Philadelphia High School
State Playoff Recaps, 2014-15
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At St. Joseph's Prep
Roman 68, Downingtown West 52: Gemil Holbrook (four three-pointers) led the way with 22 points while Tony Carr (14), D'Andre Vilmar (13) and Nazeer Bostick (12) tallied in double-figures succession. Paul Newman snagged nine rebounds.
King 69, Allentown Allen 37: Tyere Marshall bagged 17 points and 11 rebounds, Ladji Fofana hustled for 15 points and five apiece of assists/steals, and Sammy Foreman matched Jabri McCall with 14 points. The Cougars became the first District 12 team to win a AAAA state playoff by as many as 30 points.
La Salle 58, Ridley 54: Dave Krmpotich (also seven rebounds) shot 10-for-14 en route to 22 points, Shawn Witherspoon packed 10 of his 13 points into a 20-15 third quarter and Najee Walls went 4-for-4 at the line in the final 23.6 seconds.
Roman 53, Cedar Crest 35: Roman scored 25 of final 31 points to turn a close one into a cakewalk. Sub Manny Taylor shot 4-for-5 while scoring 11 points, Nazeer Bostick/Gemil Holbrook halved 20 and Tony Carr saved five of his seven rebounds and all four assists for the second half.
At Reading High's Geigle Complex
King 70, York 56: Guard Sammy Foreman was a four-pronged terror with 25 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Jabri McCall (14) and Ladji Fofana (11) helped out.
At Bethlehem Freedom
La Salle 62, Abington Heights 40: With three apiece, Najee Walls and Dan Corr led the way as the Explorers drained nine three-pointers. Walls and Dave Krmpotich halved 28 points and the former claimed six boards. In second-round playoffs, D-12 squads went 10-0 with an average victory margin of 25.8 points.
Doubleheader at Norristown
Roman 58, Pennsbury 57: Before the tipoff, Tony Carr hit the first of two free throws after Pennsbury was hit with a tech for incorrectly wearing its road uniforms. With 3.1 seconds left, Carr again went 1-for-2 at the line and Pennsbury's lengthy last shot clanged off the heel of the rim. Carr scrambled for 19 points, five assists. The other four scorers totaled nine to 11 and Manny Taylor (11) led in rebounds.
King 59, Plymouth-Whitemarsh 43: A relentless defensive effort, paced by Sammy Foreman's work against former King player Xzavier Malone, forced P-W to shoot 14-for-51 from the floor and trail by as many as 22 points. Foreman had 10 points and eight assists. Ladji Fofana (12) and Jabri McCall (11, four assists) led in scoring and Tyere Marshall grabbed seven rebounds.
Lancaster McCaskey 60, La Salle 59: The Explorers surrendered a follow with 2.1 seconds remaining and could not get off a last shot against District 3's eighth seed. Dave Krmpotich contributed 14 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks, Najee Walls had 17 points and four assists and Dan Corr (12) sniped 4-for-6 on treys.
At Reading High's Geigle Complex
Roman 69, Lancaster McCaskey 66: The Cahillites benefited from balanced scoring -- Nazeer Bostick 17, Tony Carr 16, Gemil Holbrook 13, Manny Taylor 11, D'Andre Vilmar nine -- while pulling out this tight contest. The Cahillites shot 10-for-12 at the line in the fourth quarter and Carr hit two with 5.4 seconds remaining. Bostick and Taylor halved 16 boards and Carr distributed six assists.
King 48, Pittsburgh Allderdice 35: The Cougars assured District 12 would win its first AAAA state title by earning a rematch vs. Roman, its conqueror for the AAAA City Title. Ladji Fofana (13), Sammy Foreman (12), Tyere Marshall (11) and Jabri McCall (nine) led the way. King racked up a 20-5 edge over the final 12-plus minutes. A 12-0 run got that started and Marshall (15 total rebounds) had six of those points.
At Hershey's Giant Center
Roman 62, King 45: The first half ended as Sammy Foreman's three-pointer drew King within 30-29. The Cougars then collapsed, missing 27 of their next 29 shots. Roman wound up shooting 17-for-28 (floor) and 23-for-41 (line) as Gemil Holbrook (20, three treys), Tony Carr (14, six assists and three steals) and D'Andre Vilmar (10) reached double figures in scoring. Late-game emotions flowed as senior forward TreVaughn Wilkerson, out since early December with a severe knee injury, was given 16.1 seconds of playing time, then exchanged a long hug with coach Chris McNesby. Roman's win gave the Catholic League a 3-0 sweep in finals. Foreman (20) led King. In these teams' City Title battle, Roman had won by 58-57.