Philadelphia High School Basketball
State Playoff Recaps, 2015-16
(Catholic Teams Only)


CLASS AA
First Round

At
Phila. Univ.
  Conwell-Egan 62, Upper Dauphin 38: Vinny Dalessandro scored 17 of his 23 points in a 33-20 first half. LaPri McCray-Pace (14), Kar'ron Johnson (11) and Eric Esposito (10) also finished the game in double figures.
Second Round
At Gov. Mifflin Intermediate, Shillington
  Conwell-Egan 54, Minersville 51: LaPri McCray-Pace poured in 30 points and went 4-for-4 at the line in the last 30 seconds to help the Eagles survive. He finished the night with 1,250 career points, moving him into the No. 1 spot in the school’s CL era (starting with the 1963-64 season). Andrew Holland (’02) notched 1,232. 1961 grad Jerry Friedrich tallied 1,360. Vinny Dalessandro (15) hit a trey to start a 12-2 run that yielded a 48-40 lead.
Quarterfinal
At Reading High's Geigle Complex
  Camp Hill 60, Conwell-Egan 57: Vinny Dalessandro scored 11 points in an 18-10 third quarter, helping to provide a 39-35 lead, but a dicey fourth quarter prevented the Eagles from defending their state championship. Dalessandro finished his career with 1,014 points. A 21-point performance finalized LaPri McCray-Pace's total at 1,264.  

CLASS AAA
First Round

At Ryan
  Neumann-Goretti 69, Eastern Lebanon County 48: Zane Martin tallied 23 points, Quade Green added 18 and Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree claimed 14 rebounds. The Saints used a 21-9 third quarter to expand a five-point halftime lead.
At Cheltenham
  Carroll 76, Holy Ghost Prep 27: The Patriots stormed to a hard-to-believe, 48-9 halftime edge as Ryan Daly (18 of his 23 points) and John Rigsby (14 of 21) led the way.
Second Round
At Bethlehem Freedom
  Neumann-Goretti 113, Scranton Prep 71: Three and a half weeks after breaking the record for points in a Catholic League playoff (104 vs. Bonner-Prendie in a quarterfinal), the Saints racked up the most points scored by a CL team in all varieties of postseason games. Plus, the starters combined for 100 -- Zane Martin (27), Quade Green (26), Rasheed Browne (18), Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (15) and Vaughn Covington (14). Covington hit four of N-G's eight, first-half treys. Green finished with seven assists and five steals.
At Garden Spot
  Harrisburg McDevitt 62, Carroll 60: Ryan Daly (24) and Josh Starkey (20, five assists) led the Patriots, who missed three shots on a dual-pronged last possession while trying for a win or tie. Daly finished his career with 992 points. He'd been hoping to join his father, Brian (Bonner '88; 1,253) in the 1,000-point club. Sharkey's final total was 990, counting 133 as a freshman at Abington Friends.
Quarterfinal
At Phila. Univ.
  Neumann-Goretti 78, Lower Moreland 52: Zane Martin (22), Quade Green (18), Rasheed Browne (16) and Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (14) led the scoring parade while Vaughn Covington helped to make that happen with 10 assists. Cosby-Roundtree snatched eight rebounds. LM's Danny Duffey registered 33 points.
Semifinal
At Phila. Univ.
  Neumann-Goretti 76, Imhotep 69: A basket by Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree on a pass from Zane Martin broke a 69-69 tie and enabled N-G to start a game-closing, 7-0 run. Quade Green (19), Rasheed Browne (17, all prior to halftime), Martin, Cosby-Roundtree (13 apiece) and Vaughn Covington (12) all scored in double digits. Other key stats: Cosby-Roundtree, eight blocks; Martin, eight rebounds; Covington, five assists. Daron Russell (24) led 'Tep.
Final
At Hershey's Giant Center
 
Neumann-Goretti 99, Mars 66: The Saints shot 60 percent from the floor (38-for-63) and hit 11 treys while breaking the record for points in a championship game (94, Elk Lake, Class A, 1977) and becoming the first hoops squad in Pennsylvania history to twice claim three consecutive crowns (2010-12, 2014-16). Points Nos. 95 and 96 came on a dunk by Zane Martin on a pass from Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree; Cosby-Roundtree's dunk had opened the game. Martin's 33 points tied the record for most points scored by a CL player in a state playoff (by N-G's Ja'Quan Newton in a 2014 final and Roman's Tony Carr in a '16 first-rounder). Quade Green (25), Rasheed Browne (18) and Vaughn Covington (11) also reached double digits. Cosby-Roundtree (nine, four slams) came close. Noah Warren repped the subs with a trey. In a 53-33 first half, the Saints notched 12 "extra" points thanks to nine three-pointers and a trio of three-point plays. Green added nine rebounds and eight assists. Browne had seven apiece. Cosby-Roundtree mixed eight boards with three blocks despite missing much of the first half due to foul trouble.

CLASS AAAA
First Round

At SJ Prep
  Roman 73, Academy Park 58: Tony Carr sniped 11-for-19 (three treys) and 8-for-11 for 33 points, tying the CL record for state playoffs (by Neumann-Goretti's Ja'Quan Newton in the 2014 AAA final), as the Cahillites brought joy to beloved assistant Tom "Hock" McKenna. After being absent a shade more than two months due to illness (except for a brief visit to one practice), he lit up the locker room with a surprise, pre-game visit and stood right behind the bench throughout the contest. Carr also had 11 rebounds, six assists. Though vastly undersized, AP hung tough through a 34-32 first half. Lamar Stevens helped Roman seize control by scoring 12 of his 14 points beyond intermission.
Second Round
At Bensalem
  Roman 60, Central Bucks West 41: With his first point of the evening, Tony Carr raised his career total to 1,000. He finished the night with 1,012. Nazeer Bostick shoehorned 10 of his markers into a 35-16 second half while Lamar Stevens had 21 total points.
Quarterfinal
At Council Rock South
  Roman 73, Parkland 60: Tony Carr (26) and Lamar Stevens (24) combined for 50 points and packed 19 into a 25-10 fourth quarter. In that frame, the Cahillites nailed 15 of 17 free throws. Carr hit Roman's only treys (four) while adding seven rebounds and eight assists.
Semifinal
At Council Rock South
  Roman 64, Plymouth-Whitemarsh 45: As the first quarter ended, Tony Carr banked home a shot from beyond halfcourt to start a 15-4 run that provided a 27-21 lead. Carr finished with 14 points and six assists. Nazeer Bostick (17) and Paul Newman (12) also scored in double figures.
Final
At Hershey's Giant Center
  Roman 73, Allderdice 62: The first 5 1/2 minutes did not go well as the Cahillites committed five turnovers and were outscored, 10-0. Thereafter? Few problems. Roman led by halftime, 33-30, and created some room at 45-38 as Nazeer Bostick turned an offensive rebound into a three-point play. Lamar Stevens followed with a pair of dunks -- the second was an all-timer; snatched a rebound in mid-air and powered it home -- and drama was gone for the night. Stevens wound up notching four of Roman's seven slams and shot 11-for-12 at the line en route to 27 points.
Tony Carr mixed eight rebounds and five assists with 13 points while Bostick (two dunks) had 15 points. This was Roman's second consecutive AAAA crown. District 12 had captured none beforehand.