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Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 1991-present
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At La Salle High
Dougherty 51, McDevitt 50 (ot)
The Cardinals roared to a 16-1 advantage in the final 4:14 of regulation and claimed the win when Cuttino Cat Mobley (11 points, seven rebounds) hit a free throw with 0:08 left in OT after grabbing an offensive rebound. Shawn Newman added 11 points for Dougherty, which lost five of its first six and eight of its first 11 before rallying to 8-8. McDevitt got 12 points and 10 rebounds from 6-7 Mark Zataveski, but missed four one-and-ones in the final 0:43 of regulation while allowing Mobley to hit a three and Elson DeVan to can an uncontested layup at 0:05.
Bonner 44, Neumann 43
Fred Kohm scored the first of his 17 points before the game even started, converting a free throw after one of Neumanns players was caught dunking during the warmups. Steve Zebuski scored the winning basket with 0:28 left on a pass from Jay Moran. At 0:08, Yusef Rodgers was called for a 5-second, closely-guarded violation even though Neumann had inbounded only 4 seconds earlier. Troy Aursby (16) led the Pirates.
Kenrick 53, Dougherty 45
Pat Beacham (14), Keith Gallagher (12), and Greg Grant (11, 11 rebounds) led the way as Kenrick coasted. For Dougherty, Shawn Newman scored 13 points to finish his career with 1,033 and become the first player in CL history to reach 1,000 in two varsity seasons. In a December non-league game against West, hed set the record for most points scored (58) by a CL player when he shot 21-for-45 (four threes) and 12-for-18.
La Salle 50, Judge 32
Curtis Eby scored eight of his 14 points in a 14-5 first quarter. Keith Conlin posted 10 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks. Tim Issel (13) led Judge, which shot 12-for-51 and 6-for-26 on threes.
Roman 89, Bonner 55
At Dougherty, sub Jeremy Saddle Lawimore had 15 points, seven boards and five assists in 18 minutes while Bernard Jones had 21 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes on a tender ankle. The Cahillites scored 26 consecutive points to create a 34-16 bulge. Mark Mulroy and Chris McFadden had 10 each for Bonner.
West 59, OHara 54
David Reilly, angered about being overlooked in the coaches All-Catholic voting, shot 4-for-5 on threes en route to 18 points and dealt six assists while Chris McShane added 20 points and 12 rebounds. OHaras Geoff Beaver had 15 points, 10 boards.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
La Salle 51, Kenrick 48
Brian McGill collected 15 points and 11 rebounds and Ernie Koschineg scored 16 points as La Salle became the first North team to win three consecutive playoff titles. The Explorers led by 12 with 2:51 left, but Kenrick came within a missed three of forcing OT. Pat Beacham and Scott Lawler had matching stats (14 points, 11 boards).
Roman 73, West 43
Marvin Harrison led the rout with 16 points while Jeremy J.J. Smith added 13 points and nine rebounds. Rob Wharton (10) topped West.
Ryan 54, North 51
Joe Simko and Bill Guthrie (five blocks) scored 11 points apiece and sub Joe Sinni had three assists and five steals while sparking a rally that saw Ryan scored 26 of the final 34 points. Matt Comey led North with 21 points.
Ryan 54, Kenrick 51
Kenricks David Neeld scored 10 fourth-quarter points, but missed three foul shots with 0:02 left after being wacked while attempting a tying three. Five-two Bernie Rogers had 20 points and four assists and passed to Joe Simko for the winning three with 0:22 left.
Dougherty 52, Ryan 47
Cuttino Cat Mobley hit three threes en route to 20 points and claimed nine rebounds. He had seven points as the Cardinals turned a 36-33 deficit into a 50-41 lead. Ryan (Joe Simko 19) was playing for the third time in four days and fifth time in eight days.
Judge 79, Wood 60
John McGovern accumulated 18 points and 14 rebounds and Andy Oleykowski, normally a starter, shot 8-for-11 and 4-for-5 for 20 points. Woods Paul Favorite had 18 points, 11 boards.
Roman 54, Bonner 52 (ot)
At Carroll, Dennis Bohn drove straight down the lane and flipped in a layup with 0:02 left. The lead was Romans first of the game. Bohn had 12 points, six rebounds and eight assists and Kyle Locke had 20 points. Bonners Bill Carr had 19 points, 10 boards.
OHara 69, West 58
Adonal Foyle, a 6-9 soph, generated 26 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks and Brian ODonnell had nine of the Lions 20 assists on 24 baskets. Scott Galloway (25) and Calvin Blackmon (19) led West.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Dougherty 46, Judge 43
This game had the craziest finish in CL playoff history. With the score tied, 41-41, Doughertys Dave Black started a slashing move to the basket and it appeared he was grabbed by Judges Chuck Hiller. A highly controversial intentional foul was called at 0:09. Black hit two free throws and Cuttino Cat Mobley hit two more after the Cardinals inbounded the ball. At 0:02, Doughertys Jerry Ricca was fouled after rebounding a missed three by Judges John McGovern. But Doughertys fans, thinking the game was over, stormed onto the court and the Cards were assessed a technical foul. Ricca made one free throw and then Judges Danny Oldfield made two. On Judges inbound play, Oldfield took a pass from Chris Cervellero and hit the back part of the rim on a 40-footer. Both teams fans then hurled trash at each other Doughertys from the floor, Judges from the stands.
Roman 52, OHara 50
Seventh man Bill Shank scored five points in the final 0:23 a one-and-one, a layup on an outlet pass from 6-9 Marc Jackson (15 points, six blocks) and a free throw at 0:02 after OHara was assessed a technical for calling a timeout it did not have. For OHara, John Watson had 22 points and Adonal Foyle had 12 points, nine boards, six blocks.
West 51, OHara 49 (ot)
Coach Joe Donahue dedicated the win to his father, Harry, 80, whod died two days earlier. Bernie Shannon had 15 points, Scott Galloway had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Jim Reilly dished nine assists and Jamal Palmer registered seven blocks. With 0:01 left, OHaras Drew Baylor, a star pitcher, was inserted and made a long pass to Joe Collins. Collins caught the ball just inside the foul line, but his shot clanged off the rim.
North 76, La Salle 61
Joe Harvey had 19 points and eight assists and received help from Matt Comey (18), Mike Hartzell (15, 11 rebounds) and Ryan Bonner (12). Kevin Olender (17) led La Salle.
Judge 53, Ryan 39
Chuck Hiller shot 7-for-10 and 6-for-6 for 21 points and Danny Oldfield added 19 points. Kevin Hawley dealt eight assists.
Roman 58, West 50
At Dougherty, Marc Jackson banged for 19 points and 20 rebounds while Dwayne Sugar Hill added 18 points, five assists. Wests Scott Galloway scored 24 points.
Carroll 56, Bonner 54
Bryan Brennan scored 15 points and created a held ball with 0:30 left; Mike Roberts (13, eight rebounds) was fouled thereafter and hit two free throws for a 56-52 lead. Mark Mulroy and Jeff Connell (13 each) led Bonner.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
North 75, Judge 63 (ot)
Matt Comey collected 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Mike Hartzell had 17 points and Joe Harvey had 14 points, eight assists. North won the overtime, 12-0. For Judge, which went 3-for-25 on threes, Danny Oldfield scored 19 points.
Roman 58, Carroll 47
Marc Jackson mixed 14 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks and Dwayne Sugar Hill added 14 points, nine boards, six assists. Bryan Brennan (17) paced Carroll.
Neumann 47, OHara 44
Leon Williams posted 11 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and grabbed the final board after OHaras John Gallagher missed a three. Rashid Bey had 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists. Andrew Gosseaux (16) led OHara.
Judge 60, La Salle 50
Sean Tait (15), Matt Henrich (14) and Frank Sykes (11) led in scoring and Henrich had seven rebounds. Tim Erb (12) led La Salle.
North 78, Conwell-Egan 65
Chris Heck shot 7-for-11 and 4-for-4 for 20 points while Dennis Comey (18, 10-for-10 at line), Kevin McGarry (15) and Brian Logan (14) also scored well. Comey and McGarry split 10 assists. Shaun Profy (16) paced Conwell-Egan, which was making its first playoff appearance since reaching the league final in 1964, its first CL season.
Carroll 41, West 39
Six-eleven junior Rafal Bigus notched 10 points and 12 rebounds and hit an inside shot with 0:08 left to provide a 40-39 lead. Paul Romanczuk (13, eight rebounds) and Kevin Leighton (12) helped. Mike Randle (12) paced West.
Roman 67, Neumann 56
At North, Donnie Carr bagged 22 points, Eugene Small mixed 10 points and 14 rebounds and Lari Ketner swept 17 rebounds. Neumanns Rashid Bey had 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
North 69, Judge 55
Bill Labb shot 6-for-7 and 4-for-4 for a season-high 17 points as the surprising Falcons advanced to 17-10 with their ninth consecutive win. Chris Heck (19) and Dennis Comey (11 assists, four steals) also starred. Twenty of Norths 24 field goals were assisted. Judge (Ed Brun 11) shot 3-for-29 on threes.
Roman 56, Carroll 49
Days after winning the state indoor championship in the triple jump (45-11), sub Will McKnight shot 6-for-8 and 2-for-2 for a season-high 15 points in 20 minutes as Roman broke the CL and city records for consecutive playoff victories. Roman upped its total to 17. West Philadelphia won 16 in succession from 1974 to 79. Eugene Small added 16 points and 11 rebounds and put the Cahillites for good, 46-44, with a left-baseline jumper on a pass from R.C. Kehoe. For Carroll, Mike Dzik scored 16 points and Brian Dunn dealt seven assists.
La Salle 80, Ryan 67
Ignoring a bone contusion in his lower back that had made his availability doubtful earlier in the day, Jack Horgan shot 9-for-19 (three threes) and 11-for-13 for 32 points. Soph Joe Meade had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists and 6-5 freshman Jim Reeves added 10 points, eight boards. Erik Henrysen (27) and Mike Haney (16) led Ryan.
OHara 45, SJ Prep 35
John Gallagher hit three threes en route to 15 points as the Lions continued to impress after starting division play at 2-5. Greg Klein had 12 points, nine rebounds. Tony Hayden had 10 points and seven rebounds for The Prep.
Dougherty 48, Wood 45
Bob Pembleton and Donnell Sutton had matching stats (14 points, seven rebounds) as the Cardinals held on after beating Wood by 35 points in a regular season finale five days earlier. Matt Delp (13) led the Vikings.
Judge 45, La Salle 43
Sean Tait posted 24 points with the help of six threes a record for CL and city postseason play and John McCann (14, 10 rebounds) hit a layup with 0:07 left to win it. Jim Reeves (14, nine boards) and Joe Meade (12) led La Salle.
Roman 33, OHara 29
At La Salle University, Lari Ketner managed 13 points and 11 rebounds as Roman rallied from a second-quarter deficit of 18-4. Arthur Yah Davis and Donnie Carr hit one clinching free throw apiece in the final 0:09, surrounding an offensive rebound by R.C. Kehoe. Javier Crespo (13) led OHara.
Carroll 62, Bonner 52
Tom Dearborn shot 4-for-5 on threes en route to 19 points while Rafal Bigus added 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Mike Ferkler held Mike Nestor (11) scoreless in a 25-16 first half; Chris Lee (15) wound up leading Bonner.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Carroll 68, Judge 39
Rafal Bigus shot 14-for-15 and 1-for-2 for 29 points as the Patriots shot 28-for-40 overall and 7-for-12 on threes. Martin Ingelsby added six assists, three steals. Judge put no one in double figures.
Roman 46, Dougherty 38
Arthur Yah Davis (18) and Donnie Carr (14) led Roman, which overcame a 23-19 halftime deficit. Davis converted a three-point play to put Roman ahead for good, 31-30. Bob Pembleton (11) and Jim Rossiter (10) led Dougherty.
West 45, Bonner 44
Frank Binns scored 17 points and nailed a buzzer-beating 7-footer along the left baseline after picking up a loose ball. The Burrs (6-8 going in) became the first CL playoff team with a losing record. Jasmine Williams had 12 points and six assists and soph John Ashmore grabbed 11 rebounds. Dennis Moran (16) and Tim Anderlonis (12, 10 rebounds) paced Bonner.
La Salle 72, North 59
Joe Meade totaled 22 points and three assists while subs Andrew Rakowski and Chris Magarity added nine and seven points, respectively. The Explorers shot 26-for-32 at the line. Jim Logan (20) and Mike Sigall (17) paced North.
