Philadelphia High School Basketball

A Look at the First 18 Years of Andre Noble's
Coaching Career at Imhotep Charter High (2005-22)

  He earned career win No. 400 (60-38 over Montoursville) in the second round of
the Class 4A state playoffs in 2019-20. The tournament then was halted by the
effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. His record in 2020-21 was 14-0. The pandemic
also forced the Panthers' season to be cut short.

  This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in
championship games and (at the bottom) the names of all varsity players during
Coach Noble's 18 seasons. . . . To provide additions/

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In 2009, Imhotep and coach Andre Noble (C) accomplished a title trifecta -- overall Public League, 2A City Title and States 

Coach Noble's All-Stars  and 1,000-Point Scorers

2005-20 (no team chosen in '21
due to effects of COVID-19)

2006 Curtis Jackson
2006 Tamir Johnson
2007 Kashief Edwards
2007 Tamir Johnson
2007 Jermaine Washington
2008 Rashad Savage
2009 Sam Prescott
2009 Will Adams
2009 Parrish Grant
2010 David Appolon
2010 Ameen Tanksley
2011 Ameen Tanksley
2011 Erik Copes
2011 David Appolon
2013 Brandon Austin
2014 Sean Lloyd
2015 Daron Russell
2016 Jaekwon Carlyle
2016 Daron Russell
2017 Daron Russell
2017 David Beatty
2017 Koby Thomas
2018 Donta Scott
2018 Chereef Knox
2019 Donta Scott
2019 Dahmir Bishop
2019 Chereef Knox
2020 Elijah Taylor
2022     Justin Edwards (MVP)
2022     Rahmir Barno
2022     Ahmad Nowell
2022     Mo Abdullah
2005 Keith Mitchell
2006 Hanif Nixon
2007 Will Adams
2008 Will Adams
2008 Miguel Bocachica
2012 Brandon Austin
2012 Khyree Wooten
2013 Basil Thompson
2015 DeAnte Robinson
2015 Khalief Tinley
2015 Camachet Jordan
2016 JaQuan Arrington
2016 Koby Thomas
2017 Bernard Lightsey
2017 Donta Scott
2018 Bernard Lightsey
2019 Jamil Riggins
2020 Kamrohn Roundtree
2008 Lamar Trice
2010 Earl Brown
2011 Brandon Austin
2014 Devin Liggeons
2018 Dahmir Bishop
2018 Jamil Riggins
2019 Fatyn Wesley
2019 Elijah Taylor
2020 Naji Reed
2020 Sam Wylie




Sam Prescott

2011 Ameen Tanksley
2013 Brandon Austin
2016 Daron Russell
2017 Daron Russell
2018 Donta Scott
2008 Rashad Savage
2009 Parrish Grant
2011 Erik Copes
2012 Brandon Austin
2012 Khyree Wooten
2014 Sean Lloyd
2015 Daron Russell
2016 Daekwon Carlyle
2017 Dave Beatty
2017 Donta Scott
2007 Kashief Edwards
2010 Ameen Tanksley
2018 Chereef Knox
(All or Part of Career)
1,813 -- Daron Russell
1,141 -- Brandon Austin
1,082 -- Will Adams


Andre Noble
Tribute Page

  Andre Noble has coached basketball at Imhotep Charter for 18 seasons, winning 442 games and 24 championships. That breakdown: 10 Public, six City, eight State. His Panthers won their first crown in the 2009 Pub final, topping Franklin Learning Center, 49-43. Here is that story . . .

