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Constitution . . . 2015 PIAA Class A State Champs!
On March 20, at
Hershey's Giant Center, Constitution beat Farrell, 85-53, to
capture its third state title in four years (2012 at Class A, 2014
at AA). The Generals received 28 points and 11 rebounds from Ahmad
"J.R." Gilbert, 20 points and eight assists from Kimar Williams, and
14 points and 15 boards from Chad Andrews-Fulton, thus assuring an
victory for coach Rob Moore's squad.
In Memory of
The title-game boxscore . . .
|Constitution 85, Farrell 53|
|Team Rebounds: 0. Turnovers: 18.|
|Team Rebounds: 5. Turnovers: 21.|
|Seton La Salle||4||16||14||19||
|Officials: Gregory Evans, Chris Zehr, Quinn McGuire.|
The Season's Results (24-8) . . .
|Redondo Beach (CA)||L, 72-64|
|Foothill Christian (CA)||L, 88-60|
|Clark (NV)||W, 59-52|
|Marantha Christian (CA)||W, 83-54|
|Cathedral Prep||W, 61-56|
|St. Edward (OH)||L, 70-63|
|St. Anthony (NJ)||L, 57-56|
|Construction (NY)||W, 74-67|
|Wasatch (UT)||L, 93-76|
|Orlando Prep (FL)||W, 72-53|
|Riverside (LA)||W, 100-92|
|Phila. Elec.||W, 70-56|
|Phila. Elec.||W, 53-43|
|Parkway West||W, 44-41|
|West Shore||W, 72-43|
|SJ Neumann||W, 83-45|
Season Scoring . . .
|Non-League; Public League; Public Playoffs; State Playoffs|
Selected Photos . . .
Chad Andrews-Fulton chases down a loose ball.
Ahmad "J.R." Gilbert snags a rebound.
Anthony Satchell gets after it on defense.
Ahmad "J.R." Gilbert gets interviewed as coach Rob Moore, his daughter, Cassidy, age
and Chad Andrews-Fulton look on.
Ted's Website Report . . .
PIAA CLASS A FINAL
Constitution 85, Farrell 52
(At Hershey's Giant Center)
Really, how could this NOT have happened? Constitution last year stormed to the Class AA title, then returned almost everybody and dropped down one class. Recipe for dominance, folks! Though this result might have provided at least a little bit of a surprise. In a state final at any level, you don't expect one team to score 31 of the first 35 points. But the Generals did that over the first eight minutes and a leather-lunged student supporter could have hollered between the quarters, "Bring out the trophy!!" (Instead, he waited until after the third quarter -- smile). Though of course we're two-thirds of the way through March, snow was falling outside. Indoors, it looked as if a hurricane were blowing through the Giant Center. The Generals were basically perfect in the first quarter, playing count-their-teeth defense and storming from one end to the other in let's-frolic mode. Who knows? They might have won a game in the first round of the NCCA Tourney (smile). Leading the way, as he'd done in the semifinal destruction of Math, Civics and Sciences, was sr. F Ahmad "J.R." Gilbert, a lefty bound for George Mason. He finished the first session with 12 points (two treys) and two assists and got plenty of help from sr. PG Kimar Williams and sr. PF-C Chad Andrews-Fulton (eight points apiece). The game looked, basically, like a varsity vs. a JV, and it was tough not to feel some sympathy for the Steelers and their large throng of supporters. The second quarter was normal and ConHigh (28-4) actually lost it, 16-8. Next up? Avalanche time again! The Generals won the third stanza, 30-14, and spent much of it repeating their impressive feats of the first quarter. Gilbert (11 points, three triples) and Williams (nine) paced the power display. Late in that period, there was an excellent example of brotherhood. Gilbert missed a trey and jr. G Nasir Randolph snatched the rebound in traffic. Randolph looked out beyond the arc, saw that J.R. was open and whipped him the ball. He could have shot it, easily. Instead, he waited as Randolph ventured beyond the arc and hit him with a pass. Bang! Three for Nasir. Assist for J.R. The fourth quarter started with a crazy kinda dunk by Andrews-Fulton. As he tried to slam the ball, it kicked high above the rim. In fact, it hit against the top of the backboard . . . and then fell straight through the net. Legendary! The afternoon was finished for all starters with 4:25 remaining. That last possession featured SIX shots by the Generals and ended with a follow by Andrews-Fulton, making the count 80-41. Thirty-four seconds later, a timeout was called and the Generals gathered 'round coach Rob Moore. Blaring over the sound system was that "Single Ladies" song (or whatever the official name is). Standing at the back of the group were Gilbert and student manager Isaiah Patrick. And they were dancing! Gotta love it. In all, Moore dressed 18 players. Only 17 made it into the ballgame, however, because there were not enough jerseys. Left out was frosh PF Naeem Feggans. This crown was ConHigh's third in four years. The run of domination began with an A title in 2012. Sr. G Akeem King, Gilbert and Williams all played in that championship game, combing for seven points. Today, Gilbert shot 10-for-18 overall and 6-for-12 on treys en route to 28 points. He also notched 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Williams contributed 20 points (9-for-14, two treys) and eight assists. Andrews-Fulton owned the inside with 15 rebounds in addition to his 14 points. Sr. G Haneef Vaughn had seven dimes. Sr. sub F Isaiah "Fan Favorite" Bradley claimed four rebounds. Principal Tom Davidson estimated that ConHigh was supported by 200 to 250 students; the school has only 350. Congrats, kids! The most touching moment, by far, occurred as the presentation of medals wound down. Accepting on behalf of former assistant Fran Hamilton, who died during the offseason, were his parents, Fran Sr. and Kim. They were swarmed by pretty much everybody and the tears were flowing, big time. Fran was beloved and it was so great that his parents were able to bask in such support, especially while knowing that his dedication had gone so far to help make it happen. RIP, Fran.