Dougherty 43, Judge 39
Eddie Leber, scoreless beforehand, notched the final five points of the game on a layup and 3-for-4 shooting at the line. Donnell Sutton had 14 points. Jason Holloran (18, 5-for-6 on treys) led Judge. The games start was delayed 24 minutes after the collapse of a railing fronting the Looney Bin stands at the east end of Doughertys gym.
Roman 74, West 36
At La Salle University, Donnie Carr (21) and Curtis King (11, eight rebounds) paced the rout as Roman advanced to the semifinals for the eighth consecutive year. For West, which shot 11-for-43, sub Harvey Renwrick scored 11 points in 11 minutes.
Carroll 81, Neumann 63
Martin Ingelsby (24), Tom Dearborn (20) and Andy Buzbee (19) combined to shoot 23-for-39 as the Patriots frolicked. Neumanns Mark Del Brocco hit three threes and went 10-for-10 at the line en route to 27 points.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Roman 63, La Salle 49
Donnie Carr scored 20 points, Rafi Stevens totaled 14 points and nine rebounds and R.C. Kehoe mixed 12 points, six assists and four steals. La Salles Jim Reeves had 17 points, 16 boards.
Carroll 58, Dougherty 48
Martin Ingelsby bagged 20 points, four assists and three steals and Andy Buzbee shot 11-for-11 at the line en route to 17 points. Donnell Sutton (17) paced Dougherty.
Judge 71, McDevitt 60
Brendan Ferns accumulated 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, Chris Klos shot 6-for-7 and 5-for-6 for 18 points and Brendan Fox dealt seven assists. Ryan Presson (19) led McDevitt.
La Salle 66, Wood 57
Brett Gordon dished nine assists to help Joe Meade (18), Mike Morsell (13) and Chris McShea (11) reach double figures. The Explorers outscored Wood by 18 points over the last 8:02 as Gordon ended the third quarter with a deep three. Woods Joe Thompson (25) and Bill Hutchinson (18) drained five and four threes, respectively.
Neumann 71, Roman 58
Victor Thomas (16), James Fowler, Rashime Middleton (14 apiece), sub Devon Fowler (12, Jamess brother) and Mark Del Brocco (11) scored in double figures as Neumann prevented Roman from advancing to the semis for the first time since 1985 and assured the Cahillites would not win 20 games for only the fourth time in 25 seasons. Rasual Butler (13) led Roman.
Carroll 61, SJ Prep 51
Tim Judge used perfect shooting (4-for-4, 2-for-2) to score 11 points while Martin Ingelsby added 21 points and three assists and Bill Phillips mixed 15 points, eight boards, three blocks. Chris Hightower led The Prep with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Neumann 76, La Salle 58
Victor Thomas shot 8-for-8 en route to 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Pirates advanced to the final for the first time since 1985. James Fowler, Mark Del Brocco and Rashime Middleton had five assists each. Sub Devon Fowler drained four threes while reaching 19 points. La Salles Joe Meade had 15 points, eight boards.
Carroll 64, Judge 32
Bill Phillips sparked the mismatch with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Martin Ingelsby had 11 points and five assists as the Patriots raised their record to 27-0. Only Tim Ryan (17) and Chris Klos (six) topped two points for Judge.
Judge 72, North 47
Kris Dufner shot 5-for-9 on threes en route to 28 points and Jim Reeves shot 5-for-7 and 7-for-8 for 17 points as Judge cruised. Brendan Ferns and sub Mike Pidhirsky had seven rebounds each. Jimmy Foley (12) led North.
Ryan 55, La Salle 52
Anthony Starace collected 21 points and nine rebounds and Joe Kozole added 13 points as Ryan advanced to a semifinal for the first time since 1984. Kozoles three-point play with 1:15 left gave the Raiders a 52-50 lead, their first edge since 8-7. For La Salle, Chris McShea mixed 18 points and 12 rebounds and Alex Ramos (17) missed a last-second three.
Roman 63, Neumann 56
At La Salle University, Rasual Butler (26) poured in 17 points in an 18-10 third quarter as Roman zoomed to a 45-39 lead. Thirteen came in the first 3:38 of the session as Butler hit three threes. Mustafa Bey added 15 points. Devon Fowler led Neumann with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
OHara 51, Bonner 34
Seven-one Alex Sazanov posted 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, Jeff Randazzo added 14 points and Lou Becht and Bill Hagan split 10 assists. Bonners Scott Fremont had 11 points, seven boards.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Judge 57, Roman 48
Sub Brian Fox, son of coach Bill Fox, totaled 14 points and two assists in 18 minutes as the Crusaders advanced to the final for the first time since 1983. Jim Reeves had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Judge shot 23-for-27 at the line to Romans 4-for-6. Romans Rasual Butler mixed 18 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks.
OHara 64, Ryan 56
Jeff Randazzo erupted for 29 points while Alex Sazanov added 16 points and 11 rebounds as OHara qualified for the final for the first time since 1971. Bill Hagan doled six assists. Anthony Starace (22) and Frank Pellegrino (20) topped Ryan.
OHara 79, SJ Prep 58
Jeff Randazzo generated 23 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks as OHara cruised. The Lions led by as many as 30 points, 57-27. Jeff Siti also scored 23 points while Bill Hagan had 11 points, 10 assists and five steals. For The Prep, Chris Haas drained six treys in the fourth quarter (seven total; first guy to make that many in CL postseason history) en route to 23 points and Kasim Holloman scored 17 points to finish his career with 1,154.
Judge 51, Wood 48
Chris Roantree shot 9-for-13 en route to 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Mike Pidhirsky added 10 points. With 6.7 seconds remaining, Wood franchise Tim Whalen, the coaches North MVP, scored a go-ahead basket that was wiped out by a walking call. Whalen had 18 points, eight rebounds.
La Salle 49, Dougherty 47
Chris Stanton (12 points) took a pass from neighbor Brian "Whitey" Horgan (also 12) and hit the winning basket with 0:04 after driving along the left baseline. Brendan McCormick added 11 points, seven rebounds. For Dougherty, frosh Tim Smink hit three treys en route to 13 points. It was Sminks third varsity game. In his first, against North Catholic, hed shot 5-for-5 on treys for 15 points (he took no other shots) as Dougherty clinched a playoff berth.
West 59, Neumann 46
Anthony Toby Binns hustled for 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and seven steals as the Burrs won going away. Marlon Belfon (12) and Ronald Banks (11) also scored in double figures and Greg McCleary claimed 14 rebounds. Chas Bailey scored 13 points for Neumann, which was hurt by the limited availability (six minutes) of point guard Cantrell Fletcher (sprained ankle).
Roman 52, OHara 47 (2 ot)
At La Salle University, Romans Eddie Griffin and OHaras Jeff Randazzo staged a classic big-man war. Griffin had 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocks while Randazzo had 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks and stuck a three-pointer in Griffins face to force the second OT. No one else on either team reached double figures. With 1:23 left, sub Anthony Miller converted his only shot to provide a 47-45 lead.
Doubleheader at Temples Apollo
West 59, La Salle 50
Greg McCleary collected 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks as the Burrs advanced to the final for only the third time (also 1976, 81) since last winning the title in 59. McCleary, not known to pay attention whether his feet were behind the arc, shot 3-for-4 on threes and hit one to provide a 54-47 lead with 2:08 left. Marlon Belfon added 12 points, nine boards and three blocks. La Salles Chris Stanton hit four treys en route to 20 points.
Roman 48, Judge 44
With his schools fans wearing T-shirts reading Griffin 3:16 on the front and You just got dunked on on the back, Eddie Griffin posted 23 points, 10 boards and five blocks and hit a clinching free throw with 4.5 seconds left after Judges Brian Bond was just short on a three-pointer that could have forged a tie. Judges Mike Pidhirsky had 22 points, 10 rebounds.
OHara 63, SJ Prep 59 (ot)
Fran Grandieri shot 7-for-14 (three triples) and 9-for-14 for 26 points as O'Hara beat a team that had registered a regular season sweep by 37 total points and led by 35-26 with 2:52 left in the third quarter. Grandieri also had 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks. The Lions went ahead for good, 59-56, with 1:04 left as Mike Zamulinsky hit a three on a pass from soph Chris Grandieri, Fran's sophomore brother. Jamar Stokes (16 points) and Ryan Tyson (14) led Prep.
Carroll 68, O'Hara 58
Fran Grandieri again was spectacular, getting 31 points -- the fourth-best total in CL postseason history -- and nine rebounds, but his outburst could not offset the balanced scoring of sub Kevin Waterman (18), freshman Kashif Payne (17, eight assists) and Dave Hoopes (14). Carroll thus earned a playoff spot after going 0-14 in the '99 season.
Back-to-Back Days at Tom Gola Arena
Neumann 65, Carroll 52
A 25-for-30 performance at the line and 16 points apiece from Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher, David "Meatball" Crawford and Brandon Brigman (nine rebounds) allowed Neumann to control the game. Frosh Jordan Ingram led Carroll in points (12) and rebounds (seven).
Dougherty 40, McDevitt 37
Driving coach Mark Heimerdinger batty, the Cardinals for some reason played beyond conservatively in the final quarter, losing it by 7-4, and barely survived. Jonathan Davenport led Dougherty in points (13) and boards (six) and sub Aaron Pinckney, who'd missed a large chunk of the season with knee miseries, shot 4-for-4 for eight points. McDevitt's Wayne Bishop, the two-time North scoring champ, had 13 points and Jack Ketterlinus came close on a running, straight-ahead trey at the buzzer.
Roman 85, West 38
Eddie Griffin, the two-time South scoring leader, posted 23 points in 20 minutes as Roman stormed to the biggest win in CL playoff history, surpassing 34-pointers by Roman in the '91 quarterfinals and final. Sub Brent Welton had 11 points, six rebounds. West had no one in double figures, shot 16-for-62 and was outrebounded, 37-20.
La Salle 67, North 42
Neighbors Brian "Whitey" Horgan (21 points, 13 rebounds) and Dennis Stanton (18) paced the romp. Soph Rob Sullivan added 11 points and three assists and limited star Steve Szychulski to five points. North went 6-for-28 on treys.
Doubleheader at Temples Apollo
Neumann 63, La Salle 46
Brandon Brigman shot 9-for-14 while scoring 19 points and leading Neumann to a win made simple by a 28-17 second half. Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher and David "Meatball" Crawford had 12 points apiece. For La Salle, Brian "Whitey" Horgan (18) shot 8-for-17. His teammates shot 10-for-31.
Roman 57, Dougherty 37
Don't let the final score fool you. Sparked by Robert Carter, who several times maneuvered around Roman star Eddie Griffin for baskets, Dougherty charged within 43-37 with 3:14 left. The Cardinals then went dry and Roman finished with a 14-0 run. Griffin had 14 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks. Michael Wild added 10 points, seven assists. Jonathan Davenport topped Dougherty in points (14) and rebounds (six).
Back-to-back Doubleheaders at Tom Gola Arena
Ryan 63, La Salle 55
John Pellegrino (eight) helped the Raiders post 20 assists on 22 baskets, a total higher than its rebounds (16). Andy MacDonald (15) and Chris DiStasio (14) scored in double figures. For La Salle, Tom Mattern shot 9-for-15 overall and 5-for-7 on threes en route to 23 points. Gabe Marabella (13 points, eight rebounds) and Rob Sullivan (11, four assists) also played well.
Dougherty 47, Judge 41
Sub Mark Seidenburg, whose season was marred by three different injuries, scored 12 of his 14 points during a 21-2 run that began with Dougherty trailing, 31-20. Isaac Greer had 12 points. Only Pat Burnett (12) scored in double figures for Judge, which had fallen to lowly Conwell-Egan in its league finale in search of a 16-0 mark.
Roman 74, O'Hara 61
Demoted to substitute status just one minute before gametime, Steve Brodzinski sucked it up and contributed 11 points and five assists. Other leaders were Tamal Forchion (19 points), Brent Welton (17, 10 rebounds, five assists), John Huggins (17, four assists), Jim Kelly (six assists) and freshman Charron Fisher (seven points and eight boards in 8 minutes).
Neumann 43, Carroll 39
Michael Haddix, namesake of the former Eagle, totaled nine points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks against the Patriots, who'd registered a sweep during the season. He hit a free throw to provide the final margin with 4.2 seconds left after grabbing the rebound when Kashif Payne missed a trey. Neumann star Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher suffered a serious knee injury.
Doubleheader at Temple's Liacouras Center
Neumann 61, Ryan 39
Robert "Beattie" Taylor, asked to increase his profile with Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher unavailable, posted 25 points, six rebounds, five steals, four blocks and three assists. He was the only Pirate in double figures. Ryan shot 3-for-20 from the floor in a 20-10 first half.
