Huck's Fantasy City Tourney,
Ed "Huck" Palmer is one of our trusty statisticians/observers. He
is not to be confused with Tom "Puck" McKenna. (Huck is normal.
Puck is not even close. Huck owns Puck when it comes to making picks during FB season --
smile). He will make occasional reports on games he sees. You may contact him at TEDDYCAT10@aol.com.
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THE TOURNEY MISSION STATEMENT
Ah, what would one do to see a city basketball championship game? This once proud event was a yearly attraction that drew crowds in masses. People all over the city and surrounding areas would fill arenas to see who was Phillys best. The City Title game was part of the lure that made Philadelphia schoolboy hoops so prominent in our city, if not around the country. From what Ive been told it was truly a magical event that entertained thousands over a span of decades. Unfortunately, this all occurred before my time on the high school basketball scene (the last game was in March 1980). However, though many higher-ups have taken away this glorious game, they cannot take away one fans dream.
Keeping this in mind, I present to you Hucks Fantasy City Tourney. A tournament featuring 32 city teams from the three city leagues. The tournament will have many of the features of the NCAA tournament that is so prominent during the month of March. There will be four eight-team regions. The teams will be seeded one through eight, and no team will play on their home court throughout the tournament. Can you feel the craziness? March Madness with a taste of Philly! The four regions will be the following: North, West, South, and Outside City Limits. However, teams from a particular region wont necessarily play in that region. Just like in the real NCAA Tournament if you finished poorly you might be sent out of your region. These are all things that will be determined by the selection committee, ME!!!
Many of you know that this Sunday, March 14, is Selection Sunday for 65 D-1 college basketball teams around the country. What you did not know is that it will also be Selection Sunday for 32 city teams in Philadelphia. Yes, at some point on Sunday the 32 teams will be announced and a few days later our tourney will begin. Going into the tournament 12 automatic bids have been awarded. These are the semifinal participants in the Catholic League and Public League playoffs, and the semifinalists in the Inter-Ac post-season tournament. Also, 14 at-large bids have already been extended. These are teams that I feel have had a good enough year to warrant an invitation. That leaves 6 spots undetermined; can you say bubble teams? Yes, there are 12 teams on the bubble and just 6 spots remaining. I encourage all from these schools to state your case and tell me why they deserve to be included. However, the final vote will come down to the tedsilary.com staff. We will rank the schools one through 12. The schools with the six highest votes will be entered into this prestigious tourney.
The tournament will take place over the course of the real NCAA Tournament. Therefore, youll have to be patient. This is not an event that I can pull off in just one night in front of the computer. The results from the games will be released gradually, but you will know ahead of time when results from a particular region will be decided. Meaning, after each update on this link a date will be released for the next update. Each result will be accompanied by a recap of the game. The further along we get into the tournament the more detailed the recaps will become.
In picking the games I will try to be as realistic as possible. Dont expect a ton of upsets, but there very well could be plenty of surprises. Whats a tournament without surprises or possibly a Cinderella team?
There will be one more update before Selection Sunday. This update will include the sites of all the games. Earlier round games will be played at the high schools with later round games being played in college gyms. I suspect theyll be packed houses for all of the games. Im also bringing back another golden tradition of the past and that is the throwing of your schools colored streamers onto the court after their first made baskets. Look for the playing site update Friday March 12th.
Below are the 12 teams that received automatic bids and the 14 at-large deserving squads. In addition, I have included the twelve bubble teams. Check to see if your school is included in this bunch, but remember seeds and where your squad will be playing wont come out until Sunday. At that point, a bracket sheet will be prepared.
Remember, this is all done in fun. Im sure some of my picks or selections will be frowned upon, but its just one mans opinion. Fell free to contact me at email@example.com if you have comments. Do not bother Ted about this. Thank you and enjoy!!!!!
12 AUTOMATIC BIDS:
PUBLIC: Simon Gratz (25-3), Frankford (15-10),
Bartram (16-9), & University City (15-11).
CATHOLIC: SJ Prep (25-3), Dougherty (24-5), Neumann (19-8), & La Salle (19-8).
INTER-AC: Penn Charter (21-7), Germ. Acad. (24-8), Episcopal (22-6), & Malvern (17-12).
14 AT-LARGE BIDS: (No specific order)
West Catholic (17-9) Wood
North Cath. (14-12) Olney (22-4) Central (16-6) Germantown (13-8)
Eng. & Science (20-5) Fels (14-7) Ben Franklin (15-10) Franklin LC (21-5)
Straw. Mansion (15-9) Southern (20-5)
12 BUBBLE TEAMS: (6 will make tourney)
Lincoln (12-10) George Wash. (8-11) West Phila. (9-10) Mastbaum (12-11)
Roxborough (14-8) Lamberton (11-10) Prep Charter (12-10) Bok (9-12)
UPDATE FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 12 . . .
FANTASY TOURNAMENT PLAYING SITES, FIRST TWO ROUNDS
|REGION||FIRST ROUND||FIRST ROUND||SWEET 16|
|NORTH||Gratz (Wed. 3/17)||Franklin (Fri. 3/19)||Phila. U. (Mon. 3/22)|
|WEST||Episcopal (Wed. 3/17)||SJ Prep (Fri. 3/19)||Drexel (Mon. 3/22)|
|SOUTH||Neumann (Thur. 3/18)||Southern (Sat. 3/20)||Phila. Comm. (Tue. 3/23)|
|SUBURBS||O'Hara (Thur. 3/18)||Malvern (Sat. 3/20)||Widener (Tue. 3/23)|
FANTASY TOURNAMENT PLAYING SITES, REST OF TOURNAMENT
|REGION||REGIONAL FINAL||FINAL FOUR||CHAMPIONSHIP|
|NORTH||Temple (Sat. 3/27)|
|WEST||Saint Joe's (Sat. 3/27)||Palestra (Wed. 3/31, 7)|
|Palestra (Sun. 4/3, 7:30)|
|SOUTH||La Salle U. (Sun. 3/28)|
|SUBURBS||Villa. Un. (Sun. 3/28)||Palestra (Wed. 3/31, 8:45)|
NEWS & NOTES:
(Remember, this is a fantasy! -- smile)
· After working into the wee hours of the morning, a television and radio agreement has been settled with local and national outlets.
· 23 of the 31 tournament games will be televised. Every game from the Sweet 16 on will be televised and 8 of the 16 first round games. All 31 games will be local radio.
· Local stations Fox-29 and CN8 will carry four first-round games apiece. Comcast Sports Net will carry all games during the Sweet 16 and Great 8. National power ESPN will carry the Final Four and Championship Game. ABC-6 will also carry the game for our non-cable subscribers.
· WIP-610 will carry all 31 tournament games. ESPN Radio will carry the Final Four and Championship Game as well. PROGRAMMING NOTE: In case of a conflict 1210 AM will carry the second game. First-Round games on March 17 & 20 will be heard on tape delay due to the fact that both the Flyers and Sixers play that night.
· Though no deal has been worked out we feel real strong that ESPN personality and college basketball analyst Dick Dickie V. Vitale will broadcast the final four and championship game. The snag in his contract agreement seems to be that we guarantee he gets passed through the crowd by one of the participating student bodies. More to come on this situation in the near future.
· Plans for the halftime show of the championship game are currently being worked out. Possible performers are Beyonce, Sean Paul, Outkast, and JayZ. However, one rumor that I want to put to rest is the talk of a Jackson 5 reunion. It is true there were some preliminary talks, but these talks were shut down when Michael insisted that we have a stage big enough to hold 314 teenage boys.
