PLYMOUTH TWP. — Phoenixville's boys basketball team fought its way into the District 1-AAA playoffs with a 59-50 come-from-behind victory over Sun Valley Thursday night at Colonial Elementary School.
The two teams battled to see which one advanced to play top-seeded Holy Ghost Prep at its floor Saturday at a time to be determined.
DeAndre Gadsen scored 17 points, Christian Kelly 14 and James Jackson nine to lead the Phantoms' scoring.
Phoenixville (8-15) also defeated Sun Valley in the first game of the year in the Delco Christian Tournament.
After a largely disappointing regular season, the Phantoms viewed the play-in game as a fresh start.
"We are starting out districts 0-0,' said senior Eric Wallace (seven points). "We are back to where we started.'
"It is just good to get a playoff win, a district win,' said Phoenixville coach Randy Reber. "We did some good things defensively. Our pressure caused some turnovers for them and some good things for us.'
The Phantoms outscored the Vanguards 24-8 during the final period to post the victory.
Kelly grabbed 13 rebounds and Gadsden had nine boards. Marquise McDuffee and Mike Anthony had five points apiece.
The Phantoms shot 23-for-31 at the free throw line while Sun Valley shot 7-for-18 at the charity stripe.
Shane Gilfoy led Sun Valley (5-16) with 14 points while Mike Wood had 12 with four 3-pointers and Kyle Ryan had 11.
Phoenixville trailed 19-14 after one period, 30-28 at the half and 42-35 after three stanzas.
A 13-0 run from the end of the third into the fourth turned the game to the Phantoms.
"We had a lot of practice on foul shots,' said Gadsden. "We came out and started talking on defense.'
Reber was glad to see the Phantoms shoot 16-for-21 at the foul line in the fourth quarter to protect the lead.