Philadelphia High School
Public League Playoff Recaps, 2014-15
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Kensington 69, Overbrook 60: In a 21-10 third quarter, Charles Smith (20 points, nine steals) scored every point in an 8-0 run. Jerrell Richardson (21) drained six treys. Kendale Brisbon claimed 10 rebounds. Gary Hawes (26) and Daevon Ravenell (14) powered 'Brook.
Northeast 103, Edison 73: Deshaun Brown (27) and Tyriq Wilson (20) led five double-figure scorers while Darren Baggett scrambled for 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. After scoring two points in the Vikings' final regular season game, wildly popular senior manager Glenn Shapley (cerebral palsy) again was in uniform and contributed five points, including a trey. Montrell Gilliam (22), Robert Sample (19) and Nahjair Corey (16) topped the Owls.
Southern 63, Swenson 48: Casey Williams offered 12 apiece of points/rebounds while getting scoring help from Kahsiaan Kay (14) and La'Trelle Wilson (13). Alex Rodriguez (15) paced Swenson.
Boys' Latin 58, Mastbaum 46: Leo Gardner, Jelani Mauge and Umar Saaba thirded 36 points and Cameron Gardner-Nicholson notched six rejections. Anton Smith (18) led Mastbaum.
Sayre 56, Future 32: Brandon White mixed 17 points with six steals, Antwan James had 15 points and six rebounds, Qudir Croston posted eight rebounds, four blocks, and Tymair Johnson dished 12 assists. Dominick Morales and Shawn Morrison halved 20 points for Future.
Franklin 55, Eng. and Science 36: Isaiah Wilmore notched a four-point play en route to 26 while Michael Kane (seven) and Omar Young-Jordan combined for 13 blocks. E&S' Shaquan Frazier and Keinan Oxner (four treys) halved 26 points.
Tacony 66, World Comm. 62: In a 9-0 run to open the third quarter, Justin Steers (12) scored the first six points and Joe Purnell buried a trey. Tyler Taliaferro (11), Justin Johnson and Ervin Merrone (10 apiece) also reached double digits for this first-year Pub member. The game, played at Tacony's middle school building, started at 6 o'clock. Nehemiah Hodges (26) was hot for WC.
Masterman 58, Elverson 43: Liam Shanahan whirlwinded to 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists and six steals. Shafi Muhammad (23) led Elverson.
FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS
King 88, Northeast 50: Jabri McCall (15) led five Cougars with double digits. Chase Rodgers complemented 12 points with 14 rebounds. Northeast's leader was Deshan Brown (20).
Bartram 39, Central 36: The teams managed just three points apiece in the fourth quarter. Bartram's came on a trey by Martin Fischer with 1:57 left; it provided the lead for good. Central's Kahlil Williams reached 10 points, concluding his career with 980.
Frankford 74, Gratz 65: With 29 points and 10 assists, Quadire Truesdale was quite the force. Demetruis White was 8-for-10 from the line en route to 23 points. Tahir Wharton (19) topped Gratz.
Washington 72, Kensington 51: Charles Brown (24) went 8-for-8 at the line. Elmange Watson (17) and Asante Ali (16) lent assistance. Kensington's leader was Jerrell Richardson (18).
Imhotep 67, Sayre 47: Daron Russell led the way with 19 points, five assists. Antwan James (17) and Brandon White (14) topped Sayre's four scorers.
Boys' Latin 62, West Phila. 50: Leo Gardner saved 15 of his 20 points for a 36-29 second half. Lavelle Harper and Jabbar Shy halved 22 markers for West.
Southern 73, Phila. Elec. 72 (two OTs): Casey Williams handed the Rams the win by hitting the second of two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining. Kahsiaan Kay (20) and La'Trelle Wilson (17) were best in the point parade while Isaiah Tyler grabbed 11 rebounds. PE was paced by Jihad Barnes (20) and Devonta Peterie (19).
Del-Val 57, Franklin 42: Dymir Logan (12) finished first among six Warriors with six to 12 points. Semaj Motley dealt 10 assists. Dashaun Johnson (18) topped Franklin.