Roman 84, Dougherty 53
John Huggins scrambled for 20 points, six rebounds and two assists as the Cahillites frolicked. Tamal Forchion scored 23 points. While falling behind, 26-4, Dougherty shot 1-for-17 and committed seven turnovers. The bulge reached 36-6 before the Cardinals (Isaac Greer 15) finally had some enjoyable moments.
Back-to-back Doubleheaders at La Salle Univ.
Neumann 56, Carroll 43
The No. 4 South seed dumped No. 1 as soph Adon El mixed 18 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks. El had 10 points in a 19-9 first quarter. Richard "Tabby" Cunningham (12) and Antwain Wynn (10) helped the cause. Kashif Payne led Carroll with 15 points. Jordan Ingram had 10 rebounds.
Dougherty 80, Wood 62
Tim Smink (17), DeSean White (16) and Shane Clark (14) led the way as the Cardinals coasted. Dougherty shot 23-for-23 at the line in the second half and 24-for-26 total. Greg Arrow (16) led four double-figure scorers for Wood. Mike Spadafora mixed 15 points, seven assists, three steals.
Ryan 71, Judge 61 (OT)
The Raiders overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 2:20 of regulation to seize the win. Andy MacDonald, a 6-2 center, shot 7-for-10 and 6-for-9 for 20 points and claimed 11 boards. Chris Kozole had 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, six steals. Kozole and Mike Devine hit gigantic treys in the regulation comeback. For Judge, the leaders were Kevin Pierce (15), Tom Keenan (13) and Ryan Haigh (11, five assists).
SJ Prep 66, Bonner 46
Soph Chris Clark shot 4-for-5 on threes en route to 24 points as the Hawks, under first-year coach William "Speedy" Morris, of Roman fame, won a playoff game for the first time since 1978. Mark Zoller contributed 14 points and nine boards. Prep shot 9-for-20 on treys. Matt Kearney led Bonner with 15 points, eight boards.
Back-to-back nights at La Salle Univ.
Neumann 74, Dougherty 60
Adon El again sniffed a triple-double (nine points, 11 rebounds, eight blocks) and received frontcourt support from Kevin Lauer (13 points, first varsity dunk) as Neumann rolled. Richard "Tabby" Cunningham had 21 points, four assists, four steals.) Neumann won the third quarter, 28-8. Tim Smink (21) and Shane Clark (20, 10 rebounds) led Dougherty.
Ryan 53, SJ Prep 49 (OT)
Once again the Raiders prevailed in an extra session. Brendan O'Malley shot 8-for-12 (one trey) and 3-for-4 for 20 points and put Ryan ahead for good, 50-49, with an off-balance jumper he somehow got off against a triple-team. Andy MacDonald added 12 points, nine boards. Chris Kozole had 11 points, three assists, four steals. Joe Mullin and Mike Devine dished five and four assists, respectively. For Prep, which missed late treys that could have won it (regulation) and prolonged it (OT), Mark Zoller had 12 points and 15 boards. Chris Clark added 14 points.
At La Salle High
Ryan 61, Judge 50
The Raiders used a 14-5 third quarter to establish command. Mike Devine scored 19 points while frosh Joe Zeglinski mixed 17 points and five assists. Bill Geiger (18) and Tom Keenan (11) topped Judge.
Back-to-back Doubleheaders at La Salle Univ.
Neumann 55, Roman 53
The Pirates' first lead came at the buzzer as Adon El (13 points) converted a layup on a pass from Antwain Wynn (eight assists). They rallied from an 11-point deficit in the last 7-plus minutes and scored the final seven points of the game. Richard "Tabby" Cunningham scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. For Roman, Charron Fisher posted 25 points and 20 rebounds.
SJ Prep 58, Carroll 37
Mark Zoller shot 9-for-13 and 10-for-12 for 29 points as the Hawks coasted. He added nine rebounds and five blocks. John Griffin scored all 13 of his points in the second half. Carroll's Jordan Ingram had 14 points and 10 boards.
La Salle 46, Wood 29
The Vikings committed just three turnovers (one in garbage time), but fell to 0-10 in CL playoffs because they shot 11-for-53 overall and 5-for-21 on treys. Will Furey (14), Chris Reedman (11) and Brian Donohoe (10) scored in double figures for La Salle and sub Kevin Moll plucked 11 rebounds. No one scored more than six points for Wood.
Dougherty 69, Ryan 48
DeSean White shot 10-for-14 en route to 24 points. The Cardinals began breaking open a tight game at the third quarter buzzer, when Shane Clark (17, nine boards) nailed a halfcourt shot to provide a 50-42 lead. Kyle Lowry had 10 points, four assists and three steals. Joe Mullin and Mike Devine scored 15 points apiece for Ryan.
Back-to-back nights at La Salle Univ.
SJ Prep 66, La Salle 44
Mark Zoller again was impressive, shooting 11-for-16 (made last eight in a row) en route to 25 points as the Hawks advanced to the final for the first time since winning in 1971. He also claimed 15 rebounds. John Griffin (20 points) went 5-for-12 on treys and Chris Clark mixed 11 points, seven assists, three steals. Clark's trey began a 10-0 run after Brian Donohoe's three consecutive treys pulled La Salle within 21-19. Will Furey had nine points and eight boards for the Explorers.
Dougherty 70, Neumann 60
Kyle Lowry, the North MVP, incurred his fourth foul with 1:29 left in the third quarter and walked to the bench, expecting to sit for a while. Instead, he was pushed back onto the court by coach Mark Heimerdinger. He never did foul out and was spectacular, as were his teammates, in a 25-8 fourth quarter. Lowry finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Shane Clark (10 boards) had eight of his 12 points in the last session. Isaac Greer had seven of his 17. On a foul-tech sequence, DeSean White (17, nine boards) picked up his third and fourth fouls with 10.5 seconds left in the third quarter. He did not play again. Richard "Tabby" Cunningham (15), Kenny Fulton (12, all treys) and Adon El (11) led Neumann.
Wood 70, North Catholic 55
The Vikings stormed to a 21-1 lead while claiming the first postseason win in the program's 38-year CL history. They'd been 0-10, with all of the losses in quarterfinals. Matt Spadafora shot 6-for-8 and 8-for-8 for 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Tim Walters added 17 points and nine boards. Mike Piselli (11) and John Gwiazdowsi provided 19 points off the bench. Freshman Andrew Pomager (17) and Chalie Evans (14) led North. Evans had missed the last four games of the regular season after suffering an ankle injury.
Back-to-back doubleheaders at La Salle Univ.
La Salle 45, Ryan 43
The Explorers survived despite going roughly 14 minutes without a field goal. That drought ended when Nick Shattuck hit a shot with 4:48 left in the third quarter. Shattuck (21) was the only Explorer with more than seven points and his short bank shot, off an inbound pass from Colin Fitzgerald (five assists), broke a 43-43 tie with 6.2 seconds remaining. A late trey by star sophomore Joe Zeglinski was a shade off. With 10, Shattuck had four more rebounds than anyone else in the game. Jim Welsh (13) and Joe Mullin (11) led Ryan.
Dougherty 66, Wood 63 (2 OTs)
The Cardinals avoided what likely would have been considered the second biggest upset in CL playoff history -- behind only the win by North's JV over McDevitt in 1968 -- when sub Kyle Sample took a pass from Tim Smith (17 points, three assists) and swished a right-corner trey with 2.1 seconds showing. Smith then batted away Wood's final inbound pass. Dougherty was just the third team in CL history to go perfect for two straight seasons and was the area's No. 1-ranked team. Wood entered 0-10 in regular playoffs and just two nights earlier had finally tasted postseason success, downing North in a pre-playoff. Dougherty trailed, 54-49, with 35 seconds left in regulation, but got to OT on a follow by Shane Clark (12 points, 1,009 for career) and a trey by 6-7 center DeSean White. Wood point guard Matt Spadafora had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Rob Pearson (15), Tim Walters and Brian Klumpp (14 apiece) also scored in double figures and Klumpp's trey on a pass from Corey Filer created a 63-63 tie with 0:26 showing in the second OT. Kyle Lowry added 10 points for Dougherty before fouling out with 2:17 left in the first OT.
Neumann 57, Roman 47
David Burton scored just six points, but didn't mind thanks to large contributions in the rebound (15) and blocked shot (six) categories. After two misses by teammates, sub Derrick "D.J." Rivera (nine points) hustled for a follow and three-point play with 1:06 left to provide a 50-46 lead. Richard "Tabby" Cunningham had 16 points, four assists and three steals. Adon El had 11 points and eight boards. Roman franchise Charron Fisher mixed 16 points and nine boards.
SJ Prep 70, West Catholic 50: Chris Clark, just 5-8, contributed 16 points, 11 assists, six steals and even seven rebounds as the Hawks coasted. Soph Reggie Redding added 15 points, 15 rebounds and three steals. John Griffin and Mike Kearney (6-for-8) had 13 points apiece. Despite severe foul trouble, West's Marshall Taylor tallied 19 points, 12 boards, three assists and three steals.
Back-to-back nights at La Salle University
Dougherty 66, Neumann 62
The Cardinals once again flirted with disaster, but managed to escape. This time they had a 17-point lead after three quarters and saw it dwindle all the way to two as Neumann frosh Antonio "Scoop" Jardine buried a left-wing trey with 1:10 left. Guard Kyle Lowry had 18 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three steals and hit four free throws down the stretch to sandwich a basket by Neumann's David Burton (12 points, 11 rebounds). Dougherty's Shane Clark had 20 points in the first half, then took just one shot thereafter (25 points). Three of his four blocks came in the last 90 seconds. DeSean White had 14 points and seven boards before fouling out with 4:10 left. Neumann's Richard "Tabby" Cunningham had 10 points (957 career) and six assists. There were 47 fouls and 63 free throws.
SJ Prep 59, La Salle 52
The Explorers had to go without their franchise forward, Nick Shattuck, who suffered an ankle injury in practice the day before. They jumped to a 7-0 lead and remained in serious contention into the third quarter. Reggie Redding (16), Mike Kearney (season-high 15) and John Griffin (12) led The Prep; Redding added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Chris Clark had four assists and no turnovers. Ryan Kirk (17) and Colin Fitzgerald (11) topped La Salle.
Judge 60, North Catholic 48
Damien Palantino (19, 9-for-9 at line) and Mike Briscella (18, 6-for-8 from floor), a pair of lefties, paced the Crusaders to victory before an overflow crowd at Ryan. Briscella hit three consecutive jumpers (two on passes from Jim Schule) to expand Judge's lead from 44-41 to 50-41 with 2:08 left. North's Nate Edwards scored 18 points.
Back-to-back doubleheaders at La Salle Univ.
Neumann-Goretti 61, Roman 41: Derrick "D.J." Rivera totaled 25 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals and made two big plays to create some breathing room after Roman drew within 30-27. He first hit a trey, then passed to Earl Pettis (19 points, 11 rebounds) for a dunk. Richard Jackson added eight rebounds, seven blocks. Roman's Mike Ringgold managed 16 points and eight rebounds.
SJ Prep 60, West Catholic 47: Reggie Redding scored 11 of his 19 points in a 14-10 first quarter, then concentrated mostly on rebounds (15) and assists (four). Joe Fox scored all 12 of his points in the second half. The Prep went 18-for-22 at the line to West's 10-for-23. Derrell Hand (11), a 325-pound Notre Dame football signee, was the only Burr to score more than six points. He nailed a lengthy trey at the first quarter buzzer.
Dougherty 55, Ryan 47: With four sophomores in their eight-man rotation, the Cards continued an amazing season largely on the strength of a 23-14 third quarter. Sophs were the three leading scorers as Josh "Scrap" Martin had 18 points and four steals, Justin Minter shot 7-for-10 at the line en route to 11 points and Roberto Townsend scored 11 points off the bench. Minter added nine rebounds. Joe Zeglinski (18), Kevin Hudgeons (11) and Tom Manes (10) led Ryan, which eased within 45-44 before fading.
Wood 44, Judge 31: After losing every time in its first 11 quarterfinal appearances, Wood finally got to go home happy. Matt Spadafora, the North MVP, had 13 points while Corey Filer (three steals) and Rob Pearson (three blocks) added 10 apiece and Mike Murnane hit all of his shots for seven. The Vikings closed things out with a 10-2 run. No one scored more than seven points for Judge, which went 12-for-46 and 3-for-19 on treys.
