Philadelphia High School Basketball

As Easy As Throwing Coins in a Fountain . . .

  On Jan. 21, 2019, in a Catholic League game vs. visiting St. Joseph's Prep,
Bonner-Prendergast sr. G Mike Perretta scored 30 points thanks exclusively
to three-pointers. Mike shot 10-for-13 from beyond the arc, hitting three
apiece in the first and fourth quarters and two apiece in the second/fourth.
Ten threes is believed to be a Catholic League record. Mike attempted no
other shots from the floor/foul line.
  In all, the teams combined for 24 threes -- 17 by B-P and 7 by SJP.
  Thanks to these people for helping to highlight Mike's performance: Ryan
Arakelian, Eric "Woody" Burke, Bill Cassidy, Ricky Weipz.

Bonner-Prendie Threes Points
Tyreese Watson 1-3 10
Oscar Uduma 1-1 4
Malik Edwards 1-1 5
Donovan Rodriguez 1-3 3
Chris Haynes 1-4 9
Shawn Simmons 0-1 0
Isaiah Wong 1-1 11
Mike Perretta 10-13 30
Tariq Ingraham 1-1 12
James Welde   2
Connor Eagan   0
Christion Johnson   0
Nate Furman   0
Cobe Ruley   0
AJ Burnett   0
Sam Coleman   0
  Totals 17-28 86
SJ Prep Threes Points
Trevor Wall 1-3 19
Chris Arizin 0-1 14
Dan DiSandro 0-1 0
Michael Keenan 0-1 0
Brian Geatens 5-7 15
Gabe Arizin 0-3 7
Jimmy King 0-1 0
Colin Hagan 1-1 6
Jacob O'Connell   2
  7-18 63

  Bonner-Prendie's Mike Perretta, in another game


JAN. 22
  Unfortunately, I can't say this for SURE because the reporting of game details aside from total points is not as good as it was in the past. But let's go with this: It APPEARS Bonner-Prendie sr. WG Mike Perretta now owns the Catholic League record for most three-pointers in one game. Last night, as the Friars roared past visiting SJ Prep, 86-63, Perretta totaled 10 treys thanks to five in each half. Bonner grad (and former assistant) Woody Burke, who now works under coach Craig Conlin at Episcopal Academy, said he was told Mike -- by the way, it was Mike's 18th birthday! (thanks to B-P assistant Bill Cassidy for that nugget -- missed only three or four shots from beyond the arc. The final number will be provided after the B-P staff breaks down the tape via Hudl. **That breakdown showed that he went 10-for-13 (76.9 percent).** The listed CL record has been nine by Judge's Bill Cummiskey in 1989, SJ Prep's Neal McGee in '92 and Carroll's Tom Tobin in '93. Tobin hit his nine vs SJ Prep and the Hawks' Brian Pearce made eight in that very same game. The listed city record is 13 by Edison's George Baker in 2008. And, yes, 13 is a Baker's dozen. Only in the Pub! According to details provided by B-P staffer Ryan Arakelian, last night's game featured 24 treys. The Prep's Brian Geatens had five. These guys had one apiece: Oscar Uduma, Malik Edwards, Tyreese Watson, Donovan Rodriguez, Chris Haynes, Isaiah Wong (now owns 1,007 points in just two B-P seasons)  and Tariq Ingraham for the Friars; Trevor Wall and Colin Hagan for the Hawks. B-P won the overall threeball battle, 17-7. Among the spectators last night was former Bonner player Harry Perretta, a 1974 grad and the team's leading scorer in CL play that year (12.6). He's Mike's dad and is now in his 41st season as the women's coach at Villanova University. The Lady Wildcats' record for treys in one game, as confirmed by senior associate AD for communications Dean Kenefick, is nine -- by Jenny Higgins in '97 vs. Penn and Stacie Witman in '07 vs. South Alabama. Can't you picture Mike playfully busting dad's chops? (smile). "Yo, pops, I hit 10 in a 32-minute game. The best for any of your players is only nine over 40 minutes? Gotta step it up, dude." In January of 2013, my last season with the Daily News, Wood nailed its first EIGHT attempts from beyond the arc in a win over Conwell-Egan. Pat Smith led the way with five. Tommy Rush. Shane Neher and Cody Fitzpatrick added one apiece. Cody missed threeball No. 9. For the game, the Vikings went 11-for-21 on threes. The three-point rule went into effect for the 1986-87 CL season and the first guy to make one was North Catholic sub Marty O'Donnell. That happened in a non-league opener vs. visiting Gratz on Dec. 1. The rule was not yet in effect for the Pub, but coach Bill Ellerbee gave his permission to use it. Whether the rule should be approved was a hot topic in earlier seasons. I once did a story asking some high school/college coaches for their opinions. Speedy Morris, the Prep's long-time coach, was then the boss at Penn Charter. Here's what he said.
"I'm totally against it. The name of the game is to get the best possible shot. Throwing one up from 25 isn't my idea of that. You're going to fire from anywhere, you might as well do away with the coaches." Obviously, he came around. Over time, the three-pointer has been very good to Speedy's Prep teams. Congrats to Mike on a spectacular performance and thanks to those who provided help. (Updates to this posting will likely be made.)
  UPDATE: Based on his Twitter page, Perretta prefers Mike over Michael. That's why I've changed his first name on here.
  UPDATE: Provided by Dean Kenefick . . . "Shooting the three definitely runs in the family. The Villanova women's team averages 9.6 made threes per game which ranks 11th in the country and have outscored the opponent, 516-249, from behind the arc this season."
  UPDATE: Checked my scorebook from that Tobin-Pearce duel. Tobin sniped 9-for-13 on treys while Pearce was 8-for-16. Tobin went 1-for-2 on regulars and Pearce went 0-for-0. Yes, every shot was a trey. The Prep's Bernie Comey was the only other player to hit a trey in that game. All players aside from Tobin-Pearce went a combined 1-for-14 (Carroll 0-for-3, Prep 1-for-11). Counting free throws, the overall point totals for Tobin and Pearce were 33 and 25, resepectively.