Philadelphia High School Basketball
Recaps of City Title Games
(Through 2016)

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1939

At Convention Hall

Gratz 23, South Catholic 13

  Edwin "Pete" Lorenc (eight) and Marion Sawicki (seven) led in scoring for Gratz, which posted 13 of the game's final 15 points.
Sawicki provided the spark with back-to-back rebound baskets. John "Tubby" Curran (five) was the only SC player to score
more than two points. With three minutes left and his team down, 20-13, Pirate coach John "Jocko" McGarry yanked all of his
starters except for captain John "Duke" Hannan.

1940

At Convention Hall

Southern 33, South Catholic 26

  Len Weiner led the way with eight points. Late in the third quarter, Warren "Reds" Jordan (two) and Gene Dongiven combined
to bury three long stabs as Southern overcame a 19-18 deficit. Herman "Red" Klotz had a strong floor game. Michael "Mickey"
Hannan led SC with seven points. The losers employed a zone defense for the first time all season.

1941

At Convention Hall

South Catholic 27, West Phila. 24

  SC went scoreless for the first 7:00 before 9,622, but used the firepower of Charlie Hannan (10) to recover and storm ahead,
25-18. After West rallied within 25-24, SC twice waived foul shots and Charlie Hannan scored the clinching layup on a pass
from his cousin, Michael "Mickey" Hannan. Nelson Bobb led West with seven points.

1942

At Convention Hall

West Phila. 38, La Salle 25

  Nelson Bobb (13), Oscar Grossman (nine) and Charles "Sonny" Leonard (eight) led in scoring, thanks mostly to the passes of
Francis "Bud" Williams. John Mlodzianowski scored eight points for La Salle.

1943

At the Palestra

West Phila. 29, Roman 28 (OT)

  The winning basket came as Charles Lamons (11 points) executed a steal and scurried in for a layup. West forced OT by
scoring the final seven points of regulation, a run capped with 0:07 left when Stu Tomkins (12) swished a set shot from a foot
beyond halfcourt. Joe Rogers (11) and Jack McCleary (10) led Roman.

1944

At Convention Hall

Bartram 36, South Catholic 27

  Before 12,506, the largest basketball crowd in state history, Bob "Ace" McCann and Norm Tener scored nine points apiece
and Bill Nelson started a 14-point surge. Prior to the game, Nelson received word he'd been inducted into the U.S. Army Air
Force Aviation Cadets. Joe McDonald (11) topped SC.

1945

At Convention Hall

South Catholic 37, Southern 36

  Larry Foust scored 11 points and provided the margin of victory with a tap-in at the buzzer. The crowd was 12,500 and an
estimated 5,000 were turned away. Joe Hannan added 10 points. Charles "Hotsy" Bellak (12) and Tom Sabol (11) led Southern.
With 1:30 left, scoring leader Stan "Loady" Brown was injured in a collision with SC's Joe Gorman and he was given unlimited
time to regroup. He returned to finish the game, assisting Bellak on two late field goals.

1946

At Convention Hall

La Salle 33, Southern 23

  With another record-breaking throng (13,000) in attendance, John Weglicki starred at both ends of the court. He led La Salle
with 10 points in just 21 minutes and limited Southern scoring machine Stan "Loady" Brown (24.1 league average; best in
Philadelphia-area history) to one field goal; Brown scored three field goals against others and finished with 13 points. Jim Phelan
scored nine points for La Salle. Ticket sales were halted 45 minutes before the start of the preliminary game. Police estimated
7,500 were turned away.

1947

At the Palestra

St. Joseph's Prep 40, Bartram 38

  Tom Rittenhouse (12 points) and John Gillespie (11) sparked The Prep, which survived Bartram's last-minute rally. With two
seconds left, Bartram's Lou Lista made one free throw and then waived the second. Going for a tie, Ralph Naimoli (13) was
unable to connect on a long shot.

1948

At the Palestra

La Salle 39, Overbrook 38

  Charles "Buddy" Donnelly made the difference when he sank a two-hand set shot from beyond the foul circle with 28 seconds
left. Donnelly and Tom Checchia had 11 points apiece. Jackie Moore (13), Larry Goldsborough (12) and Alan Stein (11) led
'Brook, marking the first time three teammates reached double figures in City Title history.

1949

At the Palestra

West Catholic 41, Overbrook 38

  Ernie Beck scored a game-record 20 points for West, which built a 41-32 lead with a minute remaining. Ed Garrity added 13
points. Jackie Moore (14) topped 'Brook. West coach Joe Langan called Beck "the greatest high school basketball player I've
ever seen."