Back-to-back nights at La Salle University
SJ Prep 63, Dougherty 48: The overall highlight came with 10 seconds remaining when senior Sean Barker, out of commission for almost two full years due to a serious knee injury (the first operation failed; he later needed a meniscus transplant), swished a free throw and drew a wild response from the players, coaches and fans. Barker and other deep subs got to play because the starters were dominant, storming to a 35-8 lead on the strength of 14-for-22 shooting (five treys) from the floor. Reggie Redding finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Frosh Larry Loughery added 13 points and seven boards. Justin Minter (12, eight rebounds) and Roberto Townsend (10) paced Dougherty.
Neumann-Goretti 58, Wood 41: This game was also one-sided and raised the average victory margin in six regular playoffs (quarters and semis) to 14.3. The Saints swooshed to leads of 10-0, 20-10 and 27-12 (first 12 minutes) against the first-time semifinalist. David Burton, the lone senior starter, shot 8-for-12 while scoring 18 points. Antonio "Scoop" Jardine (16) and Derrick "D.J." Rivera (11) also hit double figures while Earl Pettis dealt six assists and Richard Jackson had nine rebounds, six blocks. Matt Spadafora (13) made Wood's first shot, a trey. The next three were blocked by three different players; two were guards.
At La Salle University, Doubleheaders on Back-to-Back Days
Ryan 39, Judge 26: In his third game back from a devastating football knee injury, sixth man Joe Zeglinski scored 12 points and the Crusaders (8-for-43 floor) posted the CL's lowest postseason total since South Catholic fell to La Salle, 28-23, for the 1950 championship. Jon Bruce had 10 rebounds and Kevin Hudgeons notched five blocks. Only James "J.J." Franklin (13) and Arthur Livingston (seven, 12 boards) had field goals for Judge.
Dougherty 71, North 56: Kahlil Mumford (21) and sixth man Roberto Townsend (20) led the way for the Cardinals, who used a 35-11 run to seize a 41-24 lead, then closed with an 18-3 run after North forged a tie at 53. Timothy Gates had 10 rebounds. Vinny Simpson dished six assists. Chris Edwards, one of three unrelated Falcons with that surname, shot 11-for-19 (4-for-4 on treys) en route to 28 points and claimed nine rebounds. Nate Edwards had 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Neumann-Goretti 55, SJ Prep 35: The Saints cruised through the first quarter, at 12-3, and forged ahead to a surprisingly easy win in what everyone figured would be the best of the quarterfinals. Derrick "D.J." Rivera, wearing the No. 44 of his late uncle, Hank Gathers, who died in 1990 while starring for Loyola Marymount, led in scoring with 17 points. Rick Jackson mixed 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. No one reached double figures for Prep and coach Speedy Morris removed his best four players, for good, in the waning moments of the third quarter, with the score at 45-17. A win would have given Morris 800 for his high school/college career.
Roman 62, Bonner 37: The pattern was maintained as the quarterfinal victory margins again increased. Bradley Wanamaker (18) and Mike Ringgold (15) led the way in points, Rockeed McCarter snagged 13 rebounds and Raymond "Doodles" Sims dealt seven assists. For Bonner, Jeff Jones had 16 points and the driver of one of the fan buses earned a dimwit award for going to La Salle High instead of the university, causing those kids to arrive one quarter late. After deep sub Colin Liberatore, a fan favorite, scored a field goal on a pass from Brian Campuzano in the late going, the Bonner kids roared, "You can't guard him! You can't guard him!" And with 0:10 showing, one guy bellowed, "I smell comeback!"
At La Salle University, Back-to-Back Nights
Roman 59, Ryan 39: The Cahillites, playing for the second time in three nights, and after some early trouble, cruised while advancing to the final for the first time since 2001. Mike Ringgold raised the city-leagues portion of his career total to 1,020 with a 24-point effort (41 at Fels in '03) while adding 10 rebounds, four assists. Bradley Wanamaker shot 8-for-12 en route to 19 points and Raymond "Doodles" Sims dished six assists. Ryan rolled to an 8-2 lead, but surrendered 13 consecutive points (from a 16-16 tie) after 6-8 Kevin Hudgeons sat down with his third personal 6:14 before halftime. Joe Zeglinski scored 16 points, finalizing his career total at an even 1,300.
Neumann-Goretti 84, Dougherty 73: Though the victory margin once again hit double digits, no one came close to minding. This was one of the best games you could ever hope to see. The 157 total points set a CL postseason record and the teams shot a combined 60-for-121 from the floor (49.6 percent). N-G closed with an 18-2 rush in the last 4:31 after Dougherty's Roberto Townsend threw down a vicious dunk on a pass from Vinny Simpson (29 points, record-tying six treys, four assists). N-G used just six players and the starters scored all the points: Derrick "D.J." Rivera (24, six assists), Rick Jackson (23, 17 rebounds), Antonio "Scoop" Jardine (six assists) and Jamal Wilson (13 apiece) and Earl Pettis (11). Dougherty's other headliners were Kahlil Mumford (14, nine assists) and Justin Minter (12, seven rebounds). The basket that put N-G ahead for good, at 75-73, came on Rivera's one-handed, alley-oop dunk on a pass from Jardine.
La Salle 56, Judge 51: After falling behind by 30-17 late in the first half, the Explorers stormed to a 36-15 run and then held on as Judge made a late push. Clay Penecale saved 17 of his 21 points for the second half and Frank Pierson, a spotty shooter all season, went 4-for-5 (two treys) for 10 points. His layup and subsequent three-pointer made it 53-45. The substitute guard also trailed only Matt Crozier (10) in rebounds for La Salle with four; he also managed two assists and two steals. After Bob Zanneo (13) could not connect on a late trey that would have been his fifth, and would have tied the game, Pierson rebounded and passed to Penecale for breakaway layup. Kevin Lynch led Judge with 25 points, thanks mostly to perfect shooting (9-for-9, three threes) from the floor. He scored the Crusaders' first 14 points and had assists on the next two baskets, a trey and a regular.
Two North Games at Ryan
N. Catholic 53, Ryan 48: The Falcons used balanced scoring (Velton Jones 15, Chris Edwards 14, Andrew Pomager 13) to overcome having to play in their opponent's gym (pre-arranged site). The Falcons were especially effective in grabbing offensive rebounds down the stretch, keeping alive possessions and negating shaky foul shooting. Andrew Rogers scored 17 points for Ryan, which was coached by his brother, Bernie.
Dougherty 68, La Salle 50: A closing run of 13-1 enabled the Cardinals to make this one look like a blowout. Kahlil Mumford and Justin Minter (eight rebounds) scored 16 points apiece and Roberto Townsend made amends for two earlier missed dunks by wolfing down a pair that would have been SportsCenter worthy. On the latter, on a three-quarter-court drive that followed a steal, he purposely bounced the ball and caught it on the way up before thunder-slamming. Clay Penecale (25) led La Salle.
Two South Games at O'Hara
Roman 47, SJ Prep 36: The Cahillites used suffocating defense to sentence the Prep to 35 percent shooting (12-for-34) from the floor. Brian Wanamaker scored 16 points. His twin, Bradley, a Pitt signee, totaled 10 points and the same number of rebounds. All 14 points scored by the Kirkland twins came courtesy of Will. Jim Mower (10) led Prep.
Neumann-Goretti 81, Bonner 57: Syracuse-bound best buddies Rick Jackson (11-for-12) and Antonio "Scoop" Jardine halved 44 points as the Saints stormed to victory. There were also co-leaders (Rashad Savage and Jamal Wilson, nine) atop the rebound category. Bonner's Jeff Jones (Virginia) scored 20 points to conclude his career with 1,923, the No. 1 total in CL history. He'd tied the school record with 41 in the Friars' second regular season meeting with N-G.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Roman 62, Dougherty 44: The Cahillites used relentless defensive pressure, especially against the North MVP, Kahlil Mumford, to claim what evolved into an easy victory. Dougherty shot 14-for-41 and committed 19 turnovers. Roman's Bradley Wanamaker shot 8-for-12 and 6-for-8 for 22 points. Maalik Wayns also shot well (4-for-6, 7-for-8) en route to 17 points. Nick Daggett, with help from Courtney Stanley, held Mumford to seven points. Nos. 6 and 7, on free throws with 3:06 left, froze his career total at 1,001. Roberto Townsend (12) and frosh sixth man Willis Nicholson (10) led Dougherty in scoring. The Cards surrendered 12 of the game's first 14 points and then 10 straight to start the second half after scrambling within 23-19.
Neumann-Goretti 73, N. Catholic 45: Rick Jackson slapped together one of the most dominant performances in city playoff history. He totaled 51 markers in the three main big-man categories, thanks to 26 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocks. Antonio "Scoop" Jardine scored 17 points and dished all 10 of his assists in the second half. Jamal Wilson mixed eight points and as many rebounds. Sixth man Mark Hatty, the football quarterback, scored twice on follows when the game was still competitive and was able to laugh at himself after missing a late-game breakaway dunk; his jump left him short and he pounded the ball against the rim. He promised to attempt no dunks in the final. Lenny Young and Velton Jones halved 22 points for North. The combined 46-point differential was the third highest in CL semis history behind 55 in '01 and 50 in '97.
La Salle 54, Judge 46: Six-seven senior Matt Crozier totaled 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and received plenty of help from 6-9 soph C.J. Aiken (14, eight, three) while sub Troy Hockaday hit a buzzer-beating trey as the third quarter ended, providing comfort at 35-25. Andrew Vose scored had 17 points and 14 boards for Judge, which committed just six turnovers but shot 17-for-58 total and 2-for-20 on treys.
SJ Prep 43, Carroll 42: With their usual big guns somewhat silenced, the Hawks needed points from elsewhere and Mike Bradley (18) came through. His bucket provided a one-point lead with 1:34 showing; neither team scored thereafter. Joe Meehan had 13 points, five assists. Carroll's Kasheef Festus totaled 13 points and nine boards while Lamar Jackson's late driving layup skidded off the rim.
Doubleheader at Ryan
Ryan 72, Dougherty 46: Andrew Rogers had 21 points and five assists to make his brother, Bernie, the winningest coach in school history (131 in eight seasons). John Miller collected 130 in nine seasons ending in '85. The Raiders had not beaten Dougherty, coached throughout the period by '72 Ryan grad Mark Heimerdinger, since the schools' second meeting in the '01 season. Chris Wilk shot 5-for-8 and 4-for-4 for 15 points and Anthony Keiter went 6-for-7 for 12. Ryan used 17 players. Zaahir Allen led Dougherty with 11 points.
N. Catholic 56, La Salle 42: Less than a week after committing to Coppin State, Lenny Young mixed 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Velton Jones (Robert Morris) had 10 boards, seven assists. Bob Makor posted 11 points and eight rebounds and was especially important in the fourth quarter, as four times he grabbed loose balls after teammates missed free throws. Matt Crozier led La Salle with 11 points, nine rebounds.
Doubleheader at O'Hara
Bonner 63, Neumann-Goretti 53: The Friars received strong performances from starting frontcourters Lijah Thompson (18 points, eight rebounds) and Henry Smith (14, six) while Keefer Francis (12) and Kristian Johnson combined to contribute 19 more points off the bench. Tony Chennault scored 22 points for N-G, which had made eight consecutive semis appearances.
SJ Prep 61, Roman 55: If the Bonner/N-G result was a surprise, this one qualified as a shocker. Roman finished 14-0 while the Hawks needed a pre-playoff victory just to join the official postseason party. Eight-team playoffs began in '68. This was the third time an unbeaten regular season champ got dumped in a quarterfinal, and the second brush with such an occurrence for Prep coach William "Speedy" Morris. He was Roman's coach in '81 when the Cahillites were stunned by St. James (also a pre-playoff winner). Jim Mower (Lafayette) fueled this one by scoring 32 points, tied for the second-best explosion in CL postseason history. He shot 12-for-21 (5-for-10 on treys) and had 22 points by halftime. Matt Williams (four treys) scored 16 points and Joe Meehan dished five assists. Roman's Maalik Wayns, a junior point guard already committed to Villanova, scored 19 points and Will Kirkland added 17. The Cahillites would have to wait four weeks to defend their title in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament at Frostburg (Md.) State.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Ryan 44, Bonner 42: After not attempting a shot for two-plus quarters, Andrew Rogers (22) scored all 12 of Ryan's fourth quarter points and won the game by converting a one-and-one with 0:00.8 seconds remaining after being bumped at midcourt while pushing the ball ahead. Bonner had created a 42-42 tie with six seconds left on a second follow by Rob Siter (13 points). Rogers went 7-for-7 from the floor with two treys. His performance was basically matched by Bonner's own little guy, Jamal Melvin (18 points, 7-for-10, 4-for-4 on threes). Melvin was responsible for 18 consecutive points with 12 of his own and assists for three other baskets. Ryan's Eric Jann made up for what could have been a damaging turnover by drawing a charge.
