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Basketball 2016-17, January

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 Observations, notes, etc., on games I've seen during
the 2016-17 season . . . Plus some Tedbits.

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  To all scorekeepers: PLEASE try to make sure that correct info on scoring is called into the Score Service -- 215-854-4570. Generally, it's better when the winning team calls in the results. That way the papers receive info to explain HOW the game was won because representatives of the winning team will usually be in a better mood (just human nature) to provide extra details such as rebounds, assists, etc., or the identity of someone who maybe hit a winning shot. Thank you.


JAN. 31
Germantown Academy 57, Penn Charter 51

  The great Dan Dougherty, formerly the wildly successful coach at Episcopal, always liked to say, "Inter-Ac championships are won on Tuesday afternoons." And maybe six minutes into this one, GA's players were undoubtedly thinking, "This one's already over. Can we please zoom ahead to Friday night's game with Episcopal?" I don't write down play-by-play non-stop along the way, but GA roared to at least a 17-3 lead and perhaps even 19-3. For sure, the score was 23-8 after the first quarter because the Patriots had sniped 8-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Pretty darn impressive anywhere, but especially so on the road. The leading scorer was sr. F Josh Brownstein (eight points) and that occurrence was quite ironic. Well before the game began, coach Jim Fenerty and I had an overall discussion about GA's season and how sr. F Evan-Eric Longino and sr. G Kyle McCloskey had been forced to provide such a large percentage of the points. And then, hayzooos, Brownstein hits two treys and a regular in the first eight minutes. (He wasn't finished, either. He nailed his first six shots, missed only one thereafter and finished with 14 points, breaking his season record by four.) GA posted just seven points in the second quarter and PC scrambled back into contention thanks largely to three-pointers. The Quakers hit four and sr. WG Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky, who this morning finalized his plans to play QB at Muhlenberg (congrats!), led the way by nailing all three of his attempts. Jr. WG Mason Williams hit the other. Also impressive over those eight minutes was PC's ability to share the ball. Sr. F Dylan Burnett and frosh WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes halved four assists and sr. PG Adam Holland had a fifth. Also, sub jr. WG Will Samuel had four points, three boards and a blocked shot in that quarter so, as you can see, six guys made important contributions. Holland canned a twisting layup just before the buzzer, slicing the deficit to 30-29. Third quarter? GA was largely itself again at the offensive end. The Patriots shot 8-for-11 and McCloskey recorded the sequence of the game at about the 4-minute mark. At one end, he pogo-sticked for an out-of-nowhere block. Then, he raced down to the other and made a layup while absorbing contact. His free throw also connected and the Patriots had a hint of comfort at 42-34. Repeat: hint. PC did not go quietly. With 2:41 left, Burnett made a diving steal in the left corner and as the Quakers came downcourt, he set up Holland for a layup that brought his squad within 53-51 at 2:09. Alas, PC connected on nothing thereafter -- both near and far -- and Longino removed all doubt with 7.8 seconds remaining by hitting both ends of a one-and-one. Longino shot 7-for-11 (three treys) and 6-for-6 for 23 points while McCloskey offered 11 points. Williams had 15 for PC while Holland was right behind with 14. Burnett worked his caboose off for five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Holland had four steals. Overall, especially in light of the poor start, the Quakers had to feel good about not letting this one become outrageously ugly and about giving GA alllllmost all it wanted. Assorted dignitaries, in the order they hit me: ref John "Prez" Przybylinski (ex-Dougherty bombardier) JV ref Kevin Regan (ex-Roman QB), Mike McCloskey (Kyle's dad), Mimi McCloskey (Mike's wife/Kyle's mom/ace lenslady), Bob Mizia (former La Salle/Temple football star; beloved by all who know him), John Loughery Sr. (former PC quarterback), Mike Hannigan (GA assistant), Larry Storm Sr. and Brett Storm (father and brother of GA sr. G Cole Storm), scouting guru Allen Rubin . . . The gym doors didn't swing open until maybe 55 minutes prior to gametime, as GA arrived. Maybe a half hour before that, a bunch of PC kids from numerous sports were watching highlights of the 2002 football season on a video screen maybe 9 feet high on a wall right outside the gym. PC's quarterback was some kid named Matt Ryan. I wonder whatever happened to him? (smile).

JAN. 31
  To look at page 112 in Penn Charter's 1932 yearbook is to wonder, "Why were those yearbook reporters/editors so lazy? Why didn't they do a better job of detailing a championship season?" Among other things, page 112 includes the game-by-game results and only seven are listed. Seven?! Where are the rest? Would it have killed these guys to list the results of non-league and tournament games? Then you decide to check out page 111 and the season recap begins with this: Adopting an entirely new system of basketball development . . . Hmm, what have we here? Samuel "Duke" Taylor, who would go on to enjoy wild success over two-plus decades, was in his second season as the Quakers' coach. For this one he dedicated the entire preseason to intramural basketball. Guys interested in playing varsity or "second team" (now known as JV) hoops were split into multiple teams (the exact amount wasn't reported) and played a bunch of games (again, amount not reported) so Taylor could decide which guys deserved spots in the program. Pretty amazing, right? A team captained by Bob Haag and led in scoring by Alan McFarland won the intramural championship. Tom Cook was the league's top scorer overall while Jim Stewart placed second and led the league in assists. In Inter-Ac play, PC finished in a first-place tie with Chestnut Hill Academy at 6-1. The Quakers stormed to a 6-0 mark and the disappointing loss to CHA ended the season. Remember, in this era scores were often VERY low. PC racked up more than 30 points just once (59-12 over long-gone Montgomery School -- man, how bad was THAT team?) and surrendered more than 30 also just once (41-23 in that CHA loss -- that squad must have been very decent). Overall, PC scored 195 points and gave up 146. Below you'll see PC's individual scoring totals for the season. One question has to be asked -- what happened to Tom Cook? He led the intramural league in scoring, yet didn't make the team? The yearbook doesn't address that issue. Maybe he played another winter sport? Nope, basketball was the school's only winter sport in the 1931-32 school year. Maybe he declined the opportunity for whatever reason? Maybe he scored so much because he pumped non-stop and The Dukester figured the Quakers would be better off without him? Maybe he broke an ankle, or something, late in the intramural campaign? Can't give you an answer, folks. Come springtime, Cook, a senior and Navy Yard resident, competed for the track team, but winter track wasn't anything close to an official sport back then. One more thing: The team also played ONLY Inter-Ac games in the 1932-33 season and placed second behind co-champs CHA and Episcopal. The program returned to normal-schedule mode in the 1933-34 season and won an outright title.

Scoring for Penn Charter's 1931-32 Co-Champs
Pos. Name FG FT Pts
F Alan McFarland 29 8 66
*F Art Darnbrough 14 11 39
G Joe Neill 14 5 33
C Bob Haag 6 9 21
G Jim Stewart 7 4 18
C Johnny Leigh 2 5 9
G Pearce Whetstone 3 1 7
G George Fry 1 0 2
    76 43 195

JAN. 30
Because they joined the Catholic League in the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons, respectively, Ryan and Carroll are pretty much tied at the hip. However, before the CL scrapped divisions for the 2010-11 season, thus making all schools play each other every winter, and since their locations are not exactly one block apart, they'd met in less than half (18) of the 42 seasons from '69 through '10. All time, Ryan owns nine wins in 26 meetings and the latest was posted yesterday in the Far Northeast by a 71-56 score. Sr. F Matiss Kulackovskis led the way with 29 points and classmate G Izaiah Brockington hit a late free throw to raise his career total to exactly 1,000. Below are details from the teams' 26 meetings with major help from long-time scoring guru Tom Taylor. Two of Ryan's leading scorers have been current football coach Frank "5" McArdle and Gage Galeone, the son of former coach Glen Galeone. Frank's dad, Frank "4" McArdle, was the coach at Neumann in '94 and at Dougherty from '95 from '97. I sent "5" a text last night to let him know this nugget would be posted this morning and when he asked how many points he'd scored vs. Carroll, I responded, "Thousands! . . . or maybe 10. ha ha" He texted this back. "Haha. Don't forget my 17-point explosion vs. Dougherty and my 26 vs. Souderton. Haha, Frankie McBuckets." Gotta love it!

Results for Ryan Against Carroll
Year W-L Ryan Carr. Leading Scorer Pts
1969 L 50 55 Tom Kenney 21
1970 W 62 54 Lou Peltzer 20
1971 L 57 70 Mike Cataline 16
1974 L 55 59 Bob Dobrowolsky 15
1976 L 48 42 Joe Rice/John Diletto 15
1977 L 58 75 Kevin Fitzpatrick 18
1984 L 44 59 Fran Ciliberti 12
1985 W 50 47 Scott Tiernan 14
1986 L 41 45 John Edwards 18
1991 W 94 77 Joe Simko 25
1992 W 64 55 Brian Hamill 16
1993 L 62 74 Fausto Volpe 21
1994 L 46 58 Ed Woehlcke 17
1995 L 40 59 Erik Henysen 16
1999 W 56 46 John Capella 20
2000 L 37 50 Frank "5" McArdle 10
2004 W 54 43 LB Rebstock/Jim Welsh 17
2005 W 54 48 Jon Bruce 19
2011 L 37 51 Eric Fleming 21
2012 W 53 42 Bryan Okolo 13
2013 L 47 50 Shawn Miller/Okolo 13
  *L 53 69 Gage Galeone 19
2014 L 38 79 Brendan Horan 13
2015 L 43 61 Izaiah Brockington 14
2016 L 48 79 Izaiah Brockington 18
2017 W 71 56 Matiss Kulackovskis 29
  9-17 1,362 1,503    
    52.4 57.8    

JAN. 29
We'll see where this goes because five games remain, but for now sr. G Collin Gillespie owns the highest league scoring average in Wood's 51-season Catholic League history . . . by a decent chunk. The Villanova commit has scored 192 points in eight games for a 24-point average and the top norm is 20.5 by Tim Whalen in 1998. As long as Collin averages 15.2 over the final five games, he'll finish at 20.6. Last season he played in 12 league games and scored 162 points for a 13.5 average.

Wood's Top Scorers in Catholic League Play
Name Yr. G Pts Avg.
Collin Gillespie '17 8 192 24.0
Tim Whalen '98 14 287 20.5
Joe Getz '11 13 263 20.2
Neil Collins '78 16 318 19.9
Paul Favorite '92 16 197 18.6
Mike Spadafora '01 14 261 18.6
Mike Spadafora '02 14 261 18.6
Pat Smith '12 13 239 18.4
Dan Kiss '93 16 287 17.9
Tim Whalen '99 14 249 17.8
Joe Getz '10 16 281 17.6

JAN. 28
Via texts and emails, the question was being asked shortly after the result of Thursday night's game was final . . . Had Neumann-Goretti ever lost to Wood? Technically, no. Overall, yes. N-G began in the fall of 2004 when St. John Neumann, at 26th and Moore, was shut down and the boys moved east across South Philly to join with St. Maria Goretti at 12th and Mifflin. But in the 1975 and 1981 seasons, when the nickname was Pirates and the school colors were orange and black, Neumann did lose to Wood by respective scores of 41-34 and 54-46. That '81 season was rough for the Pirates. They went 0-14 in Southern Division play and some student fans expressed their displeasure by wearing paper bags with these three words -- Aint John Neumann. They borrowed that idea from fans of the New Orleans Saints, who called the team "The Aints" during a particularly rough stretch. Click here for some pics of those football moments. In Thursday night's game, played at Ryan because Wood's gym is still unusable, Villanova commit Collin Gillespie tied Wood's school record with 42 points.