By Ted Silary

  IT'S ONE THING to show talent. It's another to exude class.
  After doing the first last night for 32 minutes, Sam Prescott promised to do the latter for the next 4 years.
  Prescott, star wing guard at Imhotep Charter, has signed with Marist. Denzel Yard, franchise point guard for Franklin Learning Center, is bound for Siena.
  Both schools are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They'll do battle at least eight times, not counting any tournament meetings.
  "I'm proud of what I did tonight," Prescott said. "But I'm never going to tease him about it."
  It's called respect. And it's definitely warranted.
  Prescott spoke those words last night on the middle of the floor at Temple's Liacouras Center, holding an MVP trophy and trying to raise his voice above the roars of excited supporters.
  Title time!
  "I knew this was going to happen," he said several times. "I knew it from the beginning of the season."
  Good thing he did. Because as the Public League final wound down, no one else did.
  Imhotep, which earlier appeared a sure bet to coast home, never lost its lead, but the heart rates of players, coaches and fans definitely soared and at least a hint of a lump appeared in some guys' throats.
  The difference-maker? Sam Prescott. The energetic kid who's known as "Speed Racer."
  Prescott totaled 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, logged two steals and rejected three shots as Imhotep, a 5-year Pub member, triumphed by a 49-43 score, thus claiming its first championship.
  He shoehorned 11 of those points into the fourth quarter, thanks mostly to a 9-for-14 performance at the foul line.
  As for Yard . . . All the lefty did was score 24 points of his own, while adding two assists and three steals. Ten of his markers were packed into the final stanza, and his heroics included a pair of threeballs. For the game, he was the only Bobcat with more than one field goal.
  "Denzel's a good friend of mine," Prescott said. "What a player. What he does for that team . . . It's amazing."
  Prescott, with occasional help from sub Kenny Battle, covered Yard for much of the game. He tried his best to contain him and, through three quarters, Yard owned only 14 points in largely unspectacular fashion.   Likewise, his team was sputtering along.
  The bright side? After some impressive early moments, so was Imhotep. People around the city and suburbs were changing channels from the Comcast Network's coverage by the second. Well, they should have stuck around.
  "We made things so difficult for ourselves," Imhotep coach Andre Noble said. "We didn't get much production from guys who usually give us a lot."
  Said Prescott: "Hey, basketball's a game of runs. Back and forth. That's how it goes. We wanted to get through without them coming back on us, but . . . "
  Little by little, FLC eased back into contention. The comeback reached oh-my-goodness status with 42.4 showing, when Yard mad-bombed a right-corner three to make it 43-42.
  Two things happened.
  "When I saw that one-point difference," Prescott said, "I knew it was time to put the team on my shoulders. I mean, we have a great team and we all contributed, like always, but I'm a senior leader and the guys look up to me, so . . . "
  Meanwhile, senior point guard Parrish Grant (10 points, five assists, two steals) was making a proclamation of his own. Not to himself. To Noble.
   "I asked to cover Denzel," Grant said. "I just had to make things difficult for him. That's my buddy. We were talking almost up until the time the game began. But for us to win, I knew we couldn't let him hurt us anymore."
  Down the stretch, Prescott added six more points with free throws.
  "Everybody was nervous," he said. "I tried to stay calm and at least I made most of them."
  Grant backed up his request by forcing Yard into the game's most crucial turnover. He ran at Yard, and the result was a leaping pass almost the entire width of the court. Jamal Jones intercepted and the Bobcats, the very definition
of heart and soul thanks to Yard, were toast.
With the win, Grant likely earned an all-alone spot in Pub annals. He's believed to be the only guy to start for championship teams at two schools. He first earned a title at Prep Charter in 2007. Last year, Velton Jones had become the first player to start for title teams in different leagues - North Catholic in '08 after Simon Gratz in '06.  
  continued right below . . .   

Coach Andre Noble

League / Overall
2005: 13-3 / 16-9
2006: 16-1 / 22-7 
2007: 9-1 / 22-8 
2008: 10-0 / 27-4 
2009: 14-0 / 32-1
2010: 14-2 / 25-6
2011: 11-0 / 31-3
2012: 10-1 / 22-8
2013: 9-2 / 28-5
2014: 8-2 / 20-7
2015: 6-4 / 22-10
2016: 10-0 / 24-6
2017: 10-0 / 31-2
2018: 10-0  31-2
2019: 10-0, 26-6
#2020: 9-1, 21-8
*2021: 3-0, 14-0
2022: 8-1, 28-4
#season halted by
COVID-19 pandemic
*season curtailed/halted by
COVID-19 pandemic
18 Seasons, 2005-22
League - 180-18
Overall - 442-96
Appearances Ended in  . . .
Quarterfinals (4)
2007, 2008, 2014, 2016
Semifinals (2)
Finals (10)
009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015,
 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Justin Edwards 2022 18.3
Daron Russell 2017 17.1
Sam Prescott 2009 16.8
Brandon Austin 2013 16.7
Rashad Savage 2008 16.0
Khyree Wooten 2012 15.6
Hanif Nixon 2006 15.5
Justin Edwards 2021 15.4
Elijah Taylor 2020 15.0
Will Adams 2008 14.6
Sam Prescott
Will Adams
Parrish Grant
Ivory Wells
Erik Copes
Ameen Tanksley
David Appolon
Erik Copes
Tyhiem Perrin
Terrell Johnson
Ameen Tanksley
David Appolon
Erik Copes
Terrell Johnson
Brandon Austin
Brandon Austin
Deryl Bagwell
Basil Thompson
Jakwan Jones
Dymir Logan
Daron Russell
Devin Liggeons
DeAnte Robinson
Jaekwon Carlyle
Khalief Tinley
Daron Russell
Dave Beatty
Donta Scott
Bernard Lightsey
Chereef Knox
Donta Scott
Chereef Knox
Bernard Lightsey
Dahmir Bishop
Elijah Taylor
Donta Scott
Chereef Knox
Dahmir Bishop
Jamil Riggins
Fatyn Wesley
Rahmir Barno
Naji Reid
Mo Abdullah
Justin Edwards
Shakur Smith
Justin Edwards
Rahmir Barno
Ahmad Nowell
Mo Abdullah
Chad Anglin

  "I was thinking about how I could be making history," Grant said. "Maybe I put some extra pressure on myself. I
had to keep my head straight."
  Now, like Prescott, he'll maintain his class when speaking with Yard.
  "He's a great player," Grant said. "He always shows that."