Audenried 97, Masterman 56: Devon Jacobs paced a 25-14 first quarter with 11 of his 28 points. Jesse Turkson (25) and Liam Shanahan (18) led Masterman.
Mastery North 63, Roxborough 40: Daequon Plowden hustled for 10 points and 12 rebounds. Koby Thomas (15, nine) provided help. Jovan Hammond (19) was tops for Roxborough.
Parkway CC 69, Straw. Mansion 64: Cole Ruley (21), Jemal Sheppard (13) and Hyzeem Banks (12) reached double figures as this first-year Pub member enjoyed claiming a victory. Quadir Norman (23) powered Mansion.
Freire 61, Tacony 44: Calil Moultrie added four assists to 20 points, Elijah Elam scored 16 points and Lavon Edwards seized 13 rebounds. Justin Johnson (14) led Tacony.
Constitution 44, Parkway West 11: Though it never pressed/trapped and used its starters for only four to eight minutes, Constitution held PW to the lowest point total in city playoff history. In the second of three games to decide the 1933 Pub championship, Northeast lost to Southern, 18-13. Ahmad Gilbert scored 18 points. Nasir Madison, Donald Rollerson and Anthony Tucker posted three apiece for PW. Manny Wortham settled for two.
Sankofa 63, Motivation 56: Naseem Brown (22) got help from Nasir Johnson (10, seven rebounds, three steals) and Stephon Brant (seven boards, three assists). Nazir Gossette (15) led Motivation.
Robeson 84, New Media 67: D.J. French sniped 14-for-16 en route to 31 points while adding seven assists and six steals. For NM, which was missing four rotation members due to academic ineligibility, Jirveese Thomas totaled 20 points. Donte Govan and varsity newcomer Marquis Vanlandingham halved 36.
Math/Civics/Sciences 62, KIPP DuBois 55: The 23-13 fourth quarter was paced by Samir Doughty (10 of 18) and Donovan Barnes (six of 15). Jahmaris Jefferson (22) topped KD.
ROUND OF 16
King 66, Bartram 41: The Cougars were paced by frontcourters Tyere Marshall (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Chase Rodgers (10 of each) along with floor leader Sammy Foreman (12, eight assists). Cameron Arrington (14) was best for Bartram.
Washington 78, Frankford 63: Elmange Watson (31) drained five treys and the Eagles dominated the second half, 54-32. Demetruis White (29, 999 for career) and Quadire Truesdale (13) led the Pioneers.
Imhotep 57, Boys' Latin 39: DeAnte Robinson, back from a stretch of inactivity, banged for 10 points and 17 rebounds, Daron Russell had 15 points and eight steals were halved by Russell/Khalief Tinley. Only Jelani Mauge scored in double figures (11) for BL.
Del-Val 61, Southern 50: DaShon Giddings totaled 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks while Semaj Motley (five assists, four steals) saved eight of his 16 points for a 20-10 fourth quarter. His steal/layup created a five-point lead with 1:02 left. Football quarterback Kahssian Kay (25, five treys) keyed the Rams points-wise while Ahmad Wimbush (nine) and Casey Williams (eight) helped on the boards.
Audenried 89, Mastery North 71: Devon Jacobs (24, 13 rebounds), Niseem Wright (19), Nyseem Smith (15, nine assists, three steals), Eddie Lewis (12) and Jamir Carr (10) scored in double figures for the Rockets. Eli Alvin (22) was MN's leader.
Freire 55, Parkway CC 47: Elijah Elam notched nine of his 14 points in a 15-7 third quarter. Calil Moultrie added 14 points. Cole Ruley popped in 27 points for PCC.
Constitution 78, Sankofa 49: Kimar Williams packed 16 of his 24 points into a 36-17 first half. Ahmad Gilbert (16) and Chad Andrews-Fulton (15) also had big moments. For Sankofa, Stephon Brant and Verland Wayns, whose brother, Maalik, starred at Roman/Villanova and reached the NBA, halved 24 points.
