Philadelphia High School Basketball
State Playoff Recaps, 2016-17
(Catholic Teams Only)


CLASS AAA
First Round
At Southern
  Neumann-Goretti 71, York Catholic 48: As the Saints rolled to a 31-16 halftime lead, Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree racked up 20 of his 27 points and Quade Green dished six of his nine assists. Noah Warren finished with 15 points.
At Garden Spot
  Lancaster Mennonite 93, West Catholic 72: No one hit a three-pointer prior to intermission, which finished with LC ahead by just three points at 35-32, but Isaac Beers drained four in the opening minutes of the third quarter and LC was on its way. Calvin Pressley (27, 13 regular field goals) and Imere Harris (20) topped West, which finished the season with a 5-19 overall record.
Second Round
At Bethlehem Liberty
  Neumann-Goretti 72, Holy Redeemer 27: Quade Green (11) and Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree (10) lifted their combined career point total to 3,020 as N-G cruised. Green dished 11 assists, Mike Millsip mixed 14 points with five blocks and Marcus Littles seized 12 rebounds. The combo's first points were scored by Cosby-Roundtree on an awkward semi-dunk off a feed from Green.
Quarterfinal
At Reading's Santander Center
  Neumann-Goretti 69, Lancaster Mennonite 56: Thanks to Mike Millsip (16), Quade Green (14), Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree, Christian Ings (13 apiece) and Marcus Littles (12), N-G became the third CL team in the 2017 state playoffs to end a game with five guys in double figures. Also, the Saints boasted three with triple doubles as Green dealt 11 assists and Cosby-Roundtree/Littles claimed 11 and 10 boards, respectively. C-R added five rejections and his dunk on a feed from Green ended the third quarter at 51-49. Millsip then netted two treys to help the Saints reel off 10 more consecutive points.
Semifinal
At Temple's Liacouras Center
  Neumann-Goretti 76, Del-Val 47: Two and a half weeks earlier, these same teams met for the City Title and N-G triumphed by only seven points. Not exactly a rerun, folks. The Saints won every quarter in comfortable fashion as subs Christian Ings (14) and Dymir Montague (10) provided extra juice. Starters Quade Green (17) and Marcus Littles (10) reached double figures and N-G sniped 30-for-51 from the floor.
FINAL
At Hershey's Giant Center
  Neumann-Goretti 89, Lincoln Park 58: Quade Green a McDonald's All-American, shot 6-for-7 (three treys) and 7-for-9 for 22 points and added eight assists while steering coach Carl Arrigale's Saints to their fourth consecutive state title and seventh in eight seasons. Just two teams in PIAA history had won four straight (Carlisle, 1985-1988; Kennedy Christian, 1998-2001) and only one coach (Ed McCluskey, Farrell, over 21 seasons from 1952 through '72) had captured seven. Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree added 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, sub Christian Ings (13) and Mike Millsip also scored in double figures and Noah Warren (nine) just missed. An 18-0 run provided a 31-9 lead. Right before all rotation guys turned into spectators, Warren notched an assist to Emil Moody with an over-the-shoulder pass, the 6-8 Cosby-Roundtree grabbed a rebound and dribbled end to end for a layup, and the 5-10 Ings, a lefty, accepted a lengthy, flip-ahead pass from Dante Vannicola and soared for a shocking right-handed dunk. The crown was Arrigale's 25th in 37 chances (CL/City/State) over 19 seasons.

CLASS AAAA
First Round

At Carroll
  Conwell-Egan 81, Saucon Valley 59: Who would have thought? The Eagles entered this one with a seven-game losing streak, counting a CL playoff and City Title, yet stormed to a 22-point victory two days after coach Eric Kindler's 25th birthday. Eric Esposito (21) and James Leible (17, 13 rebounds) scored eight points apiece in a 20-13 first quarter and the second stanza began with a 12-2 run. Patrick Robinson finished the game with 24 points.
Second Round
At Parkland
  Nanticoke 62, Conwell-Egan 54: The Eagles claimed 19 fewer rebounds and scored 13 fewer points at the line. Patrick Robinson (25) and Darien Simmons (13) topped their scoring list.