This story was written after Imhotep overcame Rysheed Jordan's 45-point
outburst to win the 2013 Public League championship . . .

By Ted Silary
  "CELEBRATION" came pumping through the sound system at Temple's Liacouras Center and Abraham
Massaley, like most of Imhotep Charter's delirious players, stood, listened, beamed, grooved and even sang at a
spot near midcourt.
  Then, after some prodding by teammates, he decided to step forward and bust a move.
  How fitting . . .
  A few minutes earlier, the 5-11, 160-pound combo guard had uncorked a basketball version, thus helping the
Panthers claim their fourth Public League championship in five seasons.
  Imhotep 67, Roberts Vaux 66.
  That was the final score, before a large, fully juiced crowd (especially down the stretch), and those numbers
weren't frozen on the scoreboard until the very last instant, when Rysheed Jordan, Vaux' superstar guard, could
not connect on a step-back, right-wing jumper off an inbound pass (by Amir Butler, from the south side of the
east baseline) that was sent his way with 1.1 seconds remaining. The defender, leaping right up there with him
to try to contest the shot, was Basil Thompson.
  Jordan had already done everything possible, pouring in 45 points to break the Pub final single-game record
established in 1954 by some guy named Wilt Chamberlain (40 for Overbrook vs. Northeast).
  As Jordan agonized over the miss, the bench Panthers and the team's star, Brandon Austin, who'd fouled out
with 49.5 showing, exploded onto the court with the purpose, mostly, of engulfing Massaley.
  Ah, it's fun to be the hero . . . As long as the life isn't squeezed out of you . . . And/or your ribs don't get
  Massaley, the sixth man, finished with seven points and three assists. Point No. 5, on the front end of a
double-bonus, came at 33.5 and provided a 65-64 lead. Jordan then was fouled on a flying attempt at a layup
and hit both free throws at 27.2, thus tipping the scale back in Vaux' favor.
  Thompson missed a try-to-curl-it-in layup, the Cougars' Karon Snead briefly snagged the rebound, then Jakwan
Jones wrested away the ball, enabling Imhotep to signal for time at 0:19.
  In the huddle, coach Andre Noble looked around and decided to call upon Massaley.
  Very interesting. At times this season, the coach might have called for Abe's head.
  As both guys acknowledged, their relationship has often been strained.
  "I'm really a big-on-effort guy," Noble said. "Abe needs to learn to show it all the time, in practice as well as
games. My riding has been good for him, I feel."
  Said Massaley: "We've had some rocky times. I do know why he takes that approach."
  Ultimately, Noble said he tabbed Massaley because "with Brandon out, he's my next best guard with the ball
in his hands. "
  The play was No. 1, which almost always features a move off a screen.
  "We'd used it a few times in the game," Massaley said. "I was thinking maybe they knew the play, and that
they'd jump me with two guys off the screen. I saw I could go without waiting for it, so I did."
  Massaley steamed down the left side and canned the layup at 0:12. What he did next was just as enormous. As
Jordan full-barreled downcourt, Massaley tipped away the ball and, many flails by many guys later, it was
squirting over the baseline at 1.1, meaning Vaux would be rushed on its last gasp.
  The fact that Jordan's most vivid memory will be a missed attempt at a game-winner shows how unfair life can
be. He spent 32 minutes as pretty much a one-man gang.
  Jordan racked up his 45 points by shooting 10-for-21 from the floor (4-for-9 on treys) and 21-for-23 at the line.
He drained his first 17 free throws and packed 16 points into the fourth quarter, won by Vaux, 23-13. He also
finished the afternoon with six apiece of rebounds and steals. The other Cougars were 9-for-28 from the floor.
  As is widely known by now, Temple is a member of Jordan's Final Three, along with St. John's and UCLA.
Can't you just hear coach Fran Dunphy now? " Sheed, you gotta come here! Look how you lit up our building! "
Jordan also made points with Noble.
  In the teams' regular-season meeting, won by Vaux, 73-51, at Imhotep on Jan. 22, Jordan handed the ball to a
Panther as the clock wound down and then slapped the halfcourt logo. Noble was livid at what he later called
"a classless act" and milked it for motivation leading up to the final.
  "I was definitely critical of Rysheed for what he did at our school," Noble said. "Today, he was a real class act.
He came over and apologized to me. Impressive. It's all behind us." 
  Austin, selected as the game MVP, notched 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks
before having to sit down.
  "I was nervous, but I still felt good," said the Providence signee. "I had trust in my team. We had each others'
backs coming down the stretch. This is a blessing from God."
  Imhotep's early motor-starter was guard Deryl Bagwell, who took his team's first five shots and hit two for a
5-0 lead. In all, he contributed 15 points and the last of his four treys made it 62-58 at 2:42. This will sound dumb,
but Bagwell also did a respectable job against Jordan in a box-and-one.
  "Deryl had been so up and down lately, we thought about taking him out of the starting lineup," Noble said. "But
that would have damaged his confidence even more. We decided to stick with him and see what would happen.
He really produced."
  Outside Vaux' locker room, coach Jamie Ross looked shell-shocked.
  "We made three mistakes down the stretch that really killed us," he said. "We've been in lots of these types of
games. In most of them, we've been a little smarter. We expected to be here. That's why we didn't play a
cupcake schedule. Without the three lapses . . .
  "I thought Rysheed got fouled twice at the end. Once on the way downcourt, and then on his last shot . . . Ah,
but you've gotta play through that. Gotta finish things off."
  In his dance during "Celebration," meanwhile, Abraham Massaley flexed his left arm, looked at his bicep, then
twisted his wrist so his fist pointed forward.
  "That's my John Wall," he said, smiling, referring to a routine made famous by the Washington Wizards' star.
  Yeah, well, Sunday it was all Abe Massaley's.
Title tidbits
Imhotep is the first Pub squad to win football (Class AA) and basketball (overall) titles in the same school year
since Frankford (both overall) in 1987-88. The hoops Pioneers topped West Philly, 71-64, in four OTs, and one
of their stars was Jamie Ross (13 points, five assists, four steals before fouling out) . . . Basil Thompson posted
nine apiece of points and rebounds . . . Amir Butler claimed 10 boards . . . Jordan's 45 points rank No. 6 in any
Pub playoff. Lincoln's Larry Cannon is tops with 49 in a 1965 quarterfinal vs. Roxborough.