Results for Neumann/N-G Against Wood
Year W-L N-G Wood Leading Scorer Pts
1973 W 59 43 Lloyd Ranson 12
1975 L 34 41 Bob Fleming 10
1981 L 46 54 William Harriott 14
1982 W 44 42 Bill Clinton 17
1983 W 54 39 Erik Cooper 16
1984 W 56 35 Steve Benton 22
1985 W 66 49 Steve Benton 19
1986 W 46 41 Frank Giunta 16
1987 W 50 46 Brian Jones/Terry Williams 11
1988 W 51 50 John Tripodi 15
1989 W 62 53 Rhoden 17
2005 W 64 56 David Burton 18
  *W 58 41 David Burton 18
2009 W 60 46 Tony Chennault 22
  W 71 51 Chennault/Tyreek Duren 16
  *W 64 46 Lamin Fulton 21
2010 W 86 75 Tyreek Duren 28
  W 81 51 Tony Chennault 28
2011 W 92 51 Billy Shank 23
2012 W 64 34 Ja'Quan Newton 20
2013 W 68 58 Ja'Quan Newton 28
2014 W 81 73 Ja'Quan Newton 25
2015 W 82 77 Quade Green 24
2016 W 78 72 Quade Green 26
2017 L 74 83 Quade Green 30
  22-3 1,591 1,307    
    63.6 52.3    

JAN. 27
Malvern 62, Penn Charter 59

  No loss, hopefully, is ever accepted with a shrug and the words, "Oh, well. We tried hard." After this one, here's guessing some/many of the PC kids were saying to themselves, if not to each other, "We put together an impressive stretch to take command, then . . . so disappointing." The Quakers owned a 12-point lead with a shade under six minutes remaining in the third quarter and later trailed by as many as six, so that's an 18-point swing. How'd THAT happen?
One guy who deserves credit is Malvern soph G TyGee Leach, a sub. The Friars have lots of thin, though admittedly aggressive players, but Leach owns some muscles and his work on sr. PG Adam Holland helped to swing the tide. In the first 2:15 of the third quarter, Holland was a whirlwind, doing everything and anything he wanted. TyGee then dug in and Adam stepped back a shade. He declined to barrel to the hole and Malvern quickly put together its own streak of effective play to get right back into the game. Then, near the end of that session, two guys -- soph G Connor Leyden and frosh G Rahdir Hicks -- scored their only points of the game by knocking down triples and Malvern was ahead at 39-37. Time to jump ahead: With 1:53 left, sr. G Tommy Wolfe converted a one-and-one to give the Friars a 59-53 lead. Holland converted a drive at 1:35. Leach hit the front end of a one-and-one at 1:16 and PC frosh Ryan "Pooch" Holmes hit both ends of same at 1:05. Hicks missed both parts of a double-bonus at 43.4 and Holmes grabbed the rebound and quickly pushed the ball upcourt. At the last instant, he dumped the ball to sr. F Dylan Burnett on the left block and his layup at 33.9 cut the deficit to 60-59. At the other end, Wolfe drove the left baseline and jumped in the air as he neared the hoop. It appeared he wanted to drop off the ball to jr. F Billy Corcoran, who was just beyond the basket. There was a disconnect, though, and PC jr. WG Mason Williams recovered the ball/called time at 19.5. PC then committed a turnover at 10.2. As Hicks motored upcourt, it appeared he was bumped enough to draw a whistle. Didn't happen. Burnett then knocked a pass out of bounds at 6.2 and frosh G Deuce Turner wound up converting a double-bonus at 4.7 for a 62-59 lead. PC was then bit one last time by the turnover bug. Turner (14), Corcoran (12) and frosh G Spencer Cochran (10) scored in double figures for Malvern. Corcoran was especially effective. The Friars fire up lots of treys and often try dribble-drives. Corcoran has laying low down to a science, then pops up to do something positive. Often, he camped out barely inches from the baseline. Holmes turned in an extra special performance. He scored 18 points and 18 were posted beyond intermission. He missed his first shot in that second half, then was perfect (6-for-6 floor, 6-for-6 line). Williams (three treys) had 13 points. Holland had 11. Soph WG Dylan Topaz, also a golfer and recently promoted to the varsity, scored his first points by draining a right-wing trey with 4:53 left in the second quarter. The crowd was OK, but certainly nothing special. No more than 20 Malvern students were in the regular rooting-section area. One was sr. catcher Shane Muntz, the tedsilary.com All-City Player of the Year last baseball season. He's committed to Wake Forest. At halftime, Shane and his buddies rushed onto the court to shoot around. An errant rebound hit one kid's finger and it sounded as if someone had just fired a gun. Ouch! I can't believe the kid's finger didn't wind up shaped like an L. Ouch again! Today's first stop was the PC-Haverford School wrestling match. It was nice to finally meet Dawn Blake, who handles sports publicity (among other duties) for the Fords. She was taking pics, also. Far superior pics, no doubt. The next stop was the drive thru window at the McDonald's up Lancaster Avenue not far from Villanova. I ordered breakfast stuff and my wait in a side parking spot lasted seemingly forever. When the worker finally delivered the grub, I reached in the bag and . . . TWO hash browns. Bonus for patience. Quite the day's highlight (smile).

JAN. 27
Villanova-bound sr. G Collin Gillespie last night earned a spot in a special club by scoring 42 points as Wood tripped Neumann-Goretti, 82-73, in a Catholic League game played at Archbishop Ryan. In a nice spot within that club, too. Twenty-five times in CL history a player has scored as many as 40 points in league play. This was just the sixth time a lofty total was posted against a "decent opponent." My definition for that . . . a team that finished league play with a record above .500. Neumann-Goretti was perfect at 7-0 prior to last night's game and will finish with a winning record over the 13-game regular season. (Maybe even 12-1.) In 1955, North Catholic was 5-1 when it yielded 45 points to St. Joseph's Prep's Joe Ryan. Both teams were 5-2 after that game and North finished 11-3. In 2010, Conwell-Egan's Ike Robinson scored 42 points vs. Carroll in a league opener. The latter finished 14-2. In 2007, Bonner's Jeff Jones notched 41 vs. Neumann-Goretti late in the regular season. N-G won that game to go to 11-1, then notched W's in its final two contests to finish 13-1. North's Bobby McNeill (46 in '56) and Roman's Glenn Welton (41 in '81) had their outbursts against "barely decent opponents" (a shade above .500). North's Bob Devenny, with 42 vs. St. James in '51, was the first guy to score as many as 40 points in CL play. Oh, check this out: When Germantown Academy's Kyle McCloskey scored 43 points Tuesday in a 100-98, five-OT win over Haverford School in an Inter-Ac all-timer, he did so against an opponent that also entered with a perfect league record (at 5-0). Want more? Kyle's also going to Villanova . . . to play quarterback. Want more? In 1976, Cardinal Dougherty's Lawrence Reid scored 42 points in HIS second sport. He wound up playing running back at Michigan. Reid scored his 42 vs. Egan, the same school he'd scorched for 379 rushing yards the previous fall. Gillespie's 42-point effort tied Wood's school record. Pat Smith notched that many vs. Sacred Heart (Vineland, NJ) in a holiday tournament at St. Augustine Prep (Richland, NJ) in the 2012-13 season. Sacred Heart closed that June. Sadly, a number of the schools below -- St. James, St. Thomas More, Cardinal Dougherty, Kennedy-Kenrick, North Catholic -- are also no longer around.     

40-Point Performances by CL Players, Ranked by Quality of Opponents
Year Name School Points Opponent Rec. Pct.
2007 Jeff Jones Bonner 41 N-G 13-1 .929
2010 Ike Robinson C-E 42 Carroll 14-2 .875
2017 Collin Gillespie Wood 42 N-G 7-1 .875
1955 Joe Ryan Prep 45 North 11-3 .786
1956 *Bobby McNeill North 46 St. James 8-5 .615
1981 Glenn Welton Roman 41 Prep 8-6 .571
1977 Fran McCaffery La Salle 40 Ryan 7-9 .438
2000 *Eddie Griffin Roman 41 Carroll 6-8 .429
1956 Joe Heyer La Salle 49 ST More 5-8 .385
2011 Joe Getz Wood 41 West 5-8 .385
1987 Monroe Blakes West 41 Prep 5-9 .357
1976 *Michael Brooks West 46 Bonner 4-10 .286
2017 Jaye'lyn Peebles O'Hara 40 La Salle 2-5 .286
1969 Mike Jones ST More 45 St. James 4-12 .250
1974 Don Hobson North 43 McDevitt 4-12 .250
1951 Bob Devenny North 42 St. James 3-11 .214
1951 *Tom Gola La Salle 40 North 3-11 .214
1955 Pat Carey West 47 Roman 2-12 .143
1952 Bill Lynch St. James 42 Prep 2-12 .143
1999 Ashley Howard Bonner 41 K-K 2-12 .143
1999 Kasim Holloman Prep 41 K-K 2-12 .143
1978 Reggie Jackson Roman 41 St. James 2-12 .143
1976 Lawrence Reid Dougherty 42 Egan 1-15 .063
1968 Bob Haas McDevitt 51 Ryan 0-16 .000
1986 Barry Bekkedam Carroll 41 St. James 0-14 .000
*-advanced to NBA          


  Kyle McCloskey and his sports-playing sisters, Megan (L, Penn State) and Kiernan (R, Lehigh) . . . Photo by Mimi McCloskey.
40-Point Performances in Inter-Ac Play, 1969-2017
Year Name Sch. Pts Opp.
1998 Tom Whitworth CH 47 PC
1993 Alvin Williams GA 45 HS
1970 Paul Hutter GA 45 HS
2017 #Kyle McCloskey GA 43 HS
1973 Charley Floyd MP 42 EA
1971 Billy Harris PC 41 GA
2007 Sammy Zeglinski PC 40 GA
JAN. 26
For many reasons, Germantown Academy's 100-98, five-OT win over Haverford School was quite the memory-maker. Aside from producing the most points for one team and two teams in Inter-Ac history, that tilt enabled one guy to surpass pass 40 points and, as far as we know, break the record for most points (in any kind of game) by an Inter-Ac lefty. Senior F Kyle McCloskey, who's bound for Villanova to play quarterback, poured in 43 points vs. the Fords. The guy whose record he broke? His teammate, sr. G Evan-Eric Longino, whose last-second, left-side bank shot won the game. In a game last season vs. Marat, of Washington, DC, Longino racked up 37 points. Then, early this season on Dec. 9, he hit for 40 vs. Lansdale Catholic (and had 37 again Dec. 27 vs. Millwood, of Virginia, as McCloskey added 32). When Longino dropped his 37-point bomb last season, I made the announcement about the most-points-by-an-Inter-Ac-lefty record and encouraged folks to speak up if someone else deserved that honor. Didn't happen. Still hasn't. Meanwhile, as you'll see below, McCloskey became the seventh player to score at least 40 points IN Inter-Ac play over the last 49 seasons. He's the third GA guy and the others, Alvin Williams (NBA) and Paul Hutter, also posted their outburst vs. the Fords.
UPDATE: Kyle's sisters, GA grads Kiernan (Lehigh) and Megan (Penn State), are college athletes and don't get to come home much. They both wanted to see Kyle play one more time before his basketball career ended and . . . They coordinated their schedules and were witnesses to the 43-point performance! Also, as always, Kyle's dad, Mike (Judge, Penn State, NFL) and mom, Mimi (she takes lots of great pics) were also on hand.

