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For the second time in its double-name history, Conwell-Egan (nee Bishop Egan) is being coached by a new guy for the fourth consecutive season. Oddly, the Eagles had four coaches in their first four seasons of Catholic League membership (1964-67). Six guys were involved in SJ Prep's five-season revolving door from '27 through '31. As you'll notice, John "Jocko" Collins was part of RDs at three schools -- Salesianum in '36, St. Thomas More in '43 and SJ Prep in '44. Jocko was a wonderful man and I had some great interaction with him during his latter days as a scout for the Phillies. Aside from scouting, he reffed in the NBA and later served for 13 years as that league's supervisor of officials. He passed away in 1986 at age 80. Check out the last two offerings. West Catholic had seven coaches over an eight-season span. Its league record was 76-38 and the '49 and '52 teams won championships.
CATHOLIC LEAGUE SCHOOLS WITH
DIFFERENT COACHES OVER
AT LEAST FOUR SEASONS
|SJ PREP (6)|
|Matt Guokas Sr.||1940|
|Rev. James Buckley||1941|
|Francis "Cookie" McCusker||1943|
|John "Jocko" Collins||1944|
|Ed "Shot" Stefanski||1983|
|Rev. John Senglar||1944|
|SJ PREP (5)|
|Billy Oakes/Bart Sheehan||1930|
|Francis "Mike" McCall||1934|
|John "Jocko" Collins||1936|
|ST. THOMAS MORE (4)|
|Joseph "Tubby" Walker||1941|
|John "Jocko" Collins||1943|
|WEST CATHOLIC (4)|
|Not in league||1929|
|John "Jocko" McGarry||1930|
|WEST CATHOLIC (4)|
|John "Duke" Hannan||1946|
|WEST CATHOLIC (4)|
|Jim Usilton Jr.||1952|
Please look below for UPDATE and adjusted list . . .
Apparently, Mother Nature is not a basketball fan. And she's a big-time party pooper. Prior to yesterday, just five players in Catholic/Inter-Ac history had reached 1,500 career points in their first three or only three varsity seasons. TWO guys could have accomplished that feat yesterday. Haverford School senior Christian Ray, who entered the school as a soph after transferring from Octorara, needed just one point and he scored 17 in a win over Episcopal. Malvern junior Deuce Turner needed 23 entering a game with Penn Charter and . . . major ugh! The game was postponed by snow. He'll get his chance Friday night, likewise vs. Episcopal . . . Though Steve Benton's name does not appear on the list, he deserves a mention. His career at the ol' Neumann produced 1,808 points by the end of his senior season in 1984-85. He made scant varsity appearances as a freshamn and it's possible he scored fewer than 10 points. He definitely had none in Catholic League play.
UPDATE: Major apologies! This nugget was innnnncorrect. I neglected to add in the 35 points Deuce Turner scored Sunday in a showcase game vs. Parkland. Thus, his total stood at 1,512 before Tuesday and he was the FIRST junior player in Inter-Ac/Catholic history to reach 1,500 points in just three varsity seasons. Then, Christian Ray followed Deuce into the 1,500 First Three/Only Three Club with his 17 points Tuesday vs. Episcopal. Thanks to Deuce for speaking up to his coach, John Harmatuk, and to Joe Redican, a Malvern legend for many reasons, for also speaking up. I am completely embarrassed/sorry. The list below has been updated.
Catholic League/Inter-Ac Players With at Least
1,500 Points in First Three/Only Three Varsity Seasons
|*Michael Brooks||West Catholic||1974-76||1,651|
|Barry Brodzinski||North Catholic||1971-73||1,583|
|Reggie Redding||SJ Prep||2004-06||1,568|
|Christian Ray||Haverford School||2016-18||1,516|
|*-advanced to NBA|
|#-only player on list to reach 1,500 as a junior|
La Salle is no longer in the midst of a perfect season. Thanks to Luke House, who hit a last-second shot, Carroll last night edged the visiting Explorers, 57-55, thus handing rookie coach Mike McKee's squad its first loss after 17 consecutive wins. It's possible there were others, but we know of two better starts in La Salle's lengthy hoops history. The 1936-37 squad won its first 18 games before dropping a Catholic League contest to Salesianum (Wilmington, Delaware). Those teams wound up finishing in a tie for first place and La Salle, despite losing the first battle, won a three-game series to decide the championship. The 1949-50 squad, headlined by the great Tom Gola, then a junior (bio here), stormed to a 24-0 start and even crushed Overbrook, 55-31, in the City Title. The Explorers then headed to Newport, Rhode Island, for the Eastern States Catholic Invitational Tournament. They lost their first game to St. Peter's. of Jersey City (New Jersey), 40-38, then completed a 26-1 campaign with wins over St. John's (Worcester, Massachusetts) and St. Francis (Buffalo, New York). Below: Details of this season's 17 wins; and results for the 18 and 24 wins to start the '37 and '50 seasons, respectively. They were found in yearbooks. It appears the '37 results are in chronological order. The '50 results are not, at least not completely.