· What we do know is that the entertainment has been finalized for in-between games of the Final four on March 31. R&B sensation R. Kelly along with Cassidy will perform their hit song Hotel. Immediately following the performance and with Hotel on his mind Mr. Kelly can be found signing autographs among the cheerleaders. I recommend that head counts on all cheerleaders take place every ten minutes.
The next update will be Sunday evening when the field for the 32-team tournament is announced. Mark you calendar to see where your team is seeded, and when/where it will be beginning play in this wonderful fantasy tournament!!
The bracket is complete! The No. 1 seeds are Gratz (North), Dougherty (West), Penn Charter (South) and SJ Prep (Suburbs)!
In case you missed it above, here is the bracket.
NORTH REGION: (Mar. 17 at Gratz)
If this is any indication of whats to come, then watch out! The Cahillites needed a tip-in at the buzzer by jr. 6-5 F Malik Perry to slip past a gutsy bunch of Bears. Perrys tip came after franchise manchild sr. 6-5 F Charron Fisher missed a contested shot just inside the lane. With multiple Bears around Fisher, Perry had no problem easily depositing the winning shot as time ran off the clock. Fisher was a force all-night and finished with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Sr. 6-3 WG Andre Sloan El knocked down four-threes on his way to14 points. Perry finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds, and jr. Bobby Jordan PG dropped 6 dimes. The Cahillites overcame a five-point deficit early in the fourth quarter. The Bears were led by their one-two combination in sr. 6-4 F Ivan Evans and sr. WG Corey Bethea. Evans was relentless throughout and finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Twice he sent the Bear faithful into a frenzy with open-court slams. Bethea added 21 points and 6 rebounds. The Cahillites had a huge advantage from the charity stripe. They ended-up shooting 36 freebies to just 14 for Germantown.
Explorers Take The Spark Out Of
(3) LaSalle 51, (6) Ben Franklin 46
The Explorers behind heady play from sr. PG Colin Fitzgerald and clutch foul-shooting from sr. WG Ryan Kirk edged the more athletic Electrons in a spirited, but at times sloppy games. LaSalle prevailed despite being clobbered on the boards 41-22 and taking 17 less shots from the field. Also, star sr. 6-4 F Nick Shattuck was still feeling his way back from a recent ankle injury. He finished with just 11 points and 6 rebounds, and was 3-for-10 from the field. Fitzgerald drilled a left-corner three to break a tie and put his team up 43-40 with just 2:37 to play. Then, on his teams next possession he chased down a loose ball and threw it off an Electron before falling out-of-bounds. This is when Kirk took over. He hit 7-fo-8 from the line in the final two minutes and finished with a team-high 17 points. Fitzgerald ended with 9 points and 4 assists. Jr. bruiser F Joe Sobocinski hustled for 8 points and 8 rebounds. Athletic 6-5 F Anwar Rascoe led the Electrons. He scored 15 points and claimed 16 rebounds. Sr. 6-5 F Sedale Mason was equally as impressive with a 12 point and 11 rebound outing. Jr. slashing WG Andre Glover chipped in with 10 points, but was just 3-for-14 from the field. The Electrons were very active around the basket, but had a difficult time finishing. On multiple trips Franklin had two, three, even four shots at the basket only to find the iron unkind. The Explorers await Roman in an intriguing Sweet 16 matchup.
WEST REGION: (Mar. 17 at Episcopal)
GA Razor Sharp In Tourney Opener
(2) Germantown Acad. 69, (7) Carroll 53
Sr. PG Larry Sharp will never be confused as one of the high-scoring point guards that our city possesses. He is however a competitive and heady lead guard for one of the better teams in this tournament. Tonight, he showed a side many havent seen since earlier in his career. Not because of inability to do so, but more so to take a back seat to teammates. Tonight, he sniped 4-for-4 from distance and scored 18 points, while dropping five assists and providing his usual near-perfect floor game. Headliner jr. 6-6 F Ryan Ayers added 17 points and 8 rebounds. Promising soph 6-9 C Andrew Ott chipped in with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks. The Patriots even got some encouraging play from jr. 6-6 F Brian Grimes. Grimes had been out with a hand injury, but his return should go along way in determining how far the Patriots advance. The Patriots got their usual great effort from sr. 6-4 WG Mike Springman who finished is his solid career with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sr. sniper Mike Welsh (12 pts) nailed three early threes and finished with four for the game. However, Carroll relied heavily on their perimeter game, but managed to make just 7-of-26.
West Star Simply Burr-ific
(3) West Catholic 63, (6) Strawberry Mansion 56
On many a night this season West has relied heavily on sr. 6-4 WG Marshall Taylor and tonight was no different. The versatile guard scorched the Knights for 25 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. Whenever West needed a basket he was there, whenever Mansion look like they would draw closer he was there. Case in point, with 1:48 left his team was leading by just three at 54-51. Mansion was in the middle of a 7-0 run, and things were real close to slipping away for the Burrs. This is when he answered with the play of the game. After a defensive rebound he dribbled the length of the court, got into the lane, and after a spin move laid the ball high of the glass making the shot and drawing a foul. Mansion would draw no closer. Sr. WG Rob Latimer also had a strong outing and chipped in with 17 points. He was very instrumental in the Burrs 16-5 first quarter when he scored nine of his points. Sr. WG Hakeem Townsend added 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. For Mansion, high-scoring sr. WG Tracey Worley led them with 24 points. He hit 4-of-7 from distance and showed-off his offensive prowess in an assortment of ways. Sr. F John Scarbrough was warrior all night and added 18 points, while grabbing 14 rebounds. The Burrs will face GA in the Round of 16.
SOUTH REGION: (Mar. 18 at: Southern)
(2) Neumann 83, (7) West Philly 57
Sr. 6-4 F Adon El has spent much of his four-year career in the shadows of star, sr. PG Richard Tabby Cunningham, but not for lack of production. El routinely puts up solid numbers and usually is the calming force on the defensive side of the court. Last night, before a raucous pro-Neumann crowd the Pirates dismantled the Speedboys in rather easy fashion. Once again, El did his part. The long-limbed senior contributed 14 points, 12 rebounds, 7 blocks and even served-up 5 assists. Three of his dimes came on length of the court baseball style heaves that found teammates for easy lay-ups. Meanwhile, the Buccos got support from all that played and placed five in double-figures. Cunningham was a nuisance all evening. He added 11 points, 7 assists, and made 6 steals. He gave the Speedboy guards a night they soon forget. Others who figured prominently were sr. 6-5 David Burton (16), soph 6-4 WG Earl Pettis (13), and sr. 6-5 F Keith Herron (10) points respectively. Burton also added 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. Sr. WG Ricardo Lovelace 19 points paced West. Sr. G Chris Williams added 12 points. The Pirates forced West into 26 turnovers and used a 24-8 first quarter to sprint ahead.
