Donofrio Classic
2008

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 Ray Bowman.
 Standing
Dan Nolan

 

  Go to the bottom of the page for a special story on Chester's Karon Burton, followed by a
team pic of the champion, Waterview Phoenix; the full boxscore from the title game; and the
all-tournament team along with special awards.
  Click here for pics taken on the night of the title game.

Look below the Donofrio info for Coaches vs. Cancer rosters/details.

    The Albert C. Donofrio Classic, a single-elimination tournament played at The Fellowship House of Conshohocken, features most of the best high school players in the Philadelphia-South Jersey area, and often draws players from as far away as North Jersey and New York.

    The Fellowship House is located at 5th and Harry Streets. (Harry is one block off of Fayette Street, the main street in Conshohocken. If you enter Conshy from the Schuylkill Expressway/Blue Route side by going across the big bridge, you will be on Fayette Street. Go to 5th and make a right. The Fellowship House is one block down on the left-hand side.) The phone number is 610-828-3266. The members of the tournament staff are always helpful and cooperative.

   The Fellowship House's website is www.thefellowshiphouse.org.

   Click for past tournaments 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000


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***Look below schedule for results*** 

Schedule . . .

2008 ALBERT C. DONOFRIO CLASSIC
FIRST ROUND ROUND 16 QUARTERS SEMIS FINAL
       
Positive Image I      
       
DeStefano's Electric

April 1, 7:00

Positive Image I    
March 24, 7:00 James Fox      
James Fox        
   

April 9, 7:00

Mainstreet  
Pizza Time        
March 25, 7:00 Pizza Time      
Sonny Hill Sophs   Mainstreet    
April 2, 7:00      
Mainstreet      
   

April 14, 7:00

 Waterview Phoenix
Hunting Park 2        
March 26, 7:00 Hunting Park 2      
Team Kobe        
April 3, 7:00 Sonny Hill Juniors    
Sonny Hill Juniors        
March 27, 7:00 Sonny Hill Juniors      
Philly Hoops      Waterview Phoenix  
  April 10, 7:00    
Lancaster-Lebanon        
March 31, 7:00 I-3 All-Stars      
I-3 All-Stars   Waterview Phoenix    
April 8, 7:00      champ!!
  Waterview Phoenix      Waterview Phoenix
       

 April 15, 7:30

  Just Clean It      
       
Roadrunners

April 3, 8:30

Roadrunners    
March 31, 8:30 Roadrunners      
Waterview Dan Rumph        
 

April 10, 8:30

Sonny Hill Srs.  
Sonny Hill Seniors        
March 27, 8:30 Sonny Hill Seniors      
Chester County        
April 8, 8:30 Sonny Hill Seniors    
Bucks County Bucks County      
March 26, 8:30        
Del-Val VC    

April 14, 8:30

Team Philly
       
Team Philly      
April 2, 8:30      
Don-Len   Team Philly    
March 25, 8:30 Don-Len      
Old School Cavs        
   

April 9, 8:30

 Team Philly  
Del-Val Toros        
March 24, 8:30 Del-Val Toros      
Positive Image II   Hunting Park I    
  April 1, 8:30      
  Hunting Park I      

Results . . .

FIRST ROUND
March 24
  James Fox 88, DeStefano’s Electric 76: Mike Rhoads scored 18 points and Todd Cramer added 14 to lead the winners. Adam Ahern (14), Carl Johnson (13) and Rich Hofmann (12) led DeStefano.
  Del-Val Toros 92, Positive Image II 81: Jarret Smart had 23 points, Russell Graham added 19 points and 7 assists and Quenton Watson scored 11 points. Khayree Brown poured in 32 points for PI2. Help came from Gary Lawrence (12) and Malik Ballard (11).
March 25