|Details of La Salle's 17-0 Start in 2018-19|
|Date||Kind||Opponent||La S||Opp||La Salle's Leader||Points|
|Dec. 7||NL||SCH Academy||58||52||Allen Powell||17|
|Dec. 9||NL||Malvern||70||64||Konrad Kiszka||22|
|Dec. 12||NL||Exec. Edu. Charter||67||26||Zach Crisler||13|
|Dec. 14||NL||Constitution||59||51||Allen Powell||24|
|Dec. 18||CL||O'Hara||70||64||Konrad Kiszka||23|
|Dec. 21||CL||Ryan||64||51||Allen Powell||22|
|Dec. 23||CL||West Catholic||52||49||Allen Powell||14|
|Dec. 27||NL||Central||50||13||Allen Powell||14|
|Dec. 28||NL||Calvert Hall (MD)||66||45||Allen Powell||14|
|Dec. 30||NL||Cheltenham||68||56||Allen Powell||20|
|Jan. 4||CL||McDevitt||58||35||Titus Beard||20|
|Jan. 6||CL||Conwell-Egan||73||28||Konrad Kiszka||20|
|Jan. 11||CL||Lansdale Catholic||63||42||Allen Powell||20|
|Jan. 14||CL||Devon Prep||55||24||Zach Crisler||15|
|Jan. 18||CL||Judge||58||46||Allen Powell||18|
|Jan. 21||CL||Neumann-Goretti||67||57||Allen Powell||22|
|Jan. 24||CL||Bonner-Prendie||64||59||Allen Powell||23|
In season No. 13 of his NBA career, Kyle Lowry is still going strong. He is averging 14.1 points, just three-tenths below his career average, and his 9.4 assists per game rank No. 1 on his personal list. Now, the question is . . . Can he play for at least three more seasons? If so, he would tie Rasheed Wallace (Gratz '93) for the "Our Guys" record for longest NBA/ABA stint. Wilt Chamberlain -- you might have heard of him (smile) -- is second at 14. Kyle, who played his last two seasons at Cardinal Dougherty after starring at Northeast as a soph, is tied for third with four other guys. The list list below shows every guy who lasted at least 10 seasons. When it comes to longevity, Overbrook rules the roost, by far. Six Hilltoppers/Panthers played at least 10 seasons. No other school has produced more than two 10ers. Episcopal product Wayne Ellington is the only other active player on the list below.
|Pub/Cath/Int NBA/ABA Players With at Least 10 Seasons|
|Earl "Pearl" Monroe||Bartram||1962||1968||13|
|Larry Foust||South Cath.||1946||1951||12|
|Ray "Chink" Scott||West Phila.||1956||1962||11|
|Cuttino "Cat" Mobley||Dougherty||1992||1999||11|
|Paul Arizin||La Salle||1946||1951||10|
|Tom Gola||La Salle||1951||1956||10|
|Jim Washington||West Cath.||1961||1966||10|
|Matt Guokas Jr.||SJ Prep||1962||1967||10|
|Jerome "Pooh" Richardson||Franklin||1985||1990||10|
With a 20-point effort vs. Freire Charter, Penn Charter jr. WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes yesterday raised his career total to 1,010. PC now has 16 "granders" and that total ranks fourth among Catholic/Inter-Ac schools. The breakdown is below. Only points scored FOR the schools are included. (Some also played elsewhere.) Roman and Neumann/N-G are tied for second at 19, but the former has two guys on the doorstep. An asterisk means that number is based on available boxscores.
