GREENCASTLE -- Braheem Riley had a big game at a perfect time for the Northeastern boys' basketball team.
Riley connected for 16 points on Tuesday night, 10 above his season average, to help the Bobcats turn back Greencastle, 54-50, in a District 3 Class AAA Round of 16 game.
Riley's performance, combined with 17 points by the team's star, Khalid Nwandu, and 11 by Derrick Hoffman, powered Northeastern into the quarterfinals on Friday night.
The Bobcats, 17-7, will take on top-seeded Susquehanna Township, 23-2, at 8 p.m. at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Northeastern, which defeated Greencastle in the District 3 fifth-place game last year on the East Pennsboro court, scored the first seven points of Tuesday night's game.
The home team fought back and forged second-quarter ties at 13, 16, 18 and 20, but the Bobcats broke away and opened a 35-22 advantage.
However, Greencastle again responded with a rally and tied the game at 42 early in the fourth quarter.
Northeastern, though, scored the next three points and held off the Blue Devils down the home stretch.
The Bobcats, who won three of four games in districts last year to qualify for states, are aiming to make a run in the bracket this year and again qualify for states.
OTHER BOYS' DISTRICT 3 BASKETBALL
BISHOP McDEVITT 60, EASTERN 50: At Harrisburg, the Golden Knights trailed 31-20 at the end of the half, and were unable to recover from the deficit in dropping the Round of 16 matchup. Dalton Reichard led the Golden Knights' offense with a game-high 22 points, including four from behind the arc. The senior scored 401 points this season, averaged 16.7 a game and connected on 44 three-point field goals. Teammate Broguen Nicholas knocked in 11 points. With the loss, Eastern has been eliminated from the district tournament and ends its season at 16-8 overall.
BERKS CATHOLIC 49, BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 32: At Reading, Bermudian Springs hung with the home team for three quarters, but Berks Catholic outscored the Eagles, 17-2, in the fourth quarter to earn the Class AAA victory. The Saints were 17 of 24 at the foul line while Bermudian was four of four. Austin Hartzell was the only Eagles' player to reach double figures with 10 points. Bermudian Springs closed its season with a 16-7 record.