This story was written after Imhotep beat King for the 2017 Public League
championship . . .

By Aaron Carter
  It was as if Imhotep tried to win the Public League championship with every single jump shot. As a result, the
Panthers appeared to press until the title was on the line in overtime.
  Despite all the forced and difficult shots attempted, the game came down to the relative calm of the
free-throw line.
  Daron Russell, the Panthers' senior leader and point guard, found poise for the freebies, hitting 7 of 8 in the
final three minutes of Imhotep's 53-49 victory over Martin Luther King.
  The championship calm Russell displayed helped avenge Imhotep's playoff loss last year to eventual champion
  "This is everything I've been dreaming of since we lost to Del-Val, so I wasn't going to let this slip,' said Russell,
who finished with 24 points and the game's MVP trophy. "I felt like we needed this. "
  Throughout the game at Hagan Arena, Imhotep, the No. 7-ranked team in the nation according to USA Today,
desperately needed a shot to fall.
  The Panthers (25-2) finished just 17 of 70 overall (24 percent) and 2 of 24 from behind the three-point line
(8 percent). Imhotep's stingy defense, however, forced 26 turnovers by King.
  The Panthers, as they have done all season, also dominated the offensive glass, finishing with 17 offensive
  "We have a tendency to get tight sometimes," said coach Andre Noble, who now has six Pub titles. "We talked
about it because they have such high expectations, and I think everyone else has such high expectations for them
. . . But I'm just so proud of them. . . . They showed a lot of poise. . . "
  King (20-8) was led by sophomore guard Jihad Watson, who scored 13 points off the bench. His presence
helped King seize early momentum and keep the game at a slow and favorable pace.
  King entered the fourth quarter with a 38-32 lead after a 21-21 tie at intermission.
  In the interior, Will McNair, despite early foul trouble, finished with six points and four blocked shots, including
a game-saving block with less than two seconds left in regulation.
  The Panthers gained possessed with about 1 minute, 33 seconds left in regulation and held on for the final shot.
Near the end of their filibuster, Bernard Lightsey missed a three-pointer from the right wing that was rebounded
by Donta Scott underneath. Scott's put-back attempt was rejected by McNair.
  In overtime, King trailed by two after Elijah Kial-El made an easy basket with little more than a minute left. A
Dave Beatty miss was followed by a defensive rebound from McNair.
  On King's ensuing possession, Kiah-El fed McNair in close, but the 6-foot-9 forward's dunk attempt missed off
the rim.
  Imhotep retained possession, which eventually led to free throws by Russell.
  Fellow senior Koby Thomas finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive). Scott added five points
and eight rebounds (six offensive).
  Beatty, who shot just 4 of 17 from the field and 0 for 2 from three, finished with eight points, including the
momentum-grabbing first points of overtime.
  "I struggled in this game," Russell said. "So the guys came up to me like, 'Don't stop. Don't stop. We need you.'
Dave kind of struggled and I was in his ear telling him, 'Don't stop. Don't stop.'' 
  Russell, who also led the Panthers to the Pub title in 2015, also won the game's MVP as a sophomore.
"For us to lose last year against Del-Val," he said, "that hurt the whole offseason. It was a struggle during
workouts because we knew the Public League championship wasn't home with us."
  "This feels amazing. I can't even describe it. We're not done, but this is amazing."