Top Five Catholic/Inter-Ac
Schools for 1,000-Pointers
|GTN. ACADEMY (24)||Points||Year|
|Antonio "Scoop" Jardine||1,299||2007|
|Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble||1,166||2015|
|Derrick "D.J." Rivera||1,122||2006|
|Cantrell "Man-Man" Fletcher||1,045||2001|
|Rakeem "Rahk" Brookins||1,382||2010|
|Jim "Chico" Singleton||1,127||1973|
|PENN CHARTER (16)|
|Ryan "Pooch" Holmes||1,010||2020|
|SJ PREP (14)|
|Maurice "Mo" Howard||*1,296||1972|
Usually, a game decided by 18 points is not particularly noteworthy. But last night's tilt between Haverford School and Germantown Academy turned out to be an all-timer for this reason: For only the second time in Inter-Ac League play since at least the 1949-50 season (and likely ever), TWO players scored at least 35 points. As HS won, 74-56, the Fords' Christian Ray tallied 36 markers thanks to 13 field goals (one trey) and 9-for-10 marksmanship at the foul line. GA soph Jordan Longino responded with 35 points. He had 12 field goals, with EIGHT treys, and went 3-for-3 at the line. Thanks to GA staffer Mike Kehoe for the breakdown. On Jan. 20, 1998, Chestnut Hill Academy's Tom Whitworth rained down 47 points in a 77-67 double-overtime win over Penn Charter. PC's Brett Storm offered 36 points. In case you're wondering, regulation ended 59-59. This is Ray's second 36-point I-A outburst. He also hit that number vs. Malvern. Jordan's brother, Evan-Eric Longino, scored 35 points for GA in a 2017 game vs. SCH Academy.
Perhaps you saw the final score of Wednesday night's CL game between O'Hara and Conwell-Egan and couldn't help but go hmmmmmm. That reaction made all kinds of sense. O'Hara won, 92-53, and that point total is the Lions' best in CL play over (at least) the last 25 seasons. By a 12-point margin, even. All outbursts of at least 70 points are listed below. One occurred in a pre-playoff vs. SJ Prep and those 79 are a school record for postseason action. In the game vs. C-E, Adrian Irving (14), Solo Sambura (13), Kevin Reeves (12), Tre Dinkins and Sean Hutchinson (11 apiece) all scored in double figures. Twelve Lions scored.
|O'Hara's Top Catholic League Outbursts, 1995-2019|
|1999||*O'Hara||79||SJ Prep||58||Jeff Randazzo/Jeff Siti||23|
A generation ago, it was rather uncommon for freshmen to earn spots on varsity rosters. Two generations ago? Darn near impossible. But now we take you back to the 2015-16 season and . . . More than 30 ninth graders were listed on varsity rosters at Catholic League schools. Undoubtedly, every kid had large hopes for a great career at his school. Didn't happen. Some transferred. Some ran into grade/behavior problems. Some were blocked by better players. Some had already peaked. Some lost interest in hoops and/or found themselves putting more effort into another sport. Anyway, the list below shows the 2016 frosh and how their careers -- AT those schools -- have panned out. Check out the La Salle trio. Zach Crisler, Allen Powell and Konrad Kiszka have combined for 1,875 points and just 45 points separate No. 1 Zach from No. 3 Konrad.
|Career Point Totals for 2015-16 CL Freshmen, at Those Schools|
|Zach Crisler||La Salle||39||235||236||140||650|
|Allen Powell||La Salle||21||113||227||259||620|
|Konrad Kiszka||La Salle||63||155||196||191||605|
Think about how common it is for a team to lose two consecutive league games. Now digest this: In coach Carl Arrigale's 21 seasons, Neumann-Goretti has suffered back-to-back losses in Catholic League play just six times. And when the Saints dropped recent games to Roman and La Salle, that two-game losing streak in CL play was their first in 11 seasons! Details of the streaks are below. There were two in 2004 with wins in between. SJ Prep's John Griffin is the brother of Roman's current coach, Matt Griffin.
