Philadelphia High School Basketball
Public League Playoff Recaps, 2013-14

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PRELIMINARY PLAYOFFS
Class AAAA
  Southern 54, Northeast 51:
Kahsiaan Kay scored 15 points and his fourth steal, with 8 seconds remaining, sealed the deal. Khaid Jones added 13 apiece of points/rebounds. For Northeast, Elmange Watson notched 22 points while Darren Baggett and Will Smart halved 18 boards.
  Lincoln 72, Kensington 54: Akquil Harrington (20), Blair Bowes (19) and Raymond Fred (17) sparkled for the 'Splitters. Harrington added 10 rebounds. Kendale Brisbon (17) and Jerrell Richardson (15) led Kensington.
Class AAA
  Esperanza 61, Mastbaum 48: Hyking Brisbon mixed 13 points with 20 rebounds. Briheim Anthony (20) dished six assists. 'Baum's best were Andre Bryant (22) and Rhasheed Camp (16).
  Dobbins 67, New Foundations 47: Devante Laws tallied 13 of his 17 points in a 41-23 first half. Andre Cannedy also finished with 17 points and Tyron Roberson logged 12 apiece of points/boards. NF, a first-year Pub member, received 16 points from Keith Blassingale.
  Eng. and Science 50, West Phila. 48: The last two of Eric Lewis' 17 points won it with 4.4 seconds remaining. Jon Hall (14) and Hanif Taylor (nine) were the rebound leaders. Lavelle Harper (19) paced West.
  Franklin LC 60, Mastery North 59: After working hard to secure a home game, MN was betrayed by its roof. Leaking caused a site switch to FLC's home court and the Bobcats used that familiarity to go 13-for-13 at the line in the last quarter. Karon Snead had 21 points. Eli Alvin (22) led MN.
Class AA
  Roxborough 67, Masterman 47: Tyere Marshall, a 6-8 junior playing his first season of competitive hoops, contributed 17 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks. Tony Brown added 15 points. Freshmen Liam Shanahan (19) and Jesse Turkson (16, same number of rebounds) led Masterman.
  Sayre 80, World Comm 54:  . . . Damir Boone (14) led WC.
  Audenried 63, Prep Charter 45: Devin Jacobs (21 total) and Malachi Thompson (14) combined for 19 points in a 29-12 fourth quarter. The leader for PC coach Rahim Washington was his son, Rahim (15).
  Freire 59, Maritime 47: Thomas Spruill (18) and Rashid Nixon (14) led Freire, which rolled to a 39-23 halftime lead. Zahir Stewart (14) and Devon Adams (13) paced Maritime.

