By Mike White | Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, 9:15 p.m.
Here are the latest state rankings by the Middle Atlantic Sports News and www.LLHoops.com. These are rankings are for the entire state, regardless of classification.
1. Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti (23-1) (PCL/District 12 AAA)
1. Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti (23-1) (PCL/District 12 AAA)
Defeated Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep 74-60 in the Philadelphia Catholic League Semifinal. Tony Chennault led with 23pts and Tyreek Duren had 14pts.
2. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (24-1) (District 1 AAAA)
In a District 1 AAAA Round of 16 game, P-W took a 34-20 halftime lead and then held off Upper Dublin for a 58-51 win. Whis Grant led with 19pts and C. J. Aiken had 17pts and Jaylen Bond had 11rebs….Overcame a slow-down attempt by Penncrest for a 39-22 victory in the District 1 AAAA Semifinals. Whis Grant was high with 11pts and Jaylen Bond scored 10pts.
3. Penn Wood (21-3) (District 1 AAAA)
The Patriots fought off Bensalem as Jeff Kyem hit a foul shot with 15 seconds left for a 56-55 win in a District 1 AAAA Round of 16 game. Aaron Brown led with 20pts as he was the only one in double-figures…..In the District 1 AAAA Semifinals, Penn Wood used a 31-point fourth quarter to run away from Neshaminy 74-52. Four players scored in double-figures led by Aaron Brown with 26pts, Shawn Oakman 14pts, Tyree Johnson and Will Brown 11pts each.
4. Radnor Archbishop Carroll (21-3) (PCL/District 12 AAA)
The Patriots took a 14-8 lead over Philadelphia LaSalle at the end of the first quarter in the Philadelphia Catholic League Semifinal. They still led 39-35 after three quarters but LaSalle went on an 8-0 tear to lead 43-39 with 4:26 left in the game. Carroll then went on their own 8-0 run to regain the lead at 47-43 with 2:14 left, saw LaSalle tie it at 47-47 then scored the final four points for a 51-47 win. It may have been a very costly win though as star point-guard D. J. Irving, who scored 13pts, suffered a broken bone in his right hand and could be lost for the season. Juna’ya Green, who’s 3-pointer gave Carroll the lead back at 45-43 with 2:38 left led with 17pts and Ben Mingledough added 12pts.
5. Mount Lebanon (23-1) (WPIAL/District 7 AAAA)
The Blue Devils trailed Shaler (11-11) with less than five minutes to play but rallied for a 33-31 first-round win in the WPIAL/District7 AAAA. Evan Pierce had 10 points to lead Mt. Lebanon, which hadn't beaten a WPIAL Class AAAA team by fewer than 11 points all season…..Mt. Lebanon led McKeesport, 23-20, at halftime in the District 7 Quarterfinals but went on a 15-1 run to start the second half on the way to a 56-44 victory. Evan Pierce scored a team-high 18pts, with three 3-pointers and 6-5 Jr Paul Lang was all over the boards and finished with 16pts and 11rebs.
6. Philadelphia Strawberry Mansion (23-1) (PPL/District 12 AA)
Mansion extended their winning streak to 23 with a 74-44 drubbing of Freire Charter in the Philadelphia Public League Round of 32 (AA Quarterfinals). Devonte' "DJ" Newbill, who went over the 1,000 point mark for his career, led the Knights with 24pts and 11rebs….Then right before the Round of 16 (AA Semifinals), Stan Laws, a volunteer coach who this season has been the Knights' boss everywhere but on paper, said he was prevented from guiding his team by the principal, Lois Powell Mondesire. Seems this principle felt she wasn’t being appreciated enough for buying the team some kind of shooting jerseys (whatever they are) so she did not want him to be with the team for the game. Needless to say this greatly affected the players and they went out and lost their first game of the season 63-60 to Philadelphia Ben Franklin despite 21pts from Newbill. The team can still get into to the state playoffs by winning their way back through playbacks, but the players are still upset about losing their coach, oh yeah he was dismissed from the team the next day by the AD, and they are talking about forfeiting the rest of their season…..The Knights keep their rating for now, pending how they make out next week, since they were undefeated before all the mess began.
7. Philadelphia Imhotep Charter (20-5) (PPL/District 12 AA)
In the Philadelphia Public League Round of 32 (AA Quarterfinals) the Panthers got 19pts from Ameen Tanksley and David Appolon, 12pts from Bakari White in a 68-58 win over Philadelphia Del-Val Charter…..Then held of Philadelphia Prep Charter 53-49 in the Public League Round of 16 (AA Semifinals). Ameen Tanksley led with 17pts, Tyhiem Perrin had 12pts and Terrell Johnson scored 10pts….In the (AA Champioship) Public League Quarterfinals, Imhotep belted Philadelphia Ben Franklin 65-45 and won their second straight AA title. David Appolon led with 23pts, Ameen Tanksley had 14pts and 6-8 Erik Copes had 10pts, 6 blocks and 10rebs…..In their fourth game of the week, Imhotep topped Math, Civics & Sciences in the Public League Semifinals, 66-52 to reach Tuesday’s final against John Bartram. Ameen Tanksley led with 26pts and David Appolon added 15pts.
8. Chartiers Valley (23-1)
(WPIAL/District 7 AAA)
T.J. McConnell had the fifth-highest individual-game scoring total in WPIAL postseason history with 44 points as the No. 1 seed Colts cruised to a 95-59 win over Indiana (11-12) in a WPIAL/District 7 AAA first round game…..Chartiers Valley then defeated Washington Trinity 85-47 in the District 7 AAA Quarterfinal. WPIAL scoring leader T.J. McConnell led the Colts with 34 points, 11 steals and 10 assists. Stephen Burda made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points and Matt Noszka added 14 points and Anthony Cerosimo had 12.