N. Catholic 52, SJ Prep 41: With fellow star guard Velton Jones limited to 12 minutes by back miseries, Lenny Young went the Andrew Rogers route and took over the game in the fourth quarter by scoring 13 of his team's 17 points and lifting his own total to 25. He hit a jumper from a shade beyond the foul line to provide a 39-37 lead with 4:44 remaining and the Falcons rolled from there. Frosh Xavier Harris added 10 points and seven rebounds, thus assuring the title game would be an all-North affair for the first time since 1970, when Dougherty beat North. Bob Makor did a fine defensive job on the Prep's most dangerous scorer, Jim Mower (seven points). Joe Meehan managed 10 points and three assists for the Hawks.
Wood 49, Conwell-Egan 37: At Ryan, Fran Dougherty posted 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as the Vikings gained their second regular-playoff win in 43 seasons of CL membership. Joe Getz, Brian O'Grady (11 apiece) and Tim Fahy (10) also scored in double figures. For C-E, making its third playoff appearance in 46 CL seasons, Isaac Robinson scored 14 points.
W. Catholic 50, Dougherty 45: At Carroll, Rob Hollomon (19) shot 9-for-10 at the line en route to 13 points in the fourth quarter. Ade Barek added nine points, nine rebounds and six blocks. Only Brandyn Wims (18) reached doubles for Dougherty.
La Salle 32, SJ Prep 30: At O'Hara, Eddie Joyner-Mitchell scored the Explorers' final four points on two free throws and a buzzer-beating layup; they sandwiched Mike Leithead's midrange jumper. Only La Salle's Malik West (10) scored in double figures. This was only the second time since 1950 that a CL playoff produced as few as 62 points.
Bonner 45, Ryan 32: At Dougherty, Jamal Melvin mixed 13 points and five assists and Bill Scanlan scored eight of his 10 points in a 32-10 second half. Ryan (Eric Fleming 11) played without star guard Rus Slawter (ankle injury).
Doubleheader at Ryan
N. Catholic 69, Bonner 49: Woody Redding set the tone with 12 points, six assists, three steals and just one turnover while 6-9 soph Rakeem Christmas contributed 19 points and four blocks. Bonner's Brian Boyle hit two treys en route to 12 points.
Roman 73, La Salle 49: Rakeem "Rahk" Brookins exploded for 31 points, shooting 9-for-15 (three treys) and 10-for-13. He also had five of the Cahillites' 22 steals; Kawaun Chavis led the way with six. Koron Reed totaled 13 points, six rebounds. La Salle's Eddie Joyner-Mitchell and Todd Stokley halved 24 points.
Doubleheader at O'Hara
Carroll 51, W. Catholic 48: Andre Wilburn collected nine points, 13 rebounds and two blocks and hit a free throw with 1.7 seconds left after West committed an inbounding violation. Soph Juan'ya Green had 17 points and three steals. West's leaders were soph Aquil Younger (14, four assists) and Ade Barek (12, 10 rebounds, five blocks).
Neumann-Goretti 64, Wood 46: Sixth-man Lamin Fulton, a soph, shot 8-for-9 (4-for-5 on treys) en route to 21 points. Tony Chennault totaled 17 points, six rebounds, four assists. Tyreek Duren added 10 points, six boards, eight assists, three steals. Wood's Fran Dougherty scored 17 points.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Neumann-Goretti 77, N. Catholic 62: Danny Stewart powered home five dunks in an 18-point performance as the Saints cruised. He added eight rebounds and enjoyed watching his freshman brother, Derrick, blocking a dunk attempt by North's 6-9 Rakeem Christmas. Tyreek Duren added 15 points, five assists. North's leaders were Jack O'Neill (18, eight rebounds, four assists) and Christmas (14, seven boards, seven rejections).
Roman 63, Carroll 59 (OT): Kevin Regan, who said he'd struggled with his shooting all season, lit up the Big House with 24 points on 10-for-15 marksmanship that included 4-for-7 sniping on treys. He also notched a late block to help force OT. Rakeem "Rahk" Brookins added 13 points and nine assists. Andre Wilburn (14), Juan'ya Green (13), Kasheef Festus (12) and DJ Irving (10) scored in double digits for Carroll and Ben Mingledough just missed (eight). Festus (12) and Wilburn (10) led in boards. Brookins passed to sub Abdul King for the first points of OT and Roman led the rest of the way.
N. Catholic 66, Judge 64: In the Falcons' final game in their famous Pit, Bobby Makor beat the buzzer (maybe, there was MAJOR doubt) with a mid-range, right-wing jumper that was finally ruled good by referee L.B. Rebstock three-plus seconds after the ball passed through the net. Makor notched 18 points, five rebounds and two steals. This was not his family's first brush with a "final" NC sporting event. His sophomore brother, Michael, was a starting lineman for the grid squad, which topped Frankford in its finale, played at La Salle University. Star linebacker David D. Williams grabbed this one's final rebound after Judge's Nick Sullivan hit one of two free throws at 36.3. Six-nine junior Seamus Radtke led Judge with 17 points, seven rebounds, six blocks. Joe Kehoe (16) hit three of his four threes in the fourth quarter.
SJ Prep 57, Bonner 45: Joe Nardi's 23-point outing was highlighted by five treys. Steve Vasturia and Connor McIntyre halved 18 points and the former added nine rebounds. Jamal Melvin (16) and Keefer Francis (12) topped visiting Bonner.
Wood 55, W. Catholic 46: Brian O'Grady powered for 18 points and 15 rebounds and Joe Getz mixed 10 points, seven assists. Aquil Younger (21) was the only visiting player in double figures.
Dougherty 64, Conwell-Egan 53: In a game that could have been their finale, the visiting Cardinals placed three guys in double figures -- Brandyn Wims (12), Brandon Brown (11), Ryan Colbert (10) -- and three more scored at least eight. Brown posted nine markers in a 29-16 first half. Ike Robinson led C-E with 15 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Shortly before gametime, coach Rick Sabol was informed by an administrator that one of his key players would be unavailable (school issue).
Doubleheader at Ryan
Carroll 61, Wood 40: Ben Mingledough (17) and DJ Irving (15) paced the scoring while Juan'ya Green (eight) and Irving (four) helped the Patriots post 15 assists. Wood, which received 17 points from Joe Getz and 11 points/12 rebounds from Brian O'Grady, missed its first 10 shots of the third quarter and wound up being outscored, 12-2.
La Salle 54, N. Catholic 43: Shooting jumpers lefthanded and layups righthanded, Joe Brown went 6-for-8 en route to 15 points while also claiming a game-high 10 rebounds. He posted three of his field goals in a 17-11 fourth quarter. Troy Hockaday added 15 points. In what everyone feared was North's final game (the archdiocese is closing it come June), Mike Terry collected 16 points and the smallest Falcon, Woody Redding, scored his team's last points on a follow with 1:13 left. Sub Kerry Shields missed the last shot.
Doubleheader at Carroll
Neumann-Goretti 89, Dougherty 58: The Saints sniped 10-for-15 on treys and Tony Chennault (24) led four double-figure scorers. Mustafaa Jones (16) went deep four times, Danny Stewart totaled 15 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, and Tyreek Duren mixed 15 points with four assists. Brandyn Wims (16, seven assists) and Jamal Nwaniemeka (14) led Dougherty in the school's final game. The Cardinals' final points came on a trey by point guard Dawan Earle with 0:59 showing.
SJ Prep 42, Roman 41: After getting burned along the left baseline by sub guard Daiquan Walker for a layup, with 11 seconds remaining, that gave Roman a 41-39 lead, Joe Nardi took a pass from Sean Brophy and beat the buzzer by banking home a straight-on trey from a shade behind the arc. It was the first CL playoff decided by a last-second trey that reversed a deficit. Afterward, Nardi said he'd been guilty of double-dribbling. The win was No. 200 for coach William "Speedy" Morris in just nine Prep seasons. Nardi and Roman's Rakeem "Rahk" Brookins scored 20 points apiece.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Carroll 51, La Salle 47: With 5:48 left in the second quarter, star point guard DJ Irving suffered what was proven the next day to be a broken right hand. After missing about eight total minutes, he returned and spent the rest of the game serving, as he put it, "as a decoy." However, he did contribute a steal and 60-foot drive for a layup deposited with his left hand. Vince Mostardi passed to Anthony Butler for a layup that made it 49-47, then Butler added two free throws after La Salle could not connect on a layup and foul line jumper. Juan'ya Green contributed 17 points and four assists. For La Salle, Joe Brown scored 12 points and Eddie Mitchell dealt six assists.
Neumann-Goretti 74, SJ Prep 60: Tony Chennault was dominant with 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Danny Stewart (15, nine boards) and Tyreek Duren (14, three assists) also had strong outings. The Prep fired 31 treys and hit 14, with Joe Nardi (27 points) leading the way (7-for-12; tie for most successes ever in CL playoff action with the Hawks' Chris Haas in a '99 preplayoff). Mike Fee added a 4-for-6 showing. Nardi also had five assists and Connor McIntyre grabbed six rebounds.
Ryan 53, Conwell-Egan 45: With the league down to 14 teams due to the closings of Dougherty, Kennedy-Kenrick and North Catholic, honchos scrapped divisions and decided 10 teams would make the playoffs. This one, played at La Salle, decided 10th place between a pair of 4-9 squads. Eric Fleming scored 29 points, hit three treys in a 20-13 third period and grabbed 10 total rebounds. Christian Rivera had 11 points. Kyle Slawter mixed six rebounds and seven assists while committing no turnovers. Carlton Whitehead (18) led C-E.
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Wood 53, Ryan 48: After star defender Kyle Adkins picked up his second foul 3;33 into the game, frosh Tommy Rush was assigned to Ryan's Eric Fleming and did an excellent job the rest of the night. Almost too excellent. The next option turned out to be forward Christian Rivera, who packed 18 of his 20 points into the second half and even rallied the visiting Raiders from a 12-point deficit into a 45-44 lead with his umpteenth hard, lengthy drive for a layup. Adkins then victimized Rivera for a steal and layup and his double-bonus with 1.4 left provided the clinching points. Joe Getz had 19 points (10 in the second quarter). Shane Neher added 14 points, seven boards. Fleming finished with 17 points (after a quick seven vs. Adkins), finalizing his career total at 957.
Bonner 56, W. Catholic 54: Billy Cassidy knocked down four treys en route to 18 points and his free throw with 5.8 remaining created a two-point lead. Scott Slade, from behind, then blocked a last shot that would have forced OT. Slade totaled 10 points and as many rebounds. His brother, Craig, a k a "Poppy," had 13 and seven. Anthony Jackson added a career high of 13 points, plus three assists. Mark Perez (14), Julian Lee (12) and Christen Gibbs (10) led host West. Julian Reed dished five assists.
Carroll 72, SJ Prep 67: Juan'ya Green became just the second player in CL postseason history to surpass 32 points and, even better, claimed a spot on the top rung with Roman's Kyle Locke (39 vs. Dougherty in the '92 final). Green poured in his 39 by shooting 12-for-17 (two treys) and 13-for-15. All four of his first quarter points came on free throws. From then on Carroll notched 20 field goals. Green notched 12 and passed for six more. Overall, he had seven assists (and six rebounds). For visiting Prep, sophs Steve Vasturia (27, four treys) and Miles Overton (26, six) were also dynamic. Overton (five) and Mike Fee (four) led in assists while Vasturia grabbed six rebounds.
Roman 63, Judge 57: Unaware that Phila. Electrical, assisted by his father, Marshall, had captured an afternoon Pub quarterfinal (he'd turned off his cell phone to avoid distractions), Shafeek Taylor made it a two-win day for the family with an outing that featured 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Taylor accounted for five points as the third quarter ended (assist to Fortunat "Junior" Kangudi; three free throws after drawing a foul with two-tenths left) and converted a follow to make it 57-53 after Shep Garner missed a free throw after canning a hard-contact layup. Fresh-faced frosh Rip Engel was perfect on four free throws to highlight the final moments. Kangudi had nine points, 12 rebounds. Montana Mayfield scored six of his 12 points in a 12-2 run to start the game. For host Judge, soph Steven Griffin shot 10-for-18 (one three) and 6-for-8 for 27 points while Reggie Charles added 10 rebounds and five apiece of assists/steals to 13 points.