Recaps of victories in Public League championship games . . .

At Temple's Liacouras Center
Imhotep 49, Franklin LC 43
This first-ever Pub final featuring NO neighborhood schools went to the charter in its fifth year of membership. A largely forgettable game became a sweetheart in the fourth quarter and there was major excitement with 42.3 remaining after Denzel Yard hit a trey to draw FLC within 43-42. Thereafter, game MVP Sam Prescott (24 points, just like Yard) went 6-for-9 at the line to assure the title. Overall, he shot 7-for-13 and 10-for-15 while adding 13 rebounds and three apiece of steals and blocks. Yard's line included four boards, two assists and three steals. Yard’s percentage of FLC’s points (55.8) was the highest in a Pub final since FLC’s Rasiheed “Noot” Arnold managed 60.7 (34 of 56) in ’94 vs. Gratz. Overall, Yard poured in 132 points in five playoffs for 44.3 percent of 298. In this game he was the only Bobcat with more than one field goal and the other guys combined to shoot 6-for-26. Imhotep's Parrish Grant Grant finished with 10 points, five assists and two steals while likely becoming the first player in Pub history to start for championship teams at two schools (also Prep Charter in ’07). A year earlier, North Catholic’s Velton Jones had become the first guy to start for title teams in two leagues (also Gratz in ’06).
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Imhotep 58, Bartram 46
  Completing a three-playoffs-in-four-days run, the Panthers became the first Pub team to capture back-to-back championships since Franklin in 1998-99. Ameen Tanksley won game MVP honors with 14 points while Erik Copes controlled the inside with 13 rebounds, seven blocks. Five others scored from six to nine points and 17 markers were provided by subs (Bakari White nine, Earl Brown eight). Scoring-wise, only guard Tyrone Garland (32 points, six treys) made an appearance for the Braves. The others combined to go 5-for-37 from the floor.
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Imhotep 57, Constitution 44
With Ameen Tanksley (15 points) again earning game MVP honors, the Panthers became the first Pub squad to win three consecutive titles since West Philadelphia collared five from 1974 to '78. Tanksley scored six points in a 12-6 third quarter, enabling Imhotep to create space after the first half ended 22-20. Tyhiem "Redz" Perrin made it 41-28 on a layup and three-point play off passes from David Appolon. During its three-year dominance, coach Andre Noble's squad went 55-2 and outscored its opponents, 3,911 to 2,435 (average of 69-43). And in the last three rounds of these playoffs, it forced opponents to shoot 46-for-146 (31.5 percent) and commit 56 turnovers. For Constitution, a special-admit school in only its second year of PL membership, Daiquan Walker scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half.
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Imhotep 67, Vaux 66
  Rysheed Jordan exploded for 45 points, the No. 1 effort in city history in any version of a championship game (Pub/Cath/City Title; Wilt Chamberlain dropped 40 in the '54 Pub final), but was unable to hit a buzzer-beating, right-wing jumper after Abraham Massaley canned a layup with 12 seconds remaining. The crown was Imhotep’s fourth in five years and avenged a 22-point, home-court setback incurred during the regular season. MVP Brandon Austin fouled out at 49.5 with 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks. Deryl Bagwell (15) knocked down four treys and Basil Thompson posted nine apiece of points/rebounds. Jordan hit his first 17 free throws and finished 10-for-21 (4-for-9 on treys) and 21-for-23. He packed 16 points into the fourth quarter, which began with Vaux facing an 11-point deficit. He also finished with six apiece of rebounds/steals. The other Cougars were 9-for-28 from the floor. Imhotep was the first Pub squad to win football (Class AA)/basketball (overall) titles in the same school year since Frankford (both overall) in 1987-88. The hoops Pioneers topped West Philly, 71-64, in four OTs, and one of their stars was Vaux coach Jamie Ross.
At Saint Joseph's University
Imhotep 77, Constitution 75
The Panthers won their fifth championship in seven years in noteworthy fashion, overcoming a 55-45 deficit and catching a gigantic break when Constitution's last bucket -- layup by Chad Andrews-Fulton off a fastbreak feed from Kimar Williams -- was correctly ruled to have been sent hoopward a split-second after the final buzzer. Soph guard Daron Russell won MVP honors by totaling 19 points and four assists; his dish to DeAnte Robinson (spinning flip shot) put 'Tep ahead for good, at 74-73, with 0:17 left. Khalief Tinley (12), Robinson (11, eight rebounds), Devin Liggeons (10, three blocks) and Jaekwon Carlyle (10) also scored in double figures. Williams drilled three treys en route to 27 points while Andrews-Fulton (nine rebounds) shot 7-for-7 and 7-for-9 for 21 points. Star forward Ahmad "J.R." Gilbert added nine points and eight boards before fouling out with 3 1/2 minutes remaining. Imhotep became the third school in Pub history to win boy/girl crowns in the same season, joining University City in 1995 and Central in 2005. The Panthers were the first to have also captured a Pub football crown (AAA) in that school year. And by the end of the season, they were the most-defeated champion at 22-10. The 152 combined points were the third highest total in Pub finals history, trailing 167 by West Philly-Overbrook in '76 and 155 by Franklin-Frankford in '81.
At Saint Joseph's University
Imhotep 53, King 49 (OT)
Check out these odd stats for a winning team -- 17-for-70 from the floor and 2-for-24 behind the arc. Ah, but in the last three minutes of the extra session, Daron Russell raised his point total to 24 by sniping 7-for-8 at the line. Oh, almost forgot. The Panthers forced 26 total turnovers. Koby Thomas contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds.
At the Palestra
Imhotep 66, King 37
  Four guys scored in close-to-succession -- Bernard Lightsey 12, Donta Scott 10, Jamil Riggins 9, Chereef Knox 8 -- and the Cougars had trouble lighting up the scoreboard at all. They tallied just 12 points in the middle two quarters. This was Tep's seventh Pub championship and the first final to be played at the Big House since 1998. 
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Imhotep 63, Constitution 43
  The Panthers racked up an outrageous combined advantage in the first and third quarters, 34-8, while claiming their third consecutive crown and eighth overall. Donta Scott shot 9-for-11 from the floor while notching 22 points. He also secured 12 rebounds. Fatayn Wesley mixed 11 points with five steals while Jamil Riggins totaled eight points, six steals and three charges taken.
At Engineering and Science
Imhotep 69, Lincoln 56
Justin Edwards posted quite the double-double with 17 points and even more rebounds (18) to make Andre Noble the first coach in Public League history to win nine chamionships. Imhotep dominated in the first/fourth quarters with a 43-19 advantage. Soph Rahmir Barno racked up 18 points. The City Titles were not played and 'Tep had to shut down its season prior to the state playoffs due to the effects of COVID-19.
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Imhotep 55, Lincoln 47
Coach Andre Noble upped his personal record for Pub crowns from nine to 10, thanks to five over the last six years. Justin Edwards and Ma'Kye Taylor scored 16 points apiece. Lincoln (Khrys Murray 14) shot a horrible 8-for-47 through three quarters, but created a 42-42 tie with 2:58 remaining. Mo Abdullah's only points, on a trey, helped to make it 47-42 and the Panthers rolled home from there. 


