Chel­tenham hands Colo­nials their first SOL Amer­i­can loss since 2016.

PW’s first SOL Amer­i­can loss since 2016

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed Mor­lock emor­[email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @emor09 on Twit­ter

CHEL­TENHAM >> Chel­tenham came alive in the sec­ond half.

The Pan­thers outscored Ply­mouth Whitemarsh by 21 points af­ter half­time to turn a four-point deficit into a 73-56 Sub­ur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence win at Chel­tenham High School Fri­day night.

“Coach came in (at half­time) and told us the game’s not over,” Chel­tenham’s Zahree Har­ri­son said. “We just have to play and come out with en­ergy. Af­ter I twisted my an­kle I just want to come out and make sure I showed no weak­ness. Ev­ery­body else fed off that en­ergy and we were good.”

Chel­tenham took its first lead since the first quar­ter, 34-32, mid­way through the third when Tim Myarick made his first three-pointer of the game.

That started a bar­rage of threes from the Pan­thers. Af­ter hit­ting zero shots from deep in the first half, Chel­tenham knocked down six af­ter in­ter­mis­sion.

“We stay af­ter prac­tice and we shoot,” Har­ri­son said. “We have a cou­ple guys that come af­ter prac­tice ev­ery day, shoot threes and get shots up. I feel like we did that again this week and it worked at the per­fect time when we needed it.”

Myarick and Har­ri­son each hit two threes in the third quar­ter and Mike Mc­Clain had one. Har­ri­son’s sec­ond from dis­tance came at the buzzer to cap off an eight-point quar­ter for the point guard and send the Pan­thers to the fourth with a seven-point lead, 52-45.

“That was the one that — not re­ally put the game away — but gave us the boost that we can def­i­nitely put this game away,” Har­ri­son said.

In the fourth, Chel­tenham played ball con­trol and hit its free throws, shoot­ing 14-for-19 from the char­ity stripe.

The Colo­nials can point to foul-shoot­ing as a key con­trib­u­tor to their loss. They went 10-for-21 from the free-throw line and were 4-for-15 be­fore a per­fect fourth quar­ter.

The loss is Ply­mouth Whitemarsh’s first SOL Amer-

ican de­feat since 2016.

“We’re happy,” Har­ri­son said. “We al­ways want to get a win. I was glad we did it in front of our home town. We see them again, so we can’t get sat­is­fied. We have to go there and win.”

Har­ri­son led the Pan­thers with 23 points. Kylin Healey added 13 and Myarick and Mc­Clain each had 12.

Na­heem McLeod led the Colo­nials with 20 points. Caelin Peters joined him in dou­ble fig­ures with 14.

McLeod paced PW in the sec­ond quar­ter. He scored the first six Colo­nials points of the frame and eight of the team’s 12 over­all. They led, 32-28, at half­time.

Chel­tenham jumped out to a four-point ad­van­tage in the first quar­ter, lead­ing 4-0 and 6-2. Healey led the Pan­thers with seven points in the first, but PW’s Peters had six points and Jor­dan Evans and Ja­son Cherry each con­trib­uted four to give the Colo­nials a 20-15 edge af­ter eight min­utes.

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