Category Archives: Public League

Gilbert gets wake-up call in Constitution win

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It took an animated talk with a coach for Ahmad Gilbert to see the difference between trying to lead his team to victory and actually doing it. In the first half, the Constitution junior had nine … Continue reading

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Newton unfazed as Saints earn AAA final berth

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – For 32 minutes, Neumann-Goretti guard Ja’Quan Newton found himself the subject of double-teams and physical defense against the PE&T Chargers. They did anything they possibly and legally (sometimes illegally) could do to rattle the senior. No … Continue reading

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PIAA Class AAA Semifinal preview

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Over his career as a four-year starter at Neumann-Goretti, Ja’Quan Newton has pumped in 1,918 points, which is five away from the Catholic League record of 1,923 set by Monsignor Bonner’s Jeff Jones. That record is … Continue reading

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PIAA Class A Semifinal Preview

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The last time St. John Neumann made the final four of the state tournament was in 1972. Back then, the school was in the PCIAA, as Catholic schools played in a separate tournament from the rest … Continue reading

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Bostick’s early return sparks MCS win

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Nazeer Bostick hadn’t played or practiced since February 7 because of a groin injury. During that time, the Math, Civics & Sciences sophomore wing has watched his Mighty Elephants fall in the Public League playoffs to … Continue reading

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King’s depth proves too much for Pennsbury

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Most teams have trouble putting a competitive squad on the floor when they’re mired with foul trouble, injuries and even suspensions. In case it wasn’t clear before, the Martin Luther King Cougars aren’t like most teams. … Continue reading

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Hester, MCS advance to PIAA Class A quarterfinal

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Tyrese Hester isn’t the most physically impressive player on PIAA Class A title favorite Math, Civics & Sciences. That’s hard to do when you’re on a team with 6-foot-9 Penn State commit Mike Watkins or 6-foot-4 … Continue reading

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Defense holds as Constitution rolls

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Sometimes during the run of a long season, a team can lose that killer edge that they held earlier in the year. That was the case for Constitution, which has had a run of poor offensive showings … Continue reading

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Mack brothers lead Susquehanna over Imhotep, 65-47

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – To beat Philadelphia powerhouse Imhotep Charter, all Susquehanna needed was some brotherly love of its own. Forget the Super Mario Brothers. These are the Super Mack Brothers–Gabe Mack, a senior, and Nehemiah “Bud” Mack, a sophomore. … Continue reading

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PIAA State Tournament: Class AA Primer

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Over the last decade, the PIAA Class AA title has been handed back and forth between District 12 and District 7. Each of the past 10 champions has come from either the Philadelphia Public League or … Continue reading

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PIAA State Tournament: Class AAA Primer

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The PIAA Class AAA bracket has been dominated by District 12 in recent years. Archbishop Carroll cut down the nets in 2009, Neumann-Goretti won three straight from 2010-12 and when the Saints were finally upended last … Continue reading

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Math, Civics hoping to save disappointing season with PIAA run

Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) – It has been a disappointing season for the Mighty Elephants. Nobody expected them to go 11-14 just a year after they we went a perfect 11-0 in the Public League regular season. Yes, they lost six of … Continue reading

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PIAA State Tournament: Class A Primer

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The PIAA Class A has gone the way of the Philadelphia Public League lately, with three different pub teams taking home the title over the last three seasons. However, the defending champion, … Continue reading

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Trio of District 12 titles decided at Saint Joseph’s

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Some of the top teams from the Catholic League and Public League’s various classifications met up Saint Joseph’s University on Friday night to decide the 2013-14 city champions. The District 12 championships determine not only seedings … Continue reading

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La Salle downs Central to earn berth in States

Moshe Kravitz (@MosheKravitz) – After graduating seven seniors from a team whose season ended earlier than La Salle had hoped last year, Joe Dempsey’s squad looked like they were in for a rebuilding year. Instead, solid play by the team’s … Continue reading

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Mostardi, Carroll hoping for another shot at Neumann

Josh Einbinder-Schatz (@IronicJosh) – Playing basketball at Archbishop Carroll seems to be a Mostardi family tradition. Current Carroll senior Joe Mostardi is hoping to up the ante, making state championships a family tradition. “My dad played for Carroll and my … Continue reading

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Public League title has special meaning for Colson, King

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – As they crowded together to pose for a picture with the historic Public League Championship trophy, the Martin Luther King Cougars smiled extra wide, knowing they had done something special. They did not just rise out … Continue reading

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Cougars become King of the Public League

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Under the bright lights of the Liacouras Center in the Public League Championship, neither the Martin Luther King Cougars nor the Constitution Generals played their best game. Both sides just dug deep and put everything on the … Continue reading

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King, Constitution earn championship berth

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – South Philadelphia High School played host to the Public League semifinals, where the best from each division squared off in the hopes of taking the floor of the Liacouras Center on Sunday for a shot at the … Continue reading

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Constitution, PET advance in Public League

Anthony Bellino (@Bellino_Anthony) – During Saturday night’s Public League quarterfinal match-ups at South Philadelphia High School, no lead was safe. Constitution held a lead that grew as large as 19 against Delaware Valley and nearly let it squander away down … Continue reading

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Williams powers Constitution through sluggish start

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Currently they are considered one of the favorites to win the Public League title, and the favorite by many across the state to win it all in Class AA. So if any late arrivals to Ben Franklin … Continue reading

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King escapes again, downs Frankford

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – The Martin Luther King Cougars aren’t worried about building a lead–that much they can do. It’s holding that lead that’s been the trouble for them during the Public League playoffs. Following their first round win over South … Continue reading

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Imhotep getting focused for playoff run

Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) – There was chatter outside of Imhotep Charter before the doors were opened for Tuesday’s game against Simon Gratz. A question was posed. “Who’s favored?” one middle aged man asked. Another responded: “Imhotep. In every game they play.” … Continue reading

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Miller Highlights: Feb. 4

Randy Miller (@R_Miller12) – (Ed. Note: CoBL high school scouting analyst Randy Miller takes in games all around the Philadelphia area each week. For the rest of the season, he’ll be spotlighting the best players he sees each week in the … Continue reading

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Public League preliminary round begins on Tuesday

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Philadelphia Public League has wrapped up its regular season, and the playoffs to determine the best of all 59 teams in the Pub begins on Tuesday. While a number of schools have already been eliminated, … Continue reading

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