9. Philadelphia LaSalle (18-5) (PCL/District 12 AAAA)
Got 12pts from Joe Brown and 10pts apiece from Troy Hockaday and Steve Collins in the 51-47 loss to Radnor Archbishop Carroll in the Philadelphia Catholic League Semifinals.
10. Philadelphia Communications Tech (18-3) (PPL/District 12 AA)
The Phoenix season ended earlier than they wanted when they were upset by Philadelphia Prep Charter 58-57 In the Philadelphia Public League Round of 32 (AA Quarterfinals). Shaquille Shannon led with 18pts, Sherman Blanford had 16pts and Chris Burney added 11pts.
11. Hampton (20-2) (WPIAL/District 7 AAA)
Hampton defeated Mount Pleasant 52-30 in a WPIAL/District 7 AAA first round game. Bill Luther led the Talbots with 18 points in an easy win against the Vikings (13-9)…..In the District 7 AAA Quarterfinal Hampton defeated Montour 52-28. Bill Luther led the Talbots with 23 points and six rebounds. Tim Donegan added 11 points and seven rebounds.
12. Philadelphia Frankford (21-3) (PPL/District 12 AAAA)
The Pioneers defeated Philadelphia Martin Luther King 78-58 in the Philadelphia Public League Round of 32 (AAAA Quarterfinals). Carl Wallace led with 17pts, Terrell Clark had 12pts, while Steffon Poole and Darryl Poole both scored 11pts. In the Public League Round of 16 (AAAA Semifinals), Frankford stopped Philadelphia Germantown 62-55 as Steffon Poole had 20 points and Carl Wallace added 10 points. In the Public League Quarterfinals (AAAA Championship, Frankford, who has been without Shaquille Duncan a 6-8 senior center headed for Niagara, for the last two games by what coach Ben Dubin said was because of conduct detrimental to the team, was upset by Philadelphia John Bartram 89-87 in four overtimes. Dehaven Brown led the Pioneers with 20pts, Terrell Clark had 18pts, Carl Wallace had 17pts and Steffon Poole scored 12pts.
13. Hempfield (26-0) (District 3 AAAA)
In a District 3 AAAA Round of 16 game, the Black Knights crushed Central Dauphin 71-40 as Zach Sheetz led with 20pts, Christian Walck had 19pts and Mike Uehlein scored 13pts…..In the District 3 AAAA Quarterfinals, Hempfield held off LL Section 1 rival Penn Manor 60-54 for their third victory over the Comets this winter. The score was tied at 38 going into the fourth quarter and Hempfield was not looking to shoot after they got a lead with a few foul shots, for the rest of the way it was Penn Manor fouling to try and get the ball back and the Knights were good on 22-of-26 four shots in the final quarter. Christian Walck led the way with 20pts, Mike Uehlein had 14pts and Mark Enoch added 11pts.
14. Eastern York (24-0) (District 3 AAA)
The Golden Knights took a 34-14 halftime lead and cruised to a 71-48 win over Wyomissing in the District 3 AAA Round of 16. Austin Tillotson led the way with 24pts, Andrew Nicholas had 18pts and Nate Bollinger added 17pts…..In the District 3 AAA Quarterfinals, East ran to a big 74-55 victory over Susquehanna Township Andrew Nicholas had 34pts, Austin Tillotson 18pts and Davin Zimmerman 11pts.
15. Reading (25-2) (District 3 AAAA)
Trailing 13-10 after the first quarter the Red Knights went on a 41-18 tear in the middle two quarters to defeat Exeter 63-49 in a District 3 AAAA Round of 16 game. Trenity Burdine led with 15 pts, Xavier Mumford had 14pts and Taeshan Huffman added 13pts…..In the District 3 AAAA Quarterfinals, Reading ran over and past fellow Berks County foe, Daniel Boone for the third time this year, 64-39. Trenity Burdine again led with 18pts and Xavier Mumford scored 12pts,
16. West Chester Bayard Rustin (22-3) (District 1 AAAA)
In a District 1 AAAA Round of 16 game Rustin avenged an early season loss by crushing Norristown 66-43. Anthony Nash led with 26 pts, 18rebs, Cory Blake had 19 pts, 9 rebs and Rondell White had 12pts…..Then in the District 1 AAAA Quarterfinals, they defeated Pennsbury 57-45. Anthony Nash had 17pts, Rondell White had 13pts and Cory Blake added 12pts.
17. Loyalsock (21-2) (District 4 AA)
In a District 4 AA Quarterfinal, Loyalsock defeated Towanda 66-38. Tyler Bogaczyk led the way with 12 points.
18. Hughesville (21-2) (District 4 AA)
Opened play in the District 4 AA Quarterfinals with a 59-43 victory over Southern Columbia. Greg Taggart led with 17pts and Torin Jeffreys had 10pts.
19. Souderton (23-2) (District 1 AAAA)
Not completely sold on this team yet, but they did beat Glen Mills 60-39, Central Bucks South 64-54 and got a come-from-behind 60-55 win over Chester to reach the District 1 AAAA Semifinals opposite Penn Wood on Tuesday.
20. Coatesville (21-5) (District 1 AAAA)
Kenneth Thompson had 21 points to lead host Coatesville past Norristown, 75-59 in a District 1 AAAA Playback for Ninth Place. The Red Raiders also got 17 points from Tymeir Miller and 12 from Pat Brewer…..Earlier they were upset by Pennsbury 40-39 in the District 1 AAAA Round of 16 to fall into the Ninth Place bracket.
DROPPED OUT: Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep (17-7) (PCL/District 12 AAAA) Season finished after losing to Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti 74-60 in Catholic League Semifinals.