Neumann-Goretti 63, Bonner 39: John Davis (15 rebounds, four blocks), Ja'Quan Newton and La'Quan Coaxum thirded 36 points and Hanif Sutton dished six assists; those last two guys were bench players. Scott Slade topped visiting Bonner with 17 points and his brother, Craig, had eight rebounds.
La Salle 55, Wood 34: Eddie Mitchell shot 6-for-7 (three triples) and 5-for-7 en route to 20 points. Soph Amar Stukes added 17 points while Steve Collins (eight) and Joe Brown (seven) led in rebounds. Joe Getz topped visiting Wood with 12 points.
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Carroll 59, La Salle 45: Soph Yosef Yacob shot 6-for-9 and 5-for-5 for 18 points and four times posted three-pointers; thrice in the traditional manner. He also helped to limit Eddie Mitchell (22) to 13 points through three quarters and 8-for-18 shooting overall. Juan'ya Green used a 12-for-12 performance at the charity stripe to score 16 points, thus lifting his career total to a school record 1,438 (13 better than 1997 grad Martin Ingelsby), and after the game he was able to meet Kyle Locke (see quarterfinal recap), who was in town to recruit for the women's team at the University of Washington. Tracy Peal had eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists. La Salle committed just three turnovers, but shot 17-for-47.
Neumann-Goretti 47, Roman 46: The Saints needed clutch plays from leapmeisters John Davis and Derrick Stewart in the final seconds to claim their 53rd consecutive CL win, counting playoffs. At the west end, Davis soared to steal an inbound pass and Lamin Fulton (14 points) nailed a 15-foot, left-baseline jumper, thus erasing a 46-45 deficit. Stewart then pogo-sticked to block Montana Mayfield's 10-foot, in-the-lane floater as time expired. Davis mixed 11 points and as many rebounds. Stewart grabbed nine boards. For Roman, Fortunat "Junior" Kangudi totaled 10 points and 16 rebounds while Mayfield mixed 13 points and six assists. This was N-G's sixth long-streak win by 10 points or fewer, and its first one-pointer.
La Salle 59, Judge 41: Borrowing an idea from Taylor University, in Indiana, La Salle's student rooters, about 200 strong, staged "Silent Night." They wore costumes and remained silent/still until the Explorers scored their 10th point, then went berserk (and remained in high-energy mode throughout). The first 10 points were achieved in 4:08 thanks to two treys by Matt Rodden and two more by Steve Smith, making it 12-0. Smith (20 points) finished with six. Darnell Artis had six assists. Brian Hennessey (19) led Judge. As the final seconds melted away, the La Salle kids sang -- you got it -- "Silent Night."
O'Hara 45, Conwell-Egan 44: Trying for its second playoff win in school history (No. 1 had come in its first CL season, 1963-64), C-E roared to 10 consecutive points and took a 44-42 lead on Dylan Pease's left-side, seven-foot jumper with 9.6 seconds remaining. Heartache came at the buzzer as Pat Hagenbach took a pass from Sean Havink and drained a right-wing trey, giving O'Hara its first playoff win since a 1998 semifinal. Ed Allen (10 rebounds) and Mike Louden scored 12 points apiece. C-E's Jamal Nwaniemeka scored 20 points to raise his career total to 1,009, counting 139 at Cardinal Dougherty (through 2010).
Neumann-Goretti 77, O'Hara 51: Billy Shank's 22-point outing included five treys while John Davis (eight rebounds) and Ja'Quan Newton (six assists) halved 30 points. Derrick Stewart (nine) also hit the boards for the Saints, who upped their four-season CL winning streak, counting regular season games and playoffs, to 68. Sub Sean Havink led O'Hara with 18 points and he nailed four shots from beyond the arc. Mike Louden dished four assists.
Carroll 53, La Salle 49: The Explorers used a 9-1 run to storm within 45-44 with 2:58 remaining, but Alec Stavetski, mostly quiet to that point, swished a trey and a regular to again put Carroll in command. Lou Dominique (12), Yosef Yacob (11, five assists) and Isaiah Warren scored in double figures and frosh Derrick Jones claimed 12 rebounds. Amar Stukes (18) topped La Salle in points while Ryan Winslow (nine) and Steve Smith (eight) were the rebound leaders.
SJ Prep 76, Wood 49: Kevin Oberlies, usually content to perform little tasks, sniped 7-for-10 (three treys) and 3-for-3 for 20 points, dealt four assists and still played strong defense (on soph Pat Smith; 11 points). Miles Overton's 18-point afternoon featured four treys in the second half. Guard Steve Vasturia (12) was the top rebounder. Shane Neher led the Vikings with 15 points and his five rebounds were three more than anyone else claimed.
Roman 53, Ryan 43: At Philadelphia University, Shafeek Taylor shot 7-for-12 and 4-for-5 for 19 points while sharing leading-rebounder honors with Rashann London (eight apiece). Ryan's leaders were Nick Aughenbaugh for points (10) and Christian Rivera (four) for rebounds. Kyle Slawter attempted no shots while distributing five assists.
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Neumann-Goretti 73, Roman 56: Billy Shank, held scoreless during the teams' regular season OT meeting, nailed three treys as the Saints stormed to a 12-2 lead. Derrick Stewart had the other (he went first) and Hanif Sutton racked up the four assists (en route to eight). Roman charged within six points late in the third quarter, but N-G closed with an eight-point run thanks to threes by the Quan Half-Quartet (La'Quan Coaxum and Ja'Quan Newton) and Coaxum's follow. Newton went 10-for-14 at the line while scoring 17 points. Stewart grabbed 10 rebounds. Shep Garner (20) and Shafeek Taylor (14) paced Roman.
SJ Prep 58, Carroll 49: Known usually for their treyball expertise, the Hawks instead thrived inside while making William "Speedy" Morris the winningest coach in city history at 622; Dan Dougherty had 621. They went 18-for-28 on twos and were a lofty 15-for-18 through the third quarter, which ended 46-30. Miles Overton totaled 20 points (three trreys) and three assists while Steve Vasturia added 16 points, eight rebounds, four dimes. Gene Williams (eight boards) and Kevin Oberlies (five assists) helped out. Yosef Yacob topped Carroll in points (17) and assists (five). Lou Dominique did so in rebounds (11). No announcement of Morris' feat was made over the PA system. Speedy's son/assistant, Keith, reminded everyone in the locker room. An announcement of the 621-621 tie HAD been made after the quarterfinal.
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Lansdale 50, Conwell-Egan 35: The teams met for the second consecutive night to break a tie for 10th place and LC, a fifth-year CL member, once again triumphed, thus earning its first playoff berth. Chris Rudisill missed his only shot (a follow), but claimed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots. Andrew Riviello (18) and Brian Rafferty (17) led in scoring; Rafferty added eight rebounds and five assists. C-E missed 15 of its first 16 shots and trailed, 22-3, with just short of 12 minutes having been played. The Eagles' top scorers were freshmen Stevie Jordan (nine), LaPri Pace (eight) and Vinny Dalessandro (seven).
McDevitt 56, Judge 46: In year No. 50 of CL membership, the Lancers finally claimed playoff win No. 2 (also 1989) as Tyrell Long shot 10-for-15 en route to 22 points. He also slid into someone standing in a doorway while trying to save a loose ball. "All I saw was leggings and legs and pants and jeans. Then I looked up and . . . 'Ohhhh. I hope I don't get suspended.' " The someone was principal Mary Kirby, who kiddingly told him later, "Tyrell, when you came out the door, that was my leg you hit! It's all black and blue! I'm going on workman's comp!" Kenyatta Long (no relation) posted eight assists and four steals, Tymere Wilder added five dimes and Dural Watson drained a trio of second quarter treys. For Judge, which dropped its eighth consecutive postseason outing, the leading scorers were Brandon McGuire (11) and Jeff Seigafuse (10); they were spectators for the first 7 1/2 minutes for violating a team rule.
Wood 38, Lansdale 36: Pat Smith tallied seven of his nine points in a 16-7 fourth quarter as the Vikings avoided getting upset by a team playing its third game in four nights. Shane Neher (10 points, six rebounds) and Joe LoStracco (10 boards) aided the cause. Brian Rafferty (11) and Andrew Riviello (10) led LC, which could not connect on a last-second floater.
Neumann-Goretti 85, McDevitt 54: John Davis (25) missed just two shots in 14 attempts and plucked nine rebounds as the Saints showed a nationally televised thumping at the hands of Chester would have no long-lasting ill effect. Ja'Quan Newton added 19 points and 13 boards while Tony Toplyn recorded five blocks. Tyrell Long led McDevitt with 11 points while Kenyatta Long (five assists) and Carl Garner (seven boards) halved 20.
Roman 55, Wood 44: At Philadelphia University, Rashann London (17) was the only Cahillite to score in double figures, but five others notched six or eight. Sixth man Matt Simon hit a trey late in the second quarter to put Roman ahead for good, 23-21. Star guard Shep Garner did not surpass two points until 2:00 remained in the third quarter, but finished with eight along with three apiece of assists/steals. TreVaughn Wilkerson had four blocks. Wood's Shane Neher collected 13 points, five rebounds, three steals.
SJ Prep 74, La Salle 57: The host Hawks scored their first 24 points without any from Steve Vasturia, the league MVP. No sweat. His co-star, Miles Overton, packed 19 of his 26 into the first half and went on to finish with 16 total rebounds. Vasturia was dominant in the second half en route to 23 points. Chris Clover added 13 points and eight rebounds. Hindered by two early fouls, La Salle's Amar Stukes scrambled for 18 points and six assists. He and Pat Cooney (16) halved six treys.
Carroll 69, Ryan 53: Derrick Jones (22) shot 10-for-14 from the floor and Yosef Yacob (18) came close to matching that performance at the line (9-for-13) for the Patriots, who stormed to a 37-19 edge over the middle periods. Yacob added eight rebounds and seven assists in a well-rounded performance. Ryan's Bryan Okolo totaled 14 points and six assists while Gage Galeone nailed five treys while posting 19 points.
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SJ Prep 57, Roman 50: Becoming the first team to use just five players in a CL playoff since O'Hara in a '92 semifinal (fell to Roman, 52-50), the Hawks avenged a regular season defeat and made sure coach William "Speedy" Morris would not drop below .500 (now 13-12) against the school where he first gained coaching fame. Of the 11 players who took shots from the floor, the Prep's Kyle Thompson (14 points, 4-for-5 on treys) was the only one to make more than he missed. Miles Overton (17) and Steve Vasturia (16, 8-for-8 at line) generated a shade more points and halved eight assists. Vasturia claimed nine rebounds. Shep Garner (15, seven boards) and TreVaughn Wilkerson (10, eight) led Roman, which trailed by 10 with 4 minutes remaining and stormed within 51-48 before P.J. Kelly's leaping steal of a cross-court pass changed the momentum. The Hawks' other starter was soph Chris Clover.
Neumann-Goretti 57, Carroll 34: Ja'Quan Newton (18 points, eight rebounds), John Davis (11, 13) and sixth man Troy Harper (11) were the leaders as the Saints extended their dominance of Carroll to 27 wins in the last 28 meetings. The lone exception was a 2009 Class AAA quarterfinal; the Patriots surged ahead to win the CL's first state title in year No. 1 of PIAA competition. The 6-1 Harper notched seven of his points in a 17-3 second quarter and highlighted a 21-10 third stanza when he soared for a cup-a-missed-shot-off-the-rim, wolf-it-down dunk that he said was a lifetime first. For Carroll, which went 12-for-55 and suffered 16 blocked shots (Tony Toplyn had seven; Davis added four), soph Derrick Jones was the leader in points, rebounds and assists (11/11/four). N-G won its quarter/semi by 54 points, the biggest margin since Roman was relentlessly dominant (67) in 2000.
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McDevitt 51, Judge 40: The teams combined to miss 30 of their first 32 shots, but McDevitt was on fire (8-for-9, 6-for-7) in a 23-7 fourth quarter. Therein, Tyrell Long (13 total rebounds) scored 10 of his 15 points and Amin Taylor posted six of his nine. Sub Fateem Jackson claimed 18 rebounds. Sophs Quincy Reed (14)/Justin Fleming (12) and frosh Marc Rodriguez (11) led Judge, which shot 7-for-26 on threes and 6-for-21 on twos.
