Philadelphia High School Basketball
A Look at Mark "Max" Levin's 18-Year
Coaching Career at Overbrook High (1972-89)
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Mark "Max" Levin
Mark "Max" Levin coached basketball at Overbrook for 18 seasons (1972-89), winning 306 games, three Public League championships and the last two old-school City Titles. The '79 and '80 champs went a combined 68-1. The '80 team (34-0) beat Roman Catholic for the City Title. Here is that story . . .
By Ted Silary
the individual battle for laurels and glory that was discussed much more by
us than by them, Lonnie McFarlan charged ahead by one and then by two.
But Tony Costner has now pulled even . . . And then some, in his eyes.
League / Overall
1972: 11-3 / 15-7
1973: 2-0 / 3-8
1974: 9-4 / 12-10
1975: 12-2 / 19-3
1976: 10-3 / 16-7
1977: 13-1 / 23-4
1978: 14-1 / 21-6
1979: 14-1 / 34-1
1980: 14-0 / 34-0
1981: 8-7 / 11-15
1982: 11-1 / 21-7
1983: 6-2 / 21-5
1984: 5-7/ 6-20
1985: 10-3 / 14-10
1986: 6-7 / 13-12
1987: 9-4 / 12-12
1988: 10-3 / 18-7
1989: 7-6 / 13-11
18 Seasons, 1972-1989
League - 171-55
Overall - 306-145
Appearances Ended in . . .
1975, 1982, 1985, 1988
1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983
Note: 1973 team reached semis in Sonny Hill Winter League after teachers' strike ended PL season
"But I came over to the huddle
one time and Uncle Herb (Adams, a follower of the team and coach in
said to keep my head, pretend I was at practice, just do the things that I always do. I just thought back to the drills we did in
October, how easy everything can be if you let it. It all worked out."
As much of a snap as things seemed in the overtime, the Hilltoppers (34-0) were somewhat lucky to even get that far. A
baseline jumper by Black with 2:24 to go would provide the final points and they would miss their next five shots..
Until the fourth quarter, Black was non-existent as a shooter and all facets of his game were affected.
"As a basketball player, I have to mature," Steve said. "When I miss a shot, I really get down on myself. I try so hard to make
the next one and when I don't, I really get down on myself. If I can overcome this, I think I can become a really good player.
"It was getting so late, I told myself, 'You haven't done a thing the whole game. You better start making a contribution.'
"All I can say is that we're a pressure team. We've been involved in too many tough games not to hit the foul shots like we
did in the overtime."
With 6:30 to go in regulation, Roman owned a 41-37 lead as Roberts stuck a jumper. However, sub Charlie Brown scuffled
for a three-point play and Hardwick canned a jumper on a pass from Black and Overbrook was back on top.
Also, Big Tone was back in the game after incurring his fourth foul with 3:48 to go in the third quarter.
"A few times," Costner said, "I've had to prove to people that I can stick it out with four fouls. I did it again tonight."
Meanwhile, perhaps it is time to stick this 'Brook team on the same lofty plateau enjoyed by last year's team (34-1).
"This one is sweeter," said Levin, "because I don't think anyone expected us to do it - including myself. You start out knowing
what Tony can do and that we usually have a good crop of players, but hard work is the only thing that will get you this far
with an undefeated record. Geez, even last year's team didn't do that."
Last year's team, lest we forget, included a Tony Costner who was content to be one of five players, rather than the star.
This year, at specified times, Big Tone turned it on and turned it out, almost always in key games.
And you better believe that last night's game was one of them. From an individual standpoint as much as a team standpoint.
TITLE TIDBITS: Lonnie McFarlan finished 7-for-19 for 18 points and hit three straight shots in the fourth quarter when
the teams were trading leads . . . Terry Carter, the Panthers' usual starter at point guard, practiced only two days due to the flu
and was used sparingly as a sub . . . Mark (Max) Levin: "Before the overtime, I just said three little words: 'Get the ball to the
big guy.' That's six? (seven, actually). Three little words sounds better. That's the name of a pretty song." . . . Anyone who
faults Monroe for missing the second foul shot is nuts. He battled Costner all night from the back of Roman's zones and was
the major reason that his team stayed close . . . Costner won MVP honors for the second straight year. Overbrook went 89-7
in his three years as a starter.
This story was written in February 1978 after Overbrook ended West Philly's
68-game winning streak . . .
This story was written in December 1988 after Max claimed his 300th
career victory . . .
Recaps of victories in
Public League finals/City Titles . . .
At the Palestra
Overbrook 63, Franklin 52
Ricky Tucker had 19 points and five assists and Jeffrey Tucker (no relation), Richard Congo and Tony Costner claimed 16 rebounds apiece for the Panthers, who went 34-1 to set the city record for wins in a season. Franklin's Vaughn Taylor had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
At the Palestra
Overbrook 72, Franklin 61
Tony Costner had 26 points and 14 rebounds for 'Brook (34-0), which set the city record for the highest number of wins in a perfect season. Darryl "World" Brown (15 points) and Steve Black (13) helped out. For Franklin, Earl Hightower (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Phil Burton (15, 12) did well inside and Kevin "Mug" Brown had 11 assists.
At Temple's McGonigle Hall
Overbrook 52, West 49 (ot)
Herman "Coozie" Willis (19) and Ahmad "Ahkkie" Gilbert (18) led Overbrook in scoring. With 0:38 left in OT, Octavius "Tate" Davis made two free throws to provide a 51-49 lead and Gilbert added another at 0:16. West then sandwiched a missed one-and-one by 'Brook with two misses from the floor. Marc Anderson had 11 points and nine rebounds for West.