1950

At the Palestra

La Salle 55, Overbrook 31

  The Explorers received 20 points from Tom Gola and limited 'Brook to one field goal in a 27-5 first half while winning their
third City Title in five years. Charlie Mohr's tip-in began a 17-0 run that gave La Salle a 21-4 lead. Fran "Wacky" O'Hara
added 11 points. Jackie Moore (12) led Overbrook.

1951

At the Palestra

St. Thomas More 39, West Phila. 36

  With 0:45 left, John Wallin (15 points), the sixth of 12 children, took a fullcourt pass from John "Misty" Fannon (10) and
canned a layup to break a 35-35 tie. Frank "Bud" Brannan (10) added a clinching basket. Bill Showell (11) paced West.

1952

At the Palestra

West Catholic 57, Franklin 46

  Through the first three quarters, West coach Jim Usilton Jr. divided the playing time evenly between two, five-man platoons.
Joe Sturgis wound up with 11 points while Jim Smith, Walt Maxwell and Charles Singley had 10 apiece; it was the first time
in City Title history four teammates reached double figures. Marty Milligan was a passing wizard. For Franklin, Claude Gross
scored 18 points and Bill Nelson (Bartram '44) became the first City Title player to return to the game as a coach.

1953

At the Palestra

West Catholic 54, Overbrook 42

  Before 8,461 fans (4,000 were turned away), West Catholic held 6-11 Wilt Chamberlain to 29 points by surrounding him
at all times with four defenders. Chamberlain shot 9-for-25 from the floor and 11-for-19 at the line. Bill Lindsay played the
"floater" in West's defense and also scored a game-record 32 points, shooting 12-for-13 and 8-for-11.

1954

At the Palestra

Overbrook 74, South Catholic 50

  Wilt Chamberlain scored 32 points to tie the game record set in '53 by West Catholic's Bill Lindsay. Jim Sadler added 17
points. 'Brook completed a 20-0 season and became the first PL winner since Bartram in '44. Fred Giordano led South with
11 points.

1955

At the Palestra

Overbrook 83, West Catholic 42

  Wilt Chamberlain contributed a game-record 35 points as 'Brook finished 18-1. Six-five Vince Miller was right behind with
31 points, making 14 of his 15 baskets on corner jumpers. Chamberlain finished his three-year varsity career with 2,252 points
(later reduced to 2,206; 46 were scored in games against the alumni) and an overall record of 56-3. The other starters were
Marty Hughes, Dave Shapiro and Howard Johnson. Pat Carey scored 11 points for West.

1956

At the Palestra

North Catholic 68, West Phila. 67

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

1957

At the Palestra

Overbrook 56, North Catholic 41

  Ballhandler Bobby Jones scored 21 points to lead 'Brook, which trailed just once, 2-0. Wayne Hightower chipped in with 14
points. Larry Sarafinas (14) and Joe "Zeke" Zawacki (12) paced North, which was attempting to win its fourth consecutive City
Title in a major sport after capturing basketball and baseball in the 1955-56 school year and football in the 1956-57 school year.

1958

At the Palestra

Overbrook 71, Neumann 54

  Wayne Hightower used his 6-8 height to generate 23 points and 18 rebounds as 'Brook completed a 22-0 season and ran its
winning streak to 31 games. Ralph Heyward added 13 points and 15 rebounds while Richie Richman, the football team's
quarterback, also scored 13 points. Jim Gannon (18) and Andy Terifay (13) led Neumann.

1959

At the Palestra

Overbrook 72, West Catholic 53

  Wali Jones (24 points), Ralph Heyward (20) and Walt Hazzard (16) were hard to stop as 'Brook became the first team to win
three consecutive City Titles and ran its record under third-year coach Paul Ward to 66-2. Jones shot 10-for-14 from the floor
to pace the Panthers' 29-for-57 showing. Jim Boyle scored 16 points for West.

1960

At the Palestra

Bonner 55, West Phila. 46

  Frank Corace shot 9-for-14 en route to 19 points and added 11 rebounds as Bonner became the first suburban team to
capture the City Title. Charles "Bud" O'Donnell (13) and Bob DeFino (12, 13 rebounds) also hit double figures in points. Ernest
"Sonny" Jackson topped West with 17 points. The Speedboys entered the game 24-0.