McDevitt 58, Conwell-Egan 57: Playing a do-or-die game for the third consecutive day, the lower-seeded Lancers lassoed this win as Jayson Clark passed to Amin Taylor (17 points, seven rebounds) for a three-point play and his fifth assist with 14 seconds left, then hit a clinching free throw at 0:04. Tyrell Long (four blocks) and frosh Qadir Burgess halved 30 points. With Burgess (5-for-7) and Taylor (3-for-4) leading the way, McDevitt shot better on treys (8-for-16) than it did on twos (11-for-25). In all, the Lancers were playing for the fourth consecutive day. The string began with a 102-69 loss to Neumann-Goretti and then a win over Bonner-Prendergast to earn a preplayoff with Judge. These two CL playoff wins were just the third and fourth in the school's 51 seasons of membership. C-E was denied its second; No. 1 had come in '64. The Eagles were led by Stevie Jordan (19), LaPri McCray-Pace, Jordan Burney (13 apiece) and Vinny Dalessandro (10). Burney was a junior. The others were sophs.
W. Catholic 48, Lansdale 45: Small forward Jahmil Harris (23 points, 11 in fourth quarter) drained a top-of-the-key trey with 1.3 seconds remaining to cap a wonderful performance. The hosts posted 18 field goals and he was involved in 16 of 'em -- scored nine, assisted on seven. Brandon Cole packed 11 of his 13 points into the first half. Brian Rafferty (16, seven rebounds) and Kyle Pavlik (12) reached double digits for LC, which had dropped a two-point decision to West (also on a last shot) in the same gym five days earlier.
Roman 84, McDevitt 56: At West Catholic, the Cahillites trailed by 36-34 at halftime and were in danger of becoming just the fifth CL team with a perfect league record to fall in a quarterfinal. So much for nervousness: Roman scored 30 of the next 34 points. All five starters -- Rashann London (15), Shep Garner (14), TreVaughn Wilkerson (13), Manny Taylor and Tony Carr (12 each) -- scored in double figures, Taylor swept 11 rebounds and London/Carr halved 12 assists. Tyrell Long scored 22 points for McDevitt, finalizing his career total at 1,140 (No. 2 in school history to 1,272 by '84 grad Eric Ervin).
Neumann-Goretti 98, West Catholic 58: Ja'Quan Newton (26) led the way as the Saints had no trouble breaking the record for points in a CL playoff (89 by Roman in a '91 quarterfinal). Newton shot 6-for-12 on treys. Eleven guys scored and three more reached double figures -- frosh sub Quade Green (15), Troy Harper (13) and Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble (12, eight rebounds). For visting West, Brandon Cole netted 20 points while Jahmil Harris mixed 12 points, eight boards, four assists.
Carroll 64, Wood 44: Derrick Jones shot 9-for-17 and 6-for-10 for 24 points and snatched 13 rebounds for the Patriots, who owned the second half at 29-14. Austin Tilghman totaled 12 points, four assists. Dave Beatty scored 10 points off the bench. For visiting Wood, which shot 8-for-24 on treys, no one reached double digits. Joe LoStracco claimed seven rebounds and Cody Fitzpatrick dealt three assists.
La Salle 38, SJ Prep 33: The teams combined to shoot 22-for-76 from the floor (28.9 percent) and 4-for-24 on treys (16.7 percent) and only one player from each team -- David Krmpotich (16) for La Salle; Chris Clover (17) for SJ Prep -- scored in double figures. The Explorers' top rebounder, with seven, was their shortest starter, Najee Walls. The visiting Hawks, who missed wing sniper Tom Fox (knee injury), posted just six points over the initial 14:37 of the second half and went 0-for-8 for treys before hitting their first of two with 19.9 left.
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Roman 52, La Salle 45: The Cahillites owned a 15-point lead after three quarters, but La Salle stormed back within 46-43 before experiencing a late fade. Fueling the comeback was sixth man Sean Greenberg, who notched eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. His dad, Chip, starred for the school's '81 CL champs and was the Daily News City Player of the Year in '82. Tony Carr led Roman with 13 points while sub Gemil Holbrook and Manny Taylor evenly spilt 20. They added nine and eight boards, respectively. David Krmpotich led La Salle with 15 points, 10 boards and four blocks. Najee Walls dealt six assists.
Neumann-Goretti 67, Carroll 62: By draining a left-corner, west-end, step-back trey to end the third quarter, Ja'Quan Newton (1,809) surpassed '85 grad Steve Benton (1,808) to become the leading scorer in N-G's many-names school history. He finished the night with 15 and 1,816. Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble had 17 points and three assists. Though the Saints were embarrassed on the glass (35-15), they triumphed in blocked shots, 10 to four (six for Tony Toplyn, four for Jamal Custis), and three-pointers (8-for-13 to 1-for-10). For Carroll, junior Derrick Jones used a late free throw to reach 1,000 career points while he and Ernest Aflakpui (14 points) halved 20 boards. Newton's three-point play off an outrageous dunk made it 63-56. His reverse layup stretched the edge to 67-57.
Wood 66, Ryan 56: Wood no doubt came into this one with swirling emotions. In their final two league games, the Vikings won AT Roman and then got skunked at home by Carroll. Luke Connaghan made sure an upset would not occur by powering for 25 points and claiming eight of his 13 rebounds at the offensive end. Tommy Funk mixed 19 points with five assists. Izaiah Brockington (22) and the given-name Austins -- Slawter (12) and Chabot (12) -- paced visiting Ryan.
Judge 64, Bonner-Prendie 49: Marc Rodriguez bombed away for 25 points with the help of six treys in eight attempts. Quincy Reed added 13 points and Will Brazukas dealt six assists. For visiting B-P, Marques Jackson contributed 17 points and seven rebounds.
Neumann-Goretti 88, Judge 57: Zane Martin scrambled for 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble mixed 10 assists with 17 points. Rasheed Browne (4-for-5, 14 points) and Vaughn Covington (4-for-6, success on three consecutive possessions, 13) excelled beyond the arc. For visiting Judge, the leaders were Marc Rodriguez (14) and sub Rob King (12).
Roman 64, Wood 50: At Philadelphia University, point guard Tony Carr started a 19-5 closing rush by exploding for three consecutive field goals. He finished with 18 points, six apiece of rebounds/assists and four blocks. Nazeer Bostick shot 7-for-11 en route to 16 points. Manny Taylor scored six quick points off the bench and finished with 12. Wood's starters tallied from nine to 11 points (Tommy Funk, frosh Tyree Pickron). Funk, the point guard, added seven rebounds and five assists. Pickron snatched eight boards. The Vikings, who'd beaten Roman in its gym seven days earlier, hit four treys in the first quarter, but none thereafter.
Carroll 47, Conwell-Egan 34: The hosts stormed to 36 of the final 52 points. Ryan Daly, Dave Beatty and Daly again buried treys to open the third quarter as an 18-15 halftime deficit was left behind. Derrick Jones had 21 points (6-for-8 floor) and 10 rebounds. Carroll shot a combined 1-for-8 from the floor in the second/fourth quarters and scored only at the line (10-for-14) in the latter. C-E's LaPri McCray-Pace shot 6-for-6 at the line while notching 10 points. Relentless defense by Samir Taylor and Josh Sharkey held point Stevie Jordan, usually a whirlwind, to seven points.
La Salle 37, SJ Prep 33: Five days earlier, in these bitter rivals' regular season finale, La Salle's Dave Krmpotich missed four free throws in the first extra session of what became a three-OT loss. This time, before an even more outrageous crowd, he hit two free throws at 3.7, then intercepted a lengthy inbound pass and drained two more at 1.4. Krmpotich and Shawn Witherspoon (four assists) reached 11 points apiece while the rebound leader was point guard Najee Walls (eight). For the hosts, league MVP Chris Clover (37 in the regular season matchup) had 19 points and Pete Gayhardt seized 11 rebounds. This was the third time in seven years (also 2014, '09) that a La Salle-Prep playoff matchup produced no more than 71 points. All three results were among the Top 10 of the lowest scoring CL playoffs going back to the 1950-51 season.
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Roman 61, Carroll 58: The Cahillites overcame deficits of 8-0 and 41-30 and four guys (Tony Carr 17, Nazeer Bostick 15, D'Andre Vilmar 10, sub Manny Taylor 10) scored in double figures. With five seconds remaining, starter Paul Newman scored his first playoff points of 2014-15 by hitting two free throws, thus assuring Carroll would have to try a trey. It did not succeed. Nazeer Bostick, a guard, snagged 12 rebounds and Carr distributed four assists. The Patriots received 23 points and 13 rebounds from Derrick Jones, who ended the night as the school's career scoring leader with 1,502 (2011 grad Juan'ya Green had 1,493). Ryan Daly added 10 points, seven boards.
Neumann-Goretti 70, La Salle 65: Though N-G shot 24-for-38 from the floor (63 percent) and 17-for-22 at the line (77percent), and committed just six turnovers, it was still in danger of being tied in the final seconds. After La Salle missed a trey, Zane Martin hit two clinching free throws. Quade Green (26, 5-for-6 on triples) and Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble (23) combined for 49 points while totaling 18-for-23 from the floor. Vaughn Covington dealt five assists for the Saints, who used a 17-2 run to forge a 55-40 lead with 6:34 remaining. For La Salle, Dave Krmpotich grabbed eight rebounds and sniped 10-for-14 en route to 22 points while Shawn Witherspoon dealt seven assists.
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Bonner-Prendie 54, West Catholic 49: Dylan Higgins claimed eight rebounds and notched seven of his 12 points in a 24-13 fourth quarter. Christian Lane (15) and Keith Washington (10) also scored in double figures. John Hargraves (12) and Washington (eight) helped on the boards. Hargraves added five blocks while Washington had five assists. John Herndon (19) topped West. This was the teams' second meeting in three days. B-P forced this one by winning the first one, 75-60.
Bonner-Prendie 49, Conwell-Egan 47: Playing for the third time in four days (also two wins over West Catholic), the visiting Friars completed a 22-9 fourth quarter as Christian Lane made a steal near midcourt and raced to the hoop for the winning layup with 10.7 seconds remaining. John Hargraves (11), Lane and Keith Washington (10 apiece) scored in double figures. The Catholic League coaches expanded the number of All-Catholic honorees from 20 to 30 in 1970, then down to 25 in 2011. Over 47 seasons, B-P was the first team with no All-Catholic honorees to win a regular playoff; the Friars (this year) and Lansdale Catholic (in 2013) had won pre-playoffs with no A-Cs. C-E, the defending PIAA Class AA state champ but still looking for its first triumph in a CL playoff since its initial season of membership (1964), was led by Vinny Dalessandro (16).
Wood 64, Judge 42: Tommy Funk, Tyree Pickron and Collin Gillespie posted identical averages (13.5) in regular season CL play, but finished with different point totals because Funk (two) and Gillespie (one) missed games. They went the spread-out route in this one, pacing the visiting Vikings with 21, 14 and 10, respectively. Funk added seven rebounds and five assists while Pickron plucked eight boards. For Judge, an 80-71 winner in the teams' first meeting, Marc Rodriguez scored 14 points.
Neumann-Goretti 104, Bonner-Prendie 65: The Saints broke the record for most points scored in a CL playoff (they'd posted 98 in a 2014 quarterfinal) and the combo total also represented an all-time high (157 by N-G and Dougherty in a 2006 semifinal). Zane Martin drilled six treys while racking up 26 points and Quade Green packed all 20 of his points into a 55-25 first half (36 in first quarter). Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 16 points and eight apiece of rebounds/blocks while Rasheed Browne dealt seven assists. The leaders for visiting B-P were John Hargraves (20) and Theo Ijeboi (13). The latter created quite the stir, as he entered the game with four points for the season.
Ryan 67, La Salle 49: The Raiders captured the only quarterfinal win for visitors, and did so in impressive fashion. Picking a perfect time for his season's best outburst, Izaiah Brockington shot 8-for-13 (one trey) and 10-for-13 for 27 points. Twelve markers were posted in a 28-13 third quarter, expanding a 22-11 halftime lead. Members of the Austin Given-Name Club were also productive: Slawter had 12 points, four assists and six steals while Chabot had 11 points. Ryan McTamney topped La Salle in points (14) and rebounds (six).
Roman 56, SJ Prep 42: At Philadelphia University, the Cahillites won the first quarter, 15-6, and maintained control thereafter. Despite the relatively low point total, four guys reached double figures for Roman -- Lamar Stevens (15), Tony Carr (14), Nazeer Bostick and Paul Newman (10 apiece). Stevens, Carr and Bostick thirded 24 rebounds and Carr had four assists. Kyle Thompson (16) and Darius Kinnel (10) led the Prep's four scorers.