Recaps of victories in City Titles . . .

Class 2A
At Temple's Liacouras Center
Imhotep 59, West Catholic 53 (OT)
  In the first contest since the series was canceled in 1980, four players did a majority of the scoring. MVP Sam Prescott (26) and Will Adams (22) led Imhotep while Rob Hollomon (24) and Aquil Younger (17) topped West. Prescott added 11 rebounds, six steals and four blocks. Hollomon's outing included a 14-for-19 showing at the line.
Class 2A
At Northeast
Imhotep 51, W. Catholic 42
  In something of a snoozer -- Imhotep was still reeling from an exhausting march to a second straight Pub crown; West hadn't played in 2 1/2 weeks -- sixth man Bakari White hit two treys while scoring eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter and prevented Aquil Younger (22 points, five threes, four assists) from causing late damage. Junior Erik Copes, already committed to George Washington, shot 6-for-6 (two dunks) for 12 points while adding seven boards and four blocks. Tyhiem "Redz" Perrin had 10 points, six rebounds. West's Kiwan Murray managed eight/six.
Class 2A
At SJ Prep
Imhotep 68, West Catholic 40
  Though the Panthers committed almost as many turnovers (24) as West (29), it barely broke a sweat. Leaving behind an
11-7 score with a 13-0 run made things easy. Khyree Wooten (13), David Appolon (11, three treys) and Ameen Tanksley
(10) scored in double figures. Terrell Johnson (seven points) hit all three of his shots while also totaling three apiece of
rebounds, assists and steals. Julian Lee managed 11 points for the Burrs.
Class 4A
At Phila. University
Imhotep 84, Conwell-Egan 54
he Eagles created at least a hint of concern for 'Tep when they faced just a two-point deficit after one quarter. Alas, the score over the next two sessions was 41-16. Daron Russell and David Beatty halved 26 points for Imhotep while seven teammates contributed six to 10. Thanks with help from four three-pointers, Eric Esposito led C-E with 17 points. Darien Simmons (13) and Patrick Robinson (10) offered support. No Eagle snagged more than five rebounds.
Class 4A
At Lincoln
Imhotep 99, Conwell-Egan 48
Imhotep was the Pub's overall champ and nationally ranked. C-E finished 2-11 in Catholic League play and needed to win a tie-breaking playoff with Lansdale Catholic to earn this spot. Thus, the result -- largest blowout (51 points) in City Title history, eclipsing 41 by Wilt Chamberlain and Overbrook vs. West Catholic in 1955 -- was not a complete shock. The
Panthers (Dahmir Bishop 17) opted not to try for 100 points, dribbling out the final 30 seconds. They won the second half, 62-22. Patrick Robinson (17, 7-for-8 at line) and Eric Esposito (13, three treys, eight rebounds) led C-E.
Class 5A

