Pennridge boys’ basketball needed triple overtime to down Methacton, 90-79, in a playback for fifth place in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Wednesday evening. The Rams rallied back from a 34-25 halftime hole to force OT. Pennridge junior Dan Long led all scorers with 29 points. Zach Muredda added 24 and Joe Molettiere 23 in the victory. The Rams, at 23-4 overall, will host Lower Merion on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., for fifth place.
A four-for-16 effort from the free throw line halted Pennridge boys’ basketball’s march in the District One Class AAAA tournament on Friday night. The Rams, the third seed, slipped to No. 6 Abington, 58-49, in the district quarterfinals. The Galloping Ghosts outscored the Rams in the fourth quarter, 21-11. Dan Long had 16 points for Pennridge; teammate Joe Molettiere managed 12 and Ryan Cuthbert nine, including the Rams’ only three-point bucket. Pennridge will begin its pursuit for fifth place in districts on Tuesday.
Pennridge boys’ basketball punched its ticket to states with a 53-47 victory over Coatesville at home on Wednesday night. For the Rams, it is their first trip to states. Pennridge, seeded third in the District One Class AAAA field, fought back from a 13-7 first-quarter deficit to clip Coatesville, the No. 14 seed. Four Rams finished in double digits. Dan Long led the way with 15 points; he was followed by Ryan Cuthbert (13), Zach Muredda (11) and Joe Molettiere (10). Cuthbert stole the show, coming off the bench to hit a three-pointer and all four of his foul shots. Pennridge will host Abington at home on Friday in the district quarterfinals.
Dan Long scored 25 points and Zach Muredda 23 as Pennridge boys’ basketball got past Spring-Ford, 78-54, in the first round of the District One Class AAAA tournament on Friday. The Rams, seeded third in the 32-team field, will challenge No. 14 Coatesville on Tuesday at home. Pennridge crushed Spring-Ford with a 22-11 first quarter and a 24-6 third quarter. The Rams sank eight three-pointers; Long had four.
Pennridge boys’ basketball succumbed to Pennsbury, 78-67, in the semifinals of the SOL postseason tournament at CR North on Saturday. The Falcons took a 48-31 advantage into halftime. Cameron Jones dropped in 37 points for Pennsbury. Joe Molettiere and Dan Long each had 22 points for the Rams. Zach Muredda contributed 13 points.
Pennridge boys’ basketball downed Quakertown, 67-56, on Thursday to end its regular season 20-2 overall and 13-1 in the SOL Continental. The Rams jumped on the Panthers early, carrying a 23-10 advantage into the second quarter. Joe Molettiere was huge for Pennridge, finishing with a game-high 30 points. Dan Long added 20 and Zach Muredda 11. Molettiere and Long combined to go 11 for 11 from the line. Kevin Norvaisas was giant for Quakertown. He had 26 points. The Panthers hit nine three-pointers and went nine for 11 from the line. The Rams will face Pennsbury on Saturday, at 3 p.m., at CR North in the semifinals of the new SOL postseason tourney.
Zach Muredda was 16 points away from reaching his 1,000th career point as Pennridge boys’ basketball journeyed to Neshaminy for a nonconference game on Wednesday evening. Muredda had 18 in the Rams’ 54-39 triumph. Pennridge outscored the Redskins, 19-5, in the third quarter. Muredda hit two three-pointers and went two for three from the free throw line. Dan Long added 10 points and Joe Molettiere nine in the victory. The Rams will conclude their regular season on Thursday with a visit from rival Quakertown at 7 p.m.
Zach Muredda scored 22 points and Dan Long 21 as Pennridge boys’ hoops got past Hatboro-Horsham, 67-59 in overtime, on Tuesday. The Rams held a 10-point advantage, 17-7, after one quarter only to see the Hatters rally in the second half to tie the game and force overtime. Joe Molettiere contributed 13 points in the win.
Pennridge boys’ basketball won the SOL Continental Conference outright with its 52-49 victory over North Penn on Friday. The Rams trailed, 26-22, at the half, but a 16-10 fourth quarter put head coach Dean Behrens’ club in the driver’s seat. Dan Long (20 points, including four three-balls) and Joe Molettiere (16) were the high scorers for Pennridge. The Rams improved to 17-2 overall and 11-1 in the Continental. Pennridge is at Neshaminy on Monday.
Pennridge boys’ hoops sneaked by Souderton, 58-56, on Wednesday. The Rams led, 32-28, at halftime. The Indians tied it at 41-41 after three, but Pennridge was able to notch its 10th win in 11 tries in SOL Continental play. The Rams struggled from the free throw line. They made only 12 of 23 tries. Four Rams had double-digit points: Joe Molettiere (14), Zach Muredda (13), Dan Long (12) and Stephen Lowry (12). Pennridge will be at North Penn on Friday.