(6) Archbishop Wood 56, (3) Malvern 47
In a mild upset the Vikings became the first higher seed to advance in the Field of 32. Sr. WG Tim Walters bobbed, weaved, and slashed his way in and around the Malvern zone for 19 points. The athletic wing player seemed to be in the right place at the right time all evening. He shot 7-for-9 from the field (1 three) and 4-for-5 from the line, he also hustled for 6 rebounds. Jr. headliner WG Matt Spadafora, whos been playing fantastic ball of late, chipped in with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Sr. WG Brian Klumpp added 12 points and made two key fourth quarter steals to cement the win. Wood took control early and surprisingly kept the Friars at arms length throughout. Malvern was led by franchise sr. 6-4 WG Brian Grandieri, who ended what was nothing short of a brilliant career. The savvy Grandieri poured home 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and had 4 assists. Sr. 6-3 F Dan Plunkett and promising soph WG Ryan McManus each scored 10 points. The Friars season ends on a sour note, while Wood will move on to face a hot Neumann squad.
SUBURBAN REGION: (Mar. 18 at: OHara)
(2) Episcopal 63, (7) Fels 48
Soph. 6-4 WG Wayne Ellington has been in the shadows somewhat this season. Not for his play with his team, but on the local scene of schoolboy standouts. After all, he is just a sophomore and this is just his first year on the Philadelphia circuit. He transferred to Episcopal earlier this year from a school in Reading. Tonight, Ellington inched his way up the charts a little more as he led his team to a first-round win by scoring 26 points and collecting 9 rebounds. Teamed with fellow and also much-heralded sophomore 6-5 F Gerald Henderson the Churchmen boast two of the more talented underclassmen in the area, if not the state. Already, Ellington exhibits ability of future stardom. Equipped with a scorers mentality he is dangerous from anywhere on the court. Take tonight for example, he shot 9-for-14 (2-of-3 threes) from the floor and scored his points in an array of ways. You be hard-pressed to find a player with such a smooth mid-range game. He routinely knocked down jumpers in and around the lane over Panther defenders. Henderson was no slouch either, as he uncorked three vicious slams on his way to 14 points. He was also a terror on the glass and swept 17 rebounds. Sr. WG Brian Shanahan added 12 points (2-for-2 threes). For Fels, sr. 6-5 WG Dionte Christmas was as good as advertised. The athletic and rangy senior dropped 27 points and snatched 11 rebounds. He sent a buzz through the crowd after dropping three consecutive treys in the late stages of the third quarter. This drew the Panthers to within 39-36, but they would get no closer. The Churchmen ended the game with a 24-12 run. Sr. WG Dawuud Lyons added 11 points for the Panthers.
North's Bad Luck Continues With Puck
(3) Bartram 66, (6) North 58
Just a few weeks ago North assistant and DN statman/legend Tom Puck McKenna collided with Falcon sr. WG Chalie Evans, probably his teams best player. The unfortunate incident landed the Falcons leading scorer on the injured list and North hasnt been the same. Yes, Evans returned for Norths pre-playoff loss versus Wood, but was hardly himself. Tonight the string of bad luck continued. Prior to the game Puck laid his trusty clipboard in front of the Falcon bench. Moments later North Head Coach Mike McCarron turned in that direction, landed on the misplaced clipboard, slipped and was then sent sprawling to the floor. After a few minutes McCarron popped-up, but not without a very noticeable limp. Early diagnosis was a severely sprained left ankle and a contusion on his right elbow, which apparently slammed against the first row of bleachers as he fell. McCarron was forced to coach from a sitting position for the duration of the game. Puck was forced to keep the team stats from the top of the bleachers across the court. As for the game, The Maroon Wave jumped on the dazed Falcons with a 12-0 run to start the game. They then led 36-18 at the intermission. The Falcons made a run and drew within six at 56-50 midway through the fourth quarter but would get no closer. Sr. WG Tywain McKee who scored 23 points, including 4-of-6 from downtown led Bartram. He also added 5 steals and 4 assists. Sr. CG Maurice Wood had a solid outing with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Inside players sr. 6-7 C Chris Seaborn (13 pts, 11 rebs) and jr. 6-5 Daziah Miller (12 pts, 7 rebs) had productive games. Seaborn unleashed a rim-rattling slam off a follow that had the Bartram faithful going berserk. Jr. sniper John Adamski 21 points led the Falcons. He nailed five-threes, including four during the Falcons third quarter comeback bid. Evans gutted-out 13 points and 4 steals. Frosh. G Andrew Pomager chipped in with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Bartram will now face Episcopal in what should be a dandy of a Sweet-16 contest.
NORTH REGION: (Mar. 19 at: Ben Franklin)
Ryan soph PG Joe Zeglinski hit a desperation 35-foot three-pointer as time expired to lift the Red Raiders past Olney. Trailing by two, Ryan had the ball under their own basket with just :04 seconds remaining. Sr. 6-5 F Joe Mullin hit Zeglinski with the pass as he ran from left-to-right. After receiving the ball he headed upcourt. After crossing halfcourt he dribbled to right, moved a little closer and then launched his shot. SWISH! The shot found nothing but net and set off a wild celebration. The Trojans were stunned and many were visibly upset. Up until this point Zeglinski had just a so-so outing. He finished with 13 points, but was just 4-for-14 from the field, including just 2-for-8 from the arc. Sr. WG Jim Welsh nailed four three-pointers on his way to 17 points. Mullin added 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Soph 6-7 C Kevin Hudgeons did an admirable job with Olneys big men and battled for 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Olneys sr. 6-5 F Erik Ugs Adams scored 18 points and claimed 15 rebounds. It was his put-back that gave Olney a 52-50 lead before Zeglinskis heroics. Sr. WG Kevin Presberry added 16 points and sr. PG Andrew Jerry notched 10 points and 6 assists.
FLCs sr. PG Michael Scott doesnt always get the limelight, but the heady floor leader is quietly having one of the finer seasons in the city. Tonight, he was very instrumental in seeing that the Bobcats moved on the second round. Trailing 48-46, Scott scored six consecutive points to put his team up for good. Both were three-point plays. First, he hit a conventional trey from the top of the key. Then, on the next possession he slithered through multiple Jaguar defenders, drew contact and scored while being foul. The made freebie gave the Bobcats a 52-48 lead with just over a minute to play. For the game he scored 19 points, dealt 5 assists, and plucked 4 steals. Scott is a capable score and distributor, but it is his heady play and court awareness that is usually so valuable for the Bobcats. Also playing pivotal roles were sr. 6-4 F Joshua Grier 12 points and 9 rebounds and sr. F Meril Branch 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Jaguars battled hard, but couldnt expand that late two-point lead. Thrice they had opportunities, but failed to cash in. They had three players reach double-digits. Jr. F Anthony Morrision (14), sr. G Antoine Coaxum (13), and sr. G Jeffery Andrepoint (11). Morrison and Andrepoint evenly split 24 rebounds. FLC will now take on Dougherty in what should be a very entertaining contest.
