Philadelphia High School Basketball
Catholic League Playoff Recaps, Through 1970
(Non-Championship Games)
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Second Half Playoff
SJ Prep 25, La Salle 17
  Bill Kenney scored eight points for the Hawklets, who ran off the final eight points of the game.

At SJ Prep
West 30, North 29
  Joe Dougherty scored 16 points and provided the win with a tap-in of a missed free throw.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
La Salle 38, ST More 31
Ed Shepper paced the Explorers with 14 points. Charles Gallagher had the same amount for the losers.
West 35, South 29
The Burrs continued their hot streak by getting 11 points from Ed O’Holloran and nine each from Ed Mullelly and Jack McEnroe. Tom Quinn topped South with 14 points.

At North
Roman 44, South 34
  Continuing an amazing rally from an 0-6 league start, the Cahillites cruised after winning the first quarter, 13-6. Jack Maloney scored 14 points. Tom Quinn (11) led South.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Roman 33, SJ Prep 31
Joe Rogers scored nine points and hit a free throw and basket to provide a 33-29 lead with 2:00 left. Jack Maloney had 10 points. Bob Walters (12) paced The Prep, which last led at 20-19.
West 36, ST More 21
Jack McEnroe (12), Tony Skivo (nine) and Bill Thomas (eight) were best for West. John Byrne scored 12 points for More.

Doubleheader at Convention Hall
South 53, Roman 28
  Launching long set shots over a 2-1-2 zone, Franny ‘‘Dutch’’ Henkel erupted for 27 points, a CL postseason record, as the Pirates frolicked. Andy Quinn (nine) led Roman.
West 35, La Salle 33 (ot)
Bill Thomas canned a looping overhead shot to win it after John Weglicki scored for La Salle with 0:30 left in regulation to force OT. Bill Young (14) led West.

Doubleheader at Convention Hall
South 34, North 28
  Six-seven star Larry Foust fouled out with 9:30 left, but Joe Hannan and sub Joe Keenan played well to assure the 25-13 lead would not melt away. No one on either team scored in double figures.
West 45, Roman 31
Bill Young scored 19 points while Francis ‘‘Reds’’ Bagnell and Ed Kane added 10 apiece. John Bates had 15 points for Roman.

Doubleheader at Convention Hall
La Salle 44, Roman 28
  Jack Kane (14) and Jim Phelan (10) scored in double figures and Charles ‘‘Buddy’’ Donnelly shot 4-for-5 in a 15-9 third quarter. Bob Berry (13) led Roman.
South 41, St. James 36
Jim ‘‘Reds’’ Furey, a 5-7 whirlwind, scored 16 of South’s first 20 points and finished with 18. Six-seven Larry Foust added 16. No one reached double digits for the Jimmies.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
SJ Prep 44, North 31
  Tom Rittenhouse (13) and John Gillespie (10) led the Hawklets in scoring. Frank Hinnegan and Charles Hoyt scored 10 each for North.
La Salle 46, West 32
Jim Phelan (12) did much of the scoring in bursts at the beginning and end. Charles ‘‘Buddy’’ Donnelly added 10 points. Dick Dougherty (12) topped West.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
La Salle 47, North 44
  Jim Covello paced the Explorers with 10 points and made a layup to put them ahead for good, 39-38. John Grauer and Charles ‘‘Buddy’’ Donnelly added nine points apiece. Donnelly’s father, Michael, had died of a heart attack in mid-January while watching a tripleheader at the Palestra involving La Salle. Tom Stoeckle and Charles ‘‘Ollie’’ Hoyt had 10 each for North.
West 46, Roman 39 (2 ot)
Ernie Beck scored 17 points and made a tap-in as West established control early in the second OT. Sam Glassmire added 13 points and hit a basket to end the first OT. For Roman, John Wojdula (14) and Bill Magarity (10) led in scoring, but Fran McMenamin scored at the end of regulation and again to open the first OT.