1961

At the Palestra

St. Thomas More 51, Bartram 50

  Joe Burton (14 points), Larry White (12) and Bob Zell (11) were the leading scorers for Tommy More. Burton added 11
rebounds. With 0:21 left, Zell converted a one-and-one to provide a 50-48 lead and White hit one free throw at 0:06 after
making a steal. Bartram's Willie Mobley (14) canned an uncontested layup at the buzzer. Teammate Boyd O'Neal had 13 points
and 20 rebounds. Bartram's Bob Lohse, a sub for West Catholic in '59, became the first player to represent two schools in City
Title games. More coach Jim Purcell played for the Golden Bears in '51, but did not see action in the City Title game.

1962

At the Palestra

West Phila. 61, St. Joseph's Prep 52

  West coach Doug Connelly enjoyed a City Title victory in his fourth appearance as Ken Morgan (17), Deforia Coleman (15)
and Frank Card (14) paced the scoring. Morgan scored eight points in a 19-10 second quarter. Matt Guokas Jr. (15) and Tom
Duff (12) were high for The Prep.

1963

At Lincoln

West Phila. 65, La Salle 56

  John Thomas Evans, a bit player until late in the regular season, shot 9-for-13 en route to 23 points and plucked 15 rebounds
as the Speedboys triumphed again after falling into a 13-3 hole. Don Miller (15) and John Beach (14) helped. Frank Gaidjunas
(25) and George Smith (21) led La Salle.

1964

At the Palestra

Germantown 77, Dougherty 62

  Dougherty saw its hopes of a 25-0 season dashed as Lou Gambrell shot 13-for-22 for 26 points, Charlie Orme added 16
points and Bob Reid and Leroy Lark claimed 14 and 13 rebounds, respectively. Bill Nelson became the first man to play in the
City Title game for a champion (Bartram '44) and then produce a champion as a coach. For Dougherty, Mike Kempski scored
18 points while Earl Williams (14, 13 rebounds) and Maurice Savage (13, 15) were productive in two categories.

1965

At the Palestra

Neumann 75, Lincoln 66

  This time it was the PL representative's turn to miss posting a perfect record. The 26-0 Railsplitters were spanked as Mike
Barrett (22), Frank Gillen and Joe Russell (17 apiece) handled the major portion of the scoring and Joe McBride and George
Belka split 30 rebounds. Larry Cannon scored 28 points for Lincoln.

1966

At Lincoln

Edison 56, St. Thomas More 52

  Erv "Stu" Staggs scored 17 points and Jack Stevenson, a 6-9 late bloomer, gathered in 10 rebounds as the Inventors became
the first PL team to bring the City Title to North Philadelphia since Gratz in 1939. Nate Mask (13 rebounds) and Sam Gore
scored 10 points apiece. Tom Flaherty (15) led More, which got within 53-50 with 1:30 left before Mask hit three free throws.

1967

At the Palestra

North Catholic 50, Overbrook 45

  Hank Siemiontkowski saved nine of his 10 points for a 15-10 fourth quarter and Ron Kurtz (16) was steady throughout
for the Falcons, who shook off an 11-3 deficit. Bob Wheeler, Dennis Bohn and Bill Shouldis split 24 points. North tripled its
rebounding output in the second half, improving from seven to 21. Bill Turner (14), Mike Gale (13) and Eldred "Jay" Bagley
(11) led 'Brook.

1968

At the Palestra

West Phila. 57, O'Hara 50

  Freddie Stokes scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and fellow 5-8 guard Brady Small added 10 of his 20. Ernie Jones
(12) and Greg Newman (10) led in rebounding. For O'Hara, Tom Ingelsby scored 19 points and Lou Ferro grabbed 16 boards.

1969

At the Palestra

Edison 57, Roman 54

  Romie Thomas (16) and sub Lynn Greer (12) scored in double figures while center Bob Peterson totaled eight points, eight
boards and nine assists. Greer had consecutive baskets to spark a 10-0 run that lifted the Inventors into a 50-44 lead. Jim
O'Brien (18) and Mike Bantom (12 rebounds) led Roman, which shot 15-for-75 from the floor and 24-for-42 at the line.

1970

At the Palestra

Overbrook 70, Dougherty 52

  Jerry Thomas worked for 20 points and 11 rebounds and received double-duty assistance from Gary Garvin (19, 10) and
Vince Ellison (nine, 14). Andre McCarter added 14 points and three assists. Dougherty's Joe Newman had 12 points and 12
rebounds.

1971

At the Palestra

Overbrook 76, St. Joseph's Prep 56

  The Panthers used 11-for-14 shooting in the first quarter to establish early command. Andre McCarter generated 19 points, six
rebounds and six assists while Rich Laurel (17), Jerry Thomas (14) and Kevin Washington (12) also scored in double figures.
Maurice "Mo" Howard led The Prep with 20 points and sub Brian Kenney added 16 after watching the first 12 minutes.