|N-G's Two-Game CL Losing Streaks in Coach Carl Arrigale's 21 Seasons|
|Year||Opponent||Score||Opp. Leader||Pts||N-G Leader||Pts|
|2019||Roman||79-76||Lynn Greer||27||Hakim Byrd||27|
|La Salle||67-57||Allen Powell||22||Ja'cor Smith||17|
|2008||SJ Prep||57-51||Jim Mower||20||Danny Stewart||15|
|Roman||62-60||Will Kirkland||20||Jamal Wilson||17|
|2004||SJ Prep||83-78||John Griffin||21||David Burton||21|
|Roman||76-72||Charron Fisher||29||Earl Pettis||17|
|2004||SJ Prep||58-53||John Griffin||24||Tabby Cunningham||19|
|West Cath.||73-65||Marshall Taylor||29||Adon El / Pettis||14|
|2002||Bonner||42-39||*see below||14||Antwain Wynn||10|
|SJ Prep||43-37||Mark Zoller||15||Chris Del Brocco||14|
|1999||Roman||80-74||Eddie Griffin||33||Chas Bailey||18|
|West Cath.||84-62||Marlon Belfon||20||Chas Bailey||19|
|*-Matt Kearney and Badir McCleary|
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 Michael -- 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.
What are the chances? In recent NBA seasons, I've checked to see where Kyle Lowry stands in terms of career NBA points when compared with other "Our Guys" products. That list will be fully updated at the end of the season, but for now there's this: The "contest" between Kyle and fellow Cardinal Dougherty grad Cuttino "Cat" Mobley. Cat, who last played in 2008-09, finished his NBA career with 11,964 regular season points. And when the Toronto Raptors host the Sacramento Kings tomorrow night, 21 points will allow Kyle to surpass him. His total stands at 11,944. Below are points and assists breakdowns for the guys' college and NBA careers. Counting college and the NBA, Kyle needs 197 points to seize the overall lead. Together, they've totaled 27,066 points and 7,774 assists. Kyle, a point guard, has more than doubled wing guard Cat's output in the dishing contest. Only natural, based on their positions. Both were coached at CD by Mark Heimerdinger. Imagine how much pride he feels.
Stats obtained via www.basketball-reference.com and www.sports-reference.com/cbb/
|College/NBA Stats Breakdown for Dougherty grads "Cat" Mobley and Kyle Lowry|
|Cuttino "Cat" Mobley||Rhode Island||4||93||1,334||14.3||186||2.0|
|Dougherty 1992||NBA Reg. Season||11||747||11,964||16.0||2,015||2.7|
|Dougherty 2004||NBA Reg. Season||13||828||11,944||14.4||5,009||6.0|
Gotta love overtime, especially in high-scoring games. Friday night, Haverford School outlasted Malvern, 93-90, in an Inter-Ac contest and the winners' Christian Ray finished with 36 points. That effort is tied for HS' No. 4 spot in I-A play going back to 1950 (and likely ever) and it holds down spot No. 5 for all I-A games in the 2000s. Right behind Ray on the right-side list is Episcopal's Matt Dade with 35. This season will give us 15 more I-A games. Keep firing away, guys! (In sensible fashion -- smile.)
|HS' Top I-A Outbursts, 1950-2019||Top I-A Performances, 2000-19|
|1987||Ed McCrystal||38||EA||2017||Kyle McCloskey||GA||44||MP|
|1971||Frank McCann||37||PC||2017||Kyle McCloskey||GA||43||HS|
|1966||Hank Stringer||37||MP||2007||Sammy Zeglinski||PC||40||GA|
|1990||Damien Blair||36||GA||2002||Matt Walsh||GA||38||PC|
|2019||Christian Ray||36||MP||2019||Christian Ray||HS||36||MP|
|1987||Ed McCrystal||35||PC||2019||Matt Dade||EA||35||PC|
|1987||Ed McCrystal||34||CH||2017||Evan-Eric Longino||GA||35||SCH|
|2002||Cameron Youngblood||33||MP||2014||Tim Guers||GA||35||HS|
|1999||Henry "Doug" Fairfax||33||GA||2002||Zack Zeglinski||PC||35||HS|
|1991||Damien Blair||33||MP||2002||Matt Walsh||GA||34||HS|
|1986||Ed McCrystal||33||PC||2015||Tim Guers||GA||33||EA|
|1962||Wally Allen||33||GA||2014||Sean O'Brien||PC||33||EA|
Here's the Inter-Ac version of the item posted yesterday about the Catholic League . . . first blacks/African-Americans to score at least 30 points in league play. All except CHA's Gerry Williams did so as underclassmen. Sean Singletary, who advanced to the NBA, popped in 30 points vs. Germantown Academy in his very first Penn Charter I-A game in 2003. He'd arrived via transfer from Perkiomen School after earlier playing one season at Haverford School.