FIRST ROUND
Class AAAA Quarterfinals

  King 56, Southern 52: Sammy Foreman, who played earlier at Haverford School and Vaux (closed in 2013), reached 1,000 career points on a third quarter trey. He ended the game with 15 and 1,005. Greg Bennett led the way with 19. Kahsiaan Kay (17) and Jamir Lomax (15) paced Southern.
  Washington 80, Olney 70: Charles Brown (24) drained six treys overall and posted 14 points in a 24-4 first quarter. Jerome Blume added 23 points and 13 rebounds. For Olney, which decided to play the game at the former Cardinal Dougherty (closed in 2010), Shakeem Stevens saved 25 of his 40 points (16-for-22 at line) for a 35-25 fourth quarter. Tyheim Monroe had 19 points, 12 rebounds.
  Central 63, Lincoln 47: Chris Bing (20 points) and Rafiq Johnson halved 20 boards and Gregory Holdsman notched 14 points. Akquil Harrington (15) led Lincoln.
  Frankford 66, Bartram 55: Aaron McFarlan packed 10 of his 21 points into an 18-10 third quarter. Bartram's leaders were Malik Smith (18) and Shawn Bailey (16).
Class AAA Quarterfinals
  Imhotep 70, Franklin LC 35: Basil Thompson, returning from a stretch of inactivity, scored 16 points. Help came from Deion Evans (14) and Sean Lloyd (10). Daron Russell and Jakwan Jones were credited with 10 and nine assists, respectively. Karon Snead (nine) came close to double digits for FLC.
  Phila. Elec. 80, Eng. and Science 40: Larenz Thurman contributed 18 points and 12 assists, James Suber added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Devante Truitt (15 points) and Jihad Barnes halved 12 steals. Jon Hall (16) led E&S.
  Esperanza 58, Boys' Latin 55: Briheam Anthony hit five triples and went 7-for-8 at the line en route to 26 points. Hyking Brisbon added 15 points, 13 boards and three blocks while Robert Edwards clutched 12 caroms. Pasquale Dimascio (14) was best for BL in points while Jamar Brisbon managed 11 boards, five assists.
  Gratz 59, Dobbins 56: The Bulldogs survived against their North Philly rival as Tahir Wharton connected on a late trey. Malik Tyndale scored 14 points. Andre Cannedy posted 16 points for Dobbins.
Class AA Quarterfinals
  Constitution 69, Freire 49: Ahmad Gilbert and Chad Andrews offered matching 15-point efforts. Ditto for Freire's Thomas Spruill.
  Del-Val 64, Audenried 60: DaShon Giddings was golden with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Shahid Adams (14) and Darius Wallace (13) also reached double figures. Devon Jacobs (22) paced Audenried.
  Future 63, Roxborough 52: Junior Dominick Morales was perfect at the line (13-for-13) while pouring in 30 points and raising his career total to exactly 1,000. Tony Brown (14), Tyere Marshall (13) and Romello Brown (12) were Boro's best.
  Palumbo 61, Sayre 59: Anwar Epps, who also notched six assists and five steals, saved 17 of his 32 points for a 19-13 fourth quarter. Shafi Meachum (13) helped out. Richard Burton hustled for 23 Sayre points.
Class A Quarterfinals
  Math/Civics/Sciences 100, GAMP 21: Samir Doughty (24), Lou Myers (23) and Mike Watkins (16) led the way as the Mighty Elephants crushed the Pub and city postseason record for victory margin (79). It had stood at 63 since 1992, when Gratz thumped GAMP, 88-25, in the round of 16. Doughty added eight apiece of rebounds/assists. Watkins had 12 boards, seven blocks. GAMP's Jeff Williford (12), who missed five games with an injury, finished his career with 954 points.
  New Media 75, Parkway West 42: Devin Bullock totaled 18 points and 10 assists while John Fieffe swept 15 rebounds. Tyquill McFadden added 15 points. PW placed no one in double figures.
  Robeson 83, Palmer 67: Leron Epps (30) and Jihaad Fluellen (20) were the dominant scorers while Malik Harris-King mixed 12 points with 10 boards and six rejections. Marvin Bell (20) and Demetruis White (19) provided Palmer's one-two punch.
  Sankofa 57, Straw. Mansion 56: Luis Martinez scored nine of his 13 points in a 24-17 third quarter and Anthony Wright-Downing (27) made big plays in a stretch run that that mostly featured free throws. Sakwon Ali-Epps secured the game's final rebound by diving onto the floor. Raekwon Dial and Derrick Gant halved 36 points for Mansion, which was without the services of starter Quadir Norman (house destroyed by fire the previous night).

ROUND OF 16
Class AAAA Semifinals

  King 65, Frankford 59: Jabri McCall posted 17 points and received big help from Greg Bennett (15, five rebounds, five steals), Sammy Foreman (12) and Tyheem Harmon (seven assists, six steals). After scoring two points in the previous round, Frankford's Ladji Fofana exploded for 29.
  Central 68, Washington 55: Kahlil Williams wolfed down some hellacious dunks en route to 21 pints while Chris Bing mixed 17 points with 14 rebounds. Rafiq Johnson posted 10 apiece of points/boards. Jerome Blume and James Cottrell halved 26 markers for Washington, which had to go without its top player (academic ineligibility). Asante "Redz" Ali distributed seven assists.
Class AAA Semifinals
  Imhotep 78, Gratz 52: Jakwan Jones (17), Daron Russell (13), Dymir Logan (12), Sean Lloyd and Deion Evans (10 apiece) scored in double figures as the Panthers maintained control throughout. Logan bagged nine rebounds and Jones dealt eight assists. Malik Tyndale (21) topped Gratz.
  Phila. Elec. 66, Esperanza 29: Devante Truitt paced the romp with 19 points and four steals. Anthony Harris added 15 points while James Suber (eight rebounds) and Larenz Thurman (seven assists) were efficient in other categories. Hyking Brisbon managed nine points for the Toros.
Class AA Semifinals
  Constitution 75, Palumbo 58: Kimar Williams shoehorned 12 of his 22 points into a 23-11 second quarter. Ahmad Gilbert and Floyd Preito added 11 apiece. Anwar Epps (27) powered Palumbo.
  Del-Val 58, Future 48: Dominick Morales, the Pub's leading scorer, poured in 25 points, but Del-Val got by with balance -- Shahid Adams (16), DaShon Giddings (14), Clayton "CJ" Wolfe (12). Giddings added 14 rebounds and Adams posted six points in a 17-7 third quarter.
Class A Semifinals
  Math/Civics/Sciences 65, Sankofa 45: Mike Watkins settled for six points, but it's doubtful he cared because of his dominance -- 14 rebounds, eight blocks -- in other areas. Samir Doughty had 22 points. Luis Martinez (23) and Anthony Wright-Downing (10) led 'Kofa.
  New Media 66, Robeson 65: Due in part to nine missed free throws and a cramp that sidelined star point guard Devin Bullock (19 points), NM dropped the last quarter, 24-13. But the Jaguars survived when Bullock returned with 48.2 remaining and hit a free throw at 10.8. John Fieffe mixed 16 points, 12 boards and five assists while Tyquill McFadden played lockdown D. Jihaad Fluellen (19) and Maurice Smith (16) paced Robeson, which missed two last shots.