1972

At the Palestra

St. Thomas More 53, Bartram 45

  The Golden Bears reaped 15 points from Ron Holmes, 12 from Emery Sammons and 11 from Carl Kenty and stormed to a
17-2 lead in the first 6:59. Larry Sanders claimed 15 rebounds. Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant (18) and Roger Steve (15) paced
Bartram, which missed 14 of its first 15 shots and committed six turnovers during that same span.

1973

No Game

  (no official Public League champ; teachers' strike)

1974

At the Palestra

Roman 38, West Phila. 35

  Donald Kelly scored 10 points and swished an 8-footer along the left baseline with 1:55 left to put Roman ahead for good,
33-31. John Griffin grabbed 12 rebounds and Zane Major mixed nine points with six boards. For West, which was guilty of 27
turnovers, Calvin Goodwin (13 rebounds) and Mark Dwight split 20 points.

1975

At Temple's McGonigle Hall

West Phila. 67, Judge 45

  Gene Banks, a 6-6 soph, shot 11-for-14 and 2-for-3 for 24 points and snatched 13 rebounds as the Speedboys completed a
25-0 season. Tim Smith had eight points and six rebounds and held Judge star Al Clancy to three points. Michael Collins added
11 points and five assists while Mark Dwight had 10 points, nine boards. Charlie Rice led Judge with 15 points and nine rebounds.

1976

At the Palestra

West Phila. 71, Kenrick 61

  Gene Banks (24 points, 18 rebounds) and Clarence "Eggy" Tillman (22, 14) were dominant inside while Ron "Weiner" Williams
added 14 points and Darryl Warwick and Louis Crawley split 12 assists. Kenrick's Tom Catagnus shot 12-for-14 at the line en
route to 24 points and Paul Mulholland mixed 14 points, nine rebounds.

1977

At the Palestra

West Phila. 72, Judge 52

  Gene Banks totaled 31 points (11-for-11 at the line) and 23 rebounds to help the Speedboys cap a 30-0 season, finalize the
record during the Banks Era at 79-2 and extend a winning streak to 43 games. At the end of the game, Banks tossed four,
long-stemmed roses (three red, one yellow) into the stands. Clarence "Eggy" Tillman added 12 points and 14 rebounds. For
Judge, Tom "Mo" Greenfield had 11 points and 12 boards.

1978

At the Palestra

West Phila. 67, Roman 64

  Clarence "Eggy" Tillman poured in 31 points, Vincent Ross took 13 rebounds and Kevin "Rock" McCray dished eight assists
as West proved best in the city for a record fourth consecutive time. Tillman shot 11-for-19 and 9-for-10. Reggie Jackson (24,
11 rebounds) and Charlie Robbins (16) led Roman, which used an 11-0 run to draw within 58-57. McCray's two free throws
with 0:28 left provided comfort at 66-60. The Speedboys finished the season at 33-1 with 87 wins in their last 89 games and
112 in 115.

1979

At the Palestra

Overbrook 61, Roman 49

  Tony Costner, a 6-9 junior, mixed 23 points and nine rebounds as the Panthers (34-1) set a city-leagues record for wins in a
season. Ricky Tucker (12) and Jeffrey Tucker (10, 14 rebounds) also scored in double digits while Joe Washington dished six
assists. Lonnie McFarlan scored 14 points for Roman, which opted to hold the ball when faced with a four-point deficit with
3:04 left in the third quarter.

1980

At the Palestra

Overbrook 65, Roman 56 (OT)

  Overbrook put the finishing touches on a 34-0 season -- the best record in city-leagues history -- as Tony Costner collected
23 points and 15 rebounds, Darryl "World" Brown added 14 points and five assists and John Bryant (12 rebounds) and Steve
Black split 20 points. Costner scored eight points in a 15-6 overtime session. With 0:11 left in regulation, Roman's Randy
Monroe went to the line for a one-and-one. He hit the first shot to create a 50-50 tie, but then missed the second. William
"Vernon" Hardwick (jumper) and Costner (tap) missed shots for 'Brook to make necessary the first OT session in the series
since 1943. Gerald Roberts (21) and Lonnie McFarlan (18) led Roman in scoring while Monroe (14) and McFarlan (13)
were tops in rebounds.