To Score at Least 30 Points in Inter-Ac Play
|Charley Floyd||Malvern||Haver. School||38||1972|
|Rodney Duncan||Gtn. Academy||Chestnut Hill||35||1975|
|Charlie Miller||Haver. School||Penn Charter||30||1977|
|Gerry Williams||Chestnut Hill||Episcopal||31||1984|
|Sean Singletary||Penn Charter||Gtn. Academy||30||2003|
In a game Monday night vs. SJ Prep, as noted in Wednesday's nugget, Nahseer Johnson became the first Judge soph to score at least 31 points in a Catholic League game, including playoffs. He also became the first African-American/black Crusader to do so. Realizing that feat got me to thinking: Who matched it at the other CL schools? Thanks to long-time helper Tom Taylor, our scoring info goes back to 1950. Beforehand, it's possible a black CL player scored at least 30, though I don't think many blacks could be found on CL teams in those days. From 1946 on up, the first black to earn first team All-Catholic honors was Cardinal Dougherty's Vince Richardson in 1961. His top output was 29. Schoolmate Earl Williams matched that number in '63 and Maurice Savage did so in '65. Three 29s. Incredible. Thus, the first black to score 30 was West Catholic's Ron Billingslea in game No. 4 of the 1966-67 season. The various firsts, by school, are listed below. SJ Prep's groundbreaker, ex-NBAer Maurice "Mo" Howard, is the father of La Salle University coach Ashley Howard, a '99 Bonner grad. Ron Newman, of Dougherty, is the father of Dougherty grad Shawn Newman, who owns the overall record for most points scored by a Catholic League player -- 58 vs. West Catholic in 1990. He did so in a non-league game, so the CL record for league play still belongs to McDevitt's Bob Haas (51 vs. Ryan in '68) . . . PLEASE speak up with any corrections. Thank you.
To Score at Least 30 Points in CL Play
|Ron Billingslea||West Catholic||St. Thomas More||30||1967|
|Mike Jones||St. Thomas More||West Catholic||32||1968|
|Mo Howard||SJ Prep||West Catholic||31||1971|
|Reggie Jackson||Roman||St. James||33||1978|
|Derrick Joynes||Neumann||West Catholic||32||1978|
|Troy Robertson||McDevitt||North Catholic||32||1981|
|Jimmy Pee||St. James||SJ Prep||34||1983|
|Rodney Blake||Bonner||West Catholic||30||1984|
|Joe Meade||La Salle||Ryan||30||1997|
|Tyree Pickron||Wood||West Catholic||32||2018|
|Nahseer Johnson||Judge||SJ Prep||31||2019|
|None||North Catholic||Closed in 2010|
|None||Lansdale Cath.||Joined in 2009|
|None||Devon Prep||Joined in 2019|
When rookie coach Ashley Howard put together his La Salle University staff, he left no point unturned (smile). He scored more than 1,000 points as a city leagues star . . . and so did four of his assistants. The grand total -- ch-ching -- is 6,461 points! Roman's Donnie Carr is the leader by 50 points over Dobbins' Horace "Pappy" Owens. Sean Singletary's total does not include the points he scored in two seasons at Perkiomen School. Sean (Virginia), Donnie (La Salle) and Pappy (Rhode Island) all had very productive college careers, as well. Their respective totals were 2,079, 2,067 and 1,750. . . . Oh, and there's this: Ashley's father, Maurice "Mo" Howard, is not on the staff, but no doubt provides support/advice. He scored roughly 1,3000 points at SJ Prep (Class of '72) and 1,159 at Maryland. As did Singletary, Mo played in the NBA.
|Career Totals for Current "Our Guys" Coaches at La Salle University|
|Ashley Howard||SJ Prep/Bonner||1999||1,254||Second|
|Sean Singletary||Hav. Sch./Penn Charter||2004||1,194||*First|
|Kyle Griffin||Germantown Academy||2007||1,123||Second|
|*-Player of the Year||6,461|
Nahseer Johnson made some serious Father Judge history Monday night when he scored 31 points in a loss to St. Joseph's Prep. Aside from becoming the 12th Crusader (16 times total) to score at least 30 points in Catholic League action, including playoffs, he became just the third underclassman and THE first sophomore. Very cool. Nahseer is averaging 15.1 points in league play and has also racked up 25. Four accomplishments on the list below have occurred over the last three seasons. Tom Quarry's 39-pointer is the overall school record.