  Pizza Time 96, Sonny Hill Sophomores 68: Anthony King (16 points), Darren Nixon (14) and John Jones (12) led Pizza Time. Warren Gillis scored 16 points and Devonte Newbill added 10 for the Sophs.
  Don-Len 93, Old School Cavs 63: Nick Roman and Matt Labick each scored 15 points and Jamel Clay added 14 for Don-Len. Benny Ayala had 18 for the Cavs.
March 26
  Hunting Park II 92, Team Kobe 85: John Johnson scored 29 points, Koron Reed had 19 and Marcus Kennedy added 12 to lead HPII. Henry Smith (25 points), Khalif Wyatt (23), Greg Robbins (12) and Rakeem Christmas (10) led Team Kobe.
  Bucks County 107, Del-Val VC 90: Jeff Holton (25 points), Dalton Pepper (20), Greg Johnston (19), Eddie DiRugeris (17) and Will Barrett (15) led Bucks County. Karlton Byrd scored 23 points, Sam Starks had 16, Diyaaldin Kelly tallied 14 and Will Campbell added 13 for Del-Val.
March 27

  Sonny Hill Seniors 115, Chester County 72: Sam Givens scored 29 points, Doug Davis had 17, Chris Edwards tallied 13 and Acquil Cook added 11 for the Seniors. Bryan Millito and Darren El netted 16 apiece for Chester County.
  Sonny Hill Juniors 97, Philly Hoops 59: George Harper scored 20 points, Lijah Thompson had 17 and Cameron Ayers and Ollie Davis each added 10 for the Juniors. Ramone Williams and Nicholas Keefer each had nine points for Philly Hoops.
March 31

  I-3 All-Stars 103, Lancaster-Lebanon 99: Dwayne Davis led the All-Stars to victory with a 31-point, 12-rebound perfomance. Other notables were Dominic Morris (19 points) and Travis Robinson (11 points, eight rebounds). Austin Alexich (26) and Jordan Stewart (22) paced Lancaster-Lebanon.
  Roadrunners 71, Waterview-Dan Rumph 68: Keon Williams’ 15 points and nine rebounds fueled the Roadrunners.

ROUND OF 16
April 1

  Hunting Park I 106, Del-Val Toros 103 (ot): Ferg Myrick (32 points, 12 rebounds), Malik Tinsley (18 points, 11 rebounds), Lamar "Sysy" Trice (10 points, 15 assists) and Denzell Gatewood (12 points) led Hunting Park.
  Positive Image I 96, James Fox 71: Will Adams scored 26 points, Wes Kirkland had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Walther added 12 points to lead PI I.
April 2
  Team Philly 85, Don-Len 71: Rashad Savage had 20 points and 10 rebounds while help came from Bryan Cohen (17) and Jamal Wilson (12, seven). Anthony Scott (27) and Nick Roman (12) led D-L.
  Mainstreet 117, Pizza Time 78: Karon Burton scored 29 points while Jim Mower and Keith Green-Germany added 15 apiece. Anthony King and Brad Weaver halved 22 for PT.
April 3

  Roadrunners 94, Just Clean It 88: Paris Bennett paced the Roadrunners with 20 points. Just Clean It was led by Aaric Murray (23 points, 14 rebounds), Lamar Patterson (10 points) and eight assists from Andrew Rogers.
  Sonny Hill Juniors 116, Hunting Park II 102: Piloted by Cameron Ayers (26 points), George Harper (24 points, 11 rebounds), Lijah Thompson (18 points) and Mike Terry (12), the Juniors knocked off HPII despite a 45-point performance from John Johnson. Marcus Kennedy added 19.
April 8

  Sonny Hill Seniors 78, Bucks County 57: Sam Givens led the charge with 20 points and was assisted by solid efforts from Chris Edwards (15 points, seven rebounds) and Larry Loughery (11 points). Bucks County was piloted by Dalton Pepper, who finished with 24 points and seven boards.
  Waterview Phoenix 92, I-3 All-Stars 87: Novar Gadson (19 points) and R.J. Handy (16 points, five assists) led Waterview along with efforts from Eric Brennan (14 points) and John DeShields (10). Rodney Brookings (31 points) paced I-3 in addition to Dwayne Davis (19), Travis Robinson (14 points, eight rebounds) and Kasheef Festus (12 points, nine rebounds).