JAN. 25
As you've hopefully heard by now, there was an all-timer yesterday in Inter-Ac play. Thanks to a buzzer-beating, 8-foot bank shot by sr. G Evan-Eric Longino, Germantown Academy edged Haverford School, 100-98, in five OTs! The individual points are on the Inter-Ac TEAM PAGE and we'll follow up with a special page in the coming days. But below I've decided to shine some light on some other legendary overtime games . . . Imagine you're in your first year as a sports writer and you wind up covering a game that goes EIGHT overtimes. That happened to me. In the Suburban One League championship game, played at Abington on Feb. 18, 1972, Plymouth-Whitemarsh beat Springfield Montco, 65-63, on a tip-in by Don Flocco. I've always told people that Don was the hero because he still had enough energy to jump two inches off the floor while the other guys could only jump one inch. That game was exhausting for everyone. Scoreboards did not record the number of OT sessions and I just remember how people kept yelling over to the reporters, "Hey, what overtime is this?!" and kept responding to our answers with comments such as, "Six? Man, I thought it was only four?!" I covered that game for a group of weekly newspapers based in Fort Washington . . . Five years later, for the Philadelphia Bulletin, I covered the Wood-North Catholic game in Warminster. It was a Friday night and the game didn't end until a few minutes past 11 o'clock. Regulation ended as Wood's Tom Robinson caught a two-thirds-of-the-court pass from Neil Collins and swished an all-in-one-motion shot to tie the score at 55-55. (Three-pointers were not then part of high school ball). Robinson also broke the final tie with a 17-footer from the right wing at 0:35 and Collins converted a one-and-one at 0:08. Robinson said afterward, "This is beautiful, but I hope it never happens again, even if the results are the same. Let's keep things to regulation." . . . Less than one month later, Chestnut Hill Academy beat Haverford School, 29-28, in six OTs. Tito Nanni, who wound up being a first-round MLB draft choice one year later, won the game by hitting the first of two free throws with 2 seconds left. The lefty was fouled, according to a Bulletin recap, while attempting a hook shot. Guess what? That point was the ONLY one scored beyond regulation . . . In 1988, on a Sunday afternoon at Temple's McGonigle Hall, Frankford outlasted West Philadelphia, 71-64, in four OTs, for its first Public League championship. The Warley brothers, Carlin and Jason, fueled the Pioneers and the latter grabbed 23 rebounds. Each team lost four starters via foulouts. I covered this one for the Daily News and highlighted coach Vince Miller, whose father had just passed away . . . In 1995, Penn Charter beat Chestnut Hill Academy, 18-16, in four OTs, and in that one just two points were scored beyond regulation. They were tallied by Scott Zalben on a follow with 4 seconds left.. PC assistant Chris Rodgers was a sophomore on that team and he's pretty sure the shot preceding Zalben's follow was an airball. If he remembers who shot it, he's not giving up that info (smile). That was the first year the Inter-Ac expanded OT sessions from three to four minutes and since the halftime score was 12-12, that means only 10 total points were tallied in the 32 minutes beyond halftime! No wonder my short recap in the DN called it Sominexball. In yesterday's GA-HS tilt, 74 points were scored in the five OTs as regulation ended 62-62 . . . I'm thinking of one other legendary OT game, but for the moment I can't find the details. Maybe later today?
  UPDATE: Now added is the Pub game I was thinking about. It was played in 1998 and involved visiting Washington and West Philadelphia. The former won, 130-127, in four OTs, and 257 is the record for combined points in a city leagues game. The record for one team is 158, as scored by Bartram in 1968 in a 158-89 win over Gratz. Washington's Shannon Bussey shot 20-for-23 at the line, then after the game went to the Christian Street YMCA to . . . work on his foul shooting! Ha, ha.
  UPDATE: The latest addition comes courtesy of Judge assistant Mike O'Connell. In the 2006-07 season, he was an assistant at Wood and the Vikings recorded a 73-72 non-league win at O'Hara in SIX OTs. . . We think (smile). Another newspaper reported that the game went four OTs. Hmmmm. Wood guard Eric Loughnane finished with 28 points after having just four going into the fourth quarter. He went 17-for-20 at the line. Mike said he remembers reporting the boxscore to Score Service, so we'll stick with six OTs . . . Received a message this afternoon from Jim King, long a multi-sport official in Philly high school sports. He remembers working this game and that the OT sessions definitely numbered six. "I also remember this distinctly," he said. "Wood trailed by 14 points after the third quarter. It was 33-19. . . I didn't get home to the Far Northeast until about 11:30."

Details of Some Legendary OT Games
Plymouth-Whitemarsh 65, Springfield (M)) 63 (8 OTs)
Feb. 18, 1972 -- Regulation 42-42
Springfield Montco Pts   Ply.-Whitemarsh Pts
Joe Winiarski 21   Tom Mitchell 23
Glenn Salo 15   Barry Morgan 16
George Allen 11   Dennis McCarthy 11
Flip Ferry 10   Steve Schlachter 9
Bruce Anderson 6   Don Flocco 6
  63     65
Wood 75, North Catholic 71 (5 OTs)
Jan. 21, 1977 -- Regulation 55-55
North Catholic Pts   Archbishop Wood Pts
Joe Schoen 26   Tom Robinson 20
John Regan 20   Paul Hanks 14
Leon Rysak 12   Gordie Miller 14
Chris Sears 9   Neil Collins 14
Tim Ritchie 2   Bernie Lajeunesse 11
Jack Rabbitt 2   Mike McGinnis 2
  71     75
Chestnut Hill 29, Haverford School 28 (6 OTs)
Feb. 11, 1977 -- Regulation 28-28
Haver. School Pts   Chestnut Hill Pts
Mike Edelman 8   Al Conner 8
Charlie Miller 8   Tom Kennedy 8
Joe Gorman 8   Tito Nanni 7
John Ibbotson 6   Rich Bland 4
John Walters 0   Terry McLaughlin 2
  28     29
Frankford 71, West Philadelphia 64 (4 OTs)
March 6, 1988 -- Regulation 55-55
West Phila. Pts   Frankford Pts
Mik Kilgore 27   Jason Warley 22
Eric Williams 15   Carlin Warley 16
Derek Higgins 11   Jamie Ross 13
Benny Ball 9   Corey Lewis 8
Malcolm Musgrove 2   Nate Emons 4
      Jeffrey Mack 4
      Kevin Newton 3
      Rodney Roach 1
  64     71
Penn Charter 18, Chestnut Hill 16 (4 OTs)
Jan. 20, 1995 -- Regulation 16-16
Penn Charter Pts   Chestnut Hill Pts
Larry Storm 8   Pat Link 7
Scott Zalben 5   Steve Belmonte 4
Shawn Peterson 3   Nelson Henry 3
Quincy Henderson 2   Thacher Goodwin 2
Steve Ley 0   Blaik Ross 0
  18     16
Washington 130, West Philadelphia 127 (4 OTs)
Feb. 3, 1998 -- Regulation 101-101
Washington Pts   West Philadelphia Pts
Shannon Bussey 44   Derrick Johnson 34
Omar Latimore 31   Cantrell Fletcher 25
Brahiim Williams 17   Michael Savage 22
Rich Harris 14   Omar Jackson 17
Daron Dickerson 11   Damien King 17
Dan Muldrow 8   Mark Wilson 6
Karl Safran 3   David Watson 4
Nick Dominello 2   Donnie Williams 2
  130     127
Wood 73, O'Hara 72 (6 OTs)
Dec. 19, 2006 -- Regulation 45-45
Archbishop Wood Pts   Cardinal O'Hara Pts
Eric Loughnane 28   Zach Tansey 19
Joe Huebner 19   Jim Kelleher 15
Dan Comas 15   Matt Romano 14
Tim Fahy 8   Bill Pondok 7
Pat Devlin 2   Mark Wedderburn 6
Sean McCartney 1   Eric Hughes 4
      T.J. Long 3
      Spencer Sandy 2
      Josh Rogers 2
  73     72


JAN. 24
Episcopal Academy 58, Penn Charter 48

  How often do you see this? In the first three quarters, Episcopal shot 19-for-31 from the floor (61.3 percent) and sniped 7-for-10 (70 percent) beyond the arc. So, how big, do you think, was the Churchdudes' lead after those 24 minutes? Fifteen points? Twenty points? Even more? Try six, at 48-42. How in this ever-crazy world does that happen? The Wife is sitting next to me on the sofa, watching TV, as I write this report and she has the answer. "Because it IS a crazy world!" Ha, ha, ha. Indeed. Well, PC did hit five treys of its own and also went to the line a decent amount of time, shooting 9-for-11 there compared with 3-for-4 for EA. The fourth quarter was rather vanilla until sr. PG Conner Delaney (17 points) drained a three-pointer to provide a 53-45 lead. EA began to waste clock with a shade over 3 1/2 minutes remaining and the lead was expanded to 56-45 at 2:31 as sr. F Nick Alikakos (Navy) took an impressive feed from Delaney and turned it into a three-point play. Alikakos got absolutely leveled while making the layup and was lucky he didn't suffer a serious injury while hitting the deck. Somehow, he shook things off to make the free throw and PC was unable to create any late-game drama. As in the teams' first meeting, coach Craig Conlin's squad showed nifty spacing, patience and unselfishness. Delaney provided a great early spark, hitting two treys en route to a 10-point first quarter. Alikakos, who missed a decent chunk of the season with an injury, is still slightly feeling his way, athleticism-wise, but he retained every bit of his basketball sense and made correct plays over and over while racking up 23 points. And how 'bout sr. F Kyle Virbitsky? He's bound for Penn State to pitch and in football he was a quality two-way end. But in his third sport, all he did was hit five of six shots from the floor (three treys) to finish with 13 points. (Plus, well before the game, he attacked a basket beyond the baseline to throw down a vicious dunk -- by jumping off/against the wall that's RIGHT behind the backboard. Cool! Click here.) Jr. WG Mason Williams (13), sr. WG Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky (12, all on treys), sr. PG Adam Holland and frosh WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (10 apiece) combined for all but three of PC's points. Holmes added four apiece of assists/steals. Holland had the play of the game. With 4.6 seconds left in the first quarter, he accepted an inbound pass about 85 feet from the basket. He then motored and motored and MOTORED all the way to the hoop and curled in a buzzer-beating layup while getting hacked; he then completed the three-point play. ESPN worthy. . . . It was not, however, the afternoon's top effort. That was turned in by Gavin Schmidt. Who? He's a fifth grader at Episcopal and did a solo performance of the National Anthem on a trumpet! Great job, young man. You deserve so much credit. Could you imagine trying to do that at age 11 (approximately)? Gavin and four fellow fifth-graders set up shop in the stands (click here) and played music every so often with direction/participation from Deb Newnham, a 22-year teacher at EA. Deb, an Easton native, played in the Marching Band and Pep Band at Temple. She loves her school and basketball. This is year No. 2 for the band. Last year it played at one football game, a lower school pep rally, a bonfire and four basketball games (boys/girls). Thanks to go-to sports guy Mike Herron for cross-checking the spelling and to Deb for checking in Wednesday morning via email. Congrats to all for adding to the atmosphere in a positive way. Great to see all the terrific EA folks (you know who you are -- ha ha.) Serving as JV stalwarts and varsity subs are the Chambers cousins, soph Quinn and frosh Colin. Their dads, respectively, are Tim and Paul. Tim was a first team All-City defensive back for O'Hara's Catholic League football champs in 1980. Paul was a starter for Episcopal's Inter-Ac hoops champs in '87 and '88 (first team All-Inter-Ac in that latter season). Their brother, Patrick, is Penn State's head hoops coach.

JAN. 24
At halftime of Friday night's 7 o'clock game with Bonner-Prendergast, Father Judge will honor its 1977 Catholic League championship team. Those Crusaders won the crown for the second time in three seasons under third-year coach Bill Fox, who'd played ball at La Salle High and the college. In the championship game, Frank Ciurlino scored 24 points (10-for-14 from floor) in a 56-53 win over Carroll. One of Carroll's players was Kevin "Butch" Lynam, the brother of now-TV commentator Jim Lynam, former coach of the St. Joe's Hawks and 76ers. One of the refs was Joe Crawford, who recently concluded a long stint in the NBA. Below are scoring totals for the 16-game Northern Division campaign and the three playoff games. Take note: GS means games in which a player scored for the Northern Division games. That approach considerably ups some guys' "averages" (smile). Click here for my game story from the ol' Philadelphia Bulletin and Julius Thompson's column, along with stories from the North semifinal and final.