At La Salle High
Imhotep 66, Ryan 57
Rahmir Barno came within a whisker of evenly dividing his 29 points -- 15 first half, 14 second -- and those over the first 16 minutes were especially important because star Justin Edwards had to miss some time due to foul trouble. Edwards managed 15 points while Ronny Raphael added 10. Ryan soph Thomas Sorber totaled 21 points.  


Recaps of victories in State Finals . . .

Class 2A

At Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center

Imhotep 75, Pittsburgh North Catholic 67 (2 OTs)
Imhotep surrendered the game's first 12 points, then regrouped for five points in the last 11 seconds of the first quarter thanks to two steals by sub David Appolon (15 points). It wasn't easy after that, but the Panthers kept battling to collect the Public League's third Class AA title in four years. It was also No. 3 for point guard Parrish Grant (10 points), a sub for Prep Charter in '06 and a starter in '07. Sam Prescott was terrific with 21 points, 13 rebounds and five steals and he shot 8-for-8 at the line from the fourth quarter on (while his teammates were going 7-for-17). Kenny Battle (12) and Will Adams (11) also scored in double figures and Erik Copes, a 6-8 soph, added seven blocks to 11 rebounds. Four of PNC's starters were related (son/nephews) of coach Dave Long.
Class 2A
At Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center

Imhotep 67, Greensburg Central Catholic 34
  The Panthers (31-3) frolicked while capturing their second state title in three years and completing a three-win weekend for District 12. Only twice before (D-3 both times) had a district from the eastern part of the state annexed three championships and the 33-point victory margin represented a record. In just 15 minutes, Khyree Wooten, a member of Strawberry Mansion's unsuccessful state finalists in 2010, shot 6-for-8 (two dunks) for 12 points. Brandon Austin and sub Earl Brown halved 20 points while Erik Copes (13) and David Appolon (10, also five assists and three steals) led in rebounds.
Class 2A
At Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center
Imhotep 56, Beaver Falls 54 (OT)
  Khyree Wooten scored 13 of his 15 points beyond intermission and Brandon Austin matched 13 points with as many boards as the Panthers claimed their third state title in four years (missed in 2010). Constitution (A) and Neumann-Goretti (AAA) had triumphed on Friday night. This win, accomplished on Saturday afternoon, enabled District 12 to become the first in Pennsylvania history to win three state titles in back-to-back seasons. Shakur NeSmith got the Panthers to overtime with a steal and layup and Austin (also four assists, three steals/blocks) put them ahead for good, at 52-50, with a theft/dunk combo. He left open the door to possible heartache by missing two free throws at 4.2, but BF's last shot did not connect.
Class 3A

At Hershey's Giant Center
Imhotep 54, Carroll 45
The Panthers seized their fourth state title in five years (exception: 2010) and first in this classification as Brandon Austin led the way in points (25), rebounds (eight) and assists (three). In those five seasons, Imhotep went 49-3 in postseason action. Carroll shot 17-for-56 overall and 2-for-19 on treys. Big-guy sophs Ernest Aflakpui (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Derrick Jones (13, 11) posted almost identical stats.
Class 4A
At Hershey's Giant Center
Imhotep 80, Erie Strong Vincent 52
The Panthers, playing in their third classification, ended a four-year wait for a fifth state crown in dominant fashion, thanks primarily to Daron Russell (25) and David Beatty (19). Their average victory margin through this five-game run to a state crown was 29-2 and they finished 31-2 overall. Russell notched six of his seven steals in a 48-26 first half.
Class 4A

At Hershey's Giant Center
Imhotep 71, Sharon 35
A 31-2 overall record was again obtained in stress-free fashion. Only three Sharon players posted field goals and the not-so-grand total was eight. 'Tep coach Andre Noble removed his starters midway through the third quarter. Dahmir Bishop scored 20 points, shooting 6-for-9 (three treys) and 5-for-5.
Class 4A

At Hershey's Giant Center
Imhotep 67, Bonner-Prendergast 56
After losing to B-P in the City Title, 'Tep impressively turned the table to win state crown No. 7 thanks in large part to Donta Scott. He hustled for 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. Starter Dahmir Bishop added an expected point total (12) and sub Elijah Taylor provided a surprise by sniping 7-for-7 en route to 16 points. He also had five boards. The Friars received 29 points from Isaiah Wong, but were 17-for-45 from the field to 'Tep's  23-for-40.
Class 5A
At Hershey's Giant Center
Imhotep 54, New Castle 39
After missing out on chances for titles in 2020 and '21 due to COVID-19, the Panthers returned and raised their record in finals to 8-0. In rather easy fashion, too; they stormed to a 14-0 lead. Justin Edwards started the barrage with a trey and finished 7-for-11 for 20 points. Rahmir Barno added 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steaks. Sub Ma'Kye Taylor had eight points, five boards. 

