Philadelphia High School Basketball
Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2011-12

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  La Salle 59, Judge 41:
Borrowing an idea from Taylor University, in Indiana, La Salle's student rooters, about 200 strong, staged "Silent Night." They wore costumes and remained silent/still until the Explorers scored their 10th point, then went berserk (and remained in high-energy mode throughout). The first 10 points were achieved in 4:08 thanks to two treys by Matt Rodden and two more by Steve Smith, making it 12-0. Smith (20 points) finished with six. Darnell Artis had six assists. Brian Hennessey (19) led Judge. As the final seconds melted away, the La Salle kids sang -- you got it -- "Silent Night."
  O'Hara 45, Conwell-Egan 44: Trying for its second playoff win in school history (No. 1 had come in its first CL season, 1963-64), C-E roared to 10 consecutive points and took a 44-42 lead on Dylan Pease's left-side, seven-foot jumper with 9.6 seconds remaining. Heartache came at the buzzer as Pat Hagenbach took a pass from Sean Havink and drained a right-wing trey, giving O'Hara its first playoff win since a 1998 semifinal. Ed Allen (10 rebounds) and Mike Louden scored 12 points apiece. C-E's Jamal Nwaniemeka scored 20 points to raise his career total to 1,009, counting 139 at Cardinal Dougherty (through 2010).

  Neumann-Goretti 77, O'Hara 51:
Billy Shank's 22-point outing included five treys while John Davis (eight rebounds) and Ja'Quan Newton (six assists) halved 30 points. Derrick Stewart (nine) also hit the boards for the Saints, who upped their four-season CL winning streak, counting regular season games and playoffs, to 68. Sub Sean Havink led O'Hara with 18 points and he nailed four shots from beyond the arc. Mike Louden dished four assists.
  Carroll 53, La Salle 49: The Explorers used a 9-1 run to storm within 45-44 with 2:58 remaining, but Alec Stavetski, mostly quiet to that point, swished a trey and a regular to again put Carroll in command. Lou Dominique (12), Yosef Yacob (11, five assists) and Isaiah Warren scored in double figures and frosh Derrick Jones claimed 12 rebounds. Amar Stukes (18) topped La Salle in points while Ryan Winslow (nine) and Steve Smith (eight) were the rebound leaders.
  SJ Prep 76, Wood 49: Kevin Oberlies, usually content to perform little tasks, sniped 7-for-10 (three treys) and 3-for-3 for 20 points, dealt four assists and still played strong defense (on soph Pat Smith; 11 points). Miles Overton's 18-point afternoon featured four treys in the second half. Guard Stephen Vasturia (12) was the top rebounder. Shane Neher led the Vikings with 15 points and his five rebounds were three more than anyone else claimed.
  Roman 53, Ryan 43: At Philadelphia University, Shafeek Taylor shot 7-for-12 and 4-for-5 for 19 points while sharing leading-rebounder honors with Rashann London (eight apiece). Ryan's leaders were Nick Aughenbaugh for points (10) and Christian Rivera (four) for rebounds. Kyle Slawter attempted no shots while distributing five assists.

(Doubleheader at the Palestra)
  Neumann-Goretti 73, Roman 56:
Billy Shank, held scoreless during the teams' regular season OT meeting, nailed three treys as the Saints stormed to a 12-2 lead. Derrick Stewart had the other (he went first) and Hanif Sutton racked up the four assists (en route to eight). Roman charged within six points late in the third quarter, but N-G closed with an eight-point run thanks to threes by the Quan Half-Quartet (La'Quan Coaxum and Ja'Quan Newton) and Coaxum's follow. Newton went 10-for-14 at the line while scoring 17 points. Stewart grabbed 10 rebounds. Shep Garner (20) and Shafeek Taylor (14) paced Roman.
  SJ Prep 58, Carroll 49: Known usually for their treyball expertise, the Hawks instead thrived inside while making William "Speedy" Morris the winningest coach in city history at 622; Dan Dougherty had 621. They went 18-for-28 on twos and were a lofty 15-for-18 through the third quarter, which ended 46-30. Miles Overton totaled 20 points (three trreys) and three assists while Stephen Vasturia added 16 points, eight rebounds, four dimes. Gene Williams (eight boards) and Kevin Oberlies (five assists) helped out. Yosef Yacob topped Carroll in points (17) and assists (five). Lou Dominique did so in rebounds (11). No announcement of Morris' feat was made over the PA system. Speedy's son/assistant, Keith, reminded everyone in the locker room. An announcement of the 621-621 tie HAD been made after the quarterfinal.

At the Palestra
  Neumann-Goretti 59, SJ Prep 57 (OT): After being fouled on a follow with 1.3 seconds remaining, and with a beyond-energetic capacity crowd looking on, Ja'Quan Newton strolled to the line and tallied his 20th and 21st points, thus handing the Saints their fourth consecutive title and 70th straight win, counting playoffs, in CL competition. The possession started with a missed flip shot, off a drive, by Hanif Sutton. N-G coach Carl Arrigale captured his eighth CL crown, the same number garnered by Prep boss William "Speedy" Morris, who coached Arrigale at Penn Charter in the '83 and '84 seasons. Newton made a huge play with just over a minute remaining. After soaring to get his hands on an errant inbound pass at midcourt, he saved the ball to Prep's Gene Williams. An easy layup seemed imminent, but Newton arrived out of nowhere to register a block and Billy Shank scored at the other end, making it 57-52. Stephen Vasturia (19 points, 11 rebounds) created  a tie with a way-out-there trey at 0:56 and two free throws at 33.9. Shank and Derrick Stewart (13 points, three threes), rotation members even as freshmen, were the last two guys to cut down the net. John Davis (12) and Newton (11) topped N-G in rebounds and Stewart notched three blocks. Sutton dished five assists and shared dog-him duties with La'Quan Coaxum on Vasturia, a junior already committed to Notre Dame. Miles Overton (16) and Williams (12) also scored in double figures for Prep; Overton missed some time with an ankle injury and fouled out 36 seconds into the extra session. Just 12 players participated, and the number hadn't been that low since 1984's final offered a very similar result (Bonner 58, La Salle 56).