South Preplayoff
At SJ Prep
South 41, St. James 39
  John Lavin canned a hook shot with 0:04 left to lift South, which used 24 points by Tony Del Conte to rally from a 22-10 deficit. Tony Carney scored 17 points for the losers.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
West 41, La Salle 33
Ernie Beck scored 15 points to lead the Burrs. Ed Garrity, a transfer from SJ Prep who’d become eligible at midseason, saved all eight of his points for the last quarter and did well on defense against Tom Checchia (four). Soph Tom Gola (14) led La Salle.
South 48, SJ Prep 43
Tony Del Conte (13) and John Lavin (10) sparked South, which led by at least three points through the fourth quarter. John Doogan (21) led The Prep.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
La Salle 54, West 40
  Tom Gola collected 14 of his 22 points in a 22-14 first half and Fran ‘‘Wacky’’ O’Hara (13) shot 5-for-5 at the line to raise his season’s markmanship to 60-for-67. Connie Miller was out because of illness. Ned Hogan (14) paced West.
South 48, North 42
Dennis Collins scored 17 points and nailed a pair of one-handers as South left behind a 41-41 tie. Wearing a patch over his left eye in the aftermath of an injury several weeks earlier, John Lavin was used sporadically. John Rauchut (14) and Charles Kullman (12) led North.

At the Palestra
ST More 47, La Salle 43
  As coach Joseph ‘‘Tubby’’ Walker again assumed command after suffering a midseason medical setback, John ‘‘Misty’’ Fannon scored 16 points and drained a hook shot to put More ahead for good, 44-43. The Rev. Joseph Hilferty had coached the Golden Bears in the interim. Al Juliana added 11 points. La Salle’s Tom Gola, who’d averaged 25.7 points in league player, was held to 14.
West 41, South 40
Jim Warrington (11 points) hit a decisive jumper with 0:41 left and Jack Devine scored 13 points. John Lavin (19) was the only South player in double figures.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
West 76, St. James 49
  Ed Williams (19), Joe Sturgis (18), Charles Singley (17) and Walt Maxwell (15) led the assault as the Burrs set a CL postseason record for points. Bill Lynch (26) led St. James.
ST More 50, La Salle 38
John ‘‘Misty’’ Fannon packed 16 of his 19 points into a 29-19 first half. Joe Pastore added 12 points.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
West 59, South 33
  Bill Lindsay scored 19 points to pace the rout. Bob Devine added 10 points. South put no one in double figures.
La Salle 61, North 51
Tom Derago (16), Mike Schlacter (15) and Sid Kraemer (14) paced La Salle. Jim Tanney topped North with 12 points.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
South 63, North 59 (ot)
  The Pirates roared back from a 13-point, early-fourth-quarter deficit as Bob Goodrich (17) led the way. Goodrich scored the final six points of regulation in 35 seconds on a jumper, two free throws and a layup off Rich DeFusco’s assist. Fred Giordano’s tap-in provided the lead for good, 59-57. Gerry McColgan (17) and Tony Garberina (16) paced North.
West 75, La Salle 47
The teams combined to shoot 99 free throws as West went 37-for-50 and La Salle went 25-for-49. Bob Devine scored 19 points. Bill Bodo (10) led La Salle.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
West 62, North 55
  John Rowan scored five of his 14 points in a 12-0 run that enabled West to win the fourth quarter, 24-10. Pat Carey, who’d posted a 47-point game during the regular season, managed 17 points. George ‘‘Buddy’’ Kline (21) paced North.
La Salle 54, ST More 46
Joe Heyer (18) and Gerry Bohlinger (14) led La Salle, which scored 10 consecutive points to start the third quarter. Dan Devine (15) and Jim Jenkins (12) paced More.