Division/Playoff Scoring for Judge's 1977 Catholic League Champs
Northern Division   Playoffs
Name GS Pts Avg.   Name G Pts Avg.
Frank Ciurlino 16 183 11.4   Tom Greenfield 3 42 14.0
Bob Convey 11 148 13.5   Bob Convey 3 38 12.7
Tom Greenfield 13 136 10.5   Frank Ciurlino 3 36 12.0
Ed Costello 16 94 5.9   Ed Costello 3 31 10.3
Fran Gavaghan 14 87 6.2   Fran Gavaghan 3 16 5.3
John McKeown 12 63 5.3   Jim McCaffrey 3 13 4.3
Mike McCarrie 11 57 5.2   John McKeown 3 4 1.3
Jim McCaffrey 11 51 4.6     3 180 60.0
Chris Ciabattone 3 6 2.0          
Joe Petrone 2 5 2.5          
Joe Kelly 2 5 2.5          
Joe O'Connell 1 2 2.0          
  16 837 52.3          

JAN. 22
Unknowingly, website legend Mark "Frog" Carfagno provided the impetus for this nugget when he ran into the great Ernie Beck last night at the Palestra and made sure someone took a picture. Shortly after posting the pic, I began to wonder how many "Our Guys" have played in the NBA/ABA and coached Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac teams? The answer I come up with is six and Mr. Beck, a first team All-American in 1953, is the far-and-away leader in terms of pro career and length of coaching stint. Had he not missed the 1954-55 season (after making his debut in 1953-54) while serving in the Navy, he would have played eight seasons in the NBA - more than the other five men combined. The hoops life of Matt Guokas Sr. was also interesting. At 6-3, he was the center of a famed "Mighty Mites" team at St. Joseph's College in 1938. He then coached his high school alma mater, St. Joseph's Prep, for the '39 and '40 seasons. Later he played for a series of lesser light pro teams and was even a player-coach for an Army team at Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington. Though it was then known as the Basketball Association of America, what's recognized as the NBA's debut season occurred in 1946-47 and Mr. Guokas was the Philadelphia Warriors' first team member. He was signed to a contract on July 31, 1946 . . . at age 30. Chubby Cox -- his sister, Pam, is Kobe Bryant's mother -- and Sean Colson also had to hang tough until they were able to make their NBA debuts. Chubby did so at age 27, Sean at 25. Tom Ingelsby's son, Martin, is now the head coach at Delaware and Fran O'Hanlon is in his 22nd season as the boss at Lafayette. He claimed career win No. 300 earlier this month. . . Meanwhile, the most celebrated NBA player to coach in the Pub/Cath/Int was Hal Greer, who scored 21,586 regular season points in a 15-year career ('59 through '73 seasons). A native of Huntington, West Virginia, he guided Germantown Academy in the '79 and '80 seasons.

"Our Guys" NBA/ABA Players Who've Also Coached Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac Teams
Name Starred Class 1st Sea. No. Points Coached Years Breakdown
Ernie Beck West Catholic 1949 1954 7 2,325 Bok 30 1964-93
Sean Colson Franklin LC 1992 2001 1 15 King 5 2013-17
John "Chubby" Cox Roxborough 1973 1983 1 29 Vaux 1 2007
Matt Guokas Sr. SJ Prep 1934 1947 1 82 SJ Prep 2 1939-40
Tom Ingelsby O'Hara 1969 1974 3 242 Carroll 6 1992-97
Fran O'Hanlon St. Thomas More 1966 1971 1 22 Bonner 3 1987-89
        14 2,715   47  

JAN. 21
Penn Charter 57,
Central 44
  This was one of those arm's-length games. You know how it goes. Team A builds a somewhat comfortable but not outrageous lead and Team B never quite makes things interesting. As you leave the gym, you mutter, "Didn't get my money's worth from this one." (Oops. PC doesn't charge admission for sporting events, so that comment doesn't fit. Smile.) The teams were largely similar because almost every player was a guard. PC had more success getting to proper spots and converting while Central wound up launching lots of treys that didn't connect (2-for-14) and missing bunnies in part because guys found themselves too deep toward the basket or even beyond. That sometimes happens (even to PC) on courts with baskets far away from the end walls. Guys get disoriented. PC jumped to a 12-4 lead in the first 4 minutes and 57 seconds while shooting 5-for-7 from the floor. Sr. PG Adam Holland completed that stretch with one of his patented drive-hard-and-twist-it-in layups. Toward the end of the third quarter, Central did move within 35-30. But Holland made two free throws to push the lead back to seven points and it edged upward little by little from there. Sorry for the lack of gripping details, folks. Jr. WG Mason Williams (18), Holland and frosh WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (14 apiece) scored in double digits and the latter two halved four treys. Sr. F Dylan Burnett, ever the hustler, had five rebounds and three assists. Jr. WG-SF Will Samuel had two blocks. Sr. F James "Elevator" Gabor had two boards in very limited action and could have had three if he had grabbed a bouncing ball just before the clock hit 0:00. Instead, it went over the baseline. Also, frosh WG Dylan Topaz made his varsity debut with 2:34 left in the third quarter. He was asked to suit up because sr. PF-C Justus Sanders was absent due to illness. One of today's side attractions: Interesting yells by coach Jim "Flipper" Phillips. He is fighting a cold and his voice was all over the raspy map. More than once, the guys on the bench, even the assistants, had to muffle mini-laughs. Maleek View and Kwand Lang scored 10 points apiece for Central, as still coached by Haviland Harper (19th season, 17 beforehand at the original Parkway). PF Jabreel Dickens had eight. His dad, Charles, was on hand and, man, was he energetic. At high volume he yelled out instructions/encouragement throughout the game and even had a good bust on the refs. After a Central player was called for an iffy foul, he chirped, "Hey, ref, don't be their sixth man!" Ha, ha. Will Mega, the former coach at Palmer Charter, was also on hand. His son, Kasai Ashantee, is a basketball and football player (captain in the latter) at Springfield Junior High, in Montgomery County, and is being sought by several private schools. He was checking out PC. Haverford School and Shipley, among others, are also among the possibilities. Best of luck, Kasai! Will, meanwhile, is now the JV coach at Sankofa Charter. One of Central's starters was lefty G Danny Holdsman, who attended PC through the 2012-13 school year.

JAN. 21
Well, the streak is still alive. Baaaaarely. Last night, before a packed house in Drexel Hill, as detailed by Inquirer/DN reporter Aaron "Ace" Carter, Roman Catholic used a three-pointer by Seth Lundy with 18.4 seconds remaining and a two-hand follow by Allen Betrand at 2.6 to overcome a late four-point deficit and nip Bonner-Prendergast, 54-53. Counting a playoff in 2006, the Cahillites now own 24 consecutive wins over B-P (nee Monsignor Bonner) and the average score has been 68.5 to 49.0. There was one other one-pointer -- 53-52 in 2008. Details on the 24 games are below.

Roman's Lengthy Streak Over Bonner/B-P
Year RC MB/B-P RC's Leading Scorer Pts
2003 74 53 Charron Fisher 19
  71 55 Charron Fisher 21
2004 63 55 Charron Fisher 20
  65 50 Charron Fisher 25
2005 77 73 Malik Perry 18
  94 58 Mike Ringgold 22
2006 82 42 Mike Ringgold 16
  69 45 Bradley Wanamaker 24
  62 37 Bradley Wanamaker 18
2007 79 62 Maalik Wayns 20
  54 34 Bradley Wanamaker 16
2008 53 52 Maalik Wayns 19
  71 58 Maalik Wayns 20
2009 82 43 Rakeem Brookins 28
  56 44 Brookins/Andre Horne 16
2010 70 61 Rakeem Brookins 24
  58 48 Rakeem Brookins 19
2011 52 45 Fortunat Kangudi 15
2012 66 39 Shep Garner 21
2013 74 39 Shep Garner 19
2014 72 38 Rashann London 13
2015 81 50 Gemil Holbrook 22
2016 66 43 Tony Carr 19
2017 54 53 Allen Betrand 23
  1,645 1,177    
  68.5 49.0    

JAN. 20
Haverford School 58, Penn Charter 44

  Watching a team make an admirable, get-close comeback is always nice. The thing is, you can never be sure what will happen thereafter. Will the losing team sustain the momentum and storm to victory? Or has it expended all (or at least most) of its energy and the only way to go is back down the hill? Tonight, PC went the latter route. After, frankly, giving off an odor for most of the early going -- HS roared to a 26-7 lead -- the Quakers, thanks in part to support from an energetic student section of maybe 50-60 kids, regrouped and then some. I'm not going to say the Fords were fully fearful for their perfect-so-far-in-league-play lives, but there was at least some consternation as PC rallied within nine points with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter on a fast break layup by frosh WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes. And then within eight points with 6:03 left in the game as jr. WG Mason Williams canned a layup off a steal/dash that began at about midcourt. And then again within eight points -- this time at 48-40 -- with 3:36 remaining as Williams hit a flip shot. At the other end, however, impressive soph WG-SF Christian Ray made a free throw after getting fouled -- he missed the first shot, sub jr. C Bobby Stratts kept the ball alive on the glass, Ray got thumped trying for a put-back -- and soon soph WG Gavin Burke was threading a nice needle with a pass to classmate G Jameer "Yes, Son of THE Jameer" Nelson for a bucket. In many ways, it was amazing that the Quakers were still hanging around late in the game. They shot just 13-for-49 from the floor and 3-for-29 beyond the arc. TOGETHER, those percentages add up to only 36.8. HS helped with some sloppy moments. Not sure if PC's dogged defense was the sole cause because the Fords, after their early success, might have slipped into we're-bored, this-is-too easy territory. Not that a team should EVER allow that to happen, of course. This was my first look at Ray, a 6-5 transfer from Octorara. Down the line I think we'll find that his real surname is Rayjankowicz or Raykezonowski or something like that and that he came here straight from Poland or the Ukraine (smile). Reason: He has the classic look of a European player in that he's comfortable everywhere on the floor. He can seize the baseline with hard drives, post up on the block or drift outside and launch sweet looking threes. I like how he's aggressive, yet fluid, and that combo should definitely serve him well. Also impressive, especially early, was jr. CG Kharon Randolph. He gives off the dagger-to-your-heart aura and he was confident like crazy during a three-treys, 11-point first quarter. He wound up with 18 and four treys. Ray had 23 points while Nelson had 10. Burke hit a crucial late triple after taking just two shots all night. For PC, sr. PG Adam Holland played with authority, like always, but had to settle for six points (all from the line) while crashing quite hard to the floor at least three times. On one, he really thumped his wrist. Here's hoping he's OK. Williams had 18 points and used quick hands/good instincts to make six steals. In terms of seeing people I know, and/or their relatives, this night was an all-timer. HS coach Bernie Rogers starred for Ryan and coached there through the 2014-15 season. Assistant Jazz Williams starred for West Catholic and coached there through last season. Assistants Keith Czarny (Ryan) and Joe Rogers (Malvern) also were players and Joe's dad, Joe, played for Carroll/Villanova. Playing for HS' JV and varsity was jr. G Tom Bagnell. Francis "Reds" Bagnell, an all-time football star in high school (West Catholic/Germantown Academy) and college (Penn; Maxwell Award winner in 1950 as the nation's top college player) was the cousin of Tom's grandfather. Bobby Stratts is the grandson of George Stratts, who coached football at McDevitt, Dougherty and O'Hara. Bobby's dad, George Jr., was in attendance. He was a first team All-City lineman for Carroll in 1986. George Jr.'s brother, Chris, was a second team All-City defensive lineman in 1991. Gavin Burke is the son of Terry Burke, a first team All-Catholic guard (basketball version -- smile) for La Salle in 1988. Terry's dad, Les, coached the Explorers for five seasons through '86. One of the players on HS' JV team was a guard named Stinson (sorry I forgot to get his first name). His dad, Marvin, a Dobbins product, was in attendance and all he did was hit a 35-foot buzzer-beater to give Gloucester County CC (30-0) the national championship in 1994. The extra interaction with assorted people made this night extra enjoyable. Thanks, guys!


