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 yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High School of the Future found a way to survive a scoreless first quarter yesterday 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.
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 today'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.