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

South Preplayoff
At St. Joseph’s College
Neumann 57, Bonner 37
  Sam Kavalauskas (14), Jim Gannon (12) and Andy Terifay (10) scored in double figures for Neumann, which rolled to bulges of 14-3 after one quarter and 33-14 at halftime.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
North 58, West 57
Joe ‘‘Zeke’’ Zawacki scored all 15 of his points in the second half as the Falcons twice built leads of 15 points. Larry Sarafinas added 14 points. Ray Brown (20) and Bob Dickey (12) paced West, which was alive until committing a turnover with 0:22 left.
La Salle 48, Neumann 40
Rich Amejka and Jerry Cosgrove split 28 points for La Salle, which coasted to a 34-20 lead after three quarters. Andy Terifay (16) led Neumann.

Prearranged North Preplayoff
At Northeast High
North 46, La Salle 44
  After freezing the ball for the last 2:00, North prevailed when Ed Rotz (12 points) hit two free throws with 0:02 left. Jim McMonagle (13) and Al Solecki (10) paced La Salle.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Judge 68, St. James 66 (2 ot)
Bill Penny scored 21 points and made three huge baskets — one to end regulation, another to end the first OT and another to end the second OT, a sudden-death session. John Andreoli added 18 points. Tom Wynne (20) led the losers.
Neumann 59, North 49
Five-nine Jim Gannon and 5-6 Bill Mulvihill scored 15 points apiece and Neumann shot 19-for-24 at the line. Ron Ebert (17) and Bob Liddy (14) topped North.

Prearranged North Preplayoff
At Lincoln
Dougherty 80, Roman 64
  Jack Shepper managed to score 27 points — tying a CL postseason record — despite shooting 1-for-6 at the line. Dan Wierzbowski (17) and Vince Berry (14) lent assistance. Bob Kahana (22) topped Roman.
South Preplayoff
At Neumann
St. James 56, ST More 50
  Tom Galia scored eight of his 24 points in a 12-8 first quarter. Billy Hoy (17) and Mike Steele (16) paced More.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Judge 61, St. James 60
John Andreoli (19), Joe Kelly (17) and John Monahan (14) scored in double figures and Kelly hit a field goal to provide a 61-56 lead. Tom Galia (23) and Don DiJulia scored baskets to make the final close.
West 46, Dougherty 39
Jim Lynam scored the first six points of the game and finished with 17. Jim Flavin added 13 points. Vince Berry (17) led Dougherty.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
Bonner 52, Dougherty 49
  Frank Corace scored 18 points for the Friars, who piled up a 42-29 lead after three quarters. Bob DeFino (14) and Paul Gallagher (12) helped. Bob Harrington and Cy Cosgrove scored 12 apiece for Dougherty.
St. James 56, Judge 47
Don DiJulia scored 19 points while Steve Courtin (10-for-11) and Andy Pinter (9-for-11) used strong foul-shooting to add 16 and 15 points, respectively. The Bulldogs, who went ahead for good, 44-42, on Courtin’s basket, shot 26-for-29 at the line overall and 17-for-18 in the final quarter. SJ played without rebounder Bill Donahue, injured in a sledding accident. George Sutor (19) and John Monahan (17) paced Judge.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
Dougherty 70, Bonner 57
  Vince Richardson scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Ed Hockenbury’s drive began an 11-0 run that produced a 50-39 pad. John McKendry added 15 points. Eric Erickson (20) paced Bonner.
ST More 55, Judge 43
Bob Zell scored 17 points and John Garrett managed 13 points and 10 rebounds. Judge’s George Sutor totaled 18 points and 19 rebounds.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
SJ Prep 53, West 45
  Tom Duff (21) and Eddie Burke (11) led the Hawklets in scoring and West (Marty Ford 12) went 6:30 without a field goal in the third quarter to hurt its chances.
Dougherty 75, Neumann 53
Tom Griffies scored 20 points and George Paull mixed 16 points and 17 rebounds. Bill Oakes (19) led Neumann.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
La Salle 75, Bonner 58
  George Smith shot 9-for-15 en route to 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Frank Gaidjunas contributed 22 points and 13 boards. Bill Magarity (14) and Joe Turk (11) also scored in double figures. Norm Kropp (22) topped Bonner.
Dougherty 47, ST More 45
Fran ‘‘Chick’’ Wierzbowski, a sub until late in the regular season, shot 10-for-12 for 22 points and launched a buzzer-beating shot that rattled in for the game-winner. George Paull added 10 points. John Floyd scored 16 points for More.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
Dougherty 74, Bonner 64
  The Cardinals ran their record to 23-0 while dominating the rebound battle, 51-29, and receiving 24 points from Mike Kempski. Six-nine Maurice Savage and Gerry McKendry added 15 points apiece. Frank Guerin (20), Joe Lindsay (14), Norm Kropp and Frank Connell (13 each) led Bonner.
Egan 59, Neumann 47
Egan, a first-year CL member, registered the upset despite having no starter taller than 6-1. Chris Cosmas and Dave Frederick split 40 points and Bill Creeden claimed 18 rebounds. The Eagles rang up a 59-39 lead before Neumann scored the final eight points against reserves. Frank Gillen and Jim Stinger split 22 points.