Kyle McCloskey, jumping center for GA. His dad, Mike (NFL), is sitting at the right in the first row.
JAN. 19

  Off and on, I've been researching this one for a while. Here's the question . . . Is Germantown Academy senior Kyle McCloskey the first player in city leagues history to pass for 1,000 football yards in a season and score 1,000 career basketball points? The direct answer is yes, at least in the "modern era" (since the Daily News began publishing football stats leaders every Tuesday in 1981), and the secondary answer is yes with an asterisk. Here we go with the direct answer: McCloskey, who's bound for Villanova to play QB, owns 1,138 hoops points as of this writing. As a QB, he passed for 1,182 yards in '14, 1,467 in '15 and 1,242 in '16. Here we go with the asterisk answer: Paul Burke, who played college basketball for Speedy Morris at La Salle, finished his Chestnut Hill Academy career in 1991 with 1,363 points. In the 1990 football season, he passed for 2,010 yards. What's the problem? In that era, CHA was NOT an Inter-Ac member for football. It played in the Independence League with small-enrollment schools such as Jenkintown, Morrisville, Academy of the New Church, etc. As near as I can figure, prior to McCloskey, whose father, Judge/Penn State product Mike McCloskey advanced to the NFL, Kenny Moore came the closet to achieving the Double Thousand Feat. His grandfather, Tom Hoover, a product of Carroll (D.C.) and Villanova, played in the NBA and his mother, Dawn Hoover, starred at now-closed University City and Temple (and wound up coaching against her son as the boys coach at West Philly High). In the 2006 football season, Kenny played for U. City and passed for 1,368 yards. He played three seasons of varsity basketball, one at Bartram ('05) and two at UC ('06-'07). He scored 31 points at
Bartram and

913 at UC for a total of 944. Pretty close. Next in line is Romanís Andre Sloan-El. A lefty like McCloskey, he passed for 1,324 yards in í02 and 1,498 in í03. His hoops career produced 834 points. 1988 Judge grad Chris Fagan passed for a whopping 2,012 yards in the í87 season. In basketball he played varsity for three years and accumulated 751 points. Down the line a shade is í91 Episcopal Academy grad Jerome Allen, who played briefly in the NBA and spent a stretch as the coach at his college alma mater, Penn. He scored 1,027 points at EA, so basketball was no problem. He played QB for his senior season and passed for 731 yards. (One of the coolest football games I covered, ever, was Chestnut Hill vs. Episcopal in September 1990. Burke vs. Allen. Episcopal won, 43-29, as Allen passed for 135 yards and rushed for 71. Burke passed for 234 and rushed for 52.) One more guy: Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, a 2003 Penn Charter grad. In his senior football season, he passed for 1,048 yards. In basketball, he scored 682 career points. Now letís go back to the olden days (smile). In 1970, Paul Hutter graduated from Germantown Academy with 1,627 points after playing FIVE seasons of varsity hoops. Judging by boxscores, he was also the quarterback for his final three seasons and for at least part of his freshman year. Maybe even all of it. Amazing. Through the í68 season, GA had franchise rushers in Bill Armstrong (í66 and í67) and Ed Lawless (í68). Itís possible Paul had at least one season with 1,000 passing yards, but I donít know for sure. I did find boxscores for GAís eight games in the '69 season (5-3 record). Assuming everything was correct, Paul ran for six scores, passed for six more and scored twice on returns . . . If you know of others, tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks!
  UPDATE: This entry comes from Rob Roberts, a GA grad and the son of baseball Hall of Famer Robin Roberts . . .
  Iím almost sure Hutter never threw for 1000 yards. We never threw!! I should know, I was an end for three years, and caught 7 passes. The Delaware Wing T was three running backs, and at least one tight end, and sometimes maybe two. Hutter was a great athlete, and ran more than he threw. Armstrong, and Lawless my senior year, were 75 % of the offense.

JAN. 18
As noted yesterday on the homepage, Malvern Prep will honor the members of its 1976 and 1977 Inter-Ac championship teams at 7 o'clock Friday night, right before a game vs. Germantown Academy. Those were my first two seasons covering Philly-area high school sports for the long-gone Philadelphia Bulletin. (I switched to the Daily News right as the 1977-78 hoops season was beginning.) Malvern's coach in those campaigns was alumnus Fran Dunphy. Yes, THAT Fran Dunphy. He was just as great a guy back then as he is now and I hope he and his players/assistants/managers have a wonderful time reliving their title-winning moments Friday night. Meanwhile, here are my Inter-Ac scoring numbers for the Friars in those two seasons. Take note: GS means games in which a player scored. That approach considerably ups some guys' "averages" (smile).

League Scoring for Malvern's 1976 and 1977 Inter-Ac Champs
1976 Season GS Pts Avg.   1977 Season GS Pts Avg.
Gordy Bryan 10 146 14.6   Pat Purcell 10 223 22.3
Pat Purcell 10 81 8.1   Gordy Bryan 10 175 17.5
John Maguire 10 80 8.0   Pierce Keating 9 51 5.7
Joe Carney 8 78 9.8   John DeAngelis 9 44 4.9
Gil Nassib 10 76 7.6   Kevin Maguire 9 39 4.3
Steve Donnelly 10 56 5.6   Al Shrader 6 22 3.7
Rich Devine 7 33 4.7   Joe Miele 5 14 2.8
Kevin Rafferty 5 30 6.0   Jim Battista 4 9 2.3
Pierce Keating 5 22 4.4   Bob Bradley 2 7 3.5
Dan Dixon 6 21 3.5   Joe Squire 4 11 2.8
Mike Dolente 6 19 3.2   Darnell Burton 1 3 3.0
Bob Brennan 2 9 4.5   Bernie Glavin 2 3 1.5
Al Shrader 3 7 2.3   Bruce Irrgang 1 2 2.0
Joe Miele 2 4 2.0   Kevin Rafferty 3 7 2.3
  10 662 66.2     10 610 61

JAN. 17
Penn Charter 69, SCH Academy 42

  The Quakers recorded a knockout. Why the boxing reference? The great Bernard Hopkins was among the spectators. As rumor had it, he's friendly with the parent of a kid who played in the JV preliminary. He was way down the other end, so don't ask for a pic. Zamani Feelings was down there, though, so he definitely got one. Anyhoo, the ins and outs of this 5:30 tilt are almost completely reflected in the final score. SCH is inexperienced and some of its guys play hoops as a second sport. In the early moments, PC was not exactly impressive, either. There were some sloppy sequences and coach Jim "Flipper" Phillips at one point semi-bellowed, with a slight delay between each word, "Finish . . . the . . . play!!" The Quakers responded with another sloppy turnover, then began to click while opening an 11-5 lead. From there? Mostly perfection. OK, that description is over the top, but PC did play well thanks to correct decisions and comfortable looks on jumpers. The Quakers hit four of their first five shots in the second quarter to claim a 26-9 pad. That last bucket was a perfect step-back jumper by sr. PG Adam Holland. In their last two games, the Quakers finished with seven assists apiece. By the time "Dutch" hit his jumper, they already owned seven en route to 17. It was nice to see almost every guy look comfortable and not rushed while shooting jumpers/floaters/etc. Here's hoping that relaxed approach can be maintained even when the defenses are much more active. The game's most interesting moment came with just under two minutes left in the third quarter. Jr. WG Will Samuel let fly with a trey that, from the far end, looked like an air ball. The refs' arms soared upward. Threeeeee! Huh? Here's the deal: The net at that end was partially shredded and the ball hit nothing as it passed through the rim. Gotta love cool optical illusions. Jr. WG Mason Williams sniped 5-for-7 on treys while scoring 21 points. Samuel (13) also bombed home three triples. Frosh WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes had a nice overall outing with 11 points, three rebounds, four assists and four steals. Sr. F Alex "Florida" Cohen, soph SF Ryan "Zingy" Maloney and jr. G Jake Nicastro notched fourth quarter buckets. Matt Rahill, SCH's QB, also hit three triples while scoring 13 points. Sr. F Zuri Peyton had nine points off the bench. He's quite thin, but has a serious wing span and could be a decent player if he fills out and keeps working. Today's first stop was PC's pool for a girls meet vs. Baldwin. Then, en route to SCH, I wolfed down a ham and cheese sandwich, as wonderfully prepared by The Wife. Made a pit stop at the girls basketball game (maybe 10 scoreboard clock minutes), then scrambled over to the other side of the campus for the boys game. Best part of that scene: A quality zebra crew consisting of Bob "Notre Dame Harvey" Sumner, Harry Edwards and Pat Tobler. Other prominent folks, no special order: Ed Aversa, Antowine Graham, Luke Stansfield, Mike Mattei, Ed Foley, John McArdle, Matt Paul, Marcel Quarterman, Aaron Sistrunk, Ted Monaco . . .

JAN. 17
Young bucks will find this fact impossible to believe: The individual records for one-game scoring in LEAGUE play in the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac Leagues have stood for a total of 168 years! The marks, respectively, are 90 by Overbrook's Wilt Chamberlain in 1955, 51 by McDevitt's Bobby Haas in 1968 and 63 by Penn Charter's Bill Soens in 1963. Below is a breakdown for how the CL record reached 51 from first-guy-with-at-least-40 on up. That first guy, North Catholic's Bob Devenny (his name was sometimes misspelled as Devenney in newspaper accounts), wound up playing for Michigan State. Meanwhile, Joe Heyer holds the CL record for most points in consecutive league games with 88. He scored 49 on a Friday and racked up 39 two days later at Judge on the final day of the regular season. In that one he shot 17-for-34 and 5-for-8. He owned 37 points after three quarters, so he could have broken his own mark if he had not become a spectator shortly after adding two more points in the fourth. The CL record for most points in three consecutive league games is 116 by Carroll's Barry Bekkedam in 1986. He went for 37 vs. Neumann, 38 vs. West Catholic and 41 vs. St. James, breaking the school record each time. He then became ill and missed the Patriots' quarterfinal loss to O'Hara.

Progression of CL Record for Points in League Play, 40 Points on Up
Name School Opponent Site Date Score FG FT Pts
Bob Devenny North St. James North 2/2/51 88-51 19 4 42
Joe Ryan SJ Prep North SJ Prep 1/26/55 79-72 15 15 45
Pat Carey West Roman West 2/13/55 96-72 20 7 47
Joe Heyer La Salle ST More La Salle 2/17/56 90-62 21 7 49
Bobby Haas McDevitt Ryan McDevitt 1/28/68 98-55 19 13 51

JAN. 16
In a loss to La Salle yesterday, O'Hara sr. G Jaye'lyn Peebles scored 40 points to not only claim the school record (Mike O'Hara had 38 in 1987) but also become the first CL guy to score as many as 40 points in league play since 2011 (Wood's Joe Getz had 41 vs. West Catholic). It's unlikely that any CL players scored as many as 40 points prior to the 1949-50 season. In the 1947-48 season, according to a story that appeared in the Inquirer three years later when Bob Devenny scored 42, Tom Stoeckel scored 36 points to claim the CL record. Both guys played for North Catholic. Stoeckel later played for St. Joseph's College. Devenny played at Michigan State.  