1981-2008 (No Games)

2009
CLASS A
  No game. No "A" schools in Catholic League.
CLASS AA
(At Temple's Liacouras Center)
  Imhotep 59, West Catholic 53 (OT): In the first contest since the series was canceled in 1980, four players did a majority
of the scoring. MVP Sam Prescott (26) and Will Adams (22) led Imhotep while Rob Hollomon (24) and Aquil Younger (17)
topped West. Prescott added 11 rebounds, six steals and four blocks. Hollomon's outing included a 14-for-19 showing at the line.
CLASS AAA
(At Temple's Liacouras Center)
  Neumann-Goretti 80, Franklin LC 78: MVP Tony Chennault totaled 22 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals
as the Saints matched Imhotep's experience -- league champ that barely survived. Tyreek Duren added 18 points, five assists.
As he'd been throughout the postseason, Denzel Yard was sensational for FLC with 29 points and four assists. He shot
10-for-14 overall and tied the city's postseason record for treys with seven (in nine attempts); he hit his last right before the
buzzer. The Bobcats shot 29-for-49 total and 11-for-19 on threes. Sub Jamil Drake, a sub guard, grabbed seven rebounds.
CLASS AAAA
(At Temple's Liacouras Center)
  Roman 60, Southern 48: Though its best player, Villanova signee Maalik Wayns, was still unavailable (recovering from
meniscus surgery) and its leading scorer, Rakeem "Rahk" Brookins, owned just two points, Roman held a 17-point lead late
in the third quarter. Frosh Andre Horne (20 points, 13 rebounds) and MVP Koron Reed (18, 10, five dunks) picked up the
slack. Kevin Regan and Brookins had eight and seven assists, respectively. Southern's Deshon "Biggie" Minnis collected 19
points, five assists, four steals.

2010
CLASS A
  No game. No "A" schools in Catholic League.
CLASS AA
(At Northeast)
  Imhotep 51, W. Catholic 42: In something of a snoozer -- Imhotep was still reeling from an exhausting march to a second
straight Pub crown; West hadn't played in 2 1/2 weeks -- sixth man Bakari White hit two treys while scoring eight of his 10
points in the fourth quarter and prevented Aquil Younger (22 points, five threes, four assists) from causing late damage.
Junior Erik Copes, already committed to George Washington, shot 6-for-6 (two dunks) for 12 points while adding seven
boards and four blocks. Tyhiem "Redz" Perrin had 10 points, six rebounds. West's Kiwan Murray managed eight/six.
CLASS AAA
(At Lincoln)
  Neumann-Goretti 75, Dobbins 44: Playing without Wake Forest signee Tony Chennault (ejected from CL final), the
Saints marched nevertheless as Lamin Fulton, the lone junior starter, popped in a season 25 points and drained three quick
treys to help N-G zoom away from a 10-10 tie. Tyreek Duren (La Salle) was a whirlwind with 19 points, eight assists, six
steals. Danny Stewart (Rider) added 14 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and six blocks. Dobbins' Jerrell Wright packed 20
of his 23 points into the first half. He also grabbed 15 rebounds. The other Mustangs shot 7-for-33. Played on Friday night,
this was the first postseason game in Lincoln's bright as Broadway new gym.
CLASS AAAA
(At Lincoln)
  La Salle 42, Bartram 40: Troy Hockaday scored 15 points and, as part of a box-and-one, helped to hold Virginia
Tech-bound Tyrone Garland, at that point the No. 3 career scorer in city history (2,184), to eight as the Explorers won a
hoops CT for the first time since a Tom Gola-led team did so in 1950. With Hockaday defending, Garland missed a late
trey and Joe Brown (nine rebounds) added a free throw at 1.1. Steve Collins shot 4-for-7 and 4-for-4 for 12 points.
Bartram's leaders were Quasim Jones in points (12), and Darrell Lane (10) and Devin Moore (nine) in rebounds. The
Braves were missing two starters due to assorted issues.

2011
CLASS A
  No game. No "A" schools in Catholic League.
CLASS AA
(At SJ Prep)
Imhotep 68, West Catholic 40
  Though the Panthers committed almost as many turnovers (24) as West (29), it barely broke a sweat. Leaving behind an
11-7 score with a 13-0 run made things easy. Khyree Wooten (13), David Appolon (11, three treys) and Ameen Tanksley
(10) scored in double figures. Terrell Johnson (seven points) hit all three of his shots while also totaling three apiece of
rebounds, assists and steals. Julian Lee managed 11 points for the Burrs.
CLASS AAA
(At Ryan)
Neumann-Goretti 62, Phila. Electrical 54
 
