Philadelphia Scholastic Basketball, 1956

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City Title

At the Palestra

North Catholic 68, West Phila. 67

  Bobby McNeill (29 points), Jim Kenny (16) and John "Josh" Keenan (13) paced North to the win in its first City Title
appearance. Playmaker Jack McColgan hit a jumper to break the game's 16th and final tie, 57-57, and McNeill followed 15
seconds later with a three-point play. For West, which scored the final four points to make things close, Ray "Chink" Scott shot
11-for-24 en route to 31 points and grabbed 25 rebounds.

Public League

Playoffs

SEMIFINALS
Doubleheader at the Palestra
West 54, Gratz 45
  With West ahead, 41-39, Ray “Chink” Scott (26 points) and Hubie White (13) fueled a seven-point spurt that decided the issue. Leroy “Sweets” Alexander (21) led Gratz, absent from the playoffs since 1939.
Northeast 80, Bok 58
  Bob Young (23 points), Herb Adderley (18), sub Gene Lennox (15) and Jim “Tee” Parham (13) led the barrage. Charles Stewart (26) and Dave Riddick (14) paced Bok.

FINAL
At the Palestra
West 70, Northeast 58
 
Ray "Chink" Scott (22 points) and sophomore Hubie White (20) were best for unbeaten West (17-0), although Carl Lacy and Fred Brockman also hit double figures with 13 apiece. Herb Adderley (21) and Bob Young (18) topped Northeast, which shot 8-for-25 at the foul line.

Standings

Northeast 12 0
West Phila. 12 0
Gratz 9 3
Bok 9 3
Central 8 4
Dobbins 7 5
Lincoln 7 5
Overbrook 7 5
Bartram 6 6
Southern 4 8
Frankford 3 9
Germantown 3 9
Olney 3 9
Roxborough 3 9
Franklin 2 10
Mastbaum 1 11

Coaches' All-Public

FIRST TEAM

Ray "Chink" Scott

West

12 380 31.7

Stan Greenberg

Cent

12 292 24.3

Herb Adderley

NE

12 291 15.9

Calvin Gore

Gtn

12 325 27.1

Bob Young

NE

12 197 16.4

SECOND TEAM

Jimmy May

Fkn

12 333 27.8

Dave Riddick

Bok

12 244 20.3

Gerry Lipson

Cent

12 188 15.7

Wayne Hightower

Ovb

12 223 18.6

Sam Williams

Dobb

12 251 20.9

Champs' Rotation

WEST

Coach

Doug Connelly

Record

12-0, 17-1

Starters

Ray "Chink" Scott

Hubie White

Carl Lacy

Fred Brockman

Saul Schwait

Key Subs

Elliott Berman

Paul Turner

Harry "Sonny" Mowery

Catholic League

Playoffs

SEMIFINALS
Doubleheader at the Palestra
North 63, West 53
  Jim Kenny scored 12 of his 23 points in a 20-11 third quarter. Bobby McNeill added 20 points. It was the first time in CL playoff history that teammates reached 20 points. West’s 6-7 John Driscoll scored 25 points, but was held to six in the second half by North sub Larry Sarafinas.
La Salle 67, St. James 49
 
Joe Heyer, who’d broken the CL one-game record with 49 points during the regular season, hit for 18 points. Hugh Brolly (13) and John Simpson (10) also reached double figures and Charles ‘‘Little Obie’’ O’Brien, son of coach Charles ‘‘Obie’’ O’Brien, did the ballhandling. Ray Linden (21) led St. James.

FINAL
At the Palestra
North 48, La Salle 47
  The Falcons, making their first appearance in the title game, emerged victorious when John "Josh" Keenan scored on a last-second rebound basket after Fred "Zeke" Slaveski missed a jumper and then hustled for the rebound and missed the follow, too. Keenan scored 16 points, two more than Bobby McNeill (10-for-13 at line). Hugh Brolly (18) and Joe Heyer (17) led La Salle.

Standings

NORTH
La Salle 12 1
North 11 2
Roman 5 8
SJ Prep 4 9
Judge 1 12
SOUTH
West 12 1
St. James 8 5
Neumann 7 6
ST More 5 8
Prendergast 0 13

Coaches' All-Catholic

FIRST TEAM

Bobby McNeill

North

13 257 19.8

Joe Heyer

La S

13 276 21.2

Ray Linden

St. J

13 234 18.0

Jim Dunn

West

13 178 13.7

Hugh Brolly

La S

13 165 12.7

Jim Kenny

North

13 256 19.7

SECOND TEAM

Bob Craig

Neum

13 208 16.0

Jim Brown

Prep

13 243 18.7

John Driscoll

West

13 164 12.6

Bob Goudlock

Roman

12 189 15.8

Tony Amendola

Neum

13 146 11.2

Champs' Rotation

NORTH

Coach

Ed Scullin

Record

11-2, 22-4

Starters

Jim Kenny

Bobby McNeill

Jack McColgan

John "Josh" Keenan

Fred "Zeke" Slaveski

Key Subs

Tom Samulewicz

Larry Sarafinas

Bob McArdle

Inter-Ac League

Penn Charter (7-3)
  On the season’s final day, the visiting Quakers topped Episcopal, 51-41, to win the championship under emergency coach Sam "Duke" Taylor, who was filling in for Ray Evans (illness). Ollie Powers scored 18 points and had eight in a 10-0 run that closed the third quarter and put Penn Charter ahead, 33-25. The Quakers were the first team in league history to win an outright title with a winning percentage as low as .700. Gtn. Academy was second at 6-4.

Standings

Penn Charter

7

3

Gtn. Academy

6

4

Episcopal

5

5

Haverford Sch.

5

5

Malvern

5

5

Fds. Central

2

8

Coaches' All-Inter-Ac

FIRST TEAM

Ollie Powers

PC

Jim Weinstein

FC

Dick Crawford

GA

Dave Barry

MP

Roger Colley

EA

SECOND TEAM

Sandy Tuttle

HS

Barney Berlinger

PC

Don O'Neill

MP

Clark Goebel

EA

Fred Krick

HS

Champs' Rotation

PENN CHARTER

Coach

Ray Evans

Record

7-3

Starters

Ollie Powers

Barney Berlinger

Harry Hoffman

John McIlvaine

Carl Albrecht

Key Subs

John Phelan

Howard Colehower

Pete Budd

Julius Rauch