"Famous" Amos Leak, a former football-baseball
player at Dobbins Tech ('05), has earned his degree at Indiana
(Pa.) and is enrolled in grad school at Delaware State with hopes of working in sports
marketing and continuing to help young people reach their goals. He has
worked for several summers as an intern for the Sonny Hill League.
PHILLY VS. NYC
Constitution 80 Cardozo 72
Did you feel you have something to prove? That was what I asked Coach Rob Moore. He replied with, "Of course. We still need a lot of work to get where we need to be, but this is a great team and we are always trying to prove we belong with the best." Constitution was 2-4 and just had came back from some tough loses in Florida at the City of Palms Classic. Savon Goodman (46 pts., 18 rbs. 3 asst. 3 stls. 2 blks.) would have the stat line of all stat lines. He didn't quit on any play and it would show as they started off with quick buckets in the first quarter to start things off right. Cardozo would put the pressure on Constitution and Daiquan Walker (17 pts. 12 asst. 4 rbs.), would have a huge say-so in what would take place during the game. Walker would have the first layup of the game & it would seem, he would be the scorer of the game, but as he got into the second quarter, it was all facilitating with his game. Between him and Tamir Bolger (10 pts. 7 asst.), they would make it easy to keep the lead during the game. Constitution would lead 37-28 at half and Goodman would have 16 pts. and 11 rbs. as a halftime stat line. Jermaine Lawrence (12 pts. 4 rbs.) & Omar Williams (17 pts. 3 stls.) would be the guys to help keep Cardozo close with their up tempo offense and ability to get Constitution to make a lot of mistakes. But along with Goodman having a early game reverse dunk that would take the level intensity up, it would continue with highlight alley oops from Walker and Bolger to Goodman. Goodman would continue on to score huge in the fourth quarter as he would knock down 9-12 free throws and make it known that he was here to make a strong power move in the nation and wants to have a great year.
Side Note: What an atmosphere, with Ben Franklin being the site. Wale showed up and put on a great performance. People were a little upset to not see Meek Mill, but people definitely enjoyed the play from all the games. Imhotep & Vaux both lost but showed that they have some promise in their own respective games. Khyree Wooten was huge for Imhotep and showed some great reverse layups and highlights. Good to see him do great. Also, shout out to Daiquan Walker, whose birthday is on New Year's Day. What a great way to have a Birthday with a win in front of family and friends and thousands of others. Last but not least, Fajion Jones (Constitution) was huge for his team with 5 pts. and 9 rbs. He seemed to be great for extra possession. I give this kid credit. He should get some really good D2 looks.
Paul VI (NJ) 59, Roman 51
I walked into Philadelphia University thinking this game would definitely be what I expected: A good one between powerhouse programs. Paul VI is widely ranked as the second best team in South Jersey and Roman Catholic has true basketball tradition in its veins. This all changed when I realized there was something missing in the layup line of Roman Catholic. Not just one huge piece of the team, but TWO. One of the biggest pieces missing was Shafeek Taylor, who said he was out because a small injury but will be back when Roman travels to Boston for an upcoming tournament. The next big piece was Rip Engel, who just had decided to transfer to Council Rock North. This would be a huge hit to the team, especially playing against a fully loaded & well-rounded Paul VI. Paul VI would start off the game being led by Roosevelt Cubbage (12 pts. , 8 rbs. & 2 blks.) He grabbed 4 rbs. in the first quarter, and that led to some quick buckets for his team, along with layup-producing outlets. Paul VI would seem to have the right defense & offense to stay composed and keep Roman Catholic from getting any lead this game. Chris O'Conner (15 pts., 5 asst., 4 rbs. & 4 stls.) would be huge for Paul VI to keep giving the team a lift every time Roman would try and make a run. Roman's runs started when they got close to half when they would get the lead down to 4 with easy layups & a deep three by Shep Garner (11 pts. 4 asst. 2 stls.), which would be his first basket in the game with 9 seconds left in the half. Britton Lee (14 pts. & 4 asst.) was definitely the most consistent player during the game for Roman. He would manage to hit a few shots to put the team in close positions to cut the leads down. Lee would get some help from Secean Johnson (11 pts., 4 rbs. & 2 stls.), who matched the intensity of Paul VI at times and helped Roman get with in 3 with 4 minutes lefted in the 3rd quarter. That would be it for Roman as Ron Curry (18 pts. 5 asst. 3 stls.) made the clutch plays for Paul VI, including going 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter when Roman tried to play the foul-'em game. It just wasn't enough as Curry closed up the game.
