Philadelphia High School
Catholic League Playoff/City Title Recaps, 2019-2020
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Carroll 74, SJ Prep 66: This turned out to be the final Catholic League playoff for the visiting Hawks' legendary coach, William "Speedy' Morris. That fate was assured when the Patriots posted a 14-6 edge over the final four-odd minutes. Freshman Dean Coleman-Newsome (four treys) led the way by netting a season-high 20 points. Anquan Hill (18), John Camden (17, four treys) and Tairi Ketner (15) also reached double digits while Amiri Stewart dished six assists. The Prep's Trevor Wall tried his best while trying to advance the Hawks to the quarterfinals, scoring 30 points -- fourth highest amount by a Speedy player in a CL playoff or City Title over 14 seasons at Roman (1968-81) and 19 at Prep (2002-20). He also notched four treys and packed 10 points into the last quarter.
Ryan 49, West Catholic 45: The host Raiders won the second half, 33-23, as Gediminas Mokseckas scored 12 of his 17 points and Dominic Vazquez racked up nine of his 14. West's cause was hindered by 17 turnovers and a 17-2 deficit in foul line points. Eric Chamberlain had 12 points and four assists.
Roman 61, Bonner-Prendergast 59: The visiting Cahillites claimed the win as soph guard Justice Williams (20 points, six assists) missed a turnaround jumper from the left edge of the foul line and classmate Jalen Duren (18 points, first five field goals on dunks, seven total -- all ferocious) collared his 18th rebound just to the right side of the basket and beat the buzzer by sinking a third put-back attempt. Roman owned a 48-33 lead with 1:37 remaining in the third quarter, but B-P rallied hard and owned a 57-53 lead with 2:36 to go after star guard Lynn Greer (15) fouled out as Tyreese Watson was hitting a trey. The Friars managed just two points on free throws thereafter. B-P's starters scored from 11 to 13 points -- Donovan Rodriguez (13), Connor Eagan (12), Watson, Malik Edwards and Oscar Uduma (11 apiece). Roman made just one trey in seven attempts.
Ryan 58, McDevitt 56: Luke Boyd lost possession on a left-baseline drive and the ball squirted across the lane. Jalen Snead gained possession and deposited an easy layup that became the decisive play when the host Lancers were short with an in-the-lane push shot just before the buzzer. Boyd's major success on treys (5-for-6) enabled him to score 18 points. Gediminas Mokseckas mixed 18 points with six rebounds and three assists. Snead and Christian Isopi both shot 4-for-5 from the floor while halving eight points. The Raiders earned the win despite not having star Aaron Lemon-Warren (broken foot). McDevitt was topped by 1,000-point scorers Jamil Manigo (21) and Robert Smith (16). Ryan was provided extra motivation before the game when a McDevitt priest capped a prayer , in an attempt at humor, by asking God to make sure the Lancers would be humble in victory.
Wood 72, Carroll 68 (OT): Junior Rahsool Diggins, the CL MVP, totaled 25 points, six rebounds and three assists as the hosts, who trailed by 23-9 after one quarter, prevented what would have been an 8th-1st seeding upset. Daeshon Shepherd (12 ponts) scored four of Wood's points in the 9-5 extra session. Jaylen Stinson (13), Muneer Newton (12) and Marcus Randolph (10) also scored in double digits. Tairi Ketner carried Carroll with 26 points (9-for-16, 8-for-13) and 10 boards while frosh Dean Coleman-Newsome grabbed 11 rebounds. The Patriots shot just 26-for-72 from the floor.
Neumann-Goretti 71, O'Hara 46: After getting upset by O'Hara on its home floor seven days earlier, N-G seized the same-site rematch in rather easy fashion. Hysier Miller scored 18 points and sixth man Chris Evans was right behind with 17 thanks to four treys. Blaise Vespe and Cameron Young halved 24 points while Jordan Hall, a forward, dished eight assists and claimed 11 rebounds. Solo Bambara (13) and Anthony Purnell (10) topped the Lions, who'd posted their first winning record in league play s(8-6) since 2001. O'Hara's Solo Bambara scored 14 points.