Somehow, John Davis did not win the game MVP plaque despite powering for 18 points (7-for-11 floor) and 17 rebounds.
Derrick Stewart added 15 points and Billy Shank drained four treys for 12. Star point guard Lamin Fulton had just seven
points and one assist, but saw to it that the Saints were guilty of just eight turnovers (only one through 19 minutes). Soph
Hakeem Baxter led the Chargers with 19 points and posted at least four in every quarter.
CLASS AAAA
(At Lincoln)
Frankford 48, La Salle 46
  After getting the benefit of a block-charge call near midcourt with 1.4 seconds showing, as he zoomed toward who
knows what, Keith Washington (15 points, five assists) knocked down both ends of a double-bonus to give the Public
League its first modern-day CT win above the AA level. Imire Taylor scored nine of his 11 points in the third quarter and
Chris Lewis (game high six rebounds) had six of his eight in the fourth. Amar Stukes (11) topped La Salle. Joe Brown (10),
Eddie Mitchell and Mike Poncia (nine apiece) followed right behind.

2012
CLASS A
  No game. No "A" schools in Catholic League.
CLASS AA
(At SJ Prep)
Comm Tech 55, McDevitt 53
  Markeise Chandler (15 points) hit the right side of the rim on a leaping push shot from just beyond halfcourt as McDevitt
came close to posting what would have been its second postseason win in 49 years of Catholic League membership. The
Lancers had gone 3-10 in CL play, qualifying for this contest but not earning one of 10 playoff berths. Frosh Samir Doughty
(14), Tony Parker and Terrence Brown (11 apiece) paced CT. Parker snagged 12 rebounds and his identical twin, Terrell,
mixed eight points with five boards despite missing a quarter's worth of playing time with an ankle injury. They were the first
twins to start for a City champion.
CLASS AAA
(At Southern)
Neumann-Goretti 66, Boys' Latin 57
  After BL scrambled to a 28-21 lead, its hopes of pulling a gigantic upset were dashed, literally, as the Saints stormed to
20 of the next 23 points thanks mostly to transition buckets. BL helped by shooting 0-for-8 in the first six minutes of the
third quarter. John Davis jammed 14 of his 21 points and 11 of his 15 rebounds into the second half while winning MVP
honors. Ja'Quan Newton added 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists. Maurice "Doo-Wop" Watson, a Boston
University signee, totaled 22 points, five assists and a whopping 10 steals for the Warriors. Yahmir Greenlee added 16
points, advancing within 10 of 1,000.
CLASS AAAA
(At Lincoln)
SJ Prep 63, Bartram 56
  Coach William "Speedy" Morris won his first City Title in 38 years (1974 with Roman) and star junior guard Stephen
Vasturia tied the game record for points, which had stood alone since 1955. The owner? None other than Overbrook's
Wilt "Dippy" Chamberlain, with 35 vs. West Catholic in 1955. This game took place one day after the 50th anniversary of
Chamberlain's 100-point game with the Philadelphia Warriors. After shooting 3-for-12 for seven points in the first half,
Vasturia exploded for 28 in the second half (17 in fourth quarter). He shot 10-for-22 (six treys) and 9-for-9. The Hawks
went 13-for-34 beyond the arc and tried just 11 regulars, hitting six. Gene Williams (four treys) added 14 points. Tom
Stewart, usually the seventh man but not used in the CL semis and final at the Palestra, accounted for 13 points with seven
of his own and two assists that led to six more. The Hawks were without star junior swingman Miles Overton (thumb
surgery). For Bartram, which lost the last quarter, 21-12, Terrieck Williams sniped 8-for-9 for 17 points.

2013
CLASS A
  No game. No "A" schools in Catholic League.
CLASS AA
(At St. Joseph's Prep)
Communications Tech 70, Conwell-Egan 60
  Terrence Brown earned MVP honors by collecting 19 points and six rebounds, but lost the game’s only true family battle
with 6:43 remaining when Jordan Burney, a sophomore sub for C-E, zipped right around him and was hacked by another
player while attempting a layup; otherwise the brothers had little interaction. David Johnson added 19 points, three steals
and four steals for CT and sixth man Hyking Brisbon had 10 apiece of points/rebounds. Frosh LaPri Pace posted 18
points and nine boards for C-E, which hadn't played since Feb. 11.
CLASS AAA
(At Saint Joseph’s University)
Neumann-Goretti 52, Imhotep 51
  In the first overall CT since 1980, MVP Ja’Quan Newton scrambled for 20 points and four assists and hit two free
throws with eight seconds remaining to provide a three-point lead. He was also the defender as Brandon Austin (20 points)
missed a 23-foot, left-wing trey (Jalil Myers made an uncontested follow at the buzzer). N-G’s Tony Toplyn recorded
seven blocks for the second time in the postseason (also vs. Carroll in a CL semi).
CLASS AAAA
(At Saint Joseph’s University)
Roman 69, King 53
  MVP Shep Garner totaled 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists to fuel the Cahillites. Rashann London (14) and
Manny Taylor (nine) reached/approached double figures in points while sub Carnell McGirt claimed nine rebounds.
Gregory Bennett (15) led the Cougars.