First Round
Doubleheader at the Palestra
ST More 48, North 46
  In a late, 14-point burst that won the game, Kevin Flynn scored seven of his 14 points and Joe Hartman added five of his 16. Sub Bill Jillard (10) also scored in double figures. North star Stan Witalec scored 14 points before leaving with an ankle injury early in the fourth quarter.
Bonner 68, Judge 61
All five Bonner starters reached double figures — Paul Waclawsky (19), Bill ‘‘Skip’’ McCauley (18), Mike Hauer (11), Ron Branch and Fran Rizzo (10 apiece). Tom Lynch (17) topped Judge.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Neumann 72, ST More 66
Mike Barrett and Joe Russell scored 18 points apiece and sub Tom DeMuzio made a clinching three-point play with 0:39 left. More’s John Pierantozzi scored 15 points. The teams shot 38-for-66 at the line.
Bonner 51, La Salle 47
Mike Hauer contributed 23 points and 17 rebounds and Ron Branch and Paul Waclawsky split 20 points as the Friars surprised 12-0 La Salle. Joe Markmann (17) and Mike Osborne (13) led the Explorers.

South First-Place Playoff
At Neumann
ST More 56, Bonner 46
  Pat McDonnell (20) and Tom Flaherty (12) scored in double figures while John Pierantozzi, Carl Brooks and Fran O’Hanlon split 24 points. Mike Hauer (17) and Ron Branch (13) paced Bonner.
First Round
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Bonner 65, North 49
  Bob McEntee (18) led the Friars, who stormed to a 20-11 lead after one quarter. Stan Witalec (16) paced North.
Neumann 75, Dougherty 53
Bob Atene and Bruce Connelly scored 18 points apiece to pace the Pirates, who also received double digits from Tom DiMuzio (14), Rocky Natale (11) and John Robish (10). Gene Maurer scored 14 points for Dougherty.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
ST More 48, Bonner 45
Fran O’Hanlon (16), Tom Flaherty (11) and Carl Brooks (10) scored in double figures and O’Hanlon posted his team’s final four points on free throws. Ron Branch (15) led Bonner.
Judge 58, Neumann 47
John Sutor collected 19 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks and Gene Kelly added 13 points. Neumann had just one lead, 16-14, and high-scoring Bob Atene was held to 10 points.

