Deja vu in Public and Catholic League semifinals
HERE'S HOPING the sequels match the originals.
In an unusual circumstance, all four games in the Catholic/Public basketball semifinals, set for Wednesday/Thursday, will feature matchups of teams that met during the regular season and produced classics . . . or close to that.
The combined victory margin was 18 points and that number drops to seven if we eliminate one of the games.
The Cath will go first Wednesday night at the Palestra as Roman Catholic meets St. Joseph's Prep at 7, followed at 8:30 (probably a little later, honestly) by Ss. Neumann-Goretti vs. Archbishop Carroll.
The Pub gets after it Thursday at South Philadelphia High with Imhotep-Communications Tech at 5 and Roberts Vaux-Martin Luther King at 6:45.
Here are recaps of the previous meetings:
On Feb. 3, Roman edged the visiting Prep, 62-58, as guard Rashann London totaled 21 points and four assists and forward/center Manny Taylor bullied inside for 17 points and 11 rebounds. D-I guard commits Stephen Vasturia (Notre Dame) and Miles Overton (Wake Forest) topped the Hawks with 22 and 13 points, respectively. In the waning moments, Overton tried to hit a three that would have tied the game. A nearby ref ruled it an airball, but TreVaughn Wilkerson said afterward that he did (barely) deflect the shot.
On Jan. 3, N-G bested visiting Carroll, 70-59, as guard Ja'Quan Newton scored 24 points and 15 apiece were provided by forward-center John Davis and guard Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble. Guard Yosef Yacob (Binghamton) topped Carroll, which trailed by five entering the fourth quarter.
On Jan. 31, Comm Tech used a 12-4 advantage in the fourth quarter to come close to pulling off a major road upset at Imhotep. Guard Abraham Massaley (12) and forward Basil Thompson (11) paced 'Tep. CT forward Terrence Brown scored 14 points.
On Feb. 1, in a nonleague game, visiting Vaux and King joined forces for what likely will stand up as the most amazing game of the 2012-13 season. Vaux won, 87-86, in two overtimes, as guard Lester Mattox hit a corner three that skimmed the backboard en route to the bucket. Rysheed Jordan, Vaux' franchise guard, launched 54 shots - 27 apiece from the floor (5 makes) and line (21 makes) - while notching 35 points. Forward Shakoor Woodson (34) and guard Fa'Teem Glenn (21) sparked King.