SOUTH REGION: (Mar. 20 at: Neumann)
The Penn Charter basketball team has been playing some of its best ball over the last month and a half. Their momentum continued tonight after they dismantled an overmatched Roxborough squad. Sr. PG Sean Singletary (Virginia signee) once again proved why he is one of the top players in the area with another resounding performance. Tonight, he torched the Roxborough defense for 26 points on 10-for13 shooting from the field. He also added 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. He was very prominent in the first quarter when he helped his team race out to a 28-8 lead. He scored 14 of his points in the opening stanza. Sr. 6-9 F Rob Kurz (Notre Dame signee) added 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 swats. Jr. WG Zack Zeglinski nailed five three-pointers on his way to 17 points and also added 4 assists. Younger brother frosh. WG Sammy Zeglinski chipped in with 8 points and 6 dimes. The lone bright spot for the Indians was sr. WG Donte Robinson who scored 24 points and hit 5 threes. Jr. F Ameer Ali did reach double-digits with 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Lancers' Prayer Answered By A Saint
(5) Central 54, (4) Frankford 52
Lancers promising soph 6-3 WG Kenny St. George found himself in the right place at the right time at the end of his teams first round win over Frankford. St. George put home jr. WG 6-3 Scott Rodgers' missed trey from the left corner with just :02 seconds left for the winning basket. After dribbling up the left side Rodgers became trapped in the corner and had to force a desperation shot. The shot missed badly, but St. George was in excellent position, caught the air ball and laid it gently off the glass. Frankfords jr. G Ryan Smith halfcourt heave came up short as time expired. The Lancers trailed by six entering the final quarter. However, they started the quarter with eight straight points to take their first lead of the game. Rodgers led the Lancers with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals. St. George was next with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Jr. PG Lamar Williams was steady throughout and produced 12 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Soph WG Lewis Leornard paced the Pioneers with 14 points. Smith added 13 points and 3 steals. Sr. F Malik Dickerson hustled for 12 points and 10 rebounds.
SUBURBAN REGION: (Mar. 20 at: Malvern)
Prep Shoots Judge Out Of Tourney
(1) SJ Prep 72, (8) Father Judge 45
The Catholic League champs put of a shooting exhibition that will have many who witnessed it talking for days, if not weeks. The Hawklets nailed their first six treys and before the Crusader realized what had hit them they trailed 24-5. The Prep went on to hit 11-of-14 three-pointers in the first half and had an overwhelming 44-17 halftime lead. They cooled off in the second half and only hit 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Leading the charge was sr. sniper WG John Griffin (Bucknell signee) who dialed up long distance seven times on his way to a team-high 23 points. Sr. PG Chris Clark scored 15 points (3- threes) and dished 8 assists. Soph. 6-3 F Reggie Redding notched 14 points and 13 rebounds. Sr. WG Jared Black hit all three of his shots from the arc for 9 points. The Prep finished 15-for-21 from the beyond the arc and shot 24-for-35 from the field for the game. For Judge, sr. 6-5 F Steve Wolf battled for 17 points and 9 rebounds.
Southern Slips Past Engineers
(4) Southern 66, Engineering & Science 60
Southerns Public League season ended disappointingly with a first round loss to University City. However, after a solid team effort a similar fate was avoided in the first round of the city basketball tournament. The Rams posted four players double figures and held off a late rally by the Engineers to advance to the second round where they will meet Catholic League champion St. Joes Prep. Leading the way was high-scoring jr. 6-4 WG Kashief Carr. The explosive wing player scored 23 points and made 4 steals. Sr. PG Antione Doo Dirty Brown had a solid floor game. He contributed 10 points, 8 assists, and 5 steals. His last theft led to an easy lay-up that expanded a lead from two to four points. E&S would draw no closer. Sr. 6-5 F Shawn Sabb was 6-for-9 from the field and scored 16 points. He also was a terror on the boards as he claimed 15 rebounds. Sr. WG Keith Grimes added 12 points and 3 steals. The Rams slammed the Engineers on the glass to the tone of 46-to-23. Sr. WG Kechan Myers led E&S with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Sr. WG Tramaine Jackson (17) and sr. CG Michael Ganier (12) each reached double-digits. E&S trailed by 16 points entering the fourth quarter, but drew with in 58-56 with just 3:02 left. This is when Brown made his steal and the rally attempt stalled.
NORTH REGION: (Mar. 24 - at: Phila. Univ.)
In The Nick Of Time Explorers Upset
(3) LaSalle 71, (2) Roman (70) (Triple - Overtime)
LaSalle sr. 6-4 F Nick Shattuck tipped-in a missed shot as time expired to give the Explorers the victory in three exhilarating overtimes. Following the good goal it was utter chaos. The tip was so close to the horn that there was a slight hesitation by all three referees before a signal to count it became clear. Fans from both schools were on the court, both seemingly celebrating the win. Within seconds the Roman faithful were stunned to see that their team had fallen. Roman Head Coach Dennis Seddon, an assistant, and believe it or not the PA announcer (Dan Hoban. Roman graduate/loyalist) chased the trio of officials into their dressing room to dispute the call. They reappeared moments later still visibly shaken. To the naked eye, or ear, it was too close to call. The final bucket by Shattuck capped what was a remarkable performance from the late-blooming prospect. Showing little rust from an earlier ankle injury the crafty small forward was simply amazing. He torched the Cahillite defense for 35 points. He shot 12-for-17 from the field (four threes) and 7-for-8 from the line while doing his damage. He also collected 13 rebounds and swatted 3 shots. At the end of regulation he sent the game to overtime by nailing his third three, knotting the game at 53-53. The Cahillites could have ended the contest after just one OT, but sr. 6-5 F Brent Johnson (9 pts, 11 rebs) hit only one-of-two freebies with just a second left on the clock. The score was tied 57-57 after the first overtime. Neither team got close to winning at the end of the second overtime. However, with just over a minute to play in that session, LaSalle sr. WG Ryan Kirk (13 points) with his team trailing by four hit a three-pointer while being fouled. He sunk the foul shot and locked-up the game at 64-64. A long two by Roman jr. PG Bobby Jordan (12 pts, 7 asst) caromed off the front of the rim as time expired. With :17 seconds left in the third OT Roman franchise sr. 6-4 F Charron Fisher bullied his way to the basket giving Roman their last lead at 70-69. After a timeout, the Explorers appeared to have set up a play for Shattuck. As the seconds ran off the clock sr. PG Colin Fitzgerald (8 points, 5 assist) tried to find Shattuck as he ran off a couple of screens, but he was covered tightly. So, as time wound down Fitzgerald forced an off-balanced 8-footer to the right of the lane. The shot missed, but Shattuck appeared out of nowhere to provide his heroics. The Explorers got good contributions from sr. WG Kevin Moll (10 points, 4 steals, 6 rebounds) and jr. F Joe Sobocinski (11 rebounds). The loss ended the career of Fisher, but he had another monster performance. Tonight, he finished with 37 points (13-20 FGs, 11-12 FTs) and swept 21 rebounds.
Walden, Gratz Celebrate With Block Party
(1) Simon Gratz 59, (5) Archbishop Ryan 42
In the nightcap at Philadelphia University, sr. C 6-7 Matthew Walden and his Bulldog teammates held a block party against the Raiders of Ryan. Gratz blocked 14 shots and Walden in particular swatted eight. Ryan had a difficult scoring from in close all evening as countless other attempts were altered. Walden, who has been somewhat of an enigma in his career, had the type of breakout performance that have the D-2s and some D-1s intrigued. The long and athletic senior seemed to be everywhere all night. Besides the blocks he contributed 8 points and 12 rebounds, as he got within sniffing distance of a triple-double. The Bulldogs sputtered to a degree early and led just 10-4 after one quarter and 24-13 at the intermission. In fact, the game had a serious defensive tone and at times lacked any real cohesiveness from either team. In the early stages of the third quarter Ryan actually got as close as 26-23 after a sr. WG Jim Welsh (11 points) three-pointer. However, the Bulldogs ended the quarter with a 16-to-4 run and led comfortably, 42-27 after three quarters. Sr. 6-5 F Mark Tyndale, the Public League Player of the Year, scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half. He also claimed 12 rebounds and blocked 3 shots. Sr. PG Tyrone "Tamir" Smith supplied constant energy with 12 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals. Sr. 6-4 F Jason Hickenbottom add 10 points and 8 rebounds. Sr. F Malcolm Welles was a defensive force throughout. Leading Ryan was sr. 6-5 F Joe Mullin with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Soph WG Joe Zeglinski added 13 points. Ryan shot just 16-for-47 from the field. They were also a dismal 2-for-14 from the arc.