South First-Place Playoff
At Villanova
Bonner 55, O'Hara 52 (ot)
The Friars claimed win No. 3 over O'Hara for the season when Tom Dougherty (15 points) notched consecutive field goals to leave behind a 50-50 tie. O'Hara's Joe Hazinsky (15) had created that deadlock by making one of two free throws with 0:02 left in regulation. Bonner's Nick Scogna scored 17 points.
South Preplayoff
At Bonner
Neumann 49, West 45
  Bob Atene scored 21 points and Joe Black added 12. Ron Billingslea had 13 for West.
First Round
North 71, Neumann 69 (2 ot)
Ron Kurtz (25 points) and Hank Siemiontkowski (17) enabled the Falcons to survive the grueling game. For Neumann, Bob Atene hit 14 field goals for 28 points — a CL postseason record — and scored 12 to help erase a 10-point deficit in the final 6:00 of regulation.
Dougherty 66, O’Hara 49
Jack Kerrigan (19) and Bob Walsh (18) paced Dougherty, which won the second half, 41-20. Joe Hazinsky (19) led O’Hara.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
North 60, Judge 57
Ron Kurtz scored 21 points and Dennis Bohn (17) converted a steal and race downcourt into the go-ahead basket as the clock melted below 0:20. Len Caprisecca (22) and Sam Cancelliere (16) paced Judge.
Bonner 58, Dougherty 45
Nick Scogna (24) and Ed Phillips (13) led the way. Only Jack Snyder (16) reached double figures for Dougherty.

Doubleheaders at the Palestra
North 77, McDevitt 60
  In a game that generated headlines across the country, North’s junior varsity — filling in for the 12-man varsity squad, suspended by coach Jack Friel (also the disciplinarian) for cutting classes — rolled to a stirring victory. The youngsters, booed by North’s fans during warmups and hit with chants of ‘‘We want the varsity!’’ had not played for eight days and only split with McDevitt’s JVs during the regular season. The starters were Mike Kaiser (20 points), Iggy Brodzinski (19), Jim Boylan (14), Joe Evanosich (13) and Billy Dever (nine). Kaiser, Boylan and Brodzinski claimed 20, 17 and 15 rebounds, respectively. McDevitt was led by junior guard Bob Haas (26), who during the regular season had scored 51 points against Ryan to break the CL record.
Judge 50, La Salle 46
Mike Krawczyk scored 24 points and Tim Fehrle (13) converted a layup with 1:02 left to break a 46-46 tie as Judge survived a scare against a team it had swamped twice during the regular season. Judge trailed, 41-24, before rallying. Bill Walters (19) led La Salle.
O’Hara 57, Roman 55 (3 ot)
Sub Steve Maiocco, scoreless beforehand, nailed a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer to dampen Roman’s first playoff appearance since a prearranged preplayoff in 1959 (and before that in ’49). Joe Hazinsky (17) and Tom Ingelsby (11) led in scoring for O’Hara, which had possession for more than 12 of the final 13 minutes. John Proud (15) and Keith Coady (13) led Roman.
West 51, ST More 49 (ot)
Ron Billingslea scored 21 points and tipped in a missed free throw with 0:35 left to make the difference. Bob Dennis (12) and Herm Lockley (11) helped. For More, Mike Jones scored 23 points and Humphrey Conix hit a jumper to force OT.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
O’Hara 51, North 49
Lou Ferro scored on a buzzer-beating tap as O’Hara won a thriller. The ball rolled around the rim twice, momentarily hung on the metal slab extending from the rim to the backboard and then fell in. The Lions had created a tie with 0:17 left on Steve Maiocco’s steal and layup, followed by Ray Martin’s steal. Joe Hazinsky scored 17 points. North’s Hank Siemiontkowski scored 26 points, including 13 in a row in the fourth quarter. Coach Jack Friel used two of his JV heroes from the quarterfinals — forward Mike Kaiser and guard Billy Dever.
Judge 64, West 52
Rick Maerten (17) led four double-figure scorers for the Crusaders, who steamed to a 46-27 lead after three quarters. Bob Dennis (21) and Herm Lockley (15) paced West.

