Philadelphia High School
Catholic League Playoff/City Title Recaps, 2019-2020
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Carroll 74, SJ Prep 66: This turned out to be the final Catholic League playoff for the visiting Hawks' legendary coach, William "Speedy' Morris. That fate was assured when the Patriots posted a 14-6 edge over the final four-odd minutes. Freshman Dean Coleman-Newsome (four treys) led the way by netting a season-high 20 points. Anquan Hill (18), John Camden (17, four treys) and Tairi Ketner (15) also reached double digits while Amiri Stewart dished six assists. The Prep's Trevor Wall tried his best while trying to advance the Hawks to the quarterfinals, scoring 30 points -- fourth highest amount by a Speedy player in a CL playoff or City Title over 14 seasons at Roman (1968-81) and 19 at Prep (2002-20). He also notched four treys and packed 10 points into the last quarter.
Ryan 49, West Catholic 45: The host Raiders won the second half, 33-23, as Gediminas Mokseckas scored 12 of his 17 points and Dominic Vazquez racked up nine of his 14. West's cause was hindered by 17 turnovers and a 17-2 deficit in foul line points. Eric Chamberlain had 12 points and four assists.
Roman 61, Bonner-Prendergast 59: The visiting Cahillites claimed the win as soph guard Justice Williams (20 points, six assists) missed a turnaround jumper from the left edge of the foul line and classmate Jalen Duren (18 points, first five field goals on dunks, seven total -- all ferocious) collared his 18th rebound just to the right side of the basket and beat the buzzer by sinking a third put-back attempt. Roman owned a 48-33 lead with 1:37 remaining in the third quarter, but B-P rallied hard and owned a 57-53 lead with 2:36 to go after star guard Lynn Greer (15) fouled out as Tyreese Watson was hitting a trey. The Friars managed just two points on free throws thereafter. B-P's starters scored from 11 to 13 points -- Donovan Rodriguez (13), Connor Eagan (12), Watson, Malik Edwards and Oscar Uduma (11 apiece). Roman made just one trey in seven attempts.
Ryan 58, McDevitt 56: Luke Boyd lost possession on a left-baseline drive and the ball squirted across the lane. Jalen Snead gained possession and deposited an easy layup that became the decisive play when the host Lancers were short with an in-the-lane push shot just before the buzzer. Boyd's major success on treys (5-for-6) enabled him to score 18 points. Gediminas Mokseckas mixed 18 points with six rebounds and three assists. Snead and Christian Isopi both shot 4-for-5 from the floor while halving eight points. The Raiders earned the win despite not having star Aaron Lemon-Warren (broken foot). McDevitt was topped by 1,000-point scorers Jamil Manigo (21) and Robert Smith (16). Ryan was provided extra motivation before the game when a McDevitt priest capped a prayer , in an attempt at humor, by asking God to make sure the Lancers would be humble in victory.
Wood 72, Carroll 68 (OT): Junior Rahsool Diggins, the CL MVP, totaled 25 points, six rebounds and three assists as the hosts, who trailed by 23-9 after one quarter, prevented what would have been an 8th-1st seeding upset. Daeshon Shepherd (12 ponts) scored four of Wood's points in the 9-5 extra session. Jaylen Stinson (13), Muneer Newton (12) and Marcus Randolph (10) also scored in double digits. Tairi Ketner carried Carroll with 26 points (9-for-16, 8-for-13) and 10 boards while frosh Dean Coleman-Newsome grabbed 11 rebounds. The Patriots shot just 26-for-72 from the floor.
Neumann-Goretti 71, O'Hara 46: After getting upset by O'Hara on its home floor seven days earlier, N-G seized the same-site rematch in rather easy fashion. Hysier Miller scored 18 points and sixth man Chris Evans was right behind with 17 thanks to four treys. Blaise Vespe and Cameron Young halved 24 points while Jordan Hall, a forward, dished eight assists and claimed 11 rebounds. Solo Bambara (13) and Anthony Purnell (10) topped the Lions, who'd posted their first winning record in league play s(8-6) since 2001.