gary milesBy Pat Leonard
For the Inquirer
At the start of the Jameer Nelson/Pete Nelson Classic’s final day on Wednesday, the most thrilling elements were its finishes.
First, in a 3:30 p.m. start at North Catholic High School, Olney of the Public League fell to Paul Robeson (N.Y.), 73-71, on a jump shot with five seconds to play by Robeson guard Darrel Lucky (24 points).
Then Atlantic City nipped Lower Merion in overtime, 57-54, at Gwynedd-Mercy College when Vikings senior guard Nate Brown (11 points) converted an acrobatic three-point play with 7.5 seconds remaining in the extra period.
There will be six games total – three at each site – on the final day of the sixth annual boys’ basketball tournament.
In defeat, Olney’s leading scorers were Ray Jaggon (28 points) and Jabreil McLeod (22). Lower Merion had three scorers in double-figures – junior guard Matt McKenna (14 points), senior guard Oliver Cohen (13
points, four three-pointers) and senior forward Aaron Staley (ten points).
Atlantic City senior forward Muji McBride led the Vikings with 16 points.
Getting set to tip now at Gwynedd-Mercy College, in perhaps the showcase’s feature matchup, are Plymouth Whitemarsh and Academy of the
PW’s front court starts 6-foot-10 center C.J. Aiken and 6-7 forward Jaylen Bond. ANC is even bigger, with 6-9 forward Rakeem Christmas and 6-11 center Malcolm Gilbert.
Furness saved the best for last and edged Ben Franklin, 16-14, in a Public League Class AA Division football game at 11th & Bigler yesterday.
The Electrons (2-3 overall, 1-2 league) took a 14-8 lead in the fourth quarter when Marcus White bowled into the end zone from the 1-yard line and added a run for a two-point conversion. But Ryan Johnson caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Sharif Smith to tie the game for the Falcons (4-2, 2-1) and Smith ran for the game-winning two-point conversion.
White carried the ball 25 times for 195 yards to spark Ben Franklin while Aaron Cooper and Victor Pastore had 11 and 10 tackles, respectively for Furness.
Bok 40, FitzSimons 6 — Khalil Neal rushed for a pair of long touchdowns and sparked the Wildcats (6-0, 3-0) past the Rams (0-6, 0-4) at Marcus Foster Stadium.
Neal raced 25 and 32 yards to the end zone in the first quarter to give Bok a 13-0 lead over FitzSimons. His efforts helped the Wildcats accumulate over 300 yards of offense.
Quarterback Andre Frazier also had a big game, hitting Bobby Ross with a 30-yard scoring toss and Jihad Ward with a 20-yard touchdown pass.
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Conwell-Egan’s Bill Castor found the range in spite of a fierce Lansdale Catholic defense and helped the Eagles come from behind to earn a dramatic Catholic League Blue Division soccer win at the United German Hungarian Club in Oakford Monday.
Castor scored from 19 yards out with a minute left to give Conwell-Egan a 2-1 victory. As a result, the Eagles (8-2-2 overall, 7-2-1 league) moved past the Crusaders (6-4-1, 6-3-1) into second place in the division.
Sean Rooney gave Lansdale Catholic a 1-0 lead in the first half, but John Richards tied the game when he converted a goal from 55 yards out. Mike Keenan stopped 22 shots to earn the win in goal for the Eagles while Crusaders’ goalie Chris Takemori turned aside 15 shots.
Mentioned: Pottstown High School | Hatboro-Horsham High School | Wissahickon High School | Central Bucks South High School | Cardinal Dougherty High School | La Salle College High School | Archbishop Wood High School | Cardinal O'Hara High School | Norristown Area High School | Archbishop Ryan High School | Valley Forge Military Academy & College | Pennridge High School | Central Bucks West High School | West Philadelphia Catholic High School | Plymouth Whitemarsh High School | Penn Wood High School | Archbishop Carroll | Church Farm | Conwell-Egan | Devon Prep | Father Judge | Glen Mills | Interboro | Kennedy-Kenrick | Lansdale Catholic | Lincoln | Mercy Vocational | Monsignor Bonner | Neumann-Goretti | Olney | Phila. Academy Charter | Pottsgrove | Quakertown | Souderton | St. Joseph's Prep | St. Pius X | Upper Merion | Upper Moreland | Woodlynde | Wyncote | Franklin Towne Charter | Kimberton Waldorf | Springfield (M)
Kennedy-Kenrick boys’ soccer coach Mike McKenna has struggled to keep his team competitive because of a lack of players and has been successful most of the time.
