Philadelphia High School Basketball
Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2015-16

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PRE-PLAYOFF
At La Salle High
  Bonner-Prendie 54, West Catholic 49: Dylan Higgins claimed eight rebounds and notched seven of his 12 points in a 24-13 fourth quarter. Christian Lane (15) and Keith Washington (10) also scored in double figures. John Hargraves (12) and Washington (eight) helped on the boards. Hargraves added five blocks while Washington had five assists. John Herndon (19) topped West. This was the teams' second meeting in three days. B-P forced this one by winning the first one, 75-60.

FIRST ROUND
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  Bonner-Prendie 49, Conwell-Egan 47: Playing for the third time in four days (also two wins over West Catholic), the visiting Friars completed a 22-9 fourth quarter as Christian Lane made a steal near midcourt and raced to the hoop for the winning layup with 10.7 seconds remaining. John Hargraves (11), Lane and Keith Washington (10 apiece) scored in double figures. The Catholic League coaches expanded the number of All-Catholic honorees from 20 to 30 in 1970, then down to 25 in 2011. Over 47 seasons, B-P was the first team with no All-Catholic honorees to win a regular playoff; the Friars (this year) and Lansdale Catholic (in 2013) had won pre-playoffs with no A-Cs. C-E, the defending PIAA Class AA state champ but still looking for its first triumph in a CL playoff since its initial season of membership (1964), was led by Vinny Dalessandro (16).
  Wood 64, Judge 42: Tommy Funk, Tyree Pickron and Collin Gillespie posted identical averages (13.5) in regular season CL play, but finished with different point totals because Funk (two) and Gillespie (one) missed games. They went the spread-out route in this one, pacing the visiting Vikings with 21, 14 and 10, respectively. Funk added seven rebounds and five assists while Pickron plucked eight boards. For Judge, an 80-71 winner in the teams' first meeting, Marc Rodriguez scored 14 points.

QUARTERFINALS
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  Neumann-Goretti 104, Bonner-Prendie 65: The Saints broke the record for most points scored in a CL playoff (they'd posted 98 in a 2014 quarterfinal) and the combo total also represented an all-time high (157 by N-G and Dougherty in a 2006 semifinal). Zane Martin drilled six treys while racking up 26 points and Quade Green packed all 20 of his points into a 55-25 first half (36 in first quarter). Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 16 points and eight apiece of rebounds/blocks while Rasheed Browne dealt seven assists. The leaders for visiting B-P were John Hargraves (20) and Theo Ijeboi (13). The latter created quite the stir, as he entered the game with four points for the season.
  Ryan 67, La Salle 49: The Raiders captured the only quarterfinal win for visitors, and did so in impressive fashion. Picking a perfect time for his season's best outburst, Izaiah Brockington shot 8-for-13 (one trey) and 10-for-13 for 27 points. Twelve markers were posted in a 28-13 third quarter, expanding a 22-11 halftime lead. Members of the Austin Given-Name Club were also productive: Slawter had 12 points, four assists and six steals while Chabot had 11 points. Ryan McTamney topped La Salle in points (14) and rebounds (six).
  Roman 56, SJ Prep 42: At Philadelphia University, the Cahillites won the first quarter, 15-6, and maintained control thereafter. Despite the relatively low point total, four guys reached double figures for Roman -- Lamar Stevens (15), Tony Carr (14), Nazeer Bostick and Paul Newman (10 apiece). Stevens, Carr and Bostick thirded 24 rebounds and Carr had four assists. Kyle Thompson (16) and Darius Kinnel (10) led the Prep's four scorers.
  Carroll 77, Wood 70 (2 OT): The visiting Vikings stormed back from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit, but missed three shots at the end of regulation and had problems with turnovers/missed free throws in the stretch of the second OT. Carroll's Ryan Daly, the coaches' MVP (like his dad, Brian, in the Southern Division for Bonner in 1988), totaled 30 points and 11 boards while point guard Josh Sharkey was a whirlwind with 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Wood placed all five starters in double digits, and almost did so in numerical order -- Tommy Funk (16), Collin Gillespie (15), Tyree Pickron (14), Keith Otto (13) and Matt Cerruti (10). The rebounders almost accomplished that feat as well -- Pickron (nine), Funk (eight), Gillespie (six), Seth Pickney (five), Cerruti (four) and Keith Otto (three).