|Judge's Performances of at Least 30 Points in CL Play|
|1976||Jim "Mo" Connolly||32||La Salle|
|2019||#-Nahseer Johnson||31||SJ Prep|
|2008||Bob Zanneo||30||La Salle|
|#-soph . . . *-junior|
Carl Arrigale is in season No. 21 as the coach at Neumann/Neumann-Goretti and, of course, has experienced major success. As you look at the list below, you might find yourself saying, "Kinda surprising. Figured there'd be more outbursts with higher numbers." The reason there's not: Balance. Arrigale's squads often have two, even three, prominent stars, so you don't find guys pouring in 35 to 40 points (or even more). Anyway, sr. G Chris Ings last night popped in 31 points vs. Carroll and that was the 13th time a Pirate/Saint scored at least 30 points for Carl in a CL game (regular season/playoff). The top effort is "only" 33. Going back to 1950, the school's top number in CL play is 35. Jim Grazione was first all the way back in 1955 (he was also a major star as a quarterback), followed by Joe Russell in 1965 and Rashid Bey in 1994. The school record of 40 points belongs to Billy Oakes, who scored 40 vs. the ol' Bishop Egan in 1961. That was a non-league game; Egan was not yet a CL member. Oakes went on to ref in the NBA.
|N-G's Top CL Performances During Carl Arrigale's Stint|
In the overall scheme of things, yesterday's Catholic League game between Lansdale Catholic and Cardinal O'Hara was not exactly tremendously important. Then again . . . it meant the world to both squads because each entered the contest with no league wins. And those two weren't alone. Believe it or not, before yesterday's three games one third of the CL's teams were winless in league play and the combined record was 0-29. Just a product of an an unusual schedule. LC won, 53-48, thanks mostly to Nick Romeo (15) and Tim Cunane (12). Also yesterday, Conwell-Egan fell to Ryan and West Catholic was topped by McDevitt. Judge, O'Hara, C-E and West are still winless and a combined 0-26. Since the CL switched to an all-one-league format for the 2010-11 season, four teams have finished winless -- West in '13, Bonner-Prendie in '14, McDevitt in '16 and O'Hara in '17. Here's hoping no '19 squads join that joyless club.
In a 78-70 Friday night loss at Neumann-Goretti, Bonner-Prendie sr. G Isaiah Wong scored 11 times as many points over the last three quarters as he did in the first. Might be a city record, right? Also, he scored 4 1/2 times as many points in the second half as he did in the first half. Very unusual, also. So, what was final number? Forty-four. Yes, 44! While claiming the school record for Bonner/B-P, now in season No. 64 as a Catholic League member, Wong shot 13-for-23 (4-for-9 on treys) and 14-for-15 at the line for his 44 points, according to stats provided by B-P staff member Ryan Arakelian. He added nine rebounds, one assist, no turnovers and four steals. The Miami commit's points-by-quarter breakdown was 4/4/12/24. The previous school record of 41 points was set in 1999 by Ashley Howard and tied in 2007 by Jeff Jones. Howard is now the coach at La Salle University. He came to Bonner by transfer from SJ Prep, where his dad, Maurice "Mo" Howard ('72), was a major star before making waves at Maryland and advancing to the NBA. Jones played in college at Virginia and Rider (three years/one year). His Bonner points total of 1,923 ranks No. 2 in CL history to 1,972 by 2014 N-G grad Ja'Quan Newton. Right below are details for performances that were recognized as school records going back to 1972. Ed Stefanski was a general manager for multiple NBA teams is now working for the Detroit Pistons as a senior adviser. Two special lists are below that.
Ashley Howard, 41 -- Game played on Feb. 21, 1999. The Friars beat Kennedy-Kenrick, 74-55. Ashley shot 17-for-21 from the floor, including 3-for-4 on treys, and 4-for-4 at the line.
Jeff Jones, 41 -- Game played on Feb. 11, 2007. The Friars lost to Neumann-Goretti, 79-75. Jeff shot 14-for-35, including 3-for-11 on treys, and 10-for-13 at the line.