Math/Civics/Sciences 97, Robeson 88: Samir Doughty paced the easy win with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Keith Griffin (20) and Donovan Barnes (17) helped. The top Huskies were Willie Grant (26) and D.J. French (15, six assists, 10 steals).
(Doubleheader at Franklin)
King 59, Washington 46: Sammy Foreman tallied 17 points and seven steals and used hard drives to force Washington star Charles Brown into foul trouble. Jabri McCall also scored 17 points while sniping 3-for-4 on treys. Tyere Marshall added eight points, 10 rebounds. The Cougars won the second half by 14 points. For Washington, Elmange Watson and Quadere Allen halved 22 points and Jerome Blume snagged seven boards.
Imhotep 52, Del-Val 42: DeAnte Robinson (11 rebounds, two blocks) and Daron Russell offered 13 points apiece for 'Tep, which won the first three quarters by 41-28. Semaj Motley (15), Jermaine Lucas (12) and DaShon Giddings (10, 10 rebounds, three blocks) were D-V's leaders.
(Doubleheader at Northeast)
Audenried 70, Freire 61: Devon Jacobs (24) and Niseem Wright (18) were the scoring leaders for the Rockets, who used a 23-15 third quarter to seize control and make their first quarterfinal appearance a happy occasion. Elijah Elam (18) and Calvin Moultrie (17) topped Freire.
Constitution 66, Math/Civics/Sciences 59: After sweeping MC&S in the regular season, the Generals trailed by five with a shade under four minutes remaining. Better defense then produced multiple turnovers. Ahmad "J.R." Gilbert recorded 15 points, 12 rebounds and three apiece of steals/blocks. Kimar Williams (16) and Haneef Vaughn (15) also reached double figures and the latter's dedication to D helped to keep the Mighty Elephants' franchise, Samir Doughty, from going wild (15, also eight boards and four steals). Donovan Barnes and Keith Griffin halved 28 points.
(Doubleheader at Southern)
Imhotep 61, King 56: Daron Russell jammed 11 of his 24 points into a 23-19 fourth quarter while Devin Liggeons notched 13 of his 15 in a 40-32 second half. DeAnte Robinson claimed eight rebounds. Sammy Foreman starred for King by recording 20 points and four assists.
Constitution 70, Audenried 57: These semis featured the champs from all four classifications, but shortly beforehand Pub officials realized Audenried was actually a Class AAA school, not AA. The Rockets were allowed to participate, however, and Constitution cut them a break by missing 19 free throws and committing 20 turnovers. Nevertheless, the Generals triumphed behind Kimar Williams (20, three steals), Chad Andrews-Fulton (14, 15 rebounds, four blocks) and Ahmad "J.R." Gilbert (10, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals). Niseem Wright led 'Ried with 19 points.
(At Saint Joseph's University)
Imhotep 77, Constitution 75: The Panthers won their fifth championship in seven years in noteworthy fashion, overcoming a 55-45 deficit and catching a gigantic break when Constitution's last bucket -- layup by Chad Andrews-Fulton off a fastbreak feed from Kimar Williams -- was correctly ruled to have been sent hoopward a split-second after the final buzzer. Soph guard Daron Russell won MVP honors by totaling 19 points and four assists; his dish to DeAnte Robinson (spinning flip shot) put 'Tep ahead for good, at 74-73, with 0:17 left. Khalief Tinley (12), Robinson (11, eight rebounds), Devin Liggeons (10, three blocks) and Jaekwon Carlyle (10) also scored in double figures. Williams drilled three treys en route to 27 points while Andrews-Fulton (nine rebounds) shot 7-for-7 and 7-for-9 for 21 points. Star forward Ahmad "J.R." Gilbert added nine points and eight boards before fouling out with 3 1/2 minutes remaining. Imhotep became the third school in Pub history to win boy/girl crowns in the same season, joining University City in 1995 and Central in 2005. The Panthers were the first to have also captured a Pub football crown (AAA) in that school year. The 152 combined points were the third highest total in Pub finals history, trailing 167 by West Philly-Overbrook in '76 and 155 by Franklin-Frankford in '81.
(Tripleheader at Saint Joseph's University)
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.
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.
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.