WEST REGION: (Mar. 24 - at: Drexel Univ.)
Upset Bid By Burrs Just Ott Of Reach
(2) Germantown Acad. 64, (3) West Catholic 60
The Patriots behind an enormous
effort from soph 6-9 C Andrew Ott held off the upset-minded Burrs to advance to the Elite
Eight. The Burrs had no answer to Otts size and the sophomore prospect had his way
all evening. Ott helped provide his team with a comfortable 33-20 halftime lead by using
his soft hands to deposit basket after basket from in close. He scored 26 points in the
game with a torrid 12-for-15 shooting performance. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked
5 shots. Whenever the Burrs seemed to be on the verge of drawing closer he would have an
answer. A handful of his buckets came on put backs and many were back-breaking. Jr. 6-6 F
Ryan Ayers was next with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Sr. PG Larry Sharp hit four key free
throws late and added 7 points and 6 assists. Jr. 6-6 F Brian Grimes still working his way
back from a broken hand added 8 points and 7 rebounds.
Though the Burrs trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half they rallied and
made a game of it during the fourth quarter. Things started ominously for West as they
arrived to the gym later than expected. This happened even though the school is just mile
or so from Drexel. The Burrs bus failed to arrive to the school. With no school van
on site and not enough vehicles to fit all of the team members Head Coach Bill Ludlow
decided to have his team walk to Drexel. The trip wouldnt have been that bad, but
the team ran into a few detours on their way down Market Street. First, they were directed
to travel a few blocks out of their way because of a disturbance along Market Street.
Then, the skies opened up and the rains came pouring down as the team scurried the last
few blocks to the gym. When the game started the Burrs came out ice cold. They fell down
8-0 and 17-4 before shaking off the rust from their unforeseeable journey. The Burrs
trailed by just nine, at 50-41 entering the final stanza. They eventually got as close as
two points at 56-54, but ran out of gas before completing the comeback. Sr. 6-4 WG
Marshall Taylor paced the Burrs with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 steals. Sr. WG Robert
Latimer aided with 17 points.
Though the Burrs trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half they rallied and made a game of it during the fourth quarter. Things started ominously for West as they arrived to the gym later than expected. This happened even though the school is just mile or so from Drexel. The Burrs bus failed to arrive to the school. With no school van on site and not enough vehicles to fit all of the team members Head Coach Bill Ludlow decided to have his team walk to Drexel. The trip wouldnt have been that bad, but the team ran into a few detours on their way down Market Street. First, they were directed to travel a few blocks out of their way because of a disturbance along Market Street. Then, the skies opened up and the rains came pouring down as the team scurried the last few blocks to the gym. When the game started the Burrs came out ice cold. They fell down 8-0 and 17-4 before shaking off the rust from their unforeseeable journey. The Burrs trailed by just nine, at 50-41 entering the final stanza. They eventually got as close as two points at 56-54, but ran out of gas before completing the comeback. Sr. 6-4 WG Marshall Taylor paced the Burrs with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 steals. Sr. WG Robert Latimer aided with 17 points.
Dougherty Dismantles FLC To Reach Elite 8
(1) Dougherty 64, (5) FLC 42
The Cardinals wasted no time putting
away the Bobcats and advanced to the Elite Eight in convincing fashion. Sr. CG Kyle Lowry
and Sr. PG Timmy Smith each nailed a three-pointer to start the game and for all intents
and purposes this baby was over. Dougherty
went on to lead 17-3 after one quarter and 35-17 at halftime. After the first quarter FLC
would never be as close as 14 points. Lowry was effortless in dropping 22 points on
8-for-11 shooting. He also added 5 steals, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Jr. 6-8 F Shane
Clark was next with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 swats. Clark was 7-for-8 from the field.
Sr. 6-7 F DeSean White also added a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Many
observers had this game circled as a possible stumbling block for the talented Cardinals,
but it just wasnt to be. FLC appeared to be confident, but a few costly mistakes
early and the hot shooting from Dougherty were too much for them to overcome. Sr. PG
Michael Scott led the Bobcats with 16 points and 4 assists. Sr. F Joshua Grier was next
with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Dougherty will now play Germantown Academy for the chance
to get at a final four appearance. Dougherty was a blistering 25-for-39 from the field.
They also had 21 assists on their 25 made baskets.
Michael Scott led the Bobcats with 16 points and 4 assists. Sr. F Joshua Grier was next
with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Dougherty will now play Germantown Academy for the chance
to get at a final four appearance. Dougherty was a blistering 25-for-39 from the field.
They also had 21 assists on their 25 made baskets.
Dougherty was a blistering 25-for-39 from the field. They also had 21 assists on their 25 made baskets.
SWEET 16, PART II
SOUTH REGION: (Mar. 26 - at: Phila. Comm. College)
Pirates Put A Burton On Wood
(2) Neumann 72, (6) Wood 52
The St. John Neumann basketball team was running on all cylinders last night in their easy victory over Archbishop Wood. By doing so they advanced to the Elite Eight of the city basketball tourney. Leading the way was jr. 6-5 F David Burton. Showing a scorers edge, the athletic Burton deposited 24 points and snagged 13 rebounds. He hit for ten early points as Neumann raced out to a commanding 23-8 lead after one quarter. Burton finished 8-for-13 from the field (2 threes) and 5-for-7 from the line. Many times he found himself on the receiving end of passes from the Neumann guards. Sr. PG Richard Tabby Cunningham (LaSalle signee) dropped 9 dimes in the game and made 4 steals. Sr. 6-4 F Adon El filled the stat sheet yet again. He scored 13 points, swept 11 rebounds, blocked 5 shots, and even had 4 assists. The Pirates were never really threatened and led 41-21 at halftime. Soph 6-5 WG Earl Pettis added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Soph WG Derrick D.J. Rivera also scored in double-digits with 10 points and 3 steals. The Pirate defense forced 22 Viking turnovers and had a huge advantage in the athleticism department. Wood was led by jr. PG Mike Spadafora who scored 18 points and claimed 8 rebounds. Jr. 6-8 F Rob Pearson hustled for 8 points and 9 boards.
Penn Charter Gets Ziggy With It.
Not Once, But Twice
(1) Penn Charter 76, (5) Central 51
No one is saying that the Zeglinski brothers, jr. WG Zack and frosh CG Sammy arent important members of Penn Charters ever-impressive basketball team. Both are starters and contribute regularly. However, when you have two D-1 signees leading the way it can become difficult to get noticed. The Quakers boast two of the better players in the city with sr. PG Sean Singletary (Virginia signee) and sr. 6-9 F Rob Kurz (Notre Dame signee). Tonight, the Zeglinski once again did their part, and one could say they were the headliners. Zack went for 24 points and hit 6-of-9 three-pointers. Many were from way out territory. Sammy, was no slouch himself. He connected on 3-of-4 from the arc and finished with 13 points. The brothers combined for 14 assists as well. The Quakers connected on 14-of-26 from distance and were very impressive to the least. As for headliners Singletary and Kurz they had to be just ordinary in the victory. Singletary finished with 16 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Kurz went for 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Charter seized control early and never looked back. they led 41-22 at halftime after shooting nearly 70% in that first half. Central was led by jr. 6-3 WG Scott Rodgers who toughed-out 19 points and 7 rebounds. Jr. 6-6 F Malcolm Ingram was the Lancers only other double-figure scorer with 11 points. The Quakers will now play Neumann in the Elite Eight. Even though Penn Charter handled Neumann earlier this season this should be a tremendous game. Both squads have been playing exceptional basketball as of late.
