Emmaus 63, Fredom 57 — Rapid Recap
The second-seeded Emmaus boys basketball team fended off a scrappy effort from No. 7 Freedom Saturday night to win a District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal showdown 63-57 at Allen’s Sewards Gymnasium.
Turning point: Jason Hall nailed a three to give the Patriots a 35-32 lead with 3:18 left in the third quarter and cap a 19-3 run that began near the end of the second quarter.
But the Green Hornets immediately came back with a spurt of their own. On the very next possession, Matt Kachelries drained a three that set off a 13-2 run to put Emmaus ahead for good.
Top performer: David Kachelries led the Green Hornets with 28 points, including a milestone bucket in the second quarter that made him the program’s all-time leading scorer, breaking the previous record of 1,746 points.
Matt Kachelries added 11 points in the win.
Hall and fellow senior Nick King paced Freedom with 19 points apiece while Lewis Hargett added 12.
What it means: The Green Hornets advanced to Wednesday’s 6 p.m. semifinal at the PPL Center, where they’ll face No. 3 Pocono Mountain West, which got past Liberty earlier on Saturday. They also punched their ticked to the PIAA tournament.
The Patriots finished the year 12-11, marking the end of the career of a strong senior core: King, Hargett, Hall, Tyler Muniz, Deshawn Polk and Justin Benton.
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