40-Point Performances in Catholic League Play, 1950-present
Year Name School Pts Opponent
  *advanced to NBA      
1968 Bob Haas McDevitt 51 Ryan
1956 Joe Heyer La Salle 49 ST More
1955 Pat Carey West 47 Roman
1956 *Bobby McNeill North 46 St. James
1976 *Michael Brooks West 46 Bonner
1955 Joe Ryan Prep 45 North
1969 Mike Jones ST More 45 St. James
1974 Don Hobson North 43 McDevitt
1951 Bob Devenny North 42 St. James
1952 Bill Lynch St. James 42 Prep
2010 Ike Robinson C-E 42 Carr
1976 Lawrence Reid Dougherty 42 Egan
1999 Ashley Howard Bonner 41 K-K
1986 Barry Bekkedam Carroll 41 St. James
2000 *Eddie Griffin Roman 41 Carroll
1981 Glenn Welton Roman 41 Prep
2007 Jeff Jones Bonn 41 N-G
2011 Joe Getz Wood 41 West
1999 Kasim Holloman Prep 41 K-K
1987 Monroe Blakes West 41 Prep
1978 Reggie Jackson Roman 41 St. James
2017 Jaye'lyn Peebles O'Hara 40 La Salle
1977 Fran McCaffery La Salle 40 Ryan
1951 *Tom Gola La Salle 40  

JAN. 15
Yesterday, Archbishop Wood sr. G Collin Gillespie made an oral commitment to play his college hoops at Villanova. The list below includes the "Our Guys" (Public, Catholic, Inter-Ac) who have played for the Wildcats over the last 45 seasons (1973-2017). Some didn't stay and transferred. Some came IN as transfers. The two Malvern guys were walk-ons. Six of these 'Cats wound up advancing to the NBA. Freshmen were not allowed to play on the varsity until the 1972-73 season. If I missed anyone, you know the deal. tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks!
  UPDATE: With a nudge -- OK, a shove (ha ha) -- from long-time website loyalist Jim O'Connor, we have upped to the list to 50 seasons (1968-2017). His North Catholic boahs are now included!
  UPDATE: Bonner grad Jay Rattigan provided the names of two Friars who played for 'Nova as walk-ons. Thanks for the hustle, Jay!

Villanova's "Our Guys" Over the Last 45 Seasons
Name School Total Years
Kevin Rafferty Malvern 2 2015-16
Tony Chennault Neumann-Goretti 2 2013-14
*Maalik Wayns Roman 3 2010-12
Reggie Redding SJ Prep 4 2007-10
Shane Clark Dougherty 4 2006-09
Andrew Ott Gtn. Academy 2 2007-08
Bilal Benn Dougherty 2 2006-07
*Kyle Lowry Dougherty 2 2005-06
Rafal Bigus Carroll 4 1996-99
Chris Lee Bonner 3 1997-99
Marvin O'Connor Gratz 1 1998
*Jason Lawson Olney 4 1994-97
*Alvin Williams Gtn. Academy 4 1994-97
Jason Singleton Bonner 1 1994
Rob Tribuiani Malvern 3 1988-90
Barry Bekkedam Carroll 3 1987-89
Joe Rogers Carroll 4 1974-77
Mike Stack Bonner 4 1973-76
*John "Chubby" Cox Roxborough 2 1974-75
Ed Manning O'Hara 3 1973-75
Billy Harris Penn Charter 1 1973
Ed Hastings Bonner 3 1971-73
*Tom Ingelsby O'Hara 3 1971-73
Jim "Bird" Boylan North Catholic 1 1972
Mike Daly O'Hara 3 1970-72
Hank Siemiontkowski North Catholic 3 1970-72
Fran O'Hanlon St. Thomas More 3 1968-70
Joe Walters Malvern 2 1969-70
Frank Gillen Neumann 3 1967-69
Frank McCall McDevitt 3 1967-69
Jim McIntosh Lincoln 3 1967-69
Joe Crews McDevitt 3 1966-68
George May Lincoln 2 1967-68
*-advanced to NBA      

JAN. 14
  Cole Storm
, a starting combo guard, is now a senior at Germantown Academy and his name was first mentioned in the Daily News sports section in February of 1999. How, you're wondering, did THAT ever happen? Well, my story focused on Brett Storm, then a star junior guard for Penn Charter, and it mentioned how he'd been a shade off his game through the first two months of the season because of concerns for his mother, Donna, and Cole. On Dec. 4, as the story detailed, Donna had been hospitalized with pregnancy complications and ordered to remain in bed. On Jan. 9, the same day the Inter-Ac tripleheader was held at La Salle University, Cole was born six weeks premature at just five pounds. Due in part to a collapsed lung, he was placed on a respirator, remained in the hospital until late January and even after making it home could not be taken outside for a while. With a big smile during that interview, Brett noted, "I like just looking at him. He's cute." Ha, ha. Now, Cole is described by all as a great kid and it's always nice to see him and at least exchange hellos. Via an email, Brett let me know that Cole -- also a lefty, like co-franchise teammates Evan-Eric Longino and Kyle McCloskey -- is receiving Division III interest and works on his game a lot. He added, "He kept me in shape all summer because we would play one on one." Brett played his college ball at Drexel and Philadelphia University (nee Textile) and his older brother, Larry, also a PC product, attended St. Francis (Pa.) and Ursinus. A star quarterback at PC, his grid career was shortened due to shoulder miseries. Their dad, Larry, was a productive starter for Speedy Morris' first championship team at Roman in 1969. Larry Sr.'s brother, Chuck, was a first team All-Catholic honoree for Roman in 1963 (20.1 ppg.). They played in the Big 5 for Villanova and La Salle, respectively. Boxscores for all high school games were not published in newspapers in the '60s, but thanks to Tom Taylor's research we do have league points. The breakdown for LEAGUE points, not counting playoffs, for the five Storms is below and the total is a shade over 1,500. Niiiiiice. And, of course, the Inter-Ac schools only play 10 league games each season. As you'll note, Brett scored league points in five seasons and Larry Jr. did so in four. Meanwhile, my first story about Brett was written in December 1997 after Penn Charter played a holiday game in Wildwood, NJ. In that game, Brett lost part of a tooth. As noted by his father, the chip popped out of Brett's mouth along the baseline and wound up at PC's bench. Whoa! That story also included this nugget: Because it was cold and rainy and very windy, strolls on the boardwalk would not have made a whole lot of sense. So, the Quakers killed time by heading to a bowling alley. From the story: Picking up a ball for the first time in a year, Brett rolled a 172 to win a small pot of money. A very small pot. "I got $15. We have a cheap team," Storm said, smiling. . . . Guess what? One of Brett's PC teammates was current Inquirer/Daily News sports writer Aaron "Ace" Carter! Hopefully, he made the largest donation (ha ha).          

League Points Scored by the Five Storms
Name School Points Year
Chuck Storm Roman 35 1961
    207 1962
    261 1963
Larry Storm Sr. Roman 47 1968
    206 1969
Larry Storm Jr. Penn Charter 4 1993
    2 1994
    90 1995
    36 1996
Brett Storm Penn Charter 3 1996
    80 1997
    188 1998
    157 1999
    157 2000
Cole Storm Gtn. Academy 5 2015
    29 2016
    17 2017
  Total league points 1,524  

JAN. 13
Germantown Academy 71, Penn Charter 47

  This is hoops season No. 18 for this website and rarely has a report about a game with a 24-point victory margin included play-by-play details. But this one's gonna, and it won't take long. With a shade over three minutes left in the second quarter, PC owned an 18-17 lead and there was hope -- repeat, hope -- that this game would provide quality, back-and-forth entertainment deep into the second half, at least. Nope. Wasn't to be. Mostly because the Patriots posted three consecutive three-point nuggets. Maybe you're thinking, "Wow, they drained three treys in a row? Pretty cool." But they didn't. The outburst did start with a trey, as hit from the left wing by sr. F Josh Brownstein. But the next six points were racked up the old-fashioned, three-at-a-time way and senior CG Evan-Eric Longino did the honors. First he drove very hard through traffic and absorbed contact while canning a layup. He then hit the free throw. Next, he dropped in a third-chance field goal while again getting pounded and proceeded to again add the free throw. Those nine points were scored in 62 seconds to make it 26-18 and soon sr. CG Cole Storm was knocking down a jumper for a 28-18 pad. The game was as good as over . . . But the entertainment was NOT. In the first half, GA sr. F Kyle McCloskey, like Longino and Storm a lefty (and bound for Villanova to play quarterback), was semi-quiet, notching just six points. But in the second half, he racked up exactly one point per minute and six resulted from vintage dunks. I'm tellin' ya, he wolfed those suckers DOWN and on one he even managed to do so while getting fouled. Plus, McCloskey came within a whisker of recording a fourth slam. While heading to the bucket, somehow he veered slightly off-course and his jump also looked a little disjointed. Anyway, the ball clanged off the rim. Though Kyle is listed at 6-5, I suspect he's closer to 6-4 or maybe even 6-3 1/2. But he was UP there and appeared to be on a mission to prove wrong the title of a 1992 hoops-themed movie starring Woody Harrelson (smile). McCloskey finished with 22 points and fellow franchise Longino had 25. Storm (10) also hit double figures. Soph swingman Brian Basile added eight points and at least two, if not all three, of his field goals came on follows. PC was led by sr. PG Adam Holland (14), jr. WG Mason Williams (13) and frosh WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes (12). Sr. PF-C Justus Sanders grabbed four of his six rebounds in the first four minutes. The Quakers did win the JV game, 43-41, as soph Ryan "Zingy" Maloney, a lefty, converted a late drive down the lane after taking a pass from jr. G Terence "TT" Thompson. TT had caught the right-wing inbound pass from Zingy. Before the game, the music playing via the sound system was quite loud and GA coach Jim "Mr. 600" Fenerty ordered a turn-it-down. "I know I'm old," he said, laughing, "but that was ridiculous." Agreed. GA had a large and beyond-energetic student section. The kids were wearing black shirts. Of course, they busted on the PC kids over the fact the Patriots had won the football game.


JAN. 13

  Sometimes you have to take care of your own, right? Granted, Jim Ottomano is not a relative, but he supports this website by advertising his business, an Allstate insurance office in Maple Glen, Montgomery County, and we're going to pay him back by providing a breakdown of his family's involvement with basketball. His three sons have played for Lansdale Catholic. We'll go in reverse order. Jack is a member of the Crusaders' freshman team. Mike, a senior, is in his second year of starting for the varsity and currently leads the team in scoring with an average just short of 12 ppg. And then there's AJ. The 2014 grad was a deep sub, but he loved the game and found a great way to stay involved. How? He's in his third year of serving Penn State coach Patrick Chambers (Episcopal) as a manager and, like all involved, he recently got to experience a lifetime moment when the Nittany Lions played, and beat, Michigan State at the fabled Palestra. Very cool! **He's second from the left among the white-shirted managers in the picture over there <<<<.** As Jim let me know, the boys' grandfather is George May and members of the Up There in Age Club (yes, my hand is raised -- smile) will know that name if they followed Philly high school/college ball in the 1960s. George was a star at Abraham Lincoln and later played for Villanova. George was a senior at Lincoln in 1965 and the Railsplitters, thanks in large part to the great Larry Cannon, seized the Public League championship. One problem for George: He was not around for all the late-season fun. Back then, Pub schools had TWO senior classes each school year and George was a mid-year diploma-earner. Before departing, he scored 89 points in five league games. In non-league games, he racked up 33 points vs. Dobbins and 31 vs. Penn Charter. In the 1963-64 season, he scored 243 points in 13 games for an 18.7 average with a high of 34 vs. Germantown. He was a sub in the 1962-63 season, finishing with 59 points in league action. His best outing was a 19-pointer vs. West Philadelphia. As always, we were able to provide those numbers thanks to Tom Taylor's great historical work. All the best to the Ottomano family and thanks again for your support, Jim!

