Philadelphia High School Basketball
Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2014-15

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FIRST ROUND
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  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.

QUARTERFINALS
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  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.

SEMIFINALS
Doubleheader at the Palestra
  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.

FINAL
At the Palestra
  Roman 64, Neumann-Goretti 59: Nazeer Bostick sniped 9-for-13 en route to 23 points and, despite his status as a guard, swept 13 rebounds as Roman kept N-G from breaking the teams' shared record for consecutive CL championships. Also, coach Carl Arrigale was denied his 400th win and 11th CL crown; the latter would have enabled him to surpass ex-Roman boss Dennis Seddon. Gemil Holbrook nailed three treys while scoring 14 points and sixth-man, forward-center Manny Taylor, a bulky football star, bagged his game-high fourth assist as D'Andre Vilmar's three-point play made it 63-57 with 41 seconds remaining. For N-G, which went 1-for-7 at the line (two front ends) in the fourth quarter, Quade Green nailed his first six shots en route to 21 points and Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree recorded seven rebounds, four blocks. Zane Martin (13) and Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble also scored in double figures. Roman (1989-95) and N-G (2009-15) each captured 20 consecutive playoff victories before falling in finals.

CITY TITLES
Tripleheader at Saint Joseph's University
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.
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 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.