Phantoms split two games at Marple Newtown tourney

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's DeAndre Gadsden (21) dribbles past Central's Kahil Williams (34).

NEWTOWN SQUARE - Phoenixville’s boys basketball team split two games at the Marple Newtown Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-28, 2012.

The Phantoms dropped their opener to Central, a Philadelphia Public League “C” Division team, 63-49. Then they stopped host Marple Newtown, 73-40, in the consolation game.

The Phantoms’ Eric Wallace was named to the all-tournament team after scoring in double figures in both contests. Wallace drilled a game-high 19 points against Central with three reys and also had five rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot in the contest. He scored 13 first-half points against the Lancers with all three triples coming during the first half of action.

Wallace tallied 14 points against Marple Newtown as the Phantoms improved their overall record to 3-4.

Phoenixville resumed Pioneer Athletic Conference action on the road against Pottsgrove this past Thursday night, Jan. 3. The Phantoms will also be in action today with a 2:30 p.m. home game against Owen J. Roberts.

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Against Marple Newtown, Phoenixville’s DeAndre Gadsden scored a game-high 17 points while Wallace and Marcus Howell (10) gave the Phantoms three players reaching double digits against the Tigers.

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Phoenixville shot 13-for-56 from the field against Central. The Phantoms shot well from the floor in the first half at 12-for-29 before falling to 7-for-27 in the second half. Phoenixville shot 5-for-6 at the foul line.

The Phantoms were outrebounded, 44-28, and committed 13 turnovers to 17 by the Lancers.

The Phantoms trailed 23-14 after one session and 37-31 at the break. Central held a 52-39 advantage after three periods.

Marcus Howell had eight point and five rebounds in the fray, and Victor Bozzelli finished with seven points, including a pair of treys, and four boards.

“As proud as I was in the first half with the way we fought back after being on the verge of being run out of the gym to make it a game, I was disappointed in the second half,” said Phoenixville coach Randy Reber. “To be a good basketball player, you have to play under tough conditions. You have to learn to play through that, but we allowed them to get away from us. We didn’t dig in.”

Central shot 27-for-56 from the floor with four treys and 5-for-8 at the foul line.

Kahil Williams led the way for the Lancers with 15 points, including 11 in the first quarter, and six rebounds. Kyle Lafferty scored 14 points with one trey and eight rebounds. Center Chris Bing made a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two blocks and a dunk. Gregory Holdsman gave the team a lift early with eight first-half points, including a pair of triples.

Central bolted to a 12-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game.

Reber said the Phantoms did not execute as well in the second half to work for better shots, and the bad shot selections created their low shooting percentage.