Below are the players who have helped Andre Noble claim 442 wins and 24 championships
(10 Public/6 City/8 State) in 18 seasons as the coach at Imhotep Charter. The year indicates the player's final
season. Most were seniors. Some transferred and some were underclassmen who did not play in the
following season.

Curshawn Banks 2005 Jahlil Williams 2010 Jaekwon Carlyle 2016
Darrell Washington 2005 Marcus Glover 2010 Jaquan Arrington 2016
Devin Summerville 2005 Markeise Chandler 2010 Joshua Townsend 2016
Dominic Washington 2005 Quantrell Kemp 2010 Khalib Cousins 2016
Gary Lawrence 2005 Sharif Saunders 2010 Koby Thomas 2016
Keith Mitchell 2005 Ameen Tanksley 2011 Nysir Marshburn 2016
Preston Tilghman 2005 Bakari White 2011 Bernard Lightsey 2017
Quaran Johnson 2005 Brian Virgile 2011 Daron Russell 2017
Steve Hackett 2005 David Appolon 2011 Naim Walker 2017
Victor Ellis 2005 Earl Brown 2011 Amear Johnson 2018
Curtis Jackson 2006 Erik Copes 2011 Davonte Canty 2018
Kenneth Battle 2006 Martez Smithers 2011 D'Shaun Seals 2018
Kevin Burwell 2006 Termir Sutton-Durham 2011 Jihad Jones 2018
Denzel Gatewood 2007 Terrell Johnson 2011 Karam Cummings 2018
Hanif Nixon 2007 Tyhiem Perrin 2011 Marquise Greenwood 2018
Jermaine Washington 2007 Anthony Rhem 2012 Themere Simmons 2018
Kashief Edwards 2007 Donovan Barnes 2012 Chereef Knox 2019
Ramone Williams 2007 Gregory Bennett 2012 Dahmir Bishop 2019
Shawn Rodgers 2007 Kamani Jordan 2012 Donta Scott 2019
Tamir Johnson 2007 Khyree Wooten 2012 Elijah Taylor 2019
Demar Morine 2008 Shakur NeSmith 2012 Fatayn Wesley 2019
DJ Newbill 2008 Trayvond Massenburg  2012 Jamil Riggins 2019
Jamal Jones 2008 Tyheem Harmon 2012 Kaleem Moultrie 2019
Jerrod Johnson 2008 Tyheem Harmon 2013 Elijah Taylor 2020
Lamar Trice 2008 Abraham Massaley 2013 Jahiem Bethea 2020
Miguel Bocachica 2008 Brandon Austin 2013 Jhakryr Harley 2020
Rashad Savage 2008 Carnel Harley 2013 Kamrohn Roundtree 2020
Steven Leath 2008 Deryl Bagwell 2013 Khalif Crawley 2020
Damien McBride 2009 Jalil Myers 2013 Lah-tee Childress 2020
Ivory Wells 2009 Nigel Grant 2013 Sami Wylie 2020
Jamal Jones 2009 Nysier Brooks 2013 Haseem Cannon 2021
Kenny Battle 2009 Ahmad Wimbush 2014 Naji Reed 2021
Lamont McLaurin 2009 Basil Thompson 2014 Rafiq Harris 2021
Parrish Grant 2009 Deion Evans 2014 Shakur Smith 2021
Saledeem Major 2009 Dymir Logan 2014 Stewart Clarke 2021
Sam Prescott 2009 Jakwan Jones 2014 Ahmad Nowell 2022
Tyree Morgan 2009 Kevin Brown 2014 Amaury Hunter 2022
Will Adams 2009 Sean Lloyd 2014 Chad Anglin 2022
    Shaheed Fagan-Haynes 2014 Devin Booker 2022
    Waheem Lowman 2014 Devin Carter 2022
    Cananchet Jordan 2015 Isaiah Kennedy 2022
    DeAnte Robinson 2015 Jay Chiles 2022
    Devin Liggeons 2015 Jeremiah White 2022
    Jamaal Brown 2015 Justin Edwards 2022
    Khalief Tinley 2015 Makye Taylor 2022
    Khatib Cousins 2015 Malcolm Muhammad 2022
    Myron Sanders 2015 Mo Abdullah 2022
    Wade Lowman 2015 Rahmir Barno 2022
    Wyheem Lowman 2015 Ronny Raphael 2022
        Yahmir Satterfield 2022