The MIAA C Conference basketball playoffs got underway Wednesday night with a pair of quarterfinal games and both higher seeds advanced with easy wins.
At Park School, the third-seeded Bruins showed why they finished the regular season in a three way tie for first place with Indian Creek and St. John’s Catholic Prep. The Bruins were seeded third because of tie-breakers, but they roared their way into the semifinals with a 71-38 rout of sixth-seeded Key School. Park will play at second-seeded SJCP on Friday night for spot in Sunday’s championship game (1:00 p.m.) at UMBC.
Wayne Cottman hit five field goals and went 5-for-5 from the free throw line to lead Park with 15 points and Jake Abrams scored 14. The Bruins took a commanding 20-8 lead after one quarter and continued to pull away right till the final buzzer.
Michael Ginsburg also got into double figures for the Bruins, as he scored 10 points. Brian Kelley, Jr., Kevin Webster and Tommy Nayden each scored 10 points for Key School, which will return 9-of-10 players next year.
In Wednesday’s other quarterfinal, Beth Tfiloh turned a two-point halftime lead into a 12 point victory, as the fourth-seeded Warriors downed fifth-seeded Cristo Rey, 60-48.
Adam Hariri led Beth Tfiloh with 20 points, while Julian Sless, Jake Shapiro and Austin Reif combined for 31 points.
Beth Tfiloh now advances to a semifinal game, on Thursday at 6:00 p.m., at top seeded Indian Creek.