Dis­trict 1’s new math seems to have Ridley counted out

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Matthew DeGe­orge mde­ge­[email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @sports­doc­tormd on Twit­ter

When Ridley fin­ished Tues­day’s loss to Lower Me­rion, it found it­self out­side the Dis­trict 1 Class 6A play­offs, in 25th place for a 24-team field.

After Fri­day’s win against KIPPDuBois, added at the last minute to give the Green Raiders a full 22game sched­ule, the Green Raiders had bounded into 24th.

Now, it ap­pears that the Green Raiders are once again on the out­side look­ing in.

Due to a dis­crep­ancy in op­po­nents’ records for the pur­poses of cal­cu­lat­ing bonus points, Ridley is back in

25th place, per the rank­ings on the Dis­trict 1 web­site as of Sun­day evening.

As of press time Sun­day, brack­ets for the Dis­trict 1 boys bas­ket­ball fields in all six clas­si­fi­ca­tions were not re­leased, pend­ing ver­i­fi­ca­tion and fi­nal­iza­tion of records. The in­for­ma­tion is slated to be re­leased Mon­day, and pend­ing re­view, will be made of­fi­cial.

The up­dated dis­trict rank­ings have Ridley, at 13-9, again drop­ping be­low North Penn (9-13) in the race for the fi­nal berth in the Dis­trict 1 Class 6A field. The dif­fer­ence, aside from four games in a tra­di­tional set of stand­ings, is a mar­gin of 0.101 power points, giv­ing the Knights the edge.

De­spite the brack­ets not be­ing so­lid­i­fied, some con­clu­sions are safe. Ch­ester (17-4) is the sixth seed in Class

6A and will re­ceive a first-round bye, given to the top eight teams. Gar­net Val­ley (14-8) is sit­u­ated 15th and would host No. 18 Down­ing­town East

(13-9) in Fri­day’s open­ing round. No.

22 Haver­ford (12-9) is in line to visit No. 11 Ply­mouth Whitemarsh (14-8).

In Class 5A, as cur­rently cal­cu­lated, Pen­ncrest (17-5) is locked into the fourth seed, giv­ing it the chance at two home games. The Lions would start with No. 13 Pottstown (10-12) in the open­ing round Wed­nes­day, Feb.

20. Sun Val­ley (15-7) will get a home game as the sixth seed, against No. 11 Phoenixville (11-11). No. 8 Penn Wood

(14-8) and No. 9 Academy Park (15-7) are due to col­lide, while No. 14 Radnor (11-11) will head to No. 3 Unionville (15-7).

Per the num­bers avail­able Sun­day, No. 16 Har­ri­ton (9-13) leaped over No.

17 Bishop Shana­han (6-16) into the fi­nal play­off spot.

Glen Mills (7-15) is the fourth and fi­nal seed in the Class 4A tour­na­ment, fac­ing a trip to top-seeded Lower More­land (19-3) on Feb. 20.

In Class 2A, Delco Chris­tian (13-9) will host Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Academy (13-9) in a semi­fi­nal Feb. 20 with a spot in states on the line. The Knights lost at VFMA, 61-53, Feb. 5.

As of Sun­day night, Plum­stead Chris­tian (11-11) is mi­cro­scop­i­cally ahead of Ch­ester Char­ter School for the Arts (12-10) by 0.079 points for the fourth and fi­nal seed in the Class A field.

PETE BANNAN – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ch­ester bas­ket­ball coach Keith Tay­lor’s team will have a first-round bye in the Dis­trict 1 Class 6A boys bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment, which com­mences Fri­day.

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