Communications Tech beat visiting Prep Charter, 69-60.
Rysheen Dorn notched 15 of his 31 points down the stretch and led Del-Val Charter past visiting Hope Charter, 77-60.
Earl Brown accounted for 18 points and four blocked shots for Imhotep Charter in a 49-30 win over visiting Freire Charter.
Devonte' Newbill picked up 25 points and boosted Strawberry Mansion past host Dobbins, 86-62. Jerrel Wright scored 36 points for the Mustangs.
Teron Brown scored 20 points and was one of four players to reach double figures for High School of the Future in a 78-44 win over visiting Elverson.
Ben Franklin raced to a 21-4 lead in the opening quarter and handled visiting Philadelphia Academy Charter, 63-28. Kenny Bey-Brown and Shaquil Taylor each scored 12 points for the Electrons.
Jay Harris collected 17 points and helped Paul Robeson beat host Douglas, 68-16.
World Communications opened up a 40-14 lead in the first half and cruised past visiting CAPA, 74-21. Markeith Mont paced the Stallions.
Maurice Watson collected 24 points and handed out nine assists for Boys' Latin in a 69-8 win over host Science Leadership.
Nonleague. Jesse Krasna collected 26 points as Pennsbury shaded visiting Gratz, 49-46.
Jabreil McLeod and Kadeem Patterson each scored 16 points to lead Olney past visiting Fitzsimons, 59-51.
Cameron Ayers came through with 22 points and 14 rebounds for Germantown Academy in a 61-52 win over visiting Mercersburg Academy.
Aquil Younger dropped in 11 of his 28 points in the final quarter and helped West Catholic beat visiting Cardinal O'Hara, 64-53.
Mike Fee and Gene Williams each scored 11 points to lift St. Joseph's Prep past visiting Penn Charter, 44-29.
Raheem Harvey struck for 24 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocked shots to spark Glen Mills to a 61-40 win over visiting University City.
Cardinal Dougherty opened its final season with a 77-42 win over visiting Mastery Charter South. Brandon Wims scored 18 points and was one of 13 Cardinals to score.
High School of the Future found a way to survive a scoreless first quarter Friday by holding the opposing team scoreless as well.
Both the Firebirds and visiting Math, Civics and Science went scoreless in the second quarter of Future's 35-27 Public League girls' basketball win after combining for 28 first-quarter points. Shiquita Williams led Future with 19 points.
Tri-County. Visiting Mercy Vocational used a tenacious defense to limit Del-Val Friends to seven points over the first three quarters in a 30-13 win. Linette Young led the Monarchs with 10 points.
Friends Select. Woodlynde's Sarah Engman outscored the entire Esperanza team, putting up 32 points in a 44-29 first-round win.
Abington. Megan Gallagher led a group of three players in double digits with 11 points as St. Basil coasted into Saturday's title game with a 65-31 win over Pottsgrove.
Bishop McDevitt. In a first-round game, Hannah Rush scored 22 points to lead Sacred Heart to a 57-46 win over Agnes Irwin.
Bristol. Tanya Argueta scored 17 points as Morrisville beat Truman, 48-40, in a first-round game.
Hatboro-Horsham. Cailin Schmeer's 15 points helped host Hatboro-Horsham humble Northeast, 55-33, in a first-round game.
Oreland Lions. Annie Crudele scored 27 points as host Springfield (Montgomery County) pummeled Marple Newtown, 62-42, in a first-round game.
Shipley Brain Tree. Maddie Kohler's 17 points helped Mount St. Joseph to a 39-35 first-round win over Freire Charter.
Nonleague. Westtown used a two-pronged attack, getting 14 points apiece from Erin Pinkett and Dominique Pagan, in a 33-26 win at St. Andrew's (Del.). Pagan added 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Host West Chester Rustin got 13 points apeice from Rianna Doane and Mariah Powell in a 53-37 win over visting Strath Haven. Doane made all seven of her free throws and Powell added 10 rebounds.
Stephanie Kates' 19 points proved to be the difference for Philadelphia Academy Charter in a 49-30 win over visiting Elverson.