SUBURBAN REGION (Mar. 26 - at: Widener Univ.)
The Price Is Right For Bartram
(3) Bartram 55, (2) Episcopal 52
Things havent been easy for Bartrams sr. F 6-3 Rhafique Price that often this year. The aggressive role player on many days is the sixth, seventh, or even eighth option for the Marron Wave. However, one thing you can count on is constant hustle and a defensive presence. Offensive output isnt always there or expected, but tonight he did a little on both ends in helping the Maroon Wave advance to the Elite Eight. Seeing extended time because of foul trouble to frontcourt players he scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, made 3 steals, and even blocked 2 shots in 16 active minutes. Two of his baskets came in the late going and both were scored on follows. The first came with 2:36 left and it tied the game at 47-47. Then, he followed a missed trey by sr. WG Tywain McKee with :49 seconds remaining for a 53-49 lead. Episcopals Brian Shanahan (11 points) hit a three, his third of the game to draw the Churchmen to within one with :07 seconds left. However, Bartrams sr. CG Maurice Wood calmly sunk two freebies to extend the lead to three. Episcopals soph 6-4 WG Wayne Ellington missed badly on a rushed trey from out front as the buzzer sounded. Before Prices offensive heroics he was more of a defensive star. With sr. 6-7 C Chris Seaborn (7 pts, 7 rebs) and jr. 6-5 F Daziah Miller is foul trouble it was Price that stepped up. He was asked to guard Episcopals sensational soph. 6-5 F Gerald Henderson. Henderson did score 14 points, but had to work from every one of them. Price help force him into a 5-for-17 shooting performance. McKee led Bartram in scoring with 19 points. He scored 12 of his points in the first half and added 4 each of assists and steals. Wood tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Episcopal was led by Ellington who scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
It Doesnt Have To Be October
for This Reggie To Perform
(1) SJ Prep 65, (4) Southern 48
Reggie, Reggie, Reggie is what the Prep student section bellowed as the promising sophomore 6-3 F Reggie Redding left the game in the waning moments. With more performances like this hell soon be donning the nickname of Mr. March. All he did tonight was score 25 points, wax the boards for 16 rebounds, and pluck 4 steals. Doing all of this against a quality team, with a good inside player and some very capable athletes is very impressive to say the least. Six of his rebounds came off the offensive glass. Of these six four led to follows by himself. He wasnt just scoring inside though, and made 3-of-4 from the arc. They game was somewhat tight in the first half and Southern even had a brief lead late in the half before Prep went up 27-24 at the intermission. It was Redding that seized control of the game for the Hawklets when he scored nine consecutive points to close out the third quarter and give his team 44-31 lead. Sr. PG Chris Clark added 14 points and 7 assists. St. WG John Griffin scored 12 points but had a rough shooting night going just 1-for-8 from distance and 4-for-15 in total. He did hustle for 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists. Sr. 6-4 F Mike Kearney banged in the paint for 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. He did an excellent defensive job on Southerns sr. 6-5 F Shawn Sabb. Holding him to just 2-for-9 shooting and 9 points. The Prep won the turnover battle with 6 for the game, while forcing 17 by the Rams. Southerns jr. WG Kashief Carr dropped 20 points. Sr. PG Antoine Doo Dirty Brown saw his great career come to an end with a 13-point and 6 assist outing.
NORTH REGION (Mar. 30 - at: Temple Univ.)
Malcolm In The Middle For Bulldogs
(1)Simon Gratz 56, (3) LaSalle 42
No, Simon Gratz sr. 6-4 F Malcolm Welles does not patrol the lane like a roving shot blocking machine. Yes, he is consistently the Bulldogs number one option when it comes to shutting down the oppositions most potent offensive weapon. When it comes to offensive fireworks Welles only occasionally has a breakout performance. Tonight, again he was just ordinary on the offensive end, posting 7 points on only four shot attempts. However, it was his defensive effort on LaSalles leading scorer sr. 6-4 F Nick Shattuck that help propel the Bulldogs into the Final Four. Shattuck, recently torched Roman for 35 points, including a game winning tip as time expired in the third overtime. Tonight, due to constant pressure and stick-to-you defense by Welles, Shattuck suffered through a 3-for-14 shooting performance and scored just 7 points as the Explorers bowed to a hungry group of Bulldogs. Everywhere Shattuck went on the court Welles was close by and rarely did he get what you would call a clean look at a shot. Welles also pulled 8 rebounds, made 4 steals, and swatted 3 shots. Offensively, Gratz was led by sr. 6-5 F Mark Tyndale who notched 23 points. He shot 8-for-12 from the field and 7-for-10 from the line. Tyndale also snatched 13 rebounds. Sr. PG Tyrone Smith added 10 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Sr. 6-4 F Jason Hickenbottom was active with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Sr. PG Colin Fitzgerald who scored 13 points led LaSalle. Sr. WG Ryan Kirk added 10 points and 3 assists. Gratz broke the game open early in the second half with 11-2 run that pushed their lead to 14 points at 37-23.
Well, it took while, but a number one seed has finally fallen. The Patriots used gritty play, a few good bounces, and some clutch play from jr. 6-6 F Ryan Ayers to knock off the Cardinals. Dougherty entered the tournament as one of the favorites, but GA was definitely a team that had to be reckoned with. With the game knotted at 52 apiece Ayers scored seven straight points to seize control for GA. First, he calmly sunk a 15-foot right wing jumper off a feed from sr. PG Larry Sharp. Then, off a steal by jr. 6-4 G Kirk Jones he went in and scored an uncontested lay-up giving the Pats a 56-52 lead with 1:12 left. After Dougherty failed to cash in on multiple attempts, the ball rolled towards center court. GAs jr. 6-6 F Brian Grimes won the battle of the loose ball and hit Sharp while sprawled on the floor. Sharp proceeded up court in a two-on-one situation with Ayers. They nicely passed to one another before Ayers accepted the last pass and put the ball off the glass while being fouled by Doughertys sr. PG Timmy Smith. Ayers calmly sunk the foul shot giving GA a commanding 59-52 lead with :49 seconds left. Things got a little interesting after Dougherty sr. 6-8 F Shane Clark scored on a follow and then sr. PG Kyle Lowry nailed a deep trey to make the score 59-57 with :12 seconds left. However, Grimes converted both ends of a one-and-one for the final margin. For the game, Ayers finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. He also played good defense on Doughertys star 6-7 F DeSean White (11 rebounds) limiting him to just 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting. Grimes seemed to be just about all the way back from the broken hand he suffered in the latter part of the season. He finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Sharp scored 8 points and dealt 7 assist. Soph 6-9 C Andrew Ott held his own against the athletic Cardinals with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. In a wonderful performance, Lowrys 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals led Dougherty. Clark added 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Dougherty had an early 14-4 lead, but GA was able to get within three points by halftime. The seconds half was nip and tuck until Ayers outburst in the late going. The Patriots will look to redeem themselves against Gratz. The Bulldogs bested the Patriots earlier this season.