QUARTERFINALS
April 9
  Mainstreet 108, Positive Image I 97: Kevin Germany put on a show racking up 18 of his 26 points on threes. Other notables were Ron Giplaye (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Karon Burton (23 points). Will Adams led Positive Image with 27 points. Help came from Courtney Stanley (18 points, six assists), Sam Prescott (19 points) and Wes Kirkland (13).
  Team Philly 108, Hunting Park I 93: No details.
April 10

  Waterview Phoenix 99, Sonny Hill Juniors 88: Andrew "Scootie" Randall’s 24 points led Waterview’s win, but not without a little help from Novar Gadson (14). Lijah Thompson (23 points, 11 rebounds) and George Harper (19 points, 12 rebounds) piloted Sonny Hill.
  Sonny Hill Seniors 81, Roadrunners 62: Lenny Young (19 points), Chris Edwards (18 points, 13 rebounds) and Samme Givens (14 points, 12 rebounds) paced Sonny Hill. Kyrie Irving led the Roadrunners with 22 points.

SEMIFINALS
April 14
  Team Philly 109, Sonny Hill Seniors 108: Maalik Wayns (35 points) hit all three shots off a foul with no time remaining to give Team Philly the edge. Other notables were Velton Jones (17 points), Bryan Cohen (16), Jamal Wilson (15). Sonny Hill was paced by Lenny Young’s 31 points in addition to Doug Davis (24) and Samme Givens.
  Waterview Phoenix 99, Mainstreet 94: Waterview rallied from an 18-point deficit to sweep the win and earn a finals berth. Leading Waterview was Novar Gadson (31 points), Andrew "Scootie" Randall (15 points, 12 rebounds), Devon White (12 points) and Russell Johnson (15). For Mainstreet, Karon Burton took the reins to score a team-high 26 points. Other notables were Nasir Robinson (20) and Kevin Germany (15).

FINAL
April 15
  Waterview Phoenix 121, Team Philly 113: Go to bottom of page for full boxscore.

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Special story . . .

Karon Burton . . .
The Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. of High School Basketball

By Daniel Nolan
  Karon Burton, the Chester High School senior and newly crowned State Champion who has not yet declared his college choice, has entertained onlookers at every gym he has played in.
  As a fan, I have seen numerous similarities between Burton and welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.; not only do they share a 5' 8" stature, they are both blessed with physical and athletic talents, blazing speed and agility, and the ability to completely control their opponents.
  Burton and Mayweather both wear their emotions on their sleeve and both are masters of the spoken word. Those who have been fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of his game have seen Burton take opponents out of their game before the ball is even tossed in the air; which is comparable to the way Mayweather throws fighters out of sync before Michael Buffer even begins to announce.
  Burton and Mayweather are complete entertainers who back it up by winning and doing it with a style and swagger very rarely seen.
  Both athletes have their opponents just watching at the end with their mouths dropping to the floor, often asking themselves if they really just saw what they thought they saw. Burton is a point guard, Mayweather a pugilist. They both fear nothing or nobody in their respective craft, and you can only say one thing about these young men: the court and the canvas are their domains and those who dare tread into these arenas risk paying the price.
   (Dan is part of the crew that runs the Donofrio Classic.)

2008 Champions - Waterview Phoenix
L to R -- John DeShields, Woody Redding, Russell Johnson, Joe Meehan, B.J. Robinson, Miguel Bocachica, Novar Gadson, Andrew
"Scootie" Randall, Bob Zanneo, R.J. Handy, Eric Brennan, Devon White, coach Rodney Handy.