2014
(Tripleheader at Saint Joseph's University)
CLASS AA
Constitution 68, West Catholic 49
  Kimar Williams was terrific throughout, earning game MVP laurels by shooting 7-for-10 (4-for-6 on treys) and
6-for-9 for 24 points. Ahmad Gilbert added 11 points and eight boards. Floyd Preito dealt four assists. Best for West
was Jahmil Harris (11 points, 12 boards, five assists).
CLASS AAA
Neumann-Goretti 69, Phila. Elec. 55|
  Game MVP Ja'Quan Newton racked up 10 of his 26 points in a 17-10 first quarter as the Saints mostly coasted.
Troy Harper (15) and Jamal Custis (13) provided scoring help while guard Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble collared eight
rebounds. Larenz Thurman (12), Jihad Barnes (11) and Devante Truitt (10) paced the Chargers, who received nine
boards from James Suber.
CLASS AAAA
Roman 58, King 55
  Due to two delays caused by fan misbehavior (plastic soda bottles were heaved onto the court from high in the stands),
the final 21 seconds required about 20 minutes. After the first stoppage, Rashann London sank two free throws to give
Roman a 56-55 lead. London had been hit in the head, a ref ruled, right after having his fastbreak layup swatted by
Jahmir Taylor. Thereafter, Roman went 2-for-4 at the line while King missed two shots and a pair of free throws (one on
purpose in desperation mode). London and game MVP Gemil Holbrook (4-for-4 on treys) evenly divided 36 points. Manny
Taylor (no relation) claimed 10 rebounds and Shep Garner made six steals. Greg Bennett scored 17 points for King and
received major help from Taylor (13, 14 rebounds, seven blocks).

2015
(Tripleheader at Saint Joseph's University)
CLASS AA
Conwell-Egan 67, Freire 31
  In season No. 52 of CL membership, the Eagles finally claimed their second postseason win as LaPri McCray-Pace
(7-for-7, 16 points), Steve Jordan (15, four apiece of assists/steals), Vinny Dalessandro (14, 13 rebounds) and Chase
Kumor (11, three treys) scored in double digits. In the locker room afterward, the Eagles celebrated by bouncing around
on the balls of their feet and -- ouch -- Dalessandro dislodged a drop-ceiling panel with his head. The first postseason
triumph, a 59-47 success over Neumann, had taken place in a 1964 semifinal at the Palestra. Since then Egan/C-E had
gone 0-11 in CL playoffs (nine, various rounds), CTs (0-1) and state playoffs (0-1). Calil Moultrie led Freire with nine
points. The Dragons were placed in this game after honchos realized Audenried, which played in AA throughout the Pub
tournament, was actually a AAA school.
CLASS AAA
Neumann-Goretti 77, Imhotep 74
  Four nights after failing to win a seventh consecutive Catholic League championship, the Saints claimed City Title No. 7
in a row as Quade Green (25 points), off a pass from Vaughn Covington, drained a right-corner trey, his fourth, with one
second remaining. The triumph was No. 400 for 17-year coach Carl Arrigale. In the CL final, the Saints shot 1-for-7 at the
line (two front ends) in the fourth quarter. This time they went 18-for-22 overall as Zane Martin (22 points) led the way with
a 14-for-16 performance. Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble (17 points) sniped 5-for-6 on threes. Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree
blocked five shots. Daron Russell (21), DeAnte Robinson (18, 10 boards) and Jaekwon Carlyle (12) topped 'Tep.
CLASS AAAA
Roman 58, King 57
  Tony Carr did not log his first field-goal attempt until 3:15 prior to halftime, but finished with 15 points and converted a
double bonus with 10.4 seconds left to provide a 58-54 lead. Gemil Holbrook (all in first half) and D'Andre Vilmar (nine in
second half) posted 13 points apiece and Nazeer Bostick snagged seven rebounds. For King, which shot 19-for-60, Jabri
McCall totaled 22 points while sub Ladji Fofana (13, 10 rebounds) and Sammy Foreman (12, five assists) lent assistance.

