Philadelphia High School
Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2016-17
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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.
Doubleheader at the Palestra