All-Tournament . .
Sonny Hill Seniors                    Samme Givens
Sonny Hill Seniors                    Lenny Young
Mainstreet                                Kevin Green Germany
Don-Len                                  Anthony Scott
Pizza Time                               Anthony King
Hunting Park                            Ferg Myrick
Sonny Hill Jrs.                          Lijah Thompson
Hunting Park II                        John Johnson
Del-Val Toros                          Jarret Smart
I-3 All Stars                             Dwayne Davis
Waterview Phoenix                  Russell Johnson
Waterview Phoenix                  Novar Gadson
Waterview Phoenix                  R.J. Handy
Team Philly                             Tony Chennault 
Team Philly                             Rashad Savage
Team Philly                             Maalik Wayns
Art Andrey MVP                      Novar Gadson
Tony Samartino MVP               Maalik  Wayns           
A.C. Donofrio                          R.J. Handy
Sportsmanship                          Rashad Savage

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The 10th annual Coaches vs. Cancer all-star doubleheader will be held
Tuesday, April 22, at the Fellowship House.
Tickets are $5 at the door and proceeds benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.
First game: Public vs. Private, 6:45.
Second game: Catholic vs. Suburban, 8:20.

CATHOLIC LEAGUE

Maalik Wayns

5’11”

Roman Catholic

Lijah Thompson

6’6”

Monsignor Bonner

Henry Smith

6’5”

Monsignor Bonner

Kasheef Festus

6’4”

Archbishop Carroll

Andre Gillette

6’8”

Neumann-Goretti

Rob Holloman

5’11”

West Catholic

Anthony Chennault

6’1”

Neumann-Goretti

Daniel Stewart

6’6”

Neumann-Goretti

Woody Redding

5’6”

North Catholic

Rakeem Brookins

5’10”

Roman Catholic

C. J. Aiken

6’8”

La Salle

Alternates:

 

 

Tom Ryan

6’1”

Father Judge

Andre Wilburn

6’2”

Archbishop Carroll

Coach: Mike McCarron

SUBURBAN 

Aaric Murray

6’1”

Glen Mills

Jake Cohen

6’10”

Conestoga

Will Barrett

6’8”

Central Bucks South

Rahlir Jefferson

6’6”

Chester

Duane Johnson

6’5”

Penn Wood

Greg Robbins

6’5”

Lower Merion

Dalton Pepper

6’5”

Pennsbury

Khalief Wyatt

6’3”

Norristown

Calvin Newell

6’1”

Strath Haven

Ed DiRugeris

5’11”

Pennsbury

Tim Flecken

6’4”

Downingtown West

Coach: Jeff Huddleston

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Justin Renfrow

6’6”

Penn Charter

Jeff Holton

6’6”

Germantown Academy

Gary Lawrence

6’5”

Chestnut Hill Academy

Pat Connaghan

6’4”

Chestnut Hill Academy

Jon DeShields

6’5”

Delco Christian Academy

Travis Robinson

6’4”

Penn Charter

Omari Grier

6’3”

Episcopal Academy

Cory Goodman

6’0”

Episcopal Academy

Cameron Ayers

6’3”

Germantown Academy

Luisito Jimenez

5’10”

Westtown Friends

Alternates

 

 

Wes Bill

5’9”

Germantown Friends

Shannon Givins

5’10”

Acad. New Church (inj.)

Coach: Bill Dooley

PUBLIC LEAGUE

Jesse Morgan

6’4”

Prep Charter

Ferg Myrick

6’6”

Prep Charter

Will Adams

6’4”

Imhotep

Joe Reid

6’7”

Simon Gratz

Furnell Doster

6’5”

Southern

Koron Reed

6’6”

Friends Charter

Denzel Yard

5’11”

FLC

Bilal Kelley

6’9”

Mariana Bracetti

Parrish Grant

6’2”

Prep Charter

Nurideen Lindsey

6’3”

Simon Gratz

Alternates:

 

 

Alex Gaddy

6’2”

ML King

Marcus Brown

6’4”

Eng. & Science

Coach: Ben Dubin