He may get more players than he knows what to do with after the Wolverines beat Lansdale Catholic in a Catholic League Blue Division game.
Matt Moloney scored twice in the second half and led Kennedy-Kenrick past the host Crusaders, 2-1.
Sean Rooney gave Lansdale Catholic (6-3-1, 6-2-1) a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Moloney tied the game with 16 minutes left in the game and notched the deciding goal with 30 seconds left off a head ball by Danny Price.
The Wolverines got seven saves from Nick Gremminger.
Shane Nicolo scored in the 21st and 29th minutes to help Conwell-Egan beat host Cardinal Dougherty, 3-0.
Matt DiLiegro scored his 11th goal of the season seven minutes into the game to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Mike Keenan kept the Cardinals off the board with four saves.
Tom Baker and Mike Trodden each earned hat tricks and led Archbishop Wood past host Neumann-Goretti, 9-1.
Carlo Barrera, Chris Rosica and John Strecker picked up single goals for the Vikings who got a combined seven saves from Nick Aglira and Matt Friend. John Cudjik stopped 12 shots and Austin West scored for the Saints.
Mentioned: Hatboro-Horsham High School | Phoenixville Area High School | Central Bucks South High School | Cardinal Dougherty High School | Archbishop Wood High School | Perkiomen Valley High School | Council Rock High School South | Archbishop Ryan High School | Shipley School, The | Spring-Ford Area High School | North Penn High School | Central Bucks East | Conwell-Egan | Council Rock North | Father Judge | Fels | FitzSimons | Friends Select | Garnet Valley | Germantown | Kennedy-Kenrick | Lincoln | Lower Moreland | Mastbaum | Masterman | Methacton | Monsignor Bonner | Northeast | Olney | Parkway | Westtown | Springfield (M)
Howard Linn played all but the final 10 minutes in goal for Northeast in a 6-0 Public League win over visiting Southern, then moved up to forward and scored a goal to provide the highlight of the day for the Vikings (5-1).
Linn, a senior, scored Northeast’s sixth goal. It was the first of his career, making for some happy teammates.
“The team went wild,” was Northeast coach John Psoras said. Linn was one of six goal-scorers for the Vikings.
Freshman Joey Powell played a big part in Masterman’s 3-2 comeback with over visiting Olney.
The Blue Dragons (2-4) were down, 2-0, at the half when Powell assisted on Ty Martin’s two goals. Then Tyler Hunt delivered the game-winning goal with six minutes left off a feed from Zach Plona.
David Casasola and Brice Joseph scored first-half goals for the Trojans.
Leroy Mombo’s first-half goal stood up for Washington in a 1-0 win at Lincoln.
Emmanuel Acquoi assisted on the goal and the story of the game after that was the Eagles’ defense in front of goalie Tim McCrossen, who needed to make only one save for the shutout.
Washington is now 4-1-1 overall, 4-0-1 league.
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Martin Luther King scored more points in the first quarter of its football game with Edison yesterday than it had all season and eased to its first win of the season at Benjamin L. Johnston Memorial Stadium.
Joseph Montouth bolted 2 yards for a touchdown and Mike Wilson added a 35-yard scoring scamper in the opening quarter to spark the Golden Cougars to a 35-12 victory in a Public League Class AAAA Blue Division opener for both teams.
Those touchdowns along with an extra point kick by Darrell Archer and a two-point conversion run by Frank Wilson gave King (1-3, 1-0) a 15-0 lead. The Golden Cougars managed to score 14 points total in their first three games.
Montouth, who rushed for 130 yards on 15 carries, added a 5-yard scoring run in the third quarter and Frank Wilson contributed a 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter when King took a 29-6 lead against the Owls (0-4, 0-1).
Southern 28, West Philadelphia 26
Donovan Wilson tackled Robrert Andrews on an attempt for a two-point conversion to preserve the win for the Rams (2-3, 2-0) over the Speedboys (2-2, 0-2) at 11th & Bigler.
Shaquille Gaskins sent the game into overtime after returning a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown, then scoring on a 2-yard blast in the extra session.
Chrissy Stefanowicz and Maureen Gallagher earned a straight-set victory at No. 1 doubles and helped Mount St. Joseph beat host Sacred Heart, 4-1, in a Catholic Academies match.
Stefanowicz and Gallagher won their match, 6-4, 6-2.
Trinh Nguyen and Ryann Carroll picked up a win at No.<TH>1 doubles for Central in a 5-0 win over host Olney.
Nguyen and Carroll posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory in their match.