Constitution 61 C.R. North 53
Highlight games are sometimes hard to come by in high school, but they come easier when you have 2 teams like Constitution and C.R. North. I was given the privilege to see 2 teams who refuse to quit, and they would make highlights in bunches. It was a great crowd and people stayed focused in the game until end. It started off with Savon Goodman (24 pts. 14 rbs. 3 asst.), who got started early with 6 quick points after missing the first 2 layups. I asked him after the game about that and he told me “I put it right there. It wouldn’t fall for me and I was definitely upset about that." They would go on a 10-3 run in the first 5 minutes until a timeout was made. Then came C.R. North with their play by Aaron Morgan (14 pts. 4 asst. 2 stl.), who scored 5 points of his own and excited the crowd by how deep he could shoot through the game. He lacked minutes this game because of foul trouble and it surely would show throughout the game when Constitution would play hard defense and get some key turnovers to keep C.R.N. away from taking the lead at all. Constitution would continue to lead with the play of Fajion Jones (15 pts. 4 Rbs.), who came in handy when it came to getting offensive rebounds and put backs. With Morgan on the bench for C.R.N. , they would look to the rest of the team to try and find some form of offense. That offense to try and keep them close came from Alex Jordan (9 pts. 5 rbs. 3 asst.) & Aaron Goodman (13 pts. 6 rbs. 3 asst.), They would pass the ball around to each other & make the necessary adjustments to keep the team with a few shot margin. Starting in the second half, after a little slow start in the first half on the scoring side, Daiquan Walker (9 pts. 10 asst. 2 rbs.) would begin to make moves with his ball handling skills and get to anywhere on the floor. He would use his extremely impressive instincts to make the right passes and shots on the floor to extend lead. The lead grew to 15 after 3 quarters but C.R.N. would not quit, especially with Morgan coming back into the game going in to the fourth. Savon Goodman would start the quarter off quickly with a “LeBron James” type windmill on a fastbreak but Morgan would start to catch heat hitting 3 quick deep 3 point shots (NBA Range) & with about 1:11 left in the game. C.R.N. found themselves down 5, but that’s as far as it would get as Walker would make the next 2 plays to put them up to 9 and it would be all fouls from there to put Constitution on the line and they won 61-53. On a side note: I like Kyle McCloskey (10 pts. 2 rbs.) and Craig "Poppy" Slade (7 pts. 4 rbs.). They really stayed active with each other and you could tell they wanted to battle for everything to make sure their team had all the help. Especially with the rotations not being as deep.
Penn Charter 59, Germantown Friends 32
There is always something great about the beginning of December…Full throttle for the high school basketball season. I am getting ready to complete my master’s degree, but I really think it’s about that time to get a few games in this year & there couldn’t have been a better place to start at thn the first high school ever started in Philadelphia. I walked into the gym and happened to see some of the students, fans and parents getting ready to watch the game and I noticed this was a big deal. Penn Charter has gone in a new coach direction and it happens to be Lynard Stewart (Gratz '94, City Player of the Year), who not so long ago was overseas playing basketball. Starting this game off was a 10-2 run by Penn Charter. It would seem as though, both teams would be young and have made major mistakes such as missed free throws and too many turnovers. Penn Charter was led early by John Moderski (9 pts. 4 rbs.) & Nick Lamb (11 pts. 3 asst.), who made obvious plays on the floor to stake their team to a lead of 26-13 at half. Ray Leon (10 pts.) & Will Randell (2 pts. & 6 rbs.) were the horses for Germantown Friends through the game. Clay Tairbanks (8 pts. & 3 rbs.) provided a huge lift for his team until a unfortunate slight injury in the third quarter. He would grab key rebounds and attack the rim along with being a great leader. It just wasn’t enough lift, and Penn Charter began to take advantage as Grant Shaffer (12 pts. & 10 rbs.) made plays all over the floor that would excite the fans because of ability to never quit. Penn Charter would cruise the rest of the way to a 59-32 win.
Side Note: Mike McGlinchey, a 6’8” 250 lbs. big man for the team, had 11 pts. & 7 rbs. He’s extremely athletic and has the ability to really stretch the floor. He can do many different things in the game, including passing the ball from the post. I hear he has a huge target on his back for football. It seemed that way because Boston College and Syracuse were in attendance to check him out. For Basketball? Not sure why, but if it’ll help on the football field, he’ll be just fine. With just being a Jr. He’ll have a great career at Penn Charter.