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Basketball: Area cagers start playoff action


District One basketball playoff action tipped off last Friday night.

SOL National runner-up No. 16 Council Rock South (16-8) extended its win streak to four by topping SOL American runner-up No. 17 Abington (12-11) 62-41. South outscored the Ghosts 25-8 in the fourth quarter. Jack Rebholz’s 24 and Michael Stewart’s 17 paced South, as the Golden Hawks won their first home playoff game in school history.

The Golden Hawks fell at No. 1 Methacton (21-2) 66-41 in Tuesday’s second round. The Golden Hawks start playbacks on Friday.

In a not so sweet Valentine’s Day, No. 24 North Penn (10-13) put an early end to No. 9 CB West’s (15-8) season with a 57-47 first-round win in Doylestown. Mika Munari and Jack Neri both scored 13 to lead West, the SOL Continental runner-up. West and North Penn split their regular season series.

No. 18 Pennridge (12-11) fell at No. 15 and SOL National co-champ Neshaminy (15-8) 46-38 in Friday’s first-round girls action. Julia Krieder’s 13 points paced the Rams, who led 11-8 after one but fell behind for good after a big Redskin second quarter.

The New Hope-Solebury Lions fell to Jenkintown 47-37 in Feb. 15’s Bicentennial tournament final. The Lions, the Bicentennial Independence champs, thumped MaST Charter 58-22 in the quarterfinals and defeated Faith Christian 45-26 in last Thursday’s semifinals. On Wednesday night, No. 2 New Hope-Solebury (19-5) hosted No. 3 Calvary Christian (12-9) in District One semifinal Class 3A action. Results were unavailable, but New Hope dominated Calvary 63-27 in its Jan. 28 regular season meeting.

The winner faces the No. 1 St. Basil/No. 4 MaST winner on Saturday for the district’s lone PIAA berth.

The No. 2 Faith Christian Lions (20-5) have already clinched a Class A PIAA berth. They host No. 3 Chester Charter (16-5) in Saturday’s District One semifinal. Faith won the regular season meeting with Chester Charter in late January.

No. 3 New Hope-Solebury (13-11) travels to No. 2 Notre Dame Green Pond (13-9) on Feb. 26 in the boys’ 3A cross-district regional. The winner clinches one of two PIAA berths. The Lions advanced to the second round of last week’s Bicentennial Tournament.

Across the river in a March 2 double header, No. 6 South Hunterdon hosts No. 11 New Egypt in the Central Jersey Group 1 boys sectional and No. 6 South Hunterdon hosts No. 11 Somerset Tech in the Central Jersey Group 1 girls sectional.

No. 8 Palisades opens the District 11 Class 4A boys tournament Friday night against host and No. 1 seed Allentown Central Catholic, with the winner facing either No. 4 Wilson or No. 5 Salisbury in the semifinals.