Philadelphia Scholastic Basketball, 1955

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City Title

At the Palestra

Overbrook 83, West Catholic 42

  Wilt Chamberlain contributed a game-record 35 points as 'Brook finished 18-1. Six-five Vince Miller was right behind with
31 points, making 14 of his 15 baskets on corner jumpers. Chamberlain finished his three-year varsity career with 2,252 points
(later reduced to 2,206; 46 were scored in games against the alumni) and an overall record of 56-3. The other starters were
Marty Hughes, Dave Shapiro and Howard Johnson. Pat Carey scored 11 points for West.

Public League

Playoffs

SEMIFINALS
Doubleheader at the Palestra
Overbrook 83, Bok 46
  Wilt Chamberlain sank 23 field goals en route to 48 points, a total that enabled him to expand his PL postseason record (41, set in ’54). He played all but the final 27 seconds.
West 58, Northeast 53
  Ray “Chink” Scott shot 13-for-14 at the line while scoring 25 points and Joe Goldenberg added 15 points. West took the lead for good, 48-47, on Pete Urquhart’s only basket of the game. For Northeast, the scoring leaders were Jim “Tee” Parham (14), William “Sonny” Hill and Bob Young (12 apiece).
FINAL
At the Palestra
Overbrook 78, West 60
 
Seven-foot Wilt Chamberlain and 5-6 Marty Hughes scored 33 and 25 points, respectively, before a capacity crowd of 8,500 paid. Vince Miller added 17 points. With chief stars Ray "Chink" Scott and Joe Goldenberg in deep foul trouble, West was led in scoring by Reese Murray and Pete Urquhart (13 apiece). In the '54 and '55 seasons, West had six losses — all to 'Brook.

Standings

Overbrook 12 0
Northeast 11 1
West Phila. 10 2
Bok 9 3
Southern 8 4
Olney 7 5
Central 6 6
Frankford 6 6
Gratz 6 6
Lincoln 6 6
Dobbins 5 7
Franklin 5 7
Roxborough 2 10
Bartram 1 11
Germantown 1 11
Mastbaum 1 11

Coaches' All-Public

FIRST TEAM

Wilt Chamberlain

Ovb

12 566 47.2

Jim "Tee" Parham

NE

12 266 22.2

Joe Goldenberg

West

12 207 17.3

John Scott

Fkd

10 250 25.0

Ray "Chink" Scott

West

12 237 19.8

Bruce Gordon

Bok

12 194 16.2

SECOND TEAM

Lee Elia

Oln

12 208 17.3

Larry Osuch

Mast

8 173 21.6

Al Schwait

Cent

12 202 16.8

Ken Marder

Oln

11 212 19.2

George Boggs

Sou

12 170 14.2

Champs' Rotation

OVERBROOK

Coach

Cecil Mosenson

Record

12-0, 18-1

Starters

Wilt Chamberlain

Vince Miller

Marty Hughes

Dave Shapiro

Howard Johnson

Key Subs

Ben Jones

Simeon Jones

Tom Fitzhugh

Catholic League

Playoffs

SEMIFINALS
Doubleheader at the Palestra
West 62, North 55
  John Rowan scored five of his 14 points in a 12-0 run that enabled West to win the fourth quarter, 24-10. Pat Carey, who’d posted a 47-point game during the regular season, managed 17 points. George ‘‘Buddy’’ Kline (21) paced North.
La Salle 54, ST More 46
 
Joe Heyer (18) and Gerry Bohlinger (14) led La Salle, which scored 10 consecutive points to start the third quarter. Dan Devine (15) and Jim Jenkins (12) paced More.

FINAL
At the Palestra
West 63, La Salle 55
  Joe McGinn's 11-point effort — all on free throws — typified the game, which gave Jim Usilton Jr. his third championship in his four years as coach. The teams combined to shoot 84 free throws as West went 35-for-52 and La Salle went 19-for-32. Joe Spratt scored seven of his 15 points in a 19-13 fourth quarter. Pat Carey scored 16 points. George Schmidt (16) and Hugh Brolly (14) were high for La Salle.

Standings

North 11 3
ST More 9 5
La Salle 9 5
West 9 5
SJ Prep 8 6
South 5 9
St. James 3 11
Roman 2 12

Coaches' All-Catholic

FIRST TEAM

Joe Ryan

Prep

14 321 22.9

Pat Carey

West

14 281 20.1

Jim Grazione

South

14 350 25.0

George "Buddy" Kline

North

14 250 17.9

Nick DiCiurcio

More

14 199 14.2

SECOND TEAM

Frank Delano

Prep

14 246 17.6

George Schmidt

La S

14 183 13.1

Jack Marshall

North

14 195 13.9

Ed Barkett

Roman

14 252 18.0

Hugh Brolly

La S

14 143 10.3

Champs' Rotation

WEST

Coach

Jim Usilton Jr.

Record

9-5, 19-9

Starters

Pat Carey

Jack Rowan

Joe Spratt

Joe McGinn

Jim McNichol

Key Subs

Paul Wallin

Gerry Donaghy

Jim Dunn

Inter-Ac League

Penn Charter (8-2)
  In Game No. 8, Richie Kohler exploded for 50 points, 10 better than the league record, to pace an 86-56 blowout of Gtn. Academy that clinched the title. Kohler made 16 field goals and shot 18-for-21 at the line to break the 40-point record set by Haverford’s Fred Gieg in 1949, and then tied by Malvern’s Charles "Jerry" Kehoe in ’50 and Penn Charter’s Drew Schaufler in ’53. Ollie Powers added 27 points. The Quakers lost their final two games, 62-59 to runner-up Haverford (7-3) despite Kohler’s 22 points and 73-70 to Episcopal despite Powers’ 25 points.

Standings

Penn Charter

10

0

Haverford Sch.

7

3

Episcopal

5

5

Gtn. Academy

5

5

Malvern

4

6

Fds. Central

1

9

Coaches' All-Inter-Ac

FIRST TEAM

John Mangan

HS

Ted Pounds

FC

Dave Barry

MP

Richie Kohler

PC

Ollie Powers

PC

SECOND TEAM

Jay Howson

HS

Dick Crawford

GA

Bill Ward

HS

Charles Roselle

EA

Earl Glazier

PC

Bob McCaughey

GA

Champs' Rotation

PENN CHARTER

Coach

Ray Evans

Record

8-2

Starters

Richie Kohler

Ollie Powers

Earl Glazier

Tom Twitmyer

Chuck Clayton

Key Subs

B. “Chip” Stonehouse

Bill Colehower