At the Palestra
Overbrook 61, Roman 49
Tony Costner, a 6-9 junior, mixed 23 points and nine rebounds as the Panthers (34-1) set a city-leagues record for wins in a season. Ricky Tucker (12) and Jeffrey Tucker (10, 14 rebounds) also scored in double digits while Joe Washington dished six assists. Lonnie McFarlan scored 14 points for Roman, which opted to hold the ball when faced with a four-point deficit with 3:04 left in the third quarter.
At the Palestra
Overbrook 65, Roman 56 (OT)
Overbrook put the finishing touches on a 34-0 season -- the best record in city-leagues history -- as Tony Costner collected 23 points and 15 rebounds, Darryl "World" Brown added 14 points and five assists and John Bryant (12 rebounds) and Steve Black split 20 points. Costner scored eight points in a 15-6 overtime session. With 0:11 left in regulation, Roman's Randy Monroe went to the line for a one-and-one. He hit the first shot to create a 50-50 tie, but then missed the second. William "Vernon" Hardwick (jumper) and Costner (tap) missed shots for 'Brook to make necessary the first OT session in the series since 1943. Gerald Roberts (21) and Lonnie McFarlan (18) led Roman in scoring while Monroe (14) and McFarlan (13) were tops in rebounds.
Below are the players who helped
Mark "Max" Levin claim 306 wins, three Public League championships
and two City Titles in 18 seasons as the coach at Overbrook. The year indicates the player's final season. Most
were seniors. Some transferred and some were underclassmen who did not play in the following season.
|Rich Laurel||1972||Ricky Tucker||1979||Ed Urie||1985|
|Tim "Tiny" Hardy||1972||Richard Congo||1979||Charles Fisher||1985|
|Craig Brown||1972||Joe Washington||1979||Troy Horton||1985|
|Craig West||1972||Jeffrey Tucker||1979||Blair Menefee||1985|
|Charlie Samuels||1972||John White||1979||Jhamiel Lowry||1985|
|Willie Kelly||1972||George Ellis||1979||Sean Clarkson||1985|
|Don Taylor||1972||Chuckie Cobb||1979||Richard Gaines||1986|
|Dave Shepard||1972||Craig Randall||1979||Barry Young||1986|
|Joel Fowler||1972||Tony Costner||1980||Ron Williams||1986|
|Joe Kennedy||1972||Darryl "World" Brown||1980||David Campbell||1986|
|Kenny Wiggins||1972||John Bryant||1980||Orlando "Coach" Williams||1986|
|Darryl Peterson||1972||Terry Carter||1980||Eric Cofield||1986|
|Jack Congo||1973||Steve Black||1980||Rahman Phillip||1986|
|Dave Williams||1973||Wm. "Vernon" Hardwick||1980||Allan Hagans||1986|
|Ricky Watson||1973||Eric Lewis||1980||Jerome Herring||1986|
|Kevin Allen||1974||Charlie Brown||1980||Jerome Harrison||1986|
|Michael "Moon" Black||1974||David Lacy||1981||Lacey Moore||1986|
|Tony Johnson||1974||Quadii McMillan||1981||Troy Lindsey||1986|
|Jose Vega||1974||Peter Scarborough||1981||Thomas Jefferson||1986|
|Roger Gaymon||1974||Kevin Palmer||1981||Rob McCrea||1987|
|Charles Gunter||1974||Reggie Darden||1981||Emmanuel Rothwell||1987|
|Barry Chambers||1974||Greg Kelly||1981||Jerome Golden||1987|
|Fred White||1974||James Pittman||1981||Marcus Burns||1987|
|Bernard Lopez||1974||Harrod Clay||1982||Andre Shuler||1987|
|Renaldo Askew||1974||Jerry Lawson||1982||Chris Roney||1987|
|Michael Washington||1975||Keith Glover||1982||James Guess||1987|
|Fred Lee||1975||Darnell Horn||1982||Charles Jackson||1987|
|James Brown||1975||Timmy Pounds||1982||Tennyson Lewis||1987|
|Keith McDonald||1975||Mike Lucas||1982||Marc Whaley||1988|
|Darryl White||1975||Gary Yuille||1982||David Mitchell||1988|
|Mike Goodman||1975||Dwayne King||1982||Ricardo Akins||1988|
|Leonard Watson||1975||Octavius "Tate" Davis||1983||DeHaven Peterson||1988|
|Tyrone Kidd||1975||Mike Mitchell||1983||Tony Simmons||1988|
|Mike Blackshear||1976||Ahmad Gilbert||1983||Kevin Everett||1988|
|Greg Powell||1976||Herman "Cooz" Willis||1983||Kevin Black||1988|
|Keith White||1976||Walt Mitchell||1983||Leonard Holland||1988|
|Mike Montgomery||1976||Bruce Hannibal||1983||Donald Watkins||1988|
|Robert Carter||1976||Russell King||1983||Claude Turner||1988|
|Howie McCutchen||1976||Patrick Grant||1983||Mike Tyson||1989|
|Elton Jolly||1976||Tommy Gilbert||1984||Darrell Briddell||1989|
|Warren Parker||1976||Brian Robinson||1984||Norman Bell||1989|
|Lewis Lloyd||1977||Steve Butler||1984||Kyle Jones||1989|
|Darrell Jones||1977||Dion DuBoyd||1984||Charles Cook||1989|
|Timmy Whitaker||1977||Mike Ramsey||1984||Gregory Downing||1989|
|Eugene Graham||1977||Clyde Jones||1984||Mike Ballard||1989|
|Frank Johnson||1977||Darren Price||1984||James Costner||1989|
|Arnold Medley||1977||Paul Slaughter||1984||Kevin Bennett||1989|
|Carlton "C-9" Willis||1978||Kobie Smith||1989|
|Carl Lacy||1978||Bryant Barr||1989|
|Steve Sanders||1978||Terry Hudson||1989|