Public League Playoff Recaps, 2002-03
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ROUND OF 16
       Northeast 99, Franklin 82: Troy Roundtree shot 13-for-19 and 11-for-12 for 37 points, a school record for playoff games, while raising his career total to 1,017. Maurice Sammons (24), Tom Jakeman and Shawn Taylor (16 apiece) also made big contributions. Brian Smith (24) and Tyree Wilson (19) paced Franklin.
        Gratz 40, Lincoln 38: The home Bulldogs almost suffered what would have been an all-time upset, but a buzzer-beating trey by John "Wes" Davis went in and out. Tyree Watson (11) was the only Gratz player in double figures. Afterward, coach Leonard Poole lectured his players for 40 minutes on the dangers of overlooking opponents. Maurice McPherson (13) led Lincoln.
        Franklin LC 73, West Phila. 57: Michael Green (22), Tyreek Byard (21) and Joshua Grier (17) led the way. Shalty Smith had 14 points for West.
        Frankford 50, Overbrook 44: Darryl White was big with 14 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks. Alfred Thomas added 16 points. Overbrook's Maurice Millner scored 19 points.
        Straw. Mansion 78, Washington 77: Like Gratz, the Knights, playing at home, were fortunate to escape with a victory. With 0:03 left, Devon Meade hit a free throw, his only point, to break a 77-77 tie. He then fouled Washington's Joe Ndanu (33 points) at 0:01 and Ndanu missed both free throws. Maureece Rice (26), Delton Morgan-Hines and Tracey Worley (19 each) led SM.
        King 84, Mastbaum 46: Wayne Marshall had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Andre Hammond (24) and Stefon "D.J." Jackson (15, nine assists) also starred. Lamar Rigney (12) topped Mastbaum.
        Bartram 64, Roxborough 47: Jason Cain came through with 12 points, 12 boards and six blocks. Charles Jones fired in 27 points. Donte Robinson had 16 for Roxborough.
        Parkway 71, Dobbins 67: Kenan Muhammad shot 5-for-7 on treys en route to a career high 27 points while Rashawn Dennis contributed 15 points and seven assists. Dobbins' Phil Burns went for 25 points and 19 boards.
QUARTERFINALS

        Gratz 73, Northeast 56: Mark Tyndale had 24 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Help came mostly from Omar Johnson (16, six assists, four steals) and Tyree Watson (eight boards, five assists, three steals). Tom Jakeman (17) and Troy Roundtree (14) led Northeast.
       Franklin LC 60, Frankford 47: The Bobcats pulled away thanks to a 32-20 second half. Michael Green had 19 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Frankford's leaders were Cerone Brown (16 points) and Darrell "D.J." Turner (12 rebounds).
        King 66, Straw. Mansion 63 (OT): Stefon "D.J." Jackson pogo-sticked to 24 points and 13 rebounds while Wayne Marshall shot 11-for-12 at the line en route to 19 points. Quincy Marshall, Wayne's first cousin, had six assists and three steals. Mansion's Maureece Rice (20) finished his career with 2,681 points, by far the No. 1 total in city history (Wilt Chamberlain had 2,206). With 3.4 seconds left, Jackson broke up a long pass intended for Rice and Q. Marshall, in his excitement, tossed the ball into the rafters. The refs put 1.5 seconds back on the clock and Rice got off a trey while tightroping along the left sideline. The ball hit the glass, then the near rim. Mansion's Tyrell Mathis had 15 boards.
        Bartram 75, Parkway 45: The Braves rolled to a 48-22 edge in the second half. Jason Cain had 13 points and 17 boards. Other headliners were Charles Jones (17), Bryant Leach (13) and Khalil Abdus-Salaam (12, 15 boards). Louis Burkett (11) led the Hoyas.
SEMIFINALS
      Bartram 50, King 44: Apparently nervous or thrown off by the unusual depth perception problems posed by the cavernous Palestra, the teams combined to shoot just 25 percent from the floor (26-for-106). The only player not severely affected was Bartram's Bryant Leach, who poured in 12 first quarter points (three treys) en route to 22. Charles Jones had 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. King's Wayne Marshall mixed 14 points, 12 boards and six blocks.
      Gratz 67, Franklin LC 37: The Bulldogs stormed to an 11-0 lead and had little trouble thereafter. Omar Johnson shot 8-for-12 and 7-for-10 for 23 points and helped limit his point guard foe and buddy, Michael Green, to 10 points. Mark Tyndale added 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Gratz won the second half, 33-15. Despite a scary, early-game mishap, when he fell and hit his head quite hard, FLC's Tyreek Byard shot 6-for-10 en route to 14 points.
FINAL
      Bartram 64, Gratz 62 (OT): Todd "Kojak" McCoy, usually a complimentary player, exploded for a career-high 23 points (9-for-13, 5-for-6) as the Braves captured their first title since 1972. He also wolfed down 14 rebounds. Charles Jones added 21 points, despite going 5-for-14 at the line, and four assists. Jason Cain mixed eight points, nine rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks. He also forced OT by hitting the second of two free throws with 7.9 seconds left in regulation. Khalil Abdus-Salaam played strong defense on Gratz's main scorer, Mark Tyndale (10 points). In OT, Bartram received an early field goal from sub Antwan Garfield, then went 11-for-18 at the line. Gratz used nine players. Eight scored from six to 10 points.