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New Oxford boys are headed to the PIAA boys’ basketball tournament.

The Colonials slipped past Hershey 57-54 Wednesday to secure the ninth seed in the District 3 Class 5A tournament. Next up is the District 12 champion in the first round of the state tournament on March 10.

New Oxford opened a comfortable lead midway through the fourth quarter, but Hershey went on a 9-0 run in the final minutes to close the gap.

Hershey advances to the state tournament as the 10th seed, and will play the District 1 champion in the opening round.

Schuylkill Valley ended Littlestown’s boys’ basketball season with a 52-40 win in the Class 4A fifth-place game. The Panthers advance to the state tournament, where they will play the regional champion out of Districts 5 and 6.

Littlestown got off to a hot start, and led the Panthers by six at the end of the first quarter. But SV used a double-digit run in the second quarter to take the lead for good.

Spring Grove fell behind early against Milton Hershey and never recovered. The Spartans earned the Class 5A third seed with the 87-76 win.

The Rockets, who were seeded fourth in the tournament, will face the District 2 runner-up on March 10 in the first round of the PIAA tournament.

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