In another Pioneer Athletic Conference tussle, that scoring provided the difference as the Winged Lions edged the Phantoms, 62-55, at Father Doyne Hall.

It came on an evening when St. Pius X coach Randy Reber attended a viewing for his father-in-law before taking his seat on the bench.

"He always supported the kids in our family and my coaching," Reber said. "I am so proud of the team for the effort they gave tonight. My family allowed me to coach and we had a happy ending to a tough game."

The Winged Lions (11-4 PAC-10, 14-5 overall) avenged a 58-55 overtime setback to the Phantoms (7-7, 8-10) during the first half of the schedule.

Chris Flick produced 20 points and seven rebounds for the Lions while Joe Pritiskutch came off the bench to nail 14 points with three treys and Matt King had three treys for 11 markers. Mike Curry finished with 11 rebounds, seven points and a blocked shot.

Phoenixville got 13 points and several key steals from Ryan Thomas and 11 counters each from Alex Johnson and freshman Jon Hogga, who drilled three shots from long range. Chris Ellis had a monster game on the boards with 19 rebounds along with eight points and a block. Jeff Ward provided nine rebounds and eight points off the bench.

"We performed at the end of the game," Reber said. "We defended and we executed real well."

The Winged Lions, who led 7-0 at the outset and 35-30 at halftime, outscored the Phantoms 17-13 in the fourth period in a game they never trailed. The score was knotted at 37-all with 5:42 left in the third quarter when Hogga buried a 3-pointer from the right wing.

Phoenixville coach Bill Detweiler was pleased with his club's effort despite another setback during difficult times.

"We're playing a team that has been down this road a whole bunch of times," he said. "They have a lot of seniors who have been around awhile. In the fourth quarter, we had three guys who had no varsity experience before this year. They (Lions) hit some big shots when they needed to.

"Coach Reber had a death in his family. It was a distraction they overcame. The bottom line is they did a great job. I'm proud of our kids, but there are little things we have to continue to work on."

Defensively, Reber liked the job done by Curry, Dave Bilinski and Chad DiFebbo.

"Phoenixville played a very disciplined game with a man shy (Drew McCall)," Reber said. "They are very dangerous. We had to play extremely well to beat them.

"We made some big fouls late in the game. We got into a situation where we ran some clock and made free throws."

St. Pius X shot 23-for-44 (52 percent) from the field and 10-for-15 at the foul line. They shot 5-for-9 at the charity stripe in the last eight minutes.

Phoenixville shot 23-for-59 (39 percent) and just 6-for-14 at the line.

"The foul line has been haunting us," Detweiler said. "Our goal is to shoot 80 percent, but as a team we are shooting 58 percent. You are not going to win many games that way."

The Phantoms outrebounded the Lions 34-30. Phoenixville had 11 turnovers to Pius X's 17.

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