Dennis Moran, 38 -- Game played on Feb. 22, 1998. The Friars beat SJ Prep, 68-54. Dennis' outburst included seven treys. He launched his first five shots from beyond the arc. He missed his first, then nailed his next four.
Brian Daly, 35 -- Game played on Feb. 5, 1988. The Friars beat West Catholic, 71-64, in overtime. Brian added 17 rebounds and scored nine of Bonner's 13 points in OT.
Ed Stefanski, 34 -- Game played on Dec. 12, 1971. The Friars won, 103-82, over SJ Prep. Ed shot 13-for-21 from the floor and 8-for-10 at the line. (Teammate Mike Stack added 30 points).
There are two ways to look at the guys on the list below. They're happy that they scored 1,000 points in their careers at Catholic League schools, but they're still disappointed that they never earned first team All-Catholic honors from the coaches. Incredibly, three did their playing at Conwell-Egan. All six of the grads were second-teamers at least one time. Current West Catholic sr. Imere Harris has yet to join even that club, mostly, no doubt, because the Burrs have experienced significant struggles (10-35 record through last night) in league play over his four seasons. Imere scored 215 points as a freshman. He has followed with 336, 373 and 121 (also through last night), so his current total is 1,045. Hang tough, Imere. And congrats on your quality career.
|Not First Team All-Catholic Honrees, But 1,000-Point Career Scorers|
|Ron Schott||St. James||1972||1,285||2nd||once|
|Imere Harris||West Catholic||2019||1,045||none|
Germantown Academy basketball coach Jim Fenerty announced yesterday that he will retire after the current season. Jim began his career with an eight-season stint (1982 to '89) at the ol' Bishop Egan and this is season No. 30 at GA. He's the 14th city leagues basketball/football coach to own a 30-year stint at the same school. The leader is the late Ralph "Bones" Schneider, who coached Mastbaum's hoops squad for an amazing 45 seasons. Some of the mean on the list below, marked with asterisks, also coaches at another school. One of the men with Fenerty in the 30 Club, Ernie Beck, was an all-timer at Penn and played in the NBA.
|Basketball/Football Coaches With Longest Stints at One School|
|Obie O'Brien||La Salle||Bask||34||1935-41, 1944-70|
|Paul Bartolomeo||S. Cath/Neumann||Foot||33||1946-78|
|Pat Manzi||McDevitt||Foot||33||1982-13, 2015|
|*Dan Dougherty||Episcopal||Bask||31||1977-97, 2001-10|
|*Jim Fenerty||Gtn. Academy||Bask||30||1990-19|
|*-also coached at another school|
The calendar is just now easing into mid-January, so many games remain and no one cam say for sure what will happen. But for now, three Inter-Ac players boast scoring averages of at least 22 points per game and that's half as many as have done so among I-A guys in this century. Pretty impressive. Malvern junior Deuce Turner heads the list below at 24.7, one full point ahead of 2017 Germantown Academy grad Evan-Eric Longino. And, ain't this interesting, GA soph Jordan Longino is just four-tenths of a point behind his brother. Their father, Eric, played two seasons at Southern Methodist University, averaging 13.2 in '88 and then 16.6 in '89, according to www.sports-reference.com. The other 2019 player is Haverford School senior Christian Ray.
|Inter-Ac Players With Overall Averages of22.0 or Higher, 2000-2019|
|2017||Evan-Eric Longino||Gtn. Academy||29||686||23.7|
|2019||Jordan Longino||Gtn. Academy||12||279||23.3|
|2010||Cameron Ayers||Gtn. Academy||27||618||22.9|
|2004||*Sean Singletary||Penn Charter||27||617||22.9|
|2002||*Matt Walsh||Gtn. Academy||29||650||22.4|
|2019||Christian Ray||Haver. School||14||312||22.3|
|*played in NBA|
Gotta love it. While reaching 1,000 career points yesterday, Episcopal sr. Matt Dade slapped together a grand performance. Though the Churchmen fell at Penn Charter, 60-56, Dade poured in 35 points to lift his total to 1,022. According to Tom Kossuth, assistant to Craig Conlin, Matt notched 14 field goals (two three-pointers) and went 5-for-8 at the line. This was the 14th time (and No. 2 for Matt), going back to the 1949-50 season, that a Churchdude scored at least 30 points in Inter-Ac play. Also below to the right is a breakdown for at-least-35ers in I-A play. For oldheads -- OK, even mediumheads -- the surname Dade is familiar in connection with EA hoops. Matt's dad, Anthony, was a star for Episcopal's championship squads in '82 and '83. Each team went 10-0 in the league and 24-1 overall. Anthony earned first team all-league honors in '83 and averaged 17.4 points. His top league effort was 29 points vs. Haverford School in the '83 finale. Teammate James "Bruiser" Flint, later the coach at Drexel, also scored 29 points in that game. Anthony dropped 26 and 24 points in other league games. Congrats to Matt!