SOUTH REGION: (Mar. 31 at: LaSalle Univ.)
Penn Charters sr. 6-9 F Rob Kurz, a Notre Dame signee, has had plenty of big games in his career, but you'd be hard pressed to find a more complete performance than the one he turned in tonight. The rangy and athletic senior lit the Pirates up to the tune of a triple-double. In what was one of the best games of the tournament thus far the sold out crowd at Tom Gola Arena was buzzing all evening. Kurz did more than enough to contribute to the constant stir. He shot 11-for-17 from the field (3-for-5, 3s) and 6-for-8 from the line for a game-high 31 points. He also hauled 15 rebounds and still found time to swat 11 shots. Early on, it was the Pirates that took control, leading 23-16 after one quarter. It was Kurz who got his team back in the game by scoring 13 of his points in the second quarter. The Quakers cut the Pirate lead to just two points, 40-38 at the intermission. In the third quarter, City Player of the Year sr. PG Sean Singletary (Virginia signee) shook off the first half rust and scored 12 third quarter points. The Quakers led 57-55 after the third quarter. This set the stage for an exhilarating fourth quarter. The lead changed times five times during the final stanza. The Pirates even led by four, 72-68 with 3:12 left and had possession of the ball. However, Singletary made a tremendous steal and then fed soph F Joe Rauchut for a lay-up. This play really switched the momentum and Penn Charter went on to score eight straight points to take a 76-72 lead with 1:32 remaining. Neumanns sr. PG Richard Tabby Cunningham nailed a three-pointer from the left corner to draw the Pirates to within one at 76-75 with 1:02 left. This is when Kurz left his mark yet again. First, he scored on a follow giving his team a three-point lead. Then, on the defensive end he blocked his eleventh shot of the game when he pinned sr. 6-4 F Adon Els shot to the glass. He controlled the rebound and then sunk two freebies after being fouled for 80-75 lead with :14 seconds left. Singletary was marvelous as well, especially in the second half and finished with 26 points, 8 assists, and 5 steals. Jr. WG Zack Zeglinski added 13 points for the Quakers and was 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. In a losing cause Cunningham was brilliant and hung with the aforementioned Singletary pretty much throughout. He ended his career with a 24-point effort, 7 assists, and 6 steals. Jr. 6-5 F David Burton scored 14 points and hauled in 12 rebounds. El was solid again with 12 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Soph 6-4 WG Earl Pettis also contributed 11 points. The Quakers will face Simon Gratz in one semifinal in what will certainly be a contrast of styles and a terrific ball game.
SUBURBAN REGION: (Mar. 31 at: Villanova)
Prep sr. PG Chris Clark has put together a terrific career during his time at St. Joes. However, for one reason or another he has at times gotten lost in the shuffle of the great point guards in the city. True, Penn Charters Sean Singletary (Virginia), Doughertys Kyle Lowry (Nova), and Neumanns Richard Tabby Cunningham (LaSalle) are all terrific players and all are D-1 signees. Clark has not decided on a college and only until recently has been under the radar screen of D-1 programs. Luckily, for Clark there is still time to garner one of these D-1 scholarships. Even luckier might be those college coaches who decide to get in the hunt for this you-could-do-much-worse-than performer. Tonight, Clark was his usual steady and reliable self while notching 23 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals. More importantly he only turned the ball over once while playing every minute. Bartram had a huge advantage in size and early on they took advantage of this size by jumping out to a 18-10 lead early in the second quarter. To this point the Maroon Wave had scored 8 second chance points and were playing with oodles of enthusiasm. However, it was Clarks calming influence that sprung a 15-3 run to end the quarter and turn an eight-point deficit into a four-point halftime lead. During this run Clark nailed two treys and made a couple of steals that led to easy buckets. The Prep seized control midway through the third stanza and led 46-34 entering the fourth quarter. Bartram drew within five when sr. WG Tywain McKee hit back-to-back threes late in the game. However, Clark put the game away when hit six consecutive free throws in the games final minute. Prep got a solid performance from soph 6-3 F Reggie Redding who scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Sr. WG John Griffin added 14 points and 4 assists in a supporting role. Sr. 6-3 F Mike Kearney hustled for 9 rebounds. Mckees 18 points led Bartram. While sr. G Maurice Wood scored 15 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Jr. 6-5 F Daziah Miller contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawks won the turnover battle 18-to-7. The Prep will take on Germantown Academy for the right to reach the final.
NORTH/SOUTH REGION: (April 5 at: Palestra)
The Quakers used balanced scoring and gritty defense to get past the Bulldogs in rather easy fashion. Penn Charter placed four players double figures and consistently made the extra pass. Leading the way was sr. PG Sean Singletary (Virginia signee) who scored a team-high 22 points. He also added 7 assists and 4 steals. Twice, Singletary ended quarters with baskets. This included a 40-foot three-pointer that ended the third quarter. That pushed the Quakers lead to 47-37 and Gratz would get no closer. Charter had the lead for nearly the entire game. Gratz lone and brief lead came with 5:48 left in the first quarter and it was just 6-4. Penn Charters frosh. PG Sammy Zeglinski hit a trey the next time down the floor re-giving the Quakers the lead. A lead they would never relinquish. Sr. 6-8 F Rob Kurz (Notre Dame signee) scored 17 points and claimed 14 rebounds. Jr. WG Zack Zeglinski added 15 points (3-for-4, 3s) and 5 assists. It seemed like every time the Bulldogs got within sniffing distance the elder Zeglinski answered with a backbreaking trey. The younger Zeglinski chipped in with 8 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals. He hit 2-of-3 from distance. As a team the Quakers made 9-of-13 three-pointers. They also got a huge hand from a couple of lesser known. Soph F Joe Rauchut battled for 8 rebounds. Jr. R.J. Hollinshead made 5-of-7 from the field for 10 clutch points. For Gratz, sr. 6-5 F Mark Tyndale (Temple signee) was a one-man show at times as he scored a game-high 27 points and plucked 11 rebounds. He shot 11-for-18 (1 trey) from the field and 4-for-6 from the line. Sr. 6-4 F Jason Hickenbottom was next in line with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sr. 6-8 C Matt Walden was active early and finished with 7 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 swats. However, he missed large stretches because of foul trouble. Sr. PG Tyrone Smith struggled and scored his only two points of the game in the late going. He was just 1-for-7 from the field. Aside from Tyndale, the rest of the Bulldogs shot just 12-for-38, 31.8%.
