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.
Three days after suffering its first conference loss of the season, Pennridge boys’ basketball returned to its winning ways by defeating Central Bucks South, 64-52, at home on Friday. Rams junior Dan Long pumped in 26 points to lead all scorers. He connected four times from beyond the arc. Stephen Lowry put in 14 points and Joe Molettiere nine for the victors. Chris Hones and Sean Gallagher paced the Titans with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Gallagher was eight for nine from the line. Next up for the Rams is a date with Neshaminy on Monday.
Central Bucks West girls’ hoops downed rapidly-improving Pennridge, 71-50, on Tuesday. The Bucks blew open a close game in the second half, where they outscored the Rams, 34-14. CB West senior Nicole Munger led all scorers with 22 points. She was assisted by teammates Mackenzie Carroll (17 points) and Corrinne Godshall (16). Devan Rimmer was the high girl for Pennridge with 15 points; she was aided by Shelby Schoonover (13 points) and Lydia Konstanzer (12).
Central Bucks West boys’ basketball handed Pennridge its first loss of the season in the SOL Continental Conference, 59-54, on Tuesday evening. The Bucks outscored the Rams 15-6 in the third quarter and 26-22 in the fourth. Nico Munari had 16 points to pace CB West. Cal Reichwein (11 points) and Owen Cooney (10) also finished in double figures for the Bucks. CB West was 23 for 29 from the free throw line. Pennridge was 14 for 15 from the stripe. Dan Long hit all nine of his attempts for his game-high 28 points. Zach Muredda was five for six from the line and deposited 17 points. The Rams are 14-2 overall and 8-1 in the Continental; the Bucks are 13-4 overall and 6-3 in conference action.