Two MIAA C Conference basketball rivals met for the second time in the last week and Beth Tfiloh complete a sweep of Park School with a 37-31 victory, Tuesday at home.
The victory improved the Warriors (9-9 overall) to 6-3 in the C Conference and clinched a spot for the team in the league playoffs. On the other side of the coin, Park (6-12 overall, 3-7) was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.
Both teams struggled to find offense early, as Park led 7-6 after one-quarter and Beth Tfiloh led 17-13 at the half. The Warriors, however, never trailed in second half. Park did manage to cut its deficit to one possession, late in the game, but the Warriors were able to prevail.
Sophomore guard Harris Gartenhaus led the Warriors with 11 points despite not making a single field goal. He was 9-from-10 from the line in the fourth quarter to keep BT ahead and provide the final margin of victory. Overall, he was 11-of-14 from the line in the contest and scored in double figures for the fifth straight game, after hitting that mark just twice in his team’s first 13 games. Harris is also now 19-of-23 from the free throw line in the last two games. Oren Pincever added 10 points for the Warriors.
Beth Tfiloh remains in fourth place in the league, one game behind third-place Cristo Rey (7-2) and within range of first-place Saints Peter & Paul (7-1) and second-place Key School (7-2), both who also on won on Tuesday.
Key downed Jemicy School, 52-37, behind an 18-point performance from Jimmy Holland. The Obezags also got a double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds) from Amari Kelly and 12 points from Mike Jackson.
Saints Peter & Paul defeated Concordia, 53-45, in Easton. Not only did that victory keep the Sabres in first-place, it eliminated Concordia from the post-season, thus assisting Beth Tfiloh with its clinch.
Thus, with a week to go, the four teams who will compete in the C Conference playoffs are known, but the seeding is up for grabs.