Carroll 77, Wood 70 (2 OT): The visiting Vikings stormed back from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit, but missed three shots at the end of regulation and had problems with turnovers/missed free throws in the stretch of the second OT. Carroll's Ryan Daly, the coaches' MVP (like his dad, Brian, in the Southern Division for Bonner in 1988), totaled 30 points and 11 boards while point guard Josh Sharkey was a whirlwind with 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Wood placed all five starters in double digits, and almost did so in numerical order -- Tommy Funk (16), Collin Gillespie (15), Tyree Pickron (14), Keith Otto (13) and Matt Cerruti (10). The rebounders almost accomplished that feat as well -- Pickron (nine), Funk (eight), Gillespie (six), Seth Pickney (five), Cerruti (four) and Keith Otto (three).
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Neumann-Goretti 89, Ryan 55: Quade Green (31, 10-for-14 floor, six treys) and Zane Martin (30, 11-17, five) combined to claim the record for most points scored (61) by a duo in a CL playoff, topping 54 by Roman's Kyle Locke (39) and James "Flames" Lewis (15) in the 1992 final. Martin's outburst enabled him to finish the night with exactly 1,000 career points. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree collected 11 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Point guard Austin Slawter led Ryan with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Roman 64, Carroll 63: Tony Carr totaled 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists and his sticky defense made sure that a last-second, off-balance, left-wing jumper would not provide heartache. Carr saved seven points for a 15-10 fourth quarter and his jumper put Roman ahead for good, at 62-61. Lamar Stevens (13) followed with a fast break slam, making it 64-61 with 1:49 remaining. The Cahillites were fortunate to survive as they missed three one-and-ones in the final 60 seconds. Nazeer Bostick had 14 points. Carroll's leaders were Ryan Daly (21), John Rigsby (16) and Josh Sharkey (15, five assists). Right after the win, Roman's players and coaches called the cell phone of beloved assistant Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna, who'd been away from the team for almost two months due to illness and was holed up in a rehabilitation facility. Via speaker, they all surprised him by yelling, "Hockeeeeeey!" After a short delay, Tom responded, "Good win, boys."
Bonner-Prendie 65, Conwell-Egan 51: Talk about scoring balance. Christian Lane and Dylan Higgins scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, while Justin Gans, Ajiri Johnson and Tymir Cooper racked up 12 apiece. Gans put the host Friars ahead for good, at 23-21, with a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer. Lane, whose steal/layup with 10.7 seconds remaining had beaten the same foe in 2016's same round, added seven assists. Darien Simmons (16) topped C-E.
Carroll 59, La Salle 37: The Patriots made bold statement by posting a first quarter shutout, at 9-0. Frosh point guard AJ Hoggard was electric, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Khari Williams added 14 points while Justin Anderson tabbed 11 and Colin Daly drained three treys for nine. For the visiting Explorers, Jarrod Stukes paced 13 of his 15 points into the fourth quarter.
Wood 65, Bonner-Prendie 43: MVP Collin Gillespie added six apiece of rebounds/assists to 21 points and the Vikings helped their cause by shooting well (17-for-22) at the line. Drama pretty much disappeared thanks to a 9-0 run that ended the second quarter. Ajiri Johnson topped B-P with 16 points while Tymir Cooper had eight points and as many assists. Wood used Bensalem's gym for this one. It had to play all games on the road after cinder blocks tumbled down from a south-end wall in thegym on Jan. 6.
Neumann-Goretti 73, Carroll 55: Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree enjoyed pretty close to a dream performance, shooting 9-for-12 en route to 22 points and sweeping 21 rebounds. Quade Green contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Christian Ings repped the bench guys by totaling 12 markers. For the visiting Patriots, who dropped the first quarter, 22-12, Justin Anderson and Khari Williams halved 28 points and Colin Daly added 11 (along with eight boards and four steals).
Roman 56, SJ Prep 55: At Philadelphia University, Student upstaged Teacher as Matt Griffin, Roman's first-year coach, bested the team guided by his high school coach and former boss, Speedy Morris. Chris Kuhar canned a layup for his only points with 4.8 seconds remaining and Kyle Thompson (21 points) was able to hit only the first of two free throws at 0.7. Allen Betrand (17, 7-for-10) and Jon-Paul Sanders (12, 6-for-8) shot well from the floor while leading the Cahillites. Frosh Lynn Greer -- he and Carroll's AJ Hoggard, both third-teamers, were the first freshmen to earn All-Catholic honors since Carroll's Kashif Payne in 2000 -- dished five assists. Edward Croswell (14, eight rebounds) and Darius Kinnel (10, six assists) also scored in double digits for the Prep, which battled back from a 40-30 deficit.
Ryan 68, Judge 58: Matiss Kulackovskis, an import from Latvia, shot 9-for-17 (two treys) and 5-for-7 for 25 points for the Raiders, who used a 20-10 second quarter to assume command from their Northeast Philly rivals. Izaiah Brockington (14) and Fred Taylor (11) also scored in double figures, guard Chris Palantino claimed a game-high eight rebounds and Taylor recorded seven rejections. For visiting Judge, senior guard Marc Rodriguez, the only 1,000-point career scorer in school history (1,260), used nifty sniping (9-for-13 floor, 6-for-9 treys, 8-for-12 line) to rack up 32 points, just short of the school record (34). He reached 32 by hitting two free throws with 44 seconds remaining. He took no shots thereafter. Matt O'Connor had 12 points. Mike Power distributed six assists.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Neumann-Goretti 67, Roman 56: Though N-G was known all season primarily for the non-stop feats of its headliners, guard Quade Green (Kentucky commit) and post player Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (Villanova), lesser lights stepped forward and seized the night with the score at 35-35 midway through the third quarter. An 8-0 run featured a three-pointer by Noah Warren, a three-point play by sub Dymir Montague and a mid-range jumper by another bench guy, Christian Ings. In a 26-21 fourth quarter, Cosby-Roundtree shot 3-for-3 and 7-for-8 for 13 of his 17 points while adding five of his 12 rebounds. Green totaled 18 points and six assists overall. Seth Lundy (20, nine rebounds) and Allen Betrand (19, 10) paced Roman, which had topped N-G in the previous two championship games. Point guard Lynn Greer, a freshman, suffered a pre-game injury. He tried to play, but sat down after a very short stint.
Wood 75, Ryan 66: Collin Gillespie (Villanova) posted the third highest point total in CL playoff history, shooting 8-for-14 (one trey) and 16-for-18 for 33. Only 39-point outbursts by Roman's Kyle Locke ('92 final) and Carroll's Juan'ya Green ('11 quarterfinal) were better. Gillespie sniped 10-for-12 at the line in the fourth quarter to help assure Ryan would get no closer than five. He also led the Vikings in rebounds (nine) and assists (four). Matt Cerruti and sub Andrew Funk halved 20 points; the former had five rebounds and three steals. For Ryan, before fouling out with 3:22 remaining and the deficit at eight, lefty Izaiah Brockington shot 12-for-21 (one trey) and 6-for-8 for 31 points. Fred Taylor added eight points, five rebounds and three blocks.
SJ Prep 57, McDevitt 51: The visiting Lancers created gym-wide shock by notching eight straight points to storm within one with a half-minute remaining. The Prep regrouped and hit five of six free throws. Darius Kinnel mixed 18 points with four assists while Ed Croswell had 14 points, 10 rebounds. The Hawks shot 28-for-44 at the line to McDevitt's 12-for-14. Sophs Robert Smith (16) and Shamir Mosley (13) led the Lancers.
O'Hara 58, Ryan 47: Star guard Antwuan Butler entered intermission with a donut, but finished with 24 points (14-for-16 at line) as the visiting Lions claimed their first playoff win since 2012. Elijah Smith scored 11 of his 17 markers in the first half. Butler arrived bytransfer from Del-Val Charter, which closed in June 2017. Second-year O'Hara coach Jason Harrigan was Butler's boss at D-V through the '16 season. Ryan's leaders were Ja'Quill Stone (10 points) and Kevin Lezin (nine, eight rebounds).
Bonner-Prendie 88, O'Hara 63: A strong case could be made that the performance by league MVP Isaiah Wong was the best in CL playoff history. Aside from missing just two shots (10-for-11 floor, 3-for-3 treys, 9-for-10 line) while raining down 32 points, the point guard swept 15 rebounds, dished nine assists and even swatted two shots while providing non-stop entertainment for an overflow crowd. Tariq Ingraham (13), Ajiri Johnson (12) and Yohance Garner (11) also reached double figures and sixth man Donovan Rodriguez (nine) just missed. All five of Johnson's field goals were dunks. Antwuan Butler led the visitors with 24 points and six assists.
SJ Prep 54, Neumann-Goretti 40: The visiting Hawks pulled off this seven-over-two upset in quite bizarre fashion. After failing to score for 7:27 surrounding halftime, they held N-G without a point through the entire third quarter (0-for-8 floor, seven turnovers) and a total stretch of 10:05 (0-11, 0-2 line). The Prep won the fourth quarter, 25-14, thanks largely to a 16-for-22 performance at the line. Kyle Thompson went 8-for-8 while scoring 10 of his 16 points. Edward Croswell finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks while Trevor Wall had 11 points. The other starter was Gabe Arizin and coach William "Speedy" Morris, who five weeks earlier had earned his 1,000th win as a high school/college coach, used no subs. Ja'Cor Smith (13) led N-G in scoring for the first time all season and Marcus Littles had 10 points, eight boards.
Roman 56, La Salle 46: At its home away from home, Philadelphia Community, Roman claimed a stirring win by winning the fourth quarter, 24-5. Therein, Seth Lundy racked up nine of his 22 points and Lynn Greer (15) went 7-for-8 at the line. La Salle committed seven turnovers and went 1-for-8 from the floor. A free throw by Allen Betrand (nine points, seven rebounds) put the Cahillites, who finished the game with just four turnovers, ahead for good, at 44-43. Konrad Kiszka paced La Salle in points/rebounds with 16/seven. He shot 7-for-9 from the floor.
Carroll 69, Wood 62: Guard AJ Hoggard provided 23 points and 10 assists and his contributions in a 25-16 fourth quarter were 10 and three. Devon Ferrero saved six of his eight points for that session and his three-pointer, making it 61-53 with 2:36 left, served as a major dagger. Keyon Butler totaled 17 points. Andrew Funk (18), Julius Phillips (13) and Rahsool Diggins (10) reached double digits for visiting Wood and the former dealt six assists. Seth Pinkney and sixth man Karrington Wallace halved eight blocks. The losses for N-G and Wood, which hurt its cause by missing six consecutive free throws to start the fourth quarter, assured that this year's semifinals would not include the previous year's finalists for the first time since 2008.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Bonner-Prendie 48, Carroll 45: Five Friars scored from eight to 10 points and the balance produced the program's first postseason win over Carroll (0-4 beforehand). Also, three guys -- Isaiah Wong, Ajiri Johnson, Tariq Ingraham -- claimed nine rebounds. Wong (10 points) canned the most amazing basket with 1:11 left while falling and drawing a foul after a spin move. That bucket made it 46-43. A follow by AJ Hoggard edged the Patriots within 46-45 at 30.8, but they committed turnovers on its their final three possessions. Johnson wolfed down three dunks, Michael Perretta drained three treys for nine points and sixth man Donovan Rodriguez scored seven of his eight points in the first 2:29 of the fourth quarter, giving B-P a 42-32 lead. Keyon Butler (15 points, 15 boards) and Hoggard (13) led Carroll, which went 0-for-11 beyond the arc. When the Palestra doors opened before this game, the inside temperature was 88 degrees. Philly's temp mark for 2/21 had been snapped at 77.
Roman 69, SJ Prep 66: Things were looking a little iffy for the Cahillites when Seth Lundy (14 points, eight rebounds) fouled out with 7:17 remaining. Allen Betrand (12 of his 20) and Lynn Greer (eight of his 17) stepped up big time, however, and the lead was 65-54 in the very late going before The Prep rained down four three-pointers. Roman did not have to inbound the ball after the last one. Roman went 19-for-25 at the line; 24 of those attempts were logged in the last 10:52. Hakim Hart contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Betrand added seven boards/five rejections and enforcer John Kelly tied his season high for points with seven. For the Hawks, who committed just four turnovers, Kyle Thompson drilled four treys en route to 25 points. Darius Kinnel (19, exactly 1,000 at the Prep, also played varsity as frosh at Highland High in South Jersey) and Trevor Wall (10) also scored in double digits and Edward Croswell mixed nine points and 12 rebounds with three blocks.