SEMIFINALS
Doubleheader at the Palestra
 
Neumann-Goretti 89, Ryan 55: Quade Green (31, 10-for-14 floor, six treys) and Zane Martin (30, 11-17, five) combined to claim the record for most points scored (61) by a duo in a CL playoff, topping 54 by Roman's Kyle Locke (39) and James "Flames" Lewis (15) in the 1992 final. Martin's outburst enabled him to finish the night with exactly 1,000 career points. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree collected 11 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Point guard Austin Slawter led Ryan with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
  Roman 64, Carroll 63: Tony Carr totaled 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists and his sticky defense made sure that a last-second, off-balance, left-wing jumper would not provide heartache. Carr saved seven points for a 15-10 fourth quarter and his jumper put Roman ahead for good, at 62-61. Lamar Stevens (13) followed with a fast break slam, making it 64-61 with 1:49 remaining. The Cahillites were fortunate to survive as they missed three one-and-ones in the final 60 seconds. Nazeer Bostick had 14 points. Carroll's leaders were Ryan Daly (21), John Rigsby (16) and Josh Sharkey (15, five assists). Right after the win, Roman's players and coaches called the cell phone of beloved assistant Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna, who'd been away from the team for almost two months due to illness and was holed up in a rehabilitation facility. Via speaker, they all surprised him by yelling, "Hockeeeeeey!" After a short delay, Tom responded, "Good win, boys."

FINAL
At the Palestra
  Roman 72, Neumann-Goretti 65: While winning a second consecutive championship as a lower seed, and raising their record in CL finals played at the Palestra to 18-4, the Cahillites stormed to an 11-0 lead and came within a whisker (tie at 44-44) of staying ahead throughout. The Penn State-bound trio of Lamar Stevens (22, also 13 rebounds), Tony Carr (21) and Nazeer Bostick (12, 11) led the way and sticky defense forced N-G, 13-for-23 in a semifinal victory over Ryan, to experience 2-for-22 struggles beyond the arc. Roman made no threes (attempted just four) and missed eight free throws over the final 2:54. This was season No. 30 for the three-point rule. Roman also made no threes while winning championships in '90, '94 and '00. All other champs notched at least one. N-G's scoring was mostly done by Vaughn Covington (16), Quade Green, Zane Martin (15 apiece) and Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (14). The latter added 18 rebounds and six blocks. The Cahillites dedicated their win to beloved assistant Thomas "Hockey Puck" McKenna, who'd been forced to miss nearly two months due to health problems.He was kept abreast of the game's details via cell-phone calls.

CITY TITLES
Tripleheader at Saint Joseph's University
CLASS AAAA
  Roman 64, King 53: Nazeer Bostick wolfed down three dunks en route to 22 points and Tony Carr mixed 11 rebounds and eight assists with 11 points. The Cahillites won the first quarter, 17-10, and maintained control throughout. Dakquan Davis hit two treys while notching a season high of 13 points and Lamar Stevens totaled 12 points, nine rebounds. This game, originally scheduled to begin the doubleheader, was switched with Del-Val/Neumann-Goretti, and didn't start until a shade before 9 p.m.
CLASS AAA
  Del-Val 81, Neumann-Goretti 79: Four days after falling to Roman, 72-65, in the CL final, the Saints were prevented from capturing an eighth consecutive CT. This result produced their first two-game losing streak in "meaningful" games (CL, CT, states) in the eight-year PIAA era and made their record in such games 165-8. N-G's far-and-away stars were juniors Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree and Quade Green. The former shot 16-for-19 for 32 points while adding 11 boards and five blocks. The latter was a whirlwind with 24 points (15-for-16 at line), nine rebounds and eight assists. The 16 field goals and 15 free throws broke CT records. An eye injury forced headliner Zane Martin to miss much of the fourth quarter.
CLASS AA
  Conwell-Egan 70, Mastery North 58:
Sixteen days after dropping a 49-47 decision to visiting Bonner-Prendie in the first round of the CL playoffs, thus preventing them from winning a CL playoff for the first time since the school's initial season of membership (1963-64), the Eagles, the defending state champ at the AA level, showed no rust while claiming a second consecutive City Title. LaPri McCray-Pace (20), Vinny Dalessandro (15), Kar'ron Johnson (14) and Eric Esposito (13; tied his season high) scored in double figures and Dalessandro claimed seven rebounds.