JAN. 12
  What's the biggest chip you've ever seen on a shoulder? Maybe the size of a cinder block? Last night at Holy Family University, here's guessing the chips on the shoulders of Neumann-Goretti's players closely resembled the size of city blocks. In the last two Catholic League championship games, the Saints were topped by Roman. In this meeting, N-G sliced and diced the Cahillites by 87-53. No other way to put it, folks. Thanks to historical pages on this website and info from long-time helper Tom Taylor, I have easily accessible final score info on CL games going back through the 1994-95 season. This 34-point setback eclipses a 33-pointer in the 2009 final. That year the teams did not meet until that game. Roman had captured both meetings in the 2008 season, however. A breakdown of the losses by at least 10 points are below. Eleven occurred from 2001 through 2004.

Roman's CL Losses by at Least 10 Points, 1995-2017 Seasons
Regular Season Unless Noted -- Q: Quarter; S: Semi; F: Final
Year Beaten by . . . Score Margin Winner's Leading Scorer Pts
2017 Neumann-Goretti 87-53 34 Quade Green 23
2009 F-Neumann-Goretti 86-53 33 Tyreek Duren 26
2002 Carroll 73-48 25 Kashif Payne 22
2005 Q-Neumann 61-41 20 D.J. Rivera 25
2001 O'Hara 67-49 18 Gene Willard 27
2016 Neumann-Goretti 85-68 17 Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 22
2012 S-Neumann-Goretti 73-56 17 Ja'Quan Newton 17
2013 Neumann-Goretti 68-52 16 Ja'Quan Newton 21
2004 SJ Prep 74-59 15 Chris Clark 20
2003 SJ Prep 60-46 14 Mark Zoller 25
2016 Carroll 64-51 13 Ryan Daly 20
2003 Neumann  62-49 13 Antwain Wynn 18
2003 Neumann 72-59 13 Antwain Wynn 19
2002 O'Hara 57-44 13 Harry Dougherty 20
1997 Q-Neumann 71-58 13 Victor Thomas 16
2002 Neumann  76-64 12 Tabby Cunningham 21
2002 Bonner 63-52 11 Badir McCleary 24
2002 SJ Prep 67-56 11 Mark Zoller 23
2010 La Salle 59-49 10 Troy Hockaday 13
2004 Q-Neumann 57-47 10 Tabby Cunningham 16

JAN. 11
Check out current numbers for the Fine Nine of coaches who have guided teams only in the Catholic and/or Inter-Ac Leagues. "Speedy" Morris (700) and Jim Fenerty (600) have hit milestones this season. Carl Arrigale has a way to go reach his next milestone number, but his percentage is No. 1.

Name School(s)


W-L Pct.
Wm. "Speedy" Morris Roman/Penn Charter/SJ Prep 32  702-200  .778
Dan Dougherty Malvern/Episcopal 36 621-285 .685
Jim Fenerty Egan/Gtn. Academy 36  600-352  .630
Bud Gardler Kenrick/O'Hara 39 560-413 .576
Bill Fox Judge 29 545-269 .670
Charles "Obie" O'Brien La Salle 34 541-248 .686
Dennis Seddon Roman 22 516-128 .801
Carl Arrigale Neumann/N-G 19  438-99    .816
Mark Heimerdinger Dougherty 27  428-287 .599
*-does not include seasons at schools outside CL      

JAN. 10
Malvern 60, Penn Charter 58

  How often do you see this? In the first quarter, the teams combined to use 19 players . . . and 10 of those guys attempted three-pointers. Malvern captured both "contests" -- 10-9 in players and 6-4 in long-distance launchers. Considering the Friars won the game by an also-close score, there must have been an omen in there somewhere. Let's head to the (painful for PC) stretch run. The Quakers owned a 53-49 lead with 2:13 remaining, thanks to a three-point play, off an ever-hard drive, by sr. PG Adam Holland. Malvern frosh G Rahdir Hicks soon nailed a trey (52-53), PC frosh WG Ryan "Pooch" Holmes converted a double-bonus (55-52), sr. G Tommy Wolfe canned a drive (54-55) and Holland hit the second part of a d-b at 1:01 (56-54). With 47.7 left, Malvern seized a 57-56 advantage as superfrosh Deuce Turner drained a trey from beyond the top of the key. PC decided to work clock. Eventually, Holmes made a spin move into the lane, momentarily lost possession then recovered and guided a pass to sr. WG Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky on the right wing. The lefty had a good look and the shot, during its arc, had the look of something that was going to be successful. It slightly missed, though, and Malvern sr. WG Ray Baran was thumped while grabbing the rebound. Wonder what was going through his mind during the long walk to the other end? Good thoughts, I guess, even though he had attempted just two shots all game -- good trey in the first quarter, missed two in the third. This was a one-and-one, not a d-b. The lefty was perfect with both shots, putting Malvern up by 59-56 at 15.8. PC's possession featured a made jumper by Holland . . . that was ruled no good because he was fouled a split-second beforehand. He hit both ends at 4.1. Turner made a front end at 3.5 and missed the second attempt with the rebound going to PC jr. G Terence Thompson. A timeout was called at 2.2. The Quakers had to go the length of the court. During the timeout, Holmes' father, Keith, expressed hope that Christian Laettner would walk through the door (smile -- Google his Philly heroics, if you're unaware). Neeko, PC's sensational lefty QB, was the inbounder. He launched the ball to the opposite foul line . . . but a catch-and-shoot did not unfold. Buzzer. Punch to the belly for the Quakers. The Friars, as guided by John Harmatuk, go the Energizer Bunny route. They run and run some more and every player has permission to fire from deep or scamper to the hole. Substitutions are a constant -- often as many as three at a time -- and chemistry is always hoped for. In this one, just one Friar player (Turner, with 21) scored more than seven points. Ah, but seven scored from three to seven. This was my first look at Turner, who has been putting up impressive numbers. He went 0-for-4 in the first quarter, but nailed nine of 16 shots thereafter and the field goals came mostly on quick (yet seemingly carefree) jumpers and terrific drives. Turner has the always desirable swivel and often knifes between defenders as if, somehow, they're barely there and as if he's taking his time, though he isn't. That's a rare quality. This kid has it. PC played very Malvernish today. There were many aggressive drives, not just by Holland, and fast break opportunities were mostly accepted. Rebounds wound up being plentiful (39) at both ends. If only the shooting had been better overall (19-for-52, 36.5 percent) and from beyond the arc (3-for-15, 20 percent). Holmes had a nice effort with 17 points, 11 rebounds (10 in the first 17 minutes), three assists and four steals. Holland shot 5-for-5 and 5-for-7 for 15 points. Jr. SF Owen Pighini and soph SF-WG Ryan "Zingy" Maloney had nice moments off the bench. It was nice seeing Malvern folks such as AD Kurt Ruch, dignitary Joe Redican and assistants Joe Hoban and Matt McManus. Ditto for Bonner-Prendie assistant Bill Cassidy. This game started at about 5:30. Afterward, Bill headed down School House Lane to watch Philadelphia University. His nephew, O'Hara product Mike Louden, plays for coach Herbie Magee's Rams. Bill's son, Billy, plays for ex-Malvern star/coach Jim Rullo at Neumann University. Today's overall cool moment: My first stop was the swimming pool for meets vs. Haverford School (boys) and Agnes Irwin (girls). At one point late during warmups, when many of the kids were already finished and awaiting the start of the meet, The Temptations' "My Girl" (released in 1965) played over the sound system. Guess what? A decent number of swimmers, standing right next to the pool -- girls AND boys -- wound up singing along. When I was a senior at PC in 1969 (ouch), I can't remember singing along to songs from 1917! Motown STILL rules! (Along with the Philly sound -- smile).

JAN. 10
Thanks to Twitter, we can tell you that West Catholic last night beat Lansdale, 67-61, in three OTs, in a Catholic League game. How common are CL games with multiple OTs? Assuming we didn't miss any, that was No. 14 in this century. Details are below. And once the boxscore becomes available, a name will be posted in the "Leader for Winner" category. If we missed any qualifying games, you know the deal. Thanks. tedtee307@yahoo.com.
  UPDATE: An entry for 2010 has been added. That was the final hoops game in Kennedy-Kenrick history. the school closed that June. Thanks to McDevitt assistant Dave Luby, who was a two-year member of K-K's staff.
  UPDATE: Thanks to LC's Patrick Albanese for providing the scorebook pages for both teams. Also to WC coach Jason Hasson.

Multiple-OT Catholic League Games in This Century
Season Date Winner Loser Score OTs Leader for Winner Pts
2002 1/13 La Salle North Catholic 68-56 Two Rob Sullivan 26
  2/10 Wood Ryan 65-63 Three Greg Arrow/Mike Spadafora 17
2003 1/5 Ryan Judge 68-62 Three Jim Welsh 22
2004 2/22 Bonner O'Hara 71-67 Two Derrick Graff/Randy Reid 18
  *2/27 Dougherty Wood 66-63 Two Tim Smith 17
2005 1/14 SJ Prep Bonner 66-55 Two Reggie Redding 27
2006 2/17 Judge Conwell-Egan 76-75 Two James "J.J." Franklin 27
2007 2/15 La Salle North Catholic 64-62 Two Clay Penecale 26
2009 12/12 Conwell-Egan West Catholic 68-63 Two Isaac Robinson 27
2010 2/14 Lansdale Kennedy-Kenrick 59-56 Two Mike Barr 31
2012 2/3 O'Hara West Catholic 80-75 Two Mike Louden 21
  2/12 Carroll SJ Prep 67-66 Two Yosef Yacob 29
2015 2/8 SJ Prep La Salle 79-74 Three Chris Clover 37
2016 *2/12 Carroll Wood 77-70 Two Ryan Daly 30
2017 1/9 West Catholic Lansdale 67-61 Three Imere Harris 24

JAN. 9
The question was posed early yesterday afternoon by Blair Klumpp, former player and assistant coach for Wood. He was wondering when the Vikings had last beaten Carroll. The search was on! Back and back and back through TEAM PAGES, then results of non-league games. Didn't take too long on the computer, but it did in real life. Wood had not beaten Carroll since Dec. 2003 and the losing streak was 16 games. It ended a shade before dinnertime yesterday at Holy Family University as Wood claimed a 76-68 win thanks in large part to Seth Pinkney (seven points, nine blocks), Collin Gillespie (28 points, seven assists) and Tyree Pickron (16 points, eight boards). The game was played at that site because on Friday cinder blocks at the top of a side wall in Wood's gym had come crashing down. Click here for a pic. Last night, to flesh out this nugget, I still needed particulars on that last win. I only had the fact that Wood had triumphed. Like always, Tom Taylor came through. Wood won, 53-31, and the leading scorer was . . . Brian Klumpp, Blair's brother! He racked up 17 points. No one else had more than seven. Kevin Springman (six) led Carroll. Below are scores/high scorers for Carroll's 16 consecutive victories. Derrick Jones has already made his NBA debut. 