Doubleheaders at the Palestra
Dougherty 57, McDevitt 43
  One month after suffering a 75-stitch cut in his right hand, incurred when he collided with a pane of glass in a door in Dougherty’s gym, Bill ‘‘Bear’’ Banks returned to action with a 16-point effort. Kevin Kane added 13 points. McDevitt’s Bob Haas scored 19 points, but was held without a field goal in the second half.
North 55, Judge 51
Bill O’Hara scored 14 points, Iggy Brodzinski and Pat McMullen added 12 apiece and Mark Williams had 10 before fouling out with 5:10 left. Thereafter, Vince Morrison scored 13 of his 16 points to draw Judge close.
Bonner 52, O’Hara 48
Bob Sabol (15) and Ed Hastings (13) led in scoring and Joe Bonner drove for the clinching basket with just under a half-minute left. Frank Doyle (21) and Tom Ingelsby (12) led O’Hara.
Roman 58, SJ Prep 53
Mike Moody collected 20 points and 15 rebounds and got scoring assistance from Larry Storm (14) and Mike Bantom (13). Rich Hinckley (19) and Jack Krutsick (15) paced The Prep.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Roman 66, Dougherty 52
The Cahillites left behind a 30-30 tie by scoring 17 consecutive points in the last 4:37 of the third quarter. Mike Bantom scored 17 points while Larry Storm and Mike Moody added 16 apiece. Steve Conway (14) and Bill ‘‘Bear’’ Banks (10) led Dougherty.
North 73, Bonner 65 (ot)
Mark Williams totaled 17 points and 13 rebounds and hit the second of two free throws with 0:03 left in regulation and Pat McMullen (14) hit six consecutive free throws as OT wound down. Bob Sabol scored 24 points for Bonner, which was whistled for 25 fouls.

North Semifinals
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Dougherty 58, Judge 46
  Six-seven Joe Newman, used as the sixth man in his first season of organized ball, scored 17 points and recorded six blocks. Bill Magarity and Kevin Kane scored 12 points each and Paul Tucker hit a 10-foot jumper to provide the lead for good, 34-32. Dennis Maguire (12) and Harry Edwards (11) led Judge.
North 74, Kenrick 54
  Jim Boylan (20, 20 rebounds), Gene Kweeder (13), Joe Rymal (11) and Billy Dever (10) led the way as North ruined Kenrick’s first playoff appearance. Jim Casciano (17) paced the losers, who shot 0-for-15 in the third quarter.
South Semifinals
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Neumann 46, O’Hara 34
David Jones collected 16 points and 12 rebounds and scored all five of Neumann’s second-half baskets. Vince DeLuca limited O’Hara shooter Frank Doyle to six points.
Bonner 71, SJ Prep 66
Bonner stormed to a 33-17 lead in the first 13 minutes, but found itself trailing by seven points late in the third quarter. Jack McCormick (18) and Jim Haggarty (17) paced the Friars while The Prep’s John Jablonski poured in 27 points.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Dougherty 71, Neumann 59
Bill Magarity shot 7-for-8 and 7-for-10 for 21 points and plucked 12 rebounds while Joe Newman (16) and Kevin Kane (15) helped. For Neumann, David Jones had 15 points and Gene Prybella managed 12 before being ejected for throwing a punch.
North 64, Bonner 50
As they’d done in 1968, the Falcons again turned a bizarre situation into victory. At the scheduled 2 p.m. start, coach Fran Dougherty, thinking his team was slated for the second game, was walking into the building and no Falcons were warming up. Officials gave North 15 minutes to put a team on the floor. When Dougherty reached the locker room, he found six players (four starters). The fifth starter, 6-5 Jim Boylan, rushed to the bench during the National Anthem and asked guard Billy Dever, ‘‘Which basket is ours?’’ Gene Kweeder and Joe Rymal scored 18 points apiece. Dever (13) and Boylan (nine) helped. Bonner’s Joe DiCocco scored 19 points. Two main men missed the game — North’s Joe Rapczynski (broken ankle) and Bonner’s John Cappelletti (sprained ankle).