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Pa. Boys: L. Merion wins Classic opener

A huge holiday basketball tournament had to wait 24 hours to begin after a massive winter storm. But the Jameer Nelson/ Classic is always worth the wait.

A huge holiday basketball tournament had to wait 24 hours to begin after a massive winter storm. But the Jameer Nelson/ Classic is always worth the wait.

Mike Robbins scored 16 points and was named the most valuable player of the game as Lower Merion got past Pocono Mountain East, 54-51, at Widener University.

In a game at Plymouth Whitemarsh, Aaron McGlawn and Nafis Walker led a balanced Cheltenham scoring attack with 11 points each as the Panthers tripped Chestnut Hill Academy, 46-33.

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Jaylen Bond cashed in with 10 of his 28 points in the first quarter, pulled down 18 rebounds, and was named most valuable player of the game as the host Colonials tripped Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.), 62-54.

Ja'Quan Newton shot 8 for 13 from the floor, was perfect with six free throws, and scored 22 points for Neumann-Goretti in a 70-59 win over West Chester Rustin.

Robbinsville Tournament. Rickey Melendez converted a three pointer with 6.8 seconds left and handed Morrisville a 55-54 win over Allentown (N.J.) in a semifinal game. Melendez scored 16 points.

Coatesville Tournament. Steve Joyce picked up 14 points for Spring-Ford in a 45-44 win over Vaux in a semifinal game.

Garnet Valley Tournament. Dan Mengel hit a follow shot with three seconds left and gave Episcopal Academy a 60-59 win over Collingswood (N.J.) in a semifinal game. Mengel scored 21 points.

Audenried Winter Classic. Jamar Johnson drained two free throws with 20 seconds left to boost Parkway West past Furness, 54-51, in a semifinal game. Johnson scored 12 points.

In the other semifinal game, the host Warriors got 18 points each from Daquan Jones and Qaadir Nock and handled Maritime Academy, 59-47.

Bishop McDevitt Tournament. John Loughery scored six of his eight points during a 17-5 scoring run by Penn Charter in the third quarter and the Quakers held on to beat Pope John Paul II, 44-40, in a semifinal game.

Stan Novak Tournament. Seth Heinicke struck for 21 points and boosted Calvary Christian to a 74-69 win over host Springfield (Montgomery County).

Upper Dublin Cardinal Classic. Davon Harris and Brandon Hashim each scored 12 points to lead Upper Darby past Hatboro-Horsham, 65-59, in a semifinal game.

Juenger Tournament. Kai Bey scored 24 points and DeQuan Gray added 23 points to give Oxford a 66-60 semifinal win over Academy Park at Haverford High.

In the other semifinal game, Eric Falasco was 7 for 8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and scored 11 points as the host Fords edged Lansdale Catholic, 38-30.

Pine Grove Cardinal Classic. Godfrey Baldez and Mike Hutson each scored 16 points to lift Phil-Mont Christian past Steelton-Highspire, 64-57, in the consolation game.

Wissahickon Trojan Classic. Liam Gallagher collected 12 points and Central Bucks East beat Truman, 57-48, in a semifinal game.

In the other semifinal game, the host Trojans got 15 points from Mike Scheier and sprinted past Sankofa Freedom, 64-25.

Reading Central Catholic Tournament. Mariana Bracetti outscored Pottstown in a second overtime period, 11-3, and beat the Trojans, 67-59, in the consolation game. Darrell Ockimey paced the Bulldogs with 27 points.

Walt Katuzny Tournament. Peter Wallace chipped in with 19 points as host Radnor got past Upper Perkiomen, 58-50, in a semifinal game.

Unionville Tournament. Garrett Geiger scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the host Indians beat Hope Charter, 53-44, in a semifinal game.

Binghamton Tournament. Erik Copes scored 14 points and led Imhotep Charter to a 53-44 semifinal win over Holy Cross (N.Y.).

Marple Newtown Tournament. Ryan Furst scored 17 points for the host Tigers, who beat Delco Christian, 68-58, in a semifinal game.

Paul VI Tournament. Christen Gibbs picked up 16 points and led West Catholic to a 65-55 semifinal win over Camden Catholic.

Triangle Club Tournament. Danny Shine came through with 24 points and led Conestoga past Germantown Academy, 74-62, in a semifinal game at Norristown.

Western Lehigh Exchange Tournament. Jack Rauchut picked up 14 of his 21 points in the second half and lifted William Tennent past Germantown Friends, 52-40, in a semifinal game at Emmaus.

Reading Tournament. Daiquan Walker poured in 17 of his 26 points in the second half and boosted Constitution to a 78-65 win over Simon Gratz.

Nonleague. Da'Quan Ballenger notched 19 points for host Swenson in a 45-39 victory against Bodine.