Archive: March, 2010
Plymouth Whitemarsh boys WIN PIAA Class AAAA state title, 58-51, over Penn Wood. Click here for game wrap.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn Wood, coming in with 24 straight victories and oozing confidence, was looking to prove that it was indeed the best Class AAAA basketball team in Pennsylvania. Plymouth Whitemarsh was aiming for a mind-changing, final-statement victory.
The latter happened last night at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center, as the Colonials, behind an inspired performance on both ends from C.J. Aiken, pinned a 58-51 defeat on the favored Patriots in a rematch of the District 1 final and earned their first PIAA championship since 1997.
Aiken, a 6-foot-10 senior center bound for St. Joseph’s, racked up 19 points, seven rebounds and five blocked blocks shots as Plymouth Whitemarsh, ranked No. 3 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, avenged a 54-49 overtime loss to No. 2 Penn Wood in the district championship game.
The defense of Archbishop Wood petrified Indiana into 23 turnovers Saturday night, as the Vikings won their first-ever PIAA Class AAA state championship, 49-39, at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center.
Wood junior guard Christine Verrelle scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and the Vikings used an 11-3 third quarter run to stretch a 31-30 lead at the end of third quarter into a defining moment in Catholic League girls’ basketball history.
In the league's two seasons as a PIAA member, Archbishop Carroll and Wood, District 12's three-seed, now have swept the AAA bracket.
Strawberry Mansion won close games in the second round, quarterfinals and semifinals to reach Saturday afternoon's PIAA Class AA state championship, but Khalil Meadows' foul-line jumper missed off the left side of the rim with two seconds to play, and South Fayette, District 7's three-seed, won the AA state title, 49-47.
Mike Lamberti and Pat Zedreck each scored 17 points for South Fayette.
Mansion senior 6-foot-4 guard Devonte' "DJ" Newbill, a Marquette recruit, led the Knights with 15 points, six assists and four rebounds. Fifth-year senior Jamal Jones, a 6-foot-4 forward, finished with 10 points and controlled the glass with 19 rebounds.
All games are being played at Penn State University's Bryce Jordan Center.
Neumann-Goretti won its first-ever PIAA boys' Class AAA championship Friday night at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center, nipping Chartiers Valley, 65-63, in a fast-paced, heart-stopping victory.
Chartiers Valley senior guard T.J. McConnell, who scored a game-high 32 points, took a fadeaway three-pointer from the right wing with two seconds remaining that could have sent Neumann-Goretti home devastated. But junior guard Lamin Fulton put a hand up, McConnell's shot hit the front of the rim, and the Saints began the celebration.
Wake Forest-bound senior Tony Chennault led the Saints with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Rider-bound 6-foot-6 forward Danny Stewart added 17 points and 12 boards, and Mustafaa Jones (Hartford) dropped 14 on 4-of-10 three-point shooting.