Details of Carroll's 16 Consecutive Wins Over Wood
Year Kind AC AW

Carroll's Leading Scorer(s)

2005 NL 47 41 Taney Willcox 10
2006 NL 53 64 Mike Logue/Darrell Floyd/Dutch Gaitley 11
2007 NL 58 24 Ellis Rogers 11
2009 CL 54 45 Andre Wilburn 15
  CL 65 58 Kasheef Festus 20
2010 CL 55 50 Juan'ya Green 15
  CL 63 44 DJ Irving/Ben Mingledough 15
  Playoff 61 40 Ben Mingledough 17
2011 CL 50 42 Juan'ya Green 20
2012 CL 64 49 Isaiah Warren 14
2013 CL 58 32 Nick Jones 16
2014 CL 83 52 Derrick Jones 21
  Playoff 64 44 Derrick Jones 24
2015 CL 77 47 Derrick Jones 29
2016 CL 67 65 Ryan Daly 26
  Playoff 77 70 Ryan Daly 30
    996 767    
    62.3 47.9    

JAN. 7
The Inter-Ac's Opening Tripleheader, named in recent years for former Malvern/Episcopal coach Dan Dougherty, is in the books and the all-time details are below.  Germantown Academy still owns it, but a loss to Haverford School dropped its winning percentage to .826. Look below for each school's record and a list of the assorted sites. The first tripleheader to open league play would have taken place in January 1994, but a wicked snowstorm intervened. Yesterday, no one scored enough points to make the Jan. 6 list. In the first game of the initial tripleheader, played on Jan. 6, 1995, at St. Joseph's University, Chestnut Hill Academy beat GA, 48-32, as Nelson Henry (14) and Chris Davis (13) led the way.

Records in I-A's
Opening Tripleheader
Germantown Academy 19-4
Malvern Prep 15-8
Episcopal Academy 11-12
Haverford School 10-13
CHA/SCH Academy 7-16
Penn Charter 7-16
Sites of I-A's
Opening Tripleheader
1995 St. Joseph's Univ.
1996 Palestra
1997 Drexel
1998 Haverford College
1999-2003 La Salle Univ.
2004-09 Arcadia
2010-12 Cabrini
2013 Neumann Univ.
2014-17 Phila. Univ.

JAN. 6
Dan Dougherty Opening Tripleheader
Episcopal 62, Penn Charter 47
(At Philadelphia University)

  To a large extent, the Quakers got textbooked. Episcopal was impressive in pretty much every aspect and there wasn't even a hint of drama in the fourth quarter. The Churchdudes played sticky defense -- both the obvious and semi-veiled variety -- and showed a nice mixture of offensive patience yet attack when the chance is there. Through the entire 32 minutes, from what I remember, not one EA player took a remotely dumb shot. EA continues to take the court without star sr. F Nick Alikakos (Navy), who has been out for a while now with a high ankle sprain. He hopes to return to action within a week and a half. Hope so. He's a class act. Today's stars were sr. PG Conner Delaney (13 points), sr. F Kyle Virbitsky (16) and soph WG Matt Dade (18). Delaney is an interesting watch. Occasionally, he'll give off a semi-mechnical aura and then, zip, show more than enough athleticism while hopping into his jumper or making a pinpoint pass. He made great decisions throughout. Virbitsky kept winding up in the right spots and doing good things. As mentioned in a football report, he's to be commended for being dedicated enough to serve as one of this era's few three-major-sport athletes. He'll pitch for Penn State. He also was a TE-DL in football. Dade was so sloppy, he missed a shot. C'mon, dude, what's up with that? (smile). He sniped 5-for-5 from the floor (one trey) and 7-for-8 at the line. His most impressive moments: Two drives that he finished with his left hand even though he's righthanded. Matt's dad, Anthony, was a first team All-Inter-Ac player for EA in 1983. Also important to the Churchguys' cause were two treys in the first half by jr. WG Justin Hershey. Some telling Quakers nuggets: They missed 14 of their first 17 shots from the floor, the other four starters aside from sr. PF Justus Sanders did not grab rebound No. 5, combined, until 3:02 remained in the third quarter, and EA got four shots on one possession by four different guys (even though the last one didn't officially count because of a foul). Early, especially, PC missed numerous close-in shots. Often the angles on layup attempts weren't good. There was an interesting moment in the second quarter. Virbitsky hit a left-wing jumper and the ref signaled a two-pointer. Kyle's foot was definitely on the line. Then, during the next stoppage, the ref changed his mind and ruled the field goal a trey. Huh? Reason: Kyle's foot was on the COLLEGE three-point line. The shot was definitely worthy of being ruled a high school trey. Early Bird of the Day: Malvern coach John Harmatuk. He was in the facility when I walked in a shade before 3 o'clock. PC-EA didn't start until 4 and MP-SCH wasn't scheduled to tip off until 7. Among the legends, in the order these names come to me: Aaron "Ace" Carter, Jess Rawlings, John Estok, Craig Conlin, Tom Kossuth, Ed/Sean/Ted Foley, Gerry "P.A." Sasse, Dan Dougherty (the king of legends!), Anthony Dade, Terry Burke, Colin Mattice, Rick Mellor, Bill/Bill Gallagher, Joe Rogers, Joe Redican, Marty Weiss, Bill Wright, Brendan Pell, James "Bruiser" Flint, Luke Stansfield, Woody Burke, Jim Fenerty, Bernie Rogers . . .

JAN. 6
Who would have thought? The Inter-Ac League's opening tripleheader, named for coach Dan Dougherty (great success at Malvern/Episcopal), is now comfortably into adulthood. Triple Dip No. 23 will take place today/tonight at Philadelphia University with Penn Charter-Episcopal at 4, Germantown Academy-Haverford School at 5:30 and Malvern-SCH Academy at 7. Don't hold me to those last two times. You know how things can go (smile). The big question is, will one or more players score enough points to earn spots on this list? Here's hoping. Henry "Doug" Fairfax, Haverford's coach for four seasons through 2015, scored 30 points for the Fords in 1999. PC's Sean Singletary (played in NBA) hit that number in 2003 and GA's Andrew Ott did so in 2006. The cutoff number for the list is 25.  

Leading Scorers in Inter-Ac League's Opening Tripleheader, 1995-2016
Name School Opponent Pts Year
Doug Fairfax Haverford School Penn Charter 30 1999
Sean Singletary Penn Charter Gtn. Academy 30 2003
Andrew Ott Gtn. Academy Haverford School 30 2006
Sean Knitter Penn Charter Haverford School 29 1999
Sammy Zeglinski Penn Charter Malvern 29 2005
Mike Brown Chestnut Hill Penn Charter 28 2000
Brian Grandieri Malvern Episcopal 28 2002
Terrence Mack Episcopal Malvern 27 2002
Cameron Ayers Gtn. Academy Malvern 27 2010
Demetrius Isaac Penn Charter Malvern 26 2014
Tom Whitworth Chestnut Hill Episcopal 25 1998
Cameron Youngblood Haverford School Chestnut Hill 25 2002
DeQuann Walker Malvern Gtn. Academy 25 2010
John Moderski Penn Charter Gtn. Academy 25 2012

JAN. 5
Yesterday's nugget detailed how Marc Rodriguez became the first 1,000-point career scorer in Judge's history. His accomplishment wasn't the only big moment in Catholic League openers. At O'Hara, Ryan rolled to an 82-43 victory to achieve a 10-0 record for the first time in school history. Senior Matiss Kulackovskis led the way with 21 points while classmates Izaiah Brockington (17) and Chris Palantino (11) also reached double figures. Senior Fred Taylor and soph Amin Bryant have been the Raiders' other starters this season for coach Joe Zeglinski. In the 2011-12 season, Ryan started 9-0 and grabbed that ninth win on the same date (Jan. 3) with a 62-34 win over nearby MaST Charter thanks to Chris McMonigle (eight points, seven rebounds) and Christian Rivera (seven assists). The CL opener was three days later vs. Wood. The Raiders fell, 52-49, in OT. Their leading scorers were Bryan Okolo (13), Nick Augenbaugh and Kyle Slawter (12 apiece). With no seniors, Ryan made its CL debut in the 1967-68 season. The lowlight? They were scorched for 51 points by McDevitt jr. G Bobby Haas in a 98-55 loss. Haas packed 25 of those points into the fourth quarter and wound up with 19 field goals and perfect marksmanship (13-for-13) at the line. Those 51 points are still the one-game CL record and Bobby eclipsed the mark of La Salle's Joe Heyer (49). A headline in the long-gone Philadelphia Bulletin noted that Bobby's total was Two Higher Than Heyer. Meanwhile, those 51 points are NOT McDevitt's school record. On Nov. 28, 2002, Chris Hanes scored 52 points as the Lancers hammered Wyncote Academy, 120-59. McDevitt football player Sean "Knock On" Woods covered that game for this website and noted at the end of his very entertaining report that he and his buddies, as the game ended, ran onto the court and carried Chris off. He finished with this: I had the great privilege of holding his left foot. Ha, ha.
UPDATE: The Raiders lost game No. 11, to Wood.      

Details of Ryan's First 10-0 Start in School History
OPPONENT Ryan Opp. Leading Scorer Points
Constitution 44 42 Izaiah Brockington 18
Penn Charter 57 43 Matiss Kulackovskis 30
Girard College 63 46 Matiss Kulackovskis 28
Council Rock North 56 31 Izaiah Brockington 19
Pennsbury 59 47 Matiss Kulackovskis 26
Germantown Academy 63 49 Izaiah Brockington 22
Episcopal Academy 44 43 Izaiah Brockington 15
St. Thomas More (DE) 52 50 Izaiah Brockington 22
South Shore (NY) 63 53 Izaiah Brockington 20
O'Hara 82 43 Matiss Kulackovskis 21

JAN. 4

  The incredibly long wait is fiiiiiinally over. In its 62nd season of Catholic League basketball, Judge now can boast of having a 1,000-point scorer. In an upset victory last night over Wood -- on the road, at that -- sr. G Marc Rodriguez rang up 27 points, thus lifting his total to 1,008 (adjusted). The Crusaders joined the CL for the 1955-56 season and played their first league contest at St. James, in Chester, which closed in 1993. The date was January 8, a Sunday, and they lost, 72-51. Dan McKendry (15) and Ed Hughes (11) led Judge in scoring. Ed went on to pitch in the minors. His son, also Ed, was a star QB for Ryan and in 1978 threw 55 passes in one game! That's still the city record. He completed 25 for 298 yards. Sean Hughes, grandson/nephew of Ed/Ed, last spring had some nice pitching moments for Wood. Wonder if he attended last night's game and got to see the big moment for a player representing grandpop's alma mater? . . . Anyway, below is a list that shows how many seasons the CL schools (including some that have closed) had to wait to celebrate the presence of a 1,000-point scorer. Take note: Seasons before 1950 weren't counted against the very old schools. Scores, mostly, were so low beforehand it would have taken a guy a decade to drop a thousand (smile). Congrats to Marc!!
  UPDATE: I received an email from Brian McKendry, one of our advertisers via Nationwide Insurance. Dan McKendry is his father! What are the chances? Thanks for passing along that info, Brian.
  UPDATE: This note was sent along by Judge assistant Mike O'Connell, who also snapped the pic of Marc. . . .
  Thought this was pretty cool and I didnít even realize it until late last night but 27 is a special number at Judge because it represents the number of Judge guys who were killed in the Vietnam war. That number is the highest total of any Catholic high school in the country and obviously is a huge source of pride for the school because it shows what kind of kids go to/went to Father Judge. Marc scored 27 last night in the game he became the school's first 1,000-point scorer.
  Click here for some history. It honors those 27 Judge students.

How Long Each CL School Had to Wait for a 1,000-Point Scorer
School First 1,000-Point Scorer Points Year Enter Wait
Judge Marc Rodriguez 1,008 2017 1956 62
Egan/C-E Andrew Holland 1,232 2002 1964 39
Ryan John Capella 1,046 2001 1968 34
SC/Neumann Marty Campbell *1,010 1980 1950 31
Wood Dan Kiss 1,130 1994 1967 28
Roman Chico Singleton 1,127 1973 1950 24
St. James Ron Schott 1,285 1972 1950 23
Kenrick Brian Leahy 1,449