Philadelphia High School Basketball
A Look at Neumann-Goretti's 73 Consecutive
Catholic League Wins, Including Playoffs;
2008-09 Season to 2012-13 Season
This page includes stories, photos, special lists, results,
and all members of the teams.
NOTE: The streak ended with a loss at La Salle in the fourth game
of the 2012-13 season.
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Thanks to Tom Taylor for his help.
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N-G's 73-Game CL Streak
By Ted Silary
DERRICK STEWART tried to express his emotions and, for a
while, didn't experience a whole bunch of success.
is everyone associated with the Saints, beginning with coach Carl Arrigale.
"All I know is, this gets harder and harder," he said, exhaling for effect. "I knew just coming down here that we'd be in for a good one. The target on our back is so big. Plus, the Prep is very good, as good as any team we've played all year.
"But, of course, I have a lot of faith in my kids. What it came down to, really, was this: We made one more play than they did."
Prep junior combo guard Stephen Vasturia, a Notre Dame commit, converted a one-and-one with 33.9 seconds showing in OT, creating a tie at 57-57.
N-G decided to hold, and junior point guard Hanif Sutton did the honors, out near halfcourt and the scorers' table. As the time melted away, he exploded toward the hoop and curled up a layup at the west-end basket. No good. On the right side, junior wing guard Ja'Quan Newton grabbed the rebound while simultaneously trying to guide the ball back up.
Tweet! There were 1.3 seconds left.
On the Prep's bench, complaints were loud and numerous. Coach William "Speedy" Morris and his assistants were not expressing doubt that contact had occurred, only that that call had been made at that juncture.
Newton strolled to the line, having already scored 19 points. Also having been a prominent hero, in the same venue, when N-G captured last year's crown.
He hit both shots, creating bedlam among the N-G supporters right behind that basket.
"I was very confident going to the line," Newton said. "This wasn't my first time in this kind of situation. Big-time players make big-time plays. That's me. That's what I did.
"When I shot the first one, my heart was racing a little fast. Once the ball rolled in, I was fine for the second one. I all-netted that one."
Special sights were everywhere in the minutes after game's end.
First, some of the players ran into the stands to join with the students and, who knows, maybe steal a kiss or three from the cheerleaders. An instant after Arrigale was handed the title plaque, out by midcourt, by hoops moderator Joe Sette, Stewart and Newton thieved it and ran back toward the rooters, holding it aloft while screaming.
Soon, everyone was yelling, "Four-PEAT! Four-PEAT! " Then it was time for the players, managers and coaches to take turns snipping the net. The last two guys to wield scissors were Shank, then Stewart.
Arrigale, who played for Morris in the '83 and '84 seasons at Penn Charter, now boasts eight CL titles in 14 seasons. Morris' CL total is also eight, counting six at Roman Catholic from '69 through '80 and two at the Prep in '03 and '04. Morris has three title-game losses to his student's two. Arrigale leads the series between the two, 13-7.
Throughout, this game was filled with interesting developments.
Vasturia, the coaches' MVP, finished the first half scoreless and 0-for-7 from the floor. But the Hawks were down by only 26-22 because junior Miles Overton (11) and senior Gene Williams combined for 19 points. However, Overton landed awkwardly on a missed trey in the last half-minute and his status appeared to be iffy, at best.
He came back onto the court before his teammates and tried some shots. Then he trotted back and forth across the court, performing tests for the trainer. He hit an early three, but then incurred his fourth personal. Luckily for the Prep, Vasturia found his rhythm with eight, third-quarter points.
The score after regulation was 48-48. Williams created those numbers with the first of two free throws with 16.9 remaining. Off an inbound play at 4.3, Newton missed a 12-foot, off-balance jumper along the right baseline.
Newton had 21 points and 11 rebounds. John Davis mixed 12 with 12. Sutton and sixth man La'Quan Coaxum played dogged defense on Vasturia (7-for-18, 19 points). Also reaching double figures for the Hawks were Overton (16) and Williams (12).
A few minutes before midnight, the Palestra was pretty much empty, save for the cleanup crew.
One guy came walking through the stands, west to east on the north side, and in each hand he held basketballs. One of the Nerf variety and the other a real one.
"I found these in the stands," he said. With that, he held up the real one and said, "This one right here, it might be the money ball."
At left, Tony Chennault makes a move in year one of the streak. Above, Derrick Stewart wolfs down a dunk vs. Carroll in the 2011 championship game at the Palestra.
This story was writtten in
2009 after Neumann-Goretti crushed Roman, 86-53, for the Catholic
League championship . . .
By Ted Silary
|These Guys Made It Happen For Coach Carl Arrigale . . .|
|Assistants for all or part of the streak . . . John Mosco, Mark Del Brocco,|
|Mike Casey, Aaron Abbott, Don McKinley, Antwain Wynn|
|2009||John Brennan||Sr||2011||Devahnte Mosley||Fr|
|2009||Tony Chennault||Jr||2011||Ja'Quan Newton||Fr|
|2009||Tyreek Duren||Jr||2011||Matt Rodden||So|
|2009||Lamin Fulton||So||2011||Billy Shank||Jr|
|2009||Andre Gillette||Sr||2011||Derrick Stewart||Jr|
|2009||Will Huff||Jr||2011||Hanif Sutton||So|
|2009||Mustafaa Jones||Jr||2011||Shane Thomas||Jr|
|2009||Bradford King||Sr||2011||Tony Toplyn||Fr|
|2009||Justin Smith||Jr||2012||La'Quan Coaxum||Sr|
|2009||Mark Squilla||Jr||2012||Jamal Custis||So|
|2009||Danny Stewart||Jr||2012||John Davis||Jr|
|2009||Derrick Stewart||Fr||2012||Troy Harper||So|
|2010||Tony Chennault||Sr||2012||Lamarr Kimble||Fr|
|2010||John Davis||Fr||2012||Devahnte Mosley||So|
|2010||Tyreek Duren||Sr||2012||Ja'Quan Newton||So|
|2010||Lamin Fulton||Jr||2012||Billy Shank||Sr|
|2010||Mustafaa Jones||Sr||2012||Derrick Stewart||Sr|
|2010||Tyrone Madison||Jr||2012||Hanif Sutton||Jr|
|2010||Dominique Reid||Fr||2012||Shane Thomas||Sr|
|2010||Matt Rodden||Fr||2012||Tony Toplyn||So|
|2010||Mark Squilla||Sr||2013||Rasheed Browne||Fr|
|2010||Danny Stewart||Sr||2013||Vaughan Covington||Fr|
|2010||Derrick Stewart||So||2013||Jamal Custis||Jr|
|2010||Hanif Sutton||Fr||2013||John Davis||Sr|
|2010||Kalem Taylor||So||2013||Mike DiFrancesco||So|
|2010||Shane Thomas||So||2013||Shawn Grubb||Jr|
|2010||Naj Verdell||Sr||2013||Troy Harper||Jr|
|2011||La'Quan Coaxum||Jr||2013||John Mastrando||Sr|
|2011||Jamal Custis||Fr||2013||Joe McGinley||Jr|
|2011||John Davis||So||2013||Ja'Quan Newton||Jr|
|2011||Lamin Fulton||Sr||2013||Hanif Sutton||Sr|
|2011||Troy Harper||Fr||2013||Jack Taylor||So|
|2011||Jordan Johnson||Sr||2013||Tony Toplyn||Jr|