By Pat Leonard
FOR THE INQUIRER
Strawberry Mansion senior guard D.J. Newbill swished a three-pointer from the right wing as time expired Sunday, downing North Catholic at the buzzer, 78-77, to appropriately conclude the third-annual VILLA
Holiday Classic at St. Joseph’s University.
Fans rushed the court at Hagan Arena as Newbill (30 points) held his right arm in place with his wrist bent forward in follow-through.
“I wanted to go for the two, but I felt I wouldn’t have enough time to get to the basket, so I saw the open shot and I just took it,” said Newbill, a 6-foot-4 guard. “I knew it was good once it went up or it was going in-and-out, either one.”
North Catholic senior guards Mike Terry and Jaleel Mack combined for 49 points. The Falcons took a 77-75 lead with 7.8 seconds to play on a David Williams layup.
But Newbill scored 13 points in the third quarter, 21 in the second half, made 9-of-11 free throws and drained one from deep to tie a nice bow on top.
“In the beginning of the game, I try to set the table and get all of our players involved before I go for mine,” Newbill said. “That’s what Coach teaches me to do. He says leaders take over late in the game
when the team is down and in desperate need, and that’s what I tried to do.”
Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) 57, Imhotep Charter 23
In the third of four games, the Lions of Brooklyn humbled the Public League’s Panthers, 57-23, behind 19 points from 6-foot-7 senior Villanova recruit Jayvaughn Pinkston as Wildcats’ coach Jay Wright
Imhotep Charter (4-1), last year’s Public League, District 12 and Class AA state champion, went into halftime down 34-17 and scored just two points in the third quarter.
Panthers forward Earl Brown’s layup with one minute remaining in the quarter was all that prevented Imhotep from having a donut in its box score.
“They’re a good team defensively, but I haven’t seen us play this poorly offensively in a long, long time,” said Imhotep coach Andre Noble.
Junior guard David Appolon led Imhotep with eight points.
Harrisburg 76, Girard College 74
Girard College and Harrisburg were supposed to play in the second game. Instead, the Cavaliers and Cougars competed in an overtime free-throw shooting contest at St. Joseph’s University’s Hagan Arena, with
Harrisburg gutting out a dramatic victory, 76-74, on a last-second tip-in by Cougars senior forward Jawon Chisholm.
Cavaliers’ star guard John Johnson led all scorers with 31 points, and made 15-of-22 foul shots, but he also committed a crucial foul on a shooter with .5 seconds remaining in overtime and his team leading, 74-73.
The shooter, Harrisburg senior guard Randy Fulp, made the first of two free throws to tie, then his second shot rimmed out to the right, where Chisholm leapt over Cavaliers forwards Dave Ware and Clifford
White to tip-in the miss.
Harrisburg’s bench stormed Chisholm to the opposite end of the court, leaping in unison, as the Hagan Arena remained raucous in appreciation of great basketball despite local Girard College’s defeat.
The teams combined to shoot 81 free throws, and Girard College won the free throw battle (30-of-43, 69 percent to Harrisburg’s 22-of-38, 57 percent clip) but lost the game. Four players (three on Harrisburg,
one on Girard College) fouled out.
Cougars guards Jalen Fitzpatrick (15 points) and Haisheem McIntyre (13 points) led nine scorers on a deep Harrisburg roster.
At the foul line for the Cougars, Fulp (4-of-6), McIntyre (5-of-6) and forwards Bryan Taylor (4-of-6) and Lamar Jones (5-of-6) all took care of business.
The game went to overtime when Taylor made one-of-two free throws to tie the game at 69, nullifying a terrific fourth quarter for Girard College’s White, who scored seven points in the final period, including 4-of-4 from the foul line, and also made 2-of-2 free throws
Friends’ Central 61, Phelps 55
In the first game, Friends’ Central forwards Dominic Morris and Amile Jefferson scored 19 of their 22 combined points in the fourth quarter as the Phoenix defeated Phelps, 61-55, to open the tournament.
Phelps guard Jahmad Saleem’s 3-pointer with 3:42 remaining tied the game at 46, but Friends’ Central answered with a four-point play.
Morris was fouled on a made layup, and Jefferson converted the put-back on Morris’ missed free throw.
“In the timeout beforehand, we talked about rebounding and playing strong defense, and then collapsed on the ensuing possession,” Phelps
coach Matt Scavitto said.
Friends’ Central held the lead thereafter using rebounding and free throws, despite shooting a poor 48 percent from the charity stripe (12-of-25). The exception was Jefferson, who made 7-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) and six offensive boards.
Morris had nine rebounds, and the Phoenix had three double-digit scorers – Jefferson, Devin Coleman (13 points) and Travis Robinson (12).
Terrance Bailey led Phelps with 12 points, and Renier Riddick had ten. Riddick also had five steals.