QUARTERFINALS
Class AAAA Final
  King 50, Central 48:
At Franklin, Sammy Foreman bagged 12 points and four assists as the Cougars captured the win in a game that was tight throughout. Jahmir Taylor added eight points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. For Central, which killed its hopes by going 5-for-12 at the line, Chris Bing (14) and Gregory Holdsman (10) scored in double digits while the former claimed nine boards.
Class AAA Final
  Phila. Elec. 53, Imhotep 48:
At Southern, Devante Truitt racked up all 12 of his points in a 36-22 second half as the Chargers prevented 'Tep from advancing to the semis for the fifth time in six years. James Suber offered a dozen apiece of points/boards and Anthony Harris had 10 points. No one scored in double figures for the Panthers, but Basil Thompson swept 16 rebounds.
Class AA Final
  Constitution 79, Del-Val 75: At Southern, Floyd Preito (17), Ahmad Gilbert, Kimar Williams (15 apiece) and Raheem Liggins (12) reached double figures, Gilbert/Liggins halved 14 rebounds, Preito/Akeem King halved eight assists and Haneef Vaughn scrambled for five steals. With 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Clayton "CJ" Wolfe paced the Warriors. Shahid Adams (16) and DaShon Giddings (13, nine boards) helped out.
Class A Final
  Math/Civics/Sciences 64, New Media 49: The Mighty Elephants established command in an 18-10 first quarter and wound up placing three guys (Samir Doughty 17, Tyrese Hester 14, Terquin Mott 12) in double figures. Mott added 10 boards. For NM, Jirveese Thomas contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds while John Fieffe (13, eight) was in the neighborhood.

SEMIFINALS
Doubleheader at Southern
  King 75, Math/Civics/Sciences 56: Sammy Foreman scurried for 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Cougars used a 42-29 second half to earn a spot in the championship game for the first time in 38 seasons of PL membership. Fellow guard Jabri McCall was also vital, thanks to 17 points and five assists. Gregory Bennett (16) and Chase Rodgers (12) helped with points and Jahmir Taylor snatched 11 boards. Samir Doughty racked up 24 points for MC&S before fouling out (maybe) with 3:15 left. The official scorer had him for five personals. Three others right at the table had him for four.
  Constitution 69, Phila. Elec. 65: Floyd Preito nailed two treys en route to 19 points while Ahmad Gilbert added 15 points and 14 boards. The game got close down the stretch, in part, because the Generals were iffy at the foul line (16-for-32 total). Devante Truitt (22), Anthony Harris (15) and James Suber (14) topped the Chargers in points and the rebound leaders were Suber (13)/Truitt (10). With 9.9 left and the spread at two, ConHigh missed two free throws. After the second flub, the ball bounced all the way to the right corner and was rebounded by Haneef Vaughn. He passed to Raheem Liggins and his two charities ended it. Just as in 2012, two teams with losing league records failed to advance to the final. Lincoln's 1952 team (5-4) remained the Pub's worst finalist percentagewise. Franklin's '65 squad (9-5) owned the most losses.

FINAL
At Temple's Liacouras Center
  King 46, Constitution 44: In its 38th season of Pub membership, King turned its first title-game appearance into a happy occasion. The teams combined to shot 25-for-88 from the floor and 5-for-22 beyond the illegal arc (at the college distance of 20 feet, 9 inches). A high school arc (19-9) was never painted onto the court. Soph Jabri McCall sparked the Cougars with nine quick points (including a four-point play) midway through the third quarter, lifting their lead from 21-20 to 30-21. Akeem King's two free throws advanced the Generals within 46-44 at 19.5 and McCall missed a pair at 10.2, but off a timeout at 5.8 Ahmad Gilbert was short with a trey from the top of the key. McCall (13) and Sammy Foreman (12) paced the Cougars in scoring while Jahmir Taylor battled for 14 rebounds/four blocks. Constitution's Kimar Williams used 8-for-8 marksmanship at the line to reach 12 points. Gilbert claimed 11 boards while Chad Andrews and guard Floyd Preito halved 18. Sean Colson became just the third guy in 76 seasons to coach a Pub champ after starting for one (Franklin Learning Center in '92), joining Bill Nelson (Bartram '44; Franklin in '52 and Germantown in '64) and Vince Miller (Overbrook in '55, Frankford in '88 and '89). Also, he was the third former NBA/ABA player to win a city leagues championship, matching Fran O'Hanlon at Bonner in '88 and Tom Ingelsby at Carroll in '95. Like Colson, they also started for title teams in high school (O'Hanlon at St. Thomas More in '66; Ingelsby at O'Hara in '68). King was 7-3 (.700) in regular season league play, the lowest winning percentage for a Pub team that wound up winning the crown since Franklin's .667 (6-3) in '52.

CITY TITLES
(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).