Jim Nolan, the Great Valley boys' coach, said he once read that one in every 5,000 high school basketball players scores a thousand career points.
And that, he said, is what made Friday night so special. Mikal Bridges hit a second-quarter layup to reach 1,000 career points, and the Patriots downed visiting Archbishop Wood, 53-49, in a nonleague game.
Bridges, a 6-foot-7 senior forward bound for Villanova, finished with a game-high 29 points. He is the fourth Great Valley player to reach the milestone and the first since 1991.
"I'm very proud of him," Nolan said. "It's just a great moment."
After Bridges hit the shot - a righthanded floater from the lane - the game stopped briefly for him to pose for pictures.
"And on we went," Nolan said.
Ridley 36, Haverford High 34: Malcolm Strand-Young tipped in a rebound as time expired and Ridley stunned host Haverford. He finished with six points, and Brett Foster scored a game-high 12.
Archbishop Carroll 54, Carlisle 47: Ernest Aflakpui and Austin Tilghman each drained two free throws in the final 26 seconds to seal the Patriots' first-round win in Columbia, S.C. The 6-foot-9 Aflakpui finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and a block. Tilghman, a senior point guard, grabbed eight rebounds and scored 11 points. Junior forward Derrick Jones added seven rebounds and
SUBURBAN ONE AMERICAN
Upper Merion 56, Springfield (Montco) 45: David Stecz and Ryan Brennan each knocked down a pair of three-pointers to spark the host Vikings. Stecz finished with 10 points, and Brennan had eight.
Upper Dublin 52, Cheltenham 41: Khalil White scored nine of his 11 points in the first half and added three assists to lead the Cardinals. Justin Sutton collected 13 rebounds and eight points.
Abington Friends 75, Moses Brown (R.I.) 51: Jordan Greene scored 13 of his game-high 32 points in the second quarter to pace the Kangaroos at Friends' Central. Joe Robinson added 23 points and shot 7 for 11 from the foul line.
Germantown Friends 59, Baltimore Friends 51: Austin Harriott pulled down 15 rebounds and scored a team-high 17 points to propel the Tigers. Andrew Aldridge aided the effort with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
WESTSIDE WINTER CLASSIC
Palumbo 67, High School of the Future 60: The Griffins prevailed in the first round at West Philadelphia thanks to Anwar Epps' nine-point third quarter. He finished with 23 points and six steals. Mike Chau added 11 rebounds, and Shafi Meachum dished out six assists.
West Philadelphia 76, Parkway West 32: Junior shooting guard Quadir Tann made his first start of the season and scored the Speedboys' first five points. Lamar Strad, a senior guard, added seven assists.
Roman Catholic 55, St. Rita's (Ill.) 51: Rashann London scored 17 points and Shep Garner added 13 as the Cahillites won Thursday night in Hawaii. The victory put them in Friday night's semifinals.
Penn Charter 69, Shipley 53: Demetrius Isaac scored a game-high 20 points as the Quakers overcame an early 11-point deficit at Germantown Academy.
Boys' Latin 47, Germantown Academy 44: Jamar Brisbon scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and the Warriors rallied.
Lower Moreland 59, Church Farm 53: Stefan Zoubroulis' game-high 22 points led the hosts.
Holy Ghost Prep 67, MaST Charter 34: Zahar Watkins scored 12 points as the host Firebirds rolled.
Episcopal Academy 57, Blue Ridge 20: Mike Jolaoso scored 12 points and recorded four steals to lead the Churchmen at Hill School. Tajmir Cannon added eight points and five rebounds.
Hatboro-Horsham 51, Upper Moreland 42: Zach Quattro poured in 23 points and the Hatters rolled at the Wells Fargo Center, a few hours before the 76ers hosted the Brooklyn Nets.
Roxborough 69, Fels 52: Matt Harris grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with a team-high 17 points to lead the host Indians.
La Salle 71, Frankford 67: Jalen Herdsman's 17 points helped lift the host Explorers. The 6-5 senior center grabbed six rebounds, recorded four steals, and swatted a pair of shots.
Owen J. Roberts 77, Oley Valley 38: Matt Crider scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds to pace the visiting Wildcats.
Archbishop Ryan 56, Bishop Shanahan 47: The visiting Raiders were sparked by Austin Slawter's eight assists and Austin Chabot's four three-pointers.