Local roundup: SF boys outlast Pottstown, 108-104, in OT

Photo by Barry Taglieber
Spring-Ford guard Drew Kakareka (3) handles the basketball while being defended by Phoenixville's Cole Luzins (5).
Photo by Barry Taglieber Spring-Ford guard Drew Kakareka (3) handles the basketball while being defended by Phoenixville's Cole Luzins (5).
Photo by Barry Taglieber
Spring-Ford girls basketball head coach Mickey McDaniel observes his team against Phoenixville.
Photo by Barry Taglieber Spring-Ford girls basketball head coach Mickey McDaniel observes his team against Phoenixville.


Spring-Ford 108, Pottstown 104 (OT): Spring-Ford erased a 17-point third-quarter deficit and defeated the Trojans in an epic encounter at Strom Gymnasium on Jan. 10.

The Rams trailed by 17 with 6:30 left in the third period. But the Rams scored 32 points during the final 4:47 of regulation time to force overtime.

Regular assistant coach Matt Kurtz coached the Rams in the absence of ill head coach Chris Talley.

The game featured a combined 25 3-point field goals with 14 by Spring-Ford. Ram senior guard Drew Kakareka finished with a career-high 33 points and eight 3-pointers.


Also for the Rams, Nick Stanek matched his career high with 28 points and Gary Hopkins (22) and Ryan Cass (13) established career bests.

Cass buried a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 96, and Hopkins put the Rams up to stay at 104-102 with a basket in the final minute of OT.

Spring-Ford trailed 50-38 at halftime but wound up scoring 42 points in the fourth quarter that saw the two teams combine for 71 points.

Pottstown senior guard Rich Duvivier scored a career-high 42 points, and junior forward Bryant Quill delivered a career-high 34 points. The Trojans are coached by Cal Benfield.

Spring-Ford 66, Phoenixville 50: Gary Hopkins scored 19 points to lead the Rams over the Phantoms in PAC-10 action Jan. 14 at Ram Gymnasium.

Mike Olsen added 13 with three 3-pointers for the Rams (8-0, 13-1). S-F made 10 3-pointers in the contest. Eric Wallace pumped in a game-high 21 points for the Phantoms (2-6, 5-10) with five 3-pointers and DeAndre Gadsden finished with 14 counters. Mike Anthony chipped in with nine.

Phoenixville 51, Owen J. Roberts 41: Mike Anthony scored 15 points and DeAndre Gadsden had 14 as the Phantoms defeated the Wildcats in a PAC-10 game on Jan. 13.

Matt Crider produced a game-high 25 points for the Wildcats.

Central Dauphin East 66, Phoenixville 45: Mike Anthony scored a career-best 22 points, but the Phantoms fell to the Panthers in the non-league game on Jan. 11.

Perkiomen Valley 58, Pope John Paul II 53: Purnell Wilson scored a game-high 16 points to lead a balanced attack that was the Vikings rally past the Golden Panthers in PAC-10 action on Jan. 11.

Mekhi Clemons and Tyler Krause scored 12 points apiece for PV, and Tom Patterson added 10. Tim Tadros (16) and Mikey Cianciulli (15) paced PJP.


Mount St. Joseph 39, Spring-Ford 34: In a battle of two of the top-rated teams in Pennsylvania, the defending state champion Rams fell during the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic at Philadelphia University on Jan. 11.

Villanova recruit Alex Louin scored 11 points, and Libby Tacka and Mary Kate Ulasewicz scored 10 apiece for MSJ. Lafayette-bound senior guard Sammy Stipa scored a game-high 13 pooints and Amy Roth netted 12 for the Rams, who played from behind the whole game and were in foul trouble.

Spring-Ford 62, Phoenixville 30: Molly Hynes scored a season-high 16 points, and Shelby Mueller and Sammy Stipa also finished in double figures with 13 and 12, respectively, as the Rams defeated the Phantoms in PAC-10 action Jan. 14.

Hynes and Stipa each drilled two 3-pointers while Mueller had one. Nomi Washington paced the Phantoms (3-5, ) with 15 points, including four 3-pointers.

Spring-Ford (8-0, 11-2) led 16-6 after one period and 33-10 by halftime.

Perkiomen Valley 48, Pottsgrove 43: Mekhi Clemons led the way for the Vikings by matching his season high 17 points, and PV shut out the Falcons during the third quarter of the victory.

Purnell Wilson scored 15 points for defending league champion PV (4-4, 6-8), which trailed 22-16 at halftime.

Pope John Paul II 54, Perkiomen Valley 46: Jenna Widdicombe scored a season-high 20 points for the Golden Panthers in the PAC-10 win over the Vikings.

Susan Bossler (13) and Lauren Dao (12) also hit double figures for PJP (6-0, 11-1). Katie Armstrong scored a game-high 21 points for the Vikes.

Fleetwood 50, Phoenixville 36: Jada Boyce scored 12 points and Mackenzie Smith added 10, but the Phantoms fell in the non-league road game on Jan. 11.

Kendra Bamberger poured in 22 points for the Tigers.


Phoenixville 91, Boyertown 79: Shawna Moore and Maddie Cooke led Phoenixville with four wins each as the Phantoms remained undefeated in the PAC-10 at 3-0 by beating the Bears at Boyertown’s pool on Jan. 13.

Moore won the 50 free (26.24), 100 fly (1:04.71) and anchored the Phantoms’ winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. Cooke finished first in the 200 IM (2:17.10), 100 breast (1:10.46) and also swam on the two winning relays. Kathryn Bland won the 100 back (1:04.76).


Boyertown 94, Phoenixville 71: Jan Aclan and Josh Ziev posted individual victories, bu the Phantoms fell to the Bears in a PAC-10 meet.

Aclan won the 100 back (1:01.09) and Ziev took the 100 breast (1:12.94).