2016
(Tripleheader at Saint Joseph's University)
CLASS AAAA
Roman 64, King 53
  Nazeer Bostick wolfed down three dunks en route to 22 points and Tony Carr mixed 11 rebounds and eight assists with 11
points. The Cahillites won the first quarter, 17-10, and maintained control throughout. Dakquan Davis hit two treys while
notching a season high of 13 points and Lamar Stevens totaled 12 points, nine rebounds. This game, originally scheduled to
begin the doubleheader, was switched with Del-Val/Neumann-Goretti, and didn't start until a shade before 9 p.m.
CLASS AAA
Del-Val 81, Neumann-Goretti 79
  Four days after falling to Roman, 72-65, in the CL final, the Saints were prevented from capturing an eighth consecutive CT.
This result produced their first two-game losing streak in "meaningful" games (CL, CT, states) in the eight-year PIAA era and
made their record in such games 165-8. N-G's far-and-away stars were juniors Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree and Quade
Green. The former shot 16-for-19 for 32 points while adding 11 boards and five blocks. The latter was a whirlwind with 24
points (15-for-16 at line), nine rebounds and eight assists. The 16 field goals and 15 free throws broke CT records. An eye
injury forced headliner Zane Martin to miss much of the fourth quarter.
CLASS AA
Conwell-Egan 70, Mastery North 58
  Sixteen days after dropping a 49-47 decision to visiting Bonner-Prendie in the first round of the CL playoffs, thus preventing
them from winning a CL playoff for the first time since the school's initial season of membership (1963-64), the Eagles, the
defending state champ at the AA level, showed no rust while claiming a second consecutive City Title. LaPri McCray-Pace
(20), Vinny Dalessandro (15), Kar'ron Johnson (14) and Eric Esposito (13; tied his season high) scored in double figures and
Dalessandro claimed seven rebounds.

2017
C
LASS AAAAAA
At Southern
Roman 68, Lincoln 59
  A three-point play by Da'kQuan Davis capped a 7-0 run to start the second half -- it started at 31-31 -- and sent the Cahillites
on their way. Davis shot 7-for-8 from the floor en route to 19 points. Seth Lundy (16, also 13 rebounds) Allen Betrand
12, nine) and Jon-Paul Sanders (12) likewise scored in double figures and Chris Kuhar set a City Title record for most points
scored without the benefit of a field goal -- nine. Khalif Meares (19) and Shikeir Morrison (17) topped Lincoln, which had won
a Pub championship (at the 6A level) for the first time since 1965.
C
LASS AAAAA
At Judge
Wood 87, King 51
  This one was over shortly after it started. Thanks to three successes from beyond the arc, the Vikings stormed to an 11-2 lead
in 2 1/2 minutes and rolled from there. They owned a 28-14 bulge after one quarter (three more treys) and Collin Gillespie's
assists total was up to six. Gillespie finished with a triple double -- 14 points, 11 rebounds and a CT-record 11 assists. Matt
Cerruti sniped 4-for-6 on treys and 7-for-9 overall while contributing 20 points. Tyree Pickron (15) and Keith Otto (12) joined
those guys in double figures and Seth Pinkney (nine, four blocks) just missed. Wood committed only eight turnovers. Qadir
Burgess (11) led King.
C
LASS AAAA
At Phila. University
Imhotep 84, Conwell-Egan 54
  The Eagles created at least a hint of concern for 'Tep when they faced just a two-point deficit after one quarter. Alas, the score
over the next two sessions was 41-16. Thanks with help from four three-pointers, Eric Esposito led C-E with 17 points.
Darien Simmons (13) and Patrick Robinson (10) offered support. No Eagle snagged more than five rebounds. Daron Russell
and David Beatty halved 26 points for Imhotep.    
C
LASS AAA
At SJ Prep
Neumann-Goretti 65, Del-Val 58
  In 2016, D-V had prevented N-G from winning an eighth consecutive City Title, so the motivation for revenge was high. But
the Saints were coming off a loss to Wood in the Catholic League final and the first quarter did not go well (20-8 deficit). In all,
Quade Green shot 9-for-18 and 12-for-13 for 31 points to become just the third player in CT history to score at least 24
points in three appearances. The others? Absolute Philly hoops royalty -- Overbrook's Wilt Chamberlain and West Philly's
Gene Banks. Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree added 11 rebounds and three blocks while 16 points were provided by subs
Christian Ings (nine) and Dymir Montague (seven). Mahki Morris (19), Antwine Butler (16) and Dion Harris (14) were the
top Warriors.