Philadelphia High School Basketball
A Look at the Best Season in Philly History . . .
Overbrook Stormed to a 34-0 Record in 1979-80
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Coach Mark "Max" Levin
Tribute Page . . . 34-0, Best
Record in Philly History
One season after setting the Philadelphia city leagues record for most wins while going 34-1, Overbrook High, coached by Mark "Max" Levin, stormed through a 34-0 campaign. That remains the best record in Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac history. As in every season, the game vs. archrival West Philadelphia was the most "important." Below is that story . . .
"How much were we up, seven or eight when that stuff started?" asked
Overbrook coach Mark (Max) Levin. "That (foul hooting) is the name
of the game and we do practice it, but with everyone yelling and
screaming, i would Imagine that is a hard thing for a kid.
"Not hitting the one-and-ones made the game a lot closer than it had to be. We didn't shoot fouls the whole quarter and that makes things so much harder. West had to foul, so we sure weren't surprised by the strategy. And we compounded it by letting them come down and score."
Until the foul shooting went south, the day had belonged to the 6-10 Costner -- as the biggest ones always seem to do. Big Tone shot 13-for-26 and 4-for-10 for 30 points, swept 20 rebounds, blocked 6 shots and distributed 3 assists.
He had all 13 of Overbrook's points in the second quarter.
"We were kind of hoping they would not go to Costner very much, but we kind of figured they would," Goldenberg joked. "When he wants the ball and they want to give it to him, who's going to stop him?"
The answer is only Big Tone himself. If Costner had shown up with his familiar cottony touch, the game would have been a blowout. As it was, he had to crash the boards for nine offensive rebounds, many off his own misses.
The times that Costner caught the ball low and scored right away, Terry Carter (8 assists) was often the guy who had
given it to him.
For three seasons, the line on Costner has been: does not play hard when the other team's soft.
"Defensively, I'd say that's not correct. I'm always involved on defense," Big Tone crowed. "Offensively, maybe so. I have a whole squad of offensive players. They all can score. In the first half, however, the guys were off and i was the one who had to keep us in the game.
"But then, the other guys came around (Black and Darryl Brown each tallied 13; John Bryant posted 8 points, 12 boards and 5 assists). That helped the team and it helped me. I could catch a little rest, then turn it back on in."
The stretch. The blood? Ah, blood doesn't mean anything. You can get that in the hospital.
"A game like this, you are pumped up from the start. For some teams, you can't build up that momentum like you'd like to. I do the same things each game, it's just that the emotion isn't always there."
For 'Brook vs. West, of course, the emotion begins to build the minute that the players awaken that morning. Even before, for that matter.
"For the past couple of weeks," Costner said, "I'd been hearing from everybody that West was gonna beat the 'Brook.
Then the game starts and people holler and call me nasty names. You know what? In the long run, all those people can do is congratulate me. I'll see 'em in the street and they'll all be goodie-goodie. I can hear it now, 'Good game, Tone. Good game, Tone.' '"
This time, at least, great game would have been more like it for Tony Costner.
For the 'Brook-West classics, meanwhile, that phrase is always in vogue.
|Scoring in Public League||Games||PL||Qtr||Semi||Final||CT||Total|
|Games and Playoffs||Scored||Points||U. City||Southern||Franklin||Roman||Points|
|Tony "Big Tone" Costner||14||286||26||21||26||23||382|
|Darryl "World" Brown||13||202||15||22||15||14||268|
|William "Vernon" Hardwick||7||26||2||5||28|
was written after Overbrook defeated Ben Franklin to capture the
Public League championship.
By Ted Silary
Scratch that buzzer to conclude the warm
ups and player introductions. What was needed the most on Saturday
to start the proceeding was a sun rise from one side of the Palestra
and a rooster to cackle from the other.
Steve Black snags a rebound in game vs. Southern
Photo by Denis O'Keefe
Daily News All-City
First Team -- *Tony Costner.
Third Team -- Steve Black.
*-Co-Player of the Year with Roman Catholic's
Daily Nrws All-Public
First Team -- Tony Costner
Second Team -- Steve Black.
Third Team -- Darryl Brown.
First Team -- Tony Costner, Steve Black.
Recaps of Public League
playoffs, City Title . . .
Overbrook 69, University City 63
Tony Costner shot 11-for-16 for 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Steve Black added 21 points and Terry Carter notched seven assists while attempting no shots from the floor. UC’s scoring leaders were Ray “Ice” Arrington (20) and Jerome Broadus (18).
At the Palestra
Overbrook 77, Southern 62
Tony Costner (21 points, 18 rebounds), Darryl “World” Brown (20, 12) and John Bryant (14, 13) were heavy contributors. ’Brook expanded a 30-28 halftime lead by scoring the next 19 points. For Southern, Dallas Philson had 23 points and Mark Tarboro had 16 points, 16 rebounds.
At the Palestra
Overbrook 72, Franklin 61
Tony Costner had 26 points and 14 rebounds for 'Brook (34-0), which set the city record for the highest number of wins in a perfect season. Darryl "World" Brown (15 points) and Steve Black (13) helped out. For Franklin, Earl Hightower (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Phil Burton (15, 12) did well inside and Kevin "Mug" Brown had 11 assists.