CLASS AAAAA
First Round

At Phila. Univ.
  Wood 92, New Oxford 62: Collin Gillespie (six) and Matt Cerruti (four) combined for 10 treys while pacing this romp. They finished with 31 and 18 points, respectively, and Tyree Pickron (14) wasn't far behind. Gillespie, who packed 15 points into the third quarter, added eight assists overall. Cerruti's output enabled him to raise his career total to 1,010 points, counting his time at Lower Moreland through sophomore year. The Vikings stormed to 16 of the next 19 points after NO advanced within 36-30.
At Spring-Ford
  Carroll 61, Great Valley 48: Frosh point guard AJ Hoggard notched all 16 of his points beyond the first quarter. Colin Daly, Khari Williams (11 apiece) and Justin Anderson (10) also scored in double figures.
Second Round
At Pottstown
  Wood 80, Mechanicsburg 56: The Vikings stormed to 60 of the game's first 90 points while claiming another easy win. Collin Gillespie (24), Tyree Pickron, Karrington Wallace (12 apiece), Matt Cerruti (11) and Andrew Funk (10) all scored in double figures. This was the fifth time a CL team had that many double-figure scorers in a state playoff; Neumann-Goretti had posted the first four efforts.
At Reading High's Geigle Complex
  Carroll 78, Palmyra 41: AJ Hoggard contributed 17 points, four assists and six steals. The Patriots won the rebounds war, 41-21, and jumped to advantages of 9-0 to start the first quarter and 8-1 to open the third. Colin Daly (five of his 13) fueled that first run. Jesse McPherson finished with 14 points and 10 boards.
Quarterfinal
At Garden Spot
  Northeastern 86, Carroll 84 (2 OTs): Carroll seized a 45-35 lead in the third quarter thanks to two treys by Khari Williams and a dunk by Jesse McPherson, but the fourth quarter finished at 65-65 thanks to the Bobcats' 15-4 run. A buzzer-beating layup, which followed a dead-ball turnover, forced the first extra session. Colin Daly (19, 14 in first half), AJ Hoggard, Justin Anderson (16 apiece), McPherson (14) and Williams (12) all scored in double figures for Carroll. Hoggard notched eight assists while McPherson had 13 boards.
At Reading's Santander Center
  Wood 71, Spring Grove 46: Wood junior Tyree Pickron entered this Sunday evening tilt needing 14 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He didn't mess around. Thanks to four treys, he rang up 13 points in the first quarter and a regular early in the second session gave him 1,001. He finished with 32 and 1,018. Collin Gillespie (14) and Matt Cerruti (11) also helped with scoring and Seth Pinkney sent 10 shots back to their launcher, or beyond.
Semifinal
At Bethlehem Freedom
  Wood 68, Abington Heights 57: Every team likes to receive a boost from its sixth man. Andrew Funk provided one, big time. The junior guard racked up 11 points (three treys were the highlight) in the first quarter and tied his career high with 17 points overall as Wood captured its 21st consecutive win. Collin Gillespie mixed 18 points with eight assists while Tyree Pickron (16) and Matt Cerruti (11) reached double figures in points and Pickron (seven)/Karrington Wallace combined for 13 rebounds.
Final
At Hershey's Giant Center
  Wood 73, Meadville 40: A 17-2 start removed all starch and Wood easily turned its first state playoffs appearance into a 5-0 sweep with an average victory margin of 24.6 points. Four Vikings reached double figures. For Meadville, which entered with one loss all season, only three guys scored. Collin Gillespie sniffed a triple double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists before sitting down with three minutes left. Tyree Pickron sniped 5-for-7 from beyond the arc while contributing 18 points. Seth Pinkney added 11 apiece of points/boards along with four swats. Andrew Funk had 10 points. Three months earlier, the football Vikings had also won a state championship.
Other schools with such an accomplishment in the same school year: Steelton in 1926-27, General McLane in 2006-07, Steelton-Highspire in 2007-08 and Jeannette in that same school year.

CLASS AAAAAA
First Round
At SJ Prep
  Perkiomen Valley 57, Roman 55: After a week of sketchy practice attendance due to illness/injury, coach Matt Griffin started lesser lights. The Cahillites, two-time defending state champs, trailed by 12-8 after the first quarter and stayed behind until 3 1/2 minutes remained in the game. PV closed with an 11-8 edge and Roman's last bucket came just before the buzzer. Allen Betrand (21) and Jon-Paul Sanders (12) scored in double figures.
At Bethlehem Freedom
  Ryan 79, Parkland 55: Sniping 3-for-3 on treys helped the Raiders zip to a 10-0 lead. They also scored the first eight points of the second quarter. Matiss Kulackovskis (25) and Izaiah Brockington (22) dominated the scoring column while Amin Bryant sniffed a triple double with nine apiece of points/rebounds and 11 assists. Brockington added seven boards and four apiece of assists/steals.
Second Round
At Garden Spot
  Ryan 71, Central Dauphin East 66: Izaiah Brockington (27) and Matiss Kulackovskis (20, 17 in first half) led the way as Ryan, in its 50th season of varsity basketball, assured it would finish the season with its best record in terms of winning percentage. The 2012 squad went 18-5 for .783. These guys ended the night at 22-5 for .815; they could finish no lower than .786. Fred Taylor snagged 15 rebounds and Amin Bryant dished five assists. Facing a 69-66 deficit, CD East missed a corner trey.
Quarterfinal
At Reading High's Geigle Complex
  Ryan 60, Hempfield 50: Izaiah Brockington and Matiss Kulakovskis halved 40 points for the Raiders, who earned a 28-19 halftime lead when the latter beat the buzzer with a shot from halfcourt. Brockington packed 15 points into the final 16 minutes and Kulackovskis saved 13 for the fourth quarter. Ryan forced 18 turnovers in all.
Semifinal
At Temple's Liacouras Center
  Reading 57, Ryan 51: Lonnie Walker, a Miami commit and McDonald's All-American, thrilled Reading's outrageously large rooting section (it dwarfed Ryan's despite the locale) by exploding for 35 points. He first imposed his will in the latter half of the second quarter, scoring 11 points in a 13-2 run that provided a 29-27 lead. Izaiah Brockington (16) and Matiss Kulackovskis (13) topped Ryan in points. Fred Taylor totaled 10 boards and seven get-that-outta-heres.