Philadelphia High School Basketball, Top 25 Performances in CL finals, 1971-2020

Philadelphia High School Basketball

Top Performances in Catholic League
Finals Over 50 Years, 1971-2020

  The list below represents my opinion of the the Top 25 performances in
Catholic League finals over the 50-year period from 1971 to 2020.
  Limit of 15 by members of winning teams. Then ten by members of
losing teams. Only performances in competitive games considered
(victory margin of no more than 10 points.)
  Decisions based on quality of performance and/or whether the
player "outperformed" himself.
  All-Catholic honors, if any, listed last.

  Thanks for checking out these teams.
  Ted Silary . . .
tedtee307@yahoo.com


Members of Winning Teams (15)

  1. Richard gTabbyh Cunningham, Neumann, 2001 vs. Roman, 60-59. Shot 6-for-9 (one trey) and 6-for-7 for 19 points, many above his Southern Division average. Added four assists. Was a sub until starting PG Cantrell gMan-Manh Fletcher suffered a season-ending injury. No honors.
  2. Frank Ciurlino, Judge, 1977 vs. Carroll in 56-53 win over Carroll. Shot 10-for-14 from floor en route to 24 points, 13 above his Northern Division average. Scored the Crusadersf final six points. Third team.
  3. Kyle Locke, Roman, 1992 vs. Dougherty, 77-68. Shot 11-for-17 and 17-for-18 for 39 points, 21 above his Southern Division average. First team
  4. Dave Mastropietro, North Catholic, 1987 vs. Roman, 63-59. Shot 7-for-11 and 6-for-8 for 21 points, 11 above his Northern Division average. Also had 11 rebounds. Third team.
  5. Cameron Young, Neumann-Goretti, 2020 vs. Roman, 66-58. Shot 9-for-16 from floor (four treys) while scoring 22 points, 10 above his league average. Hit three treys in the early going. Also grabbed nine rebounds. Second team.
  6. Brian Daly, Bonner, 1988 vs. North Catholic, 62-59. Shot 12-for-14 at line while scoring 30 points, seven above his Southern Division average. Also snatched 10 rebounds. Hit two techs at 0:03 after North called an illegal timeout. First team (MVP). 
  7. Mark Zoller, SJ Prep, 2003 vs. Dougherty, 77-70. Shot 11-for-15 and 9-for-10 for 31 points, 12 above his Southern Division average. Also snagged 14 rebounds. First team (MVP).
  8. Nazeer Bostick, Roman, 2015 vs. Neumann-Goretti, 64-59. Was almost perfect from the floor (9-for-10, one trey) while scoring 23 points, 10 above his league average. The guard also had 13 rebounds. Second team.
  9. Steve Benton, Neuman, 1985 vs. La Salle, 57-54. Shot 7-for-11 from floor while scoring 17 points, four below his Southern Division average. Also had eight rebounds, five assists. Missed a one-and-one with 0:06, but got another chance because a La Salle player entered the lane too fast. Then converted both ends. First team.
  10. Mo Howard, SJ Prep, 1971 vs. OfHara. 64-58. Shot 12-for-18 from floor while scoring 29 points, seven above his Southern Division average. Notched two baskets in a six-point run that enabled the Hawks to record a 49-46 lead. First team (MVP).
  11. Collin Gillespie, Wood, 2017 vs. Neumann-Goretti, 65-58. Shot 7-for-12 (two treys) and 8-for-9 for 24 points, equaling his league average. Scored 22 of those points after the Vikings fell into a 50-28 hole. Also dealt seven assists. First team (MVP).
  12. JafQuan Newton, Neumann-Goretti, 2014 vs. Roman, 53-48. Totaled 23 points (one trey, 8-for-9 line), one above his league average, while adding six rebounds, three assists, four steals. Starter for four championship teams. First team (MVP).
  13. Rodney Blake, Bonner, 1984 vs. La Salle, 58-56. Shot 8-for-11 and 7-for-9 while racking up 23 points, eight above his Southern Division average. Also had eight rebounds. Limited to 22 minutes by foul problems. First team (MVP).
  14. Bernard Jones, Roman, 1990 vs. La Salle, 69-62 (OT). Shot 12-for-18 and 6-for-9 for 30 points, 11 above his Southern Division average. Also grabbed 13 rebounds. Second team.
  15. Marc Jackson, Roman, 1993 vs. North Catholic, 62-55 (OT). Totaled 24 points, six above his Southern Division average. Also claimed 18 rebounds. First team.

Members of Losing Teams (10)

  1. Tom Gizzi, La Salle, 1984 vs. Bonner, 58-56. Shot 7-for-11 from floor while netting 17 points, eight above his average (in games scored). Also had 10 rebounds. No honors.
  2. Rick Jackson, Neumann-Goretti, 2007 vs. Roman, 59-56. Scored 20 points, three above his Southern Division average. Also had 18 rebounds, six blocks. First team.
  3. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Neumann-Goretti, 2016 vs. Roman, 72-65. Totaled 14 points, one above his average. Added 18 rebounds, six blocks. First team.
  4. Steve Vasturia, SJ Prep., 2012 vs. Neumann-Goretti, 59-57. Hit one trey while scoring 19 points, one below his league average. This guard secured 11 rebounds. First team (MVP).
  5. Bill Phillips, Carroll, 1997 vs. Neumann, 54-46. Shot 6-for-6 from floor while scoring 16 points, three above his Southern Division average. Also contributed 10 rebounds, four blocks. First team.
  6. Lynn Greer, Roman, 2020 vs. Neumann-Goretti, 66-58. Scored 17 points, four below his league average. Also had eight apiece of rebounds, assists. First team.
  7. Juanfya Green, Carroll, 2011 vs. Neumann-Goretti, 59-55. Hit three treys and went 9-for-11 at line while scoring 30 points, 11 above his average. Dished four assists. First team.
  8. Kyle Lowry, Dougherty, 2003 vs. SJ Prep, 77-70. Hit three treys while notching 27 points, nine above his average. Also made five steals. First team (MVP).
  9. Isaiah Wong, Bonner-Prendergast, 2019 vs. Roman, 51-49. Shot 8-for-10 at line en route to 18 points, three below his average. Added nine rebounds, three assists. First team (MVP).
  10. Cuttino gCath Mobley, Dougherty, 1992 vs. Roman, 77-68. Drained four treys while scoring 28 points, six above his average. Also had six rebounds, three steals. First team (MVP).

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