The Hawks rallied around an incredible shooting performance by sr. WG John Griffin (Bucknell signee) to outlast the Patriots in an entertaining contest. Griffin connected on 8-of-12 from beyond the arc with each made prettier than the previous one. Overall, he shot 10-for-15 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line for 31 incredible points. Six of Griffins threes came in the first half, but it was his last two that sealed the deal for the Hawklets. Leading 55-54, with 2:34 left in the game, Griffin took a pass from sr. PG Chris Clark as he came off of a screen and nailed a left-wing trey. After a steal by soph. 6-3 F Reggie Redding on GAs next possession it was again Griffin who supplied the damage. This time he freed himself along the baseline before stepping out and drilling a right corner trey. Giving the Prep a 61-54 lead with 1:49 left. GAs sr. PG Larry Sharp (10 points, 5 assists) hit a trey with 1:23 left to bring them to within four at 61-57, but they would get no closer. The Prep finished 8-for-9 at the charity stripe to cement the win. Clark, hit 6-of-7 freebies during this stretch and finished with 14 points and 8 assists. Redding added 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 steals. Sr. WG Corey ORourke mixed in 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Sr. 6-4 F Mike Kearney battled for 7 rebounds and a couple of blocks. GA, who fell behind at halftime 35-21 fought back ferociously. They outscored the Hawks 21-11 during the third quarter and trailed by only four at the end of three, 46-42. Leading the charge was jr. 6-6 WG Ryan Ayers. Ayers scored 13 of his 24 points during the third quarter comeback. He also added 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Soph 6-9 C Andrew Ott spent a good portion of the first half on the bench with foul trouble. He came alive in the second half with 9 points and finished with 13 points for the game and 11 rebounds. Jr. 6-5 WG Kirk Jones added some spirited play and scored 8 points, had 5 assists, and made 4 steals. The Hawks will now take on Penn Charter in the championship game. The Prep edged the Quakers earlier in the year. This should make for an exciting final game that will undoubtedly be played in front of a packed house.
Penn Charter 99, SJ Prep 96 (2-OT)
Singletary Slays Prep For Tourney Title
The career of Penn Charter sr. PG Sean Singletary could not have ended any more dramatically. The Preps sr. PG Chris Clark had just finished knotting the game at 96-96 with :03.6 seconds left, seemingly sending the game into a third overtime. Then, out of nowhere, but hardly unexpected, Singletary took the in-bounds pass, dribbled hard up court and then let fly with a 50-foot prayer that found nothing but the bottom of the net. The shot broke the tie and gave the Quakers the crown in the first-ever city basketball tournament. The Hawks where left stunned and amazed, while the Quakers pranced and danced as they were mobbed by the Penn Charter student body.
The feeling of disbelief with nothing new for the Prep, as it was Singletary with an improbable scoop shot that sent the game into overtime number one as time expired in regulation.
Even in the games early moments, like just before halftime, Singletary made his presence felt. With the Prep seeming to be in control 41-31, Singletary was again the man of the moment. First, he nailed a fade away along the baseline. Then, as the Prep scurried to get the ball in-bounded he stepped in front of an ill-advised pass and sunk a desperation trey as the first half buzzer sounded. Turning a 10-point deficit to only five and more importantly supplying some much-needed momentum.
In the game Singletary notched 36 points, on 12-for-21 shooting (4-for-7, 3s). He also claimed 8 rebounds, dealt 8 assists, and made 4 steals further showing why he is widely considered the citys best schoolboy hoops player.
Singletary had plenty of help from his teammates. Sr. 6-9 F Rob Kurz scored 18 points and cleaned the glass for 18 rebounds. He also swatted seven shots before fouling out early in the second overtime. The Zeglinski brothers, jr. Zack and frosh. Sammy combined for 25 points and 10 assists. They also connected on 5-of-11 from the beyond the arc. Zack, hit a key three near the end of the fourth quarter that got the Quakers to within one point. Later, he nearly won the game at the end of the first overtime, but his right-corner trey rimmed out as time expired. That was his only miss from beyond the arc in the game. Jr. F R.J. Hollinshead scrambled for 8 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the field.
The Prep was equally as marvelous throughout the game. Three players, sr. PG Chris Clark, sr. WG John Griffin, and soph 6-3 F Reggie Redding, played every minute.
It was Griffins hot shooting in the second quarter that propelled the Hawks to their brief 10-point lead. He hit three treys in the stanza and finished the half with 17 points. His shooting cooled some in the second half as the Quakers paid particularly close attention to him. He finished with a team-high 26 points, on 9-for-22 shooting. He hit 4-of-11 from distance, but only connected once on six tries in the second half from his comfort zone.
Clark was solid yet again with 20 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Amazingly, he only turned the ball over only twice in the game. Redding showed why he will be a force in the next two years. Recording yet another double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds. He added 4 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks for good measure. Sr. 6-3 Mike Kearney was a warrior all night before fouling out midway through the first overtime. He finished with 11 points (4-for-6 FGs) and 11 rebounds. Sr. WG Jared Black added 11 points and made three treys in the game.
The game was played before a boisterous and energetic crowd. In the end, they were treated to one of the best nights of high school basketball in recent memory. The highlight of the pre-game festivities had to be the race between ESPNs Dick Vitale and tedsilary.com chief Ted Silary. As it turns out Ted, aided by the Prep student section, edged Dickie V., aided by PCs student section, in a race from the top of the rafters down to press row.
Special thanks to long time Palestra caretaker Dan Harrell. Dan supplied a remote room where one Tom Puck McKenna viewed the game via closed circuit television. Puck was not permitted to within 50 feet of the court because of recent misfortunes involving CL players and coaches. In the end, the experience wasnt that bad, said the Puckster, Yo, man, you ever been in that room? It not bad. Pretty good. Yeah. Whole place to myself . . . Plus, I do game with Tee-ball or T-bone; whatever that crap called. (He meant TiVo). Any time I mess up block or assist, I just play it back. Now my stats right. Dan Harrell later mentioned that Puck inquired about possibly taking up permanent residence. Already, just in case, people are calling him Palestra Puck. Stay Tuned!!!
|PENN CHARTER||MIN||FG - FGA||3P - 3PA||FT - FTA||OR||DR||TR||AS||ST||BL||PF||PTS|
|Kurz||35||6 - 16||1 - 4||5 - 7||7||11||18||5||1||7||5||18|
|Z. Zeglinski||33||4 - 13||3 - 5||3 - 4||0||4||4||4||2||0||2||14|
|S. Zeglinski||28||4 - 12||2 - 6||1 - 2||1||2||3||6||1||0||2||11|
|Rauchut||21||3 - 6||0 - 0||1 - 3||2||2||4||1||0||1||4||7|
|Singletary||37||12 - 21||4 - 7||8 - 10||3||5||8||8||4||1||4||36|
|Hollinshead||17||4 - 5||0 - 0||0 - 0||0||3||3||1||0||0||2||8|
|McEnerney||7||0 - 2||0 - 0||0 - 0||1||1||2||0||0||0||1||0|
|Teuber||14||1 - 3||0 - 0||1 - 1||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||3|
|Hopkins||8||1 - 1||0 - 0||0 - 0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||2|
|TOTALS:||200||35 - 79||8 - 22||19 - 27||14||29||43||26||8||9||23||99|
|SJ PREP||MIN||FG - FGA||3P - 3PA||FT - FTA||OR||DR||TR||AS||ST||BL||PF||PTS|
|Redding||40||7 - 15||2 - 5||3 - 5||6||11||17||4||4||3||4||19|
|Griffin||40||9 - 22||4 - 11||4 - 5||1||6||7||3||2||0||3||26|
|Clark||40||6 - 14||3 - 7||5 - 5||2||3||5||9||3||0||2||20|
|Black||18||4 - 9||3 - 6||0 - 0||0||2||2||2||0||0||1||11|
|Kearney||30||4 - 6||0 - 0||3 - 5||4||7||11||1||1||3||5||11|
|O' Rourke||22||3 - 6||0 - 1||1 - 2||2||2||4||3||2||0||5||7|
|Boyle||10||1 - 2||0 - 0||0 - 1||2||1||3||0||0||1||2||2|
|TOTALS:||200||34 - 74||12 - 30||16 - 23||17||32||49||22||12||7||22||96|
|REFEREES:||Mike Jackson, James Smith, & Pat Shanahan|