Philadelphia High School
State Playoff Recaps, 2020-21
(Catholic Teams Only)
Playoffs scaled back due to coronavirus pandemic.
Allentown Central Catholic 55, Carroll 51: The Patriots lost the fourth quarter, 21-8. Anquan Hill totaled 17 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. Moses Hipps (12) and Tyler Seward (10) also scored in double figures and Caleb Carter dished six assists.
Ryan 68, Bangor 50: The Raiders dominated the middle two quarters, 36-17. Aaron Lemon-Warren was a beast with 29 points and 14 rebounds while Dominic Vazquez added 15 points and seven assists. Luke Boyd (14) also reached double digits.
Ryan 84, Chester 63: Aaron Lemon-Warren put together quite the noteworthy performance as the Raiders frolicked, especially in the second half. He shot 15-for-17 overall, 3-for-3 (treys) and 3-for-3 (line) for 36 points. That was the top total in state playoffs by a Catholic League player -- besting 33 by Neumann-Goretti's Ja'Quan Newton in 2014, and Roman's Tony Carr and N-G's Zane Martin in 2016. The 36 points were also the most scored in a playoff by a visitor to Chester's gym and left Lemon-Warren two points short of Anthony Starace's school record (38 vs. McDevitt in 1998; Aaron also notched 36 points in a non-league game as a junior). Believe it or not, Christian Tomasco (12-for-13, 26 points) shot an even higher percentage from the floor thanks to numerous dunks. Plus, Dominic Vazquez distributed 13 assists. Four Raiders added five points apiece.
At Hershey's Giant Center
Erie Cathedral Prep 69, Ryan 49: The Raiders led just once, at 2-0, and CP roared from there to a 30-14 halftime lead. No strong comeback would occur. Ryan shot 16-for-55 from the floor and drained just one trey in 15 attempts. Aaron Lemon-Warren (16) and Dominic Vazquez (15) reached double figures and the former finished his career with 984 points. The Raiders went 3-2 in playoff games, winning by an average of 22.3 and losing by 25.0.
At Allentown William Allen
Wood 70, William Allen 56: Marcus Randolph shot 10-for-15 from the floor en route to 23 points and contributed in other ways (six rebounds, five assists, two steals) as well. The Vikings won the second half, 39-28. Jaylen Stinson had 16 points, 10 boards and six assists. Muneer Newton and Mike Knouse, making a rare start with Daeshon Shepherd unavailable, halved 20 points.
At Lower Merion
Wood 72, Lower Merion 68: The Vikings trailed for much of the game but went ahead for good, at 65-59, at the four-minute mark as righty Rahsool Diggins hit a trey from the left side and lefty Marcus Randoph did likewise from the right side. With 1.4 seconds remaining and the score at 70-68, a Lower Merion player intentionally missed the second of two free throws. But he whipped the ball off the top part of the backboard and the violation was followed by a buzzer-beating layup. Randolph finished with 24 points and four assists. Diggins, who earlier in the day received coaches' All-Catholic MVP honors for the second consecutive year, hustled for 16 points, eight assists and three steals. The other starters -- Jaylen Sinson (12), Muneer Newton and Mike Knouse (10 apiece) -- also reached double digits. Newton added 11 rebounds.
At Hershey's Giant Center
Reading 58, Wood 57: In the waning moments, an errant pass on a halfcourt inbound play assured Wood (19-1) would not become the first CPT in the Catholic League's 102-season history. CPT stands for "Completely Perfect Team" and Roman Catholic came close in the 1933-34 campaign. The Cahillites stood at 15-0 late in the season and were hoping to draw an invite to a prestigious national Catholic tournament in Chicago. That didn't happen. Roman and also-perfect Penn Charter mutually canceled a Philly showdown and the former wound up playing the University of Pennsylvania's freshman team. Penn won, 23-20. Thanks to Chris Gibbons, the president of Roman's alumni association, for that info and to Roman grad Dan Hoban for enlisting Chris' assistance. In that era and for many years thereafter it was common for quality high school teams to test their skills by playing college frosh squads. All other CL champs with perfect league records suffered at least one loss to a high school team. Sometimes in non-league games, but often not until postseason appearances in national/regional tourneys. Rahsool Diggins led the Vikings with 26 points -- it was the first time all season just one Wood player scored in double figures -- and made four of their eight three-pointers. The last was nailed with 5.7 seconds remaining and brought Wood within one point. The teams then traded turnovers. Diggins also scored nine points while rallying coach John Mosco's team from a 51-44 deficit over the last 2:48. In retrospect, Wood's early success on three-pointers might have been a detriment. Losing by 13-2, Reading ditched its zone defense in favor of man-to-man and by halftime the deficit was down to three points. Marcus Randolph totaled nine points, six assists and four steals. Muneer Newton snatched 12 rebounds. Entering this game, as noted by CL statistician Ed "Huck" Palmer, Wood was shooting 61.9 percent on twos, but went 11-for-30 (36.7). It did make eight of 18 threes (44.4) after entering play at 30.5 for the season. Before this one, Wood boasted an average offensive efficiency of 118.7 with a low of 101.4 vs. McDevitt. The number for this one was 96.3.