|Episcopal's Top Point I-A Performances, 1950-2019||
Top Inter-Ac Performances, 1950-2019
|1998||John Phillips||37||GA||1963||Bill Soens||PC||63||GA|
|1962||Bill Radcliffe||36||FC||1955||Richie Kohler||PC||50||GA|
|1998||John Phillips||35||HS||1998||Tom Whitworth||CH||47||PC|
|2019||Matt Dade||35||PC||1993||*Alvin Williams||GA||45||HS|
|1981||Charles Hickman||34||HS||1970||Paul Hutter||GA||45||HS|
|1991||Eric Moore||32||PC||2017||Kyle McCloskey||GA||44||MP|
|1962||Bill Radcliffe||31||FC||2017||Kyle McCloskey||GA||43||HS|
|1983||James "Bruiser" Flint||31||HS||1973||Charley Floyd||MP||42||EA|
|2001||Terrence Mack||31||PC||1968||Eric Minkin||GA||41||GF|
|1966||Steve Dittman||30||PC||1971||Billy Harris||PC||41||GA|
|1980||Charles Hickman||30||MP||1950||Jerry Kehoe||MP||40||BA|
|2006||*Wayne Ellington||30||GA||2007||Sammy Zeglinski||PC||40||GA|
|2016||Nick Alikakos||30||HS||1953||Drew Schaufler||PC||40||MP|
|2018||Matt Dade||30||HS||1987||Craig White||GA||39||HS|
|EA's Grand Guys||1998||Tom Whitworth||CH||38||GA|
|1998||John Phillips||2,068||1987||Ed McCrystal||HS||38||EA|
|2006||Gerald Henderson||2,059||1972||Charley Floyd||MP||38||HS|
|2006||Wayne Ellington||1,756||1998||John Phillips||EA||37||GA|
|1981||Charles Hickman||1,566||1969||Paul Hutter||GA||37||MP|
|1990||Eugene Burroughs||1,563||1960||Chuck Devlin||GA||37||PC|
|2017||Nick Alikakos||1,547||1971||Frank McCann||HS||37||PC|
|2002||Terrence Mack||1,540||1966||Hank Stringer||HS||37||MP|
|1991||Jerome Allen||1,027||1962||Bill Radcliffe||EA||36||FC|
|2019||Matt Dade||1,022||1976||Rodney Duncan||GA||36||MP|
|1991||Eric Moore||1,008||1990||Damien Blair||HS||36||GA|
|1974||Bob Lange||1,003||1971||Charlie Ryan||MP||36||HS|
|*-played in NBA|
Thanks to Isaiah Wong's late bank shot, along with his 29 total points, Bonner-Prendergast yesterday beat visiting Roman, 59-58, in a Catholic League classic. Over the last 25 seasons, the Friars have topped the Cahillites just five times and each win has been a cliff-hanger. The total score in those tilts has been 310-298. Roman, meanwhile, owns 38 wins -- 29 from 1995 through 2010, when the teams met twice each season in league play; and seven from '11 through '19 (once apiece). Roman also won playoff contests in '06 (quarterfinal) and '18 (championship). Bonner pulled off a sweep in '02, when Roman finished 6-8 in league play.
|Wins by Bonner/B-P Vs. Roman over the Last 25 Seasons, 1995-2019|
|Year||Bonner||Pts||Roman||Pts||Top B/B-P Scorer||Pts||No. 2 B/B-P Scorer||Pts|
|1995||Bonner||68||Roman||66||Mike Nestor||27||Chris Hemmert||18|
|2002||Bonner||52||Roman||49||Matt Kearney||22||Badir McCleary||12|
|2002||Bonner||63||Roman||59||Badir McCleary||24||Frank Nunan||16|
|2018||B-P||68||Roman||66||Isaiah Wong||23||*see below||15|