Philadelphia High School Basketball
Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2016-17

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FIRST ROUND
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  Bonner-Prendie 65, Conwell-Egan 51: Talk about scoring balance. Christian Lane and Dylan Higgins scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, while Justin Gans, Ajiri Johnson and Tymir Cooper racked up 12 apiece. Gans put the host Friars ahead for good, at 23-21, with a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer. Lane, whose steal/layup with 10.7 seconds remaining had beaten the same foe in 2016's same round, added seven assists. Darien Simmons (16) topped C-E.
  Carroll 59, La Salle 37: The Patriots made bold statement by posting a first quarter shutout, at 9-0. Frosh point guard AJ Hoggard was electric, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Khari Williams added 14 points while Justin Anderson tabbed 11 and Colin Daly drained three treys for nine. For the visiting Explorers, Jarrod Stukes paced 13 of his 15 points into the fourth quarter.

QUARTERFINALS
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Wood 65, Bonner-Prendie 43: MVP Collin Gillespie added six apiece of rebounds/assists to 21 points and the Vikings helped their cause by shooting well (17-for-22) at the line. Drama pretty much disappeared thanks to a 9-0 run that ended the second quarter. Ajiri Johnson topped B-P with 16 points while Tymir Cooper had eight points and as many assists. Wood used Bensalem's gym for this one. It had to play all games on the road after cinder blocks tumbled down from a south-end wall in thegym on Jan. 6.
  Neumann-Goretti 73, Carroll 55: Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree enjoyed pretty close to a dream performance, shooting 9-for-12 en route to 22 points and sweeping 21 rebounds. Quade Green contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Christian Ings repped the bench guys by totaling 12 markers. For the visiting Patriots, who dropped the first quarter, 22-12, Justin Anderson and Khari Williams halved 28 points and Colin Daly added 11 (along with eight boards and four steals).
 
Roman 56, SJ Prep 55: At Philadelphia University, Student upstaged Teacher as Matt Griffin, Roman's first-year coach, bested the team guided by his high school coach and former boss, Speedy Morris. Chris Kuhar canned a layup for his only points with 4.8 seconds remaining and Kyle Thompson (21 points) was able to hit only the first of two free throws at 0.7. Allen Betrand (17, 7-for-10) and Jon-Paul Sanders (12, 6-for-8) shot well from the floor while leading the Cahillites. Frosh Lynn Greer -- he and Carroll's AJ Hoggard, both third-teamers, were the first freshmen to earn All-Catholic honors since Carroll's Kashif Payne in 2000 -- dished five assists. Edward Croswell (14, eight rebounds) and Darius Kinnel (10, six assists) also scored in double digits for the Prep, which battled back from a 40-30 deficit.
  Ryan 68, Judge 58: Matiss Kulackovskis, an import from Latvia, shot 9-for-17 (two treys) and 5-for-7 for 25 points for the Raiders, who used a 20-10 second quarter to assume command from their Northeast Philly rivals. Izaiah Brockington (14) and Fred Taylor (11) also scored in double figures, guard Chris Palantino claimed a game-high eight rebounds and Taylor recorded seven rejections. For visiting Judge, senior guard Marc Rodriguez, the only 1,000-point career scorer in school history (1,260), used nifty sniping (9-for-13 floor, 6-for-9 treys, 8-for-12 line) to rack up 32 points, just short of the school record (34). He reached 32 by hitting two free throws with 44 seconds remaining. He took no shots thereafter. Matt O'Connor had 12 points. Mike Power distributed six assists.

SEMIFINALS
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  Neumann-Goretti 67, Roman 56: Though N-G was known all season primarily for the non-stop feats of its headliners, guard Quade Green (Kentucky commit) and post player Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (Villanova), lesser lights stepped forward and seized the night with the score at 35-35 midway through the third quarter. An 8-0 run featured a three-pointer by Noah Warren, a three-point play by sub Dymir Montague and a mid-range jumper by another bench guy, Christian Ings. In a 26-21 fourth quarter, Cosby-Roundtree shot 3-for-3 and 7-for-8 for 13 of his 17 points while adding five of his 12 rebounds. Green totaled 18 points and six assists overall. Seth Lundy (20, nine rebounds) and Allen Betrand (19, 10) paced Roman, which had topped N-G in the previous two championship games. Point guard Lynn Greer, a freshman, suffered a pre-game injury. He tried to play, but sat down after a very short stint.
  Wood 75, Ryan 66: Collin Gillespie (Villanova) posted the third highest point total in CL playoff history, shooting 8-for-14 (one trey) and 16-for-18 for 33. Only 39-point outbursts by Roman's Kyle Locke ('92 final) and Carroll's Juan'ya Green ('11 quarterfinal) were better. Gillespie sniped 10-for-12 at the line in the fourth quarter to help assure Ryan would get no closer than five. He also led the Vikings in rebounds (nine) and assists (four). Matt Cerruti and sub Andrew Funk halved 20 points; the former had five rebounds and three steals. For Ryan, before fouling out with 3:22 remaining and the deficit at eight, lefty Izaiah Brockington shot 12-for-21 (one trey) and 6-for-8 for 31 points. Fred Taylor added eight points, five rebounds and three blocks.