Penn Wood harassed Academy of the New Church for 28 turnovers and posted a 53-41 victory before about 1,500 fans at Widener University last night, highlighting five boys' basketball games played on the third day of the Jameer Nelson/Pete Nelson Scholastic Play by Play Classic.
Senior guard Will Brown led Penn Wood with 13 points and three steals, and junior forward Darian Barnes had 12 points and nine rebounds as the Patriots bested the Lions.
"We don't look at rankings, we just look at matchups," said Brown, Penn Wood's tournament MVP. "This was a tough game on paper, but we played defense and ran our offense, and everything worked out."
Rakeem Christmas and Savon Lloyd-Goodman each scored 10 points for the Lions.
In its sixth year, the 19-game tournament concludes tomorrow with three games at both Gwynedd Mercy College (4:30 p.m. start) and North Catholic High School (3:30 p.m.).
Neshaminy 63, Lower Merion 58 - Sophomore forward Ryan Arcidiacono scored 21 points as the Redskins handed the Aces their first loss of the season after three wins. Lower Merion's Aaron Staley and Mike Buchwald each scored 13 points.
St. Joseph's Prep 62, Marple Newtown 42 - Prep senior guard Joe Nardi scored 23 points and senior center Connor McIntyre added 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks overcame the Tigers and center junior Ryan Hanley (15 points, 11 rebounds).
Life Center (N.J.) 79, Atlantic Christian (N.J.) 55 - Life Center senior forward Stojan Gjuroski scored 22 points to take down Atlantic Christian and junior guard Deshon Minnis (14 points).
Bartram 72, Chester 65 - Senior guard Tyrone Garland scored a game-high 27 points, giving him 53 for the tournament, as the Braves handed the Clippers and sophomore forward Erikk Wright (22 points) their second loss in this year's Nelson Classic. The Clippers and Braves were tied at halftime, 31-31.