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Roman 83, Wood 73: The Terrific Trio again was exactly that as the Cahillites again bumped off a regular season conqueror, but this time perfect shooting help came from starter Xzavier Brown and sub Nasir Lett, who combined for 20 points. Brown shot 3-for-3 (2-2 on treys) and 4-for-4 for 12 points while Lett sniped 2-for-2 (on threes) and 2-for-2 for eight markers. Roman won the first three quarters, 55-37, and Wood claimed the fourth, 36-28, n what seemingly took forever due to 43 total free throws. Stats for the Terrific Trio -- Jalen Duren, 20 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks; Justice Williams, 25 points with 10-for-11 from the line, Lynn Greer 18 points, six assists. For Wood, Rahsool Diggins shot 9-for-10 at the line while racking up 35 points, the No. 3 effort all-time in a CL playoff (Roman's Kyle Locke and Carroll's Juan'ya Green had 39 in a '92 final and '11 quarterfinal, respectively). and tops in a semi (33 by Wood's Collin Gillespie in '17). Marcus Randolph added 15 points and Daeshon Shepherd claimed eight rebounds.
Neumann-Goretti 51, Ryan 41: Hysier Miller (14), Jordan Hall (12) and Cameron Young (10) scored in double digits and Hakim Byrd (nine) came close as the Saints prevailed despite nothing special shooting from the floor (18-for-47) and behind the arc (7-for-26). Young and Hall seized 14 and 11 boards, respectively. and the latter capped an impressive outing with six assists. Luke Boyd (12) and Gediminas Mokseckas (11) topped Ryan, Mokseckas and Christian Isopi halved 16 rebounds and Jalen Snead distributed four assists. Young and Hall opened the fourth quarter with field goals to again create some room at 45-34.
At the Palestra
Neumann-Goretti 66, Roman 58: Cameron Young finished with 22 points -- and set an early tone by burying three three-pointers -- to make Carl Arrigale the No. 1 coach in CL history for championships (11). He'd been tied at 10 with Roman's Dennis Seddon. Hysier Miller showed versatility with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and three steals, and Hakim Byrd had 12 points. For Roman, Lynn Greer mixed eight apiece of rebounds/assists with 17 points, Justice Williams tallied 21 points and Jalen Duren had 11 points, 15 rebounds. Beforehand, retiring SJ Prep coach William "Speedy" Morris was honored for his amazing 52-year career at the high school/college levels. He coached Arrigale at Penn Charter and Roman boss Matt Griffin at the Prep. Also, the CL's Coach of the Year award this year was named for Morris and the first winner was Bonner-Prendie's Kevin Funston. You know what's coming . . . Speedy also coached him at SJP.
Gratz 71, Roman 60:The Cahillites trailed by 19-11 after one quarter and wound up committing an astounding 27 turnovers while preventing the Catholic League from storming to an 8-0 sweep of City Titles and seeding games. This was the last of the eight games. Justice Williams sniped 8-for-8 at the line while scoring 22 points. Fellow soph Jalen Duren had 14 points, 16 rebounds, and Xzavier Brown mixed five rebounds and three apiece of assists/steals with 14 points.
At Jefferson University
Wood 60, King 57: Fans of late-game drama had to love this one. With King looking to erase a 58-57 deficit, Rahsool Diggins recorded a blocked inside shot at 0:05 and passed ahead to Daeshon Shepherd for a hammer-time dunk. Shepherd (17), Diggins (16) and Jaylen Stinson led the Vikings in scoring while Diggins had four steals and Stinson fetched eight rebounds.
At La Salle High
Bonner-Prendergast 64, Imhotep 58: The Friars sniped impressively from the line (14-for-19) and beyond the arc (10-for-19) and shot a shade better than 50 percent (20-for-38) on overall floor shots. Donovan Rodriguez (16), Malik Edwards, Tyreese Watson (15) and football star Oscar Uduma (12 scored in double figures and the latter buried three treys in a 24-20 fourth quarter. He also had four apiece of rebounds/assists while Watson was slightly better at five/five.
Neumann-Goretti 69, Future 52: Jordan Hall fueled the Saints by providing team highs in points (19), rebounds (eight) and assists (five). An 18-for-21 showing at the foul line helped to overcome 15 turnovers. Cameron Young (14), Hysier Miller and Chris Evans (12) also scored in double figures while Hakim Byrd came close (nine) and dished four assists.