Methac­ton ral­lies past Soud­er­ton

North Penn Life - - Sport - By An­drew Mar­cus amar­cus@jour­nalregis­ter. com

The Methac­ton gym was packed to the ceil­ing for the tar­riors’ District lne Class AAAA boys bas­ket­ball sec­ond-round game against Soud­er­ton Tues­day night. There was scream­ing and clap­ping, boo­ing and cheers. There were whis­tles and horns — ev­ery­thing ex­pected from a play­off at­mos­phere.

Adren­a­line and de­ter­mi­na­tion played a big role with a state play­off berth in the bal­ance. Com­po­sure was para­mount.

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Methac­ton (22-4) now trav­els to third-seeded dreat VDOOHy IRU WKH TuDUWHUfinDO matchup Fri­day. The In­di­ans (16-8) host No. 14 Cen­tral Bucks South — which lost 60-57 in over­time to dreat sal­ley Tues­day — in a ninth­place play­back game Fri­day.

“te got down and our guys hung in there,” tar­riors coach Jeff Der­s­tine said. “te em­pha­sized playLnJ IRuU TuDUWHUV DnG wH were able to make enough plays down the stretch.”

The In­di­ans held a 37-31 ad­van­tage head­ing into the IRuUWK TuDUWHU bHKLnG WKH sen­sa­tional shoot­ing of se­nior John hanas. Af­ter mis­sLnJ KLV fiUVW WwR VKRWV Rn the night, the guard drained WKH nHxW fivH. .DnDV KLW VLx three-point­ers and had 24 SRLnWV DIWHU WKUHH TuDUWHUV.

“te beat them ear­lier and we knew they wanted to get back at us,” hanas said. “They played packed-in de­fense and I wanted them (to)

Soud­er­ton’s Bren­dan Wag­ner col­lides with Methac­ton de­fender An­thony O’Brien dur­ing a shot at­tempt dur­ing Tues­day’s District One Class AAAA play­off game.

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