Imhotep Charter’s basketball team survives frantic comeback, advances to state-title game

The Public League boys-basketball champion Imhotep Institute Charter High School Panthers won their state semifinal game Tuesday night to advance to Friday’s state-title game in Hershey.

The East Germantown school’s team defeated Lancaster County’s Donegal High 56-54 to earn the chance to win its third consecutive state championship. They will face Archbishop Carroll, the Radnor Twp. team that also advanced.

According to PennLive.com, the Panthers weathered a frantic comeback by Donegal, which trailed by 12 points with fewer than three minutes remaining.

“Donegal had a shot to tie it up at the buzzer, but Michael Banwell couldn’t get a shot off as time expired,” according to the PennLive report. “There was some confusion about the last play; Indians’ coach Ryan Butt said Banwell was knocked to the ground and that he didn’t get there by himself.

“But there was no whistle for a foul, the refs signaled that the game was over and then darted out of the gym.”

Friday night’s PIAA AAA championship game will be played at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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