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Kobie Bryant – 1978-2020

Kobe Bryant

Photo by: Digital First Media/Pete Bannan

By Matthew DeGeorge

Darryl Reynolds couldn’t quite believe what he was hearing.

Not when his agent texted him with what he hoped was a hoax. Not when the Villanova basketball team, for which Reynolds won a national title in 2016 and is the director of basketball operations, went their separate ways on an off day Sunday. Not as he and his family descended with dozens of mourners on Lower Merion High School to pay their respects to the player for whom the gymnasium is named.

“It’s the last thing we thought that we would be here for today,” Reynolds said. “… It doesn’t feel real.”

Though Reynolds was closer than most to the epicenter of the legend of Kobe Bryant, he felt the same shock as was reverberating throughout the sports world Sunday at news of the basketball player’s death, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Southern California.

Bryant was in many ways a colossal figure, his one-named moniker often invoked far from its flesh-and-blood context. The last tweet he sent Saturday night congratulating LeBron James for passing him for third on the all-time NBA scoring list, in Philadelphia no less with James wearing “Mamba 4 Life” on his sneakers, spoke to the idea of Kobe, the 17-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion.

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Ketner, Camden propel Carroll past sharpshooting La Salle

John Camden (above) was one of two Carroll players with 23 points in the win. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

By Josh Verlin

There was some bad juju in La Salle College HS’s gym for Francis Bowe and Archbishop Carroll, even if they didn’t want to talk about it.

It was at the Explorers’ den last February that the Patriots gave up a 19-point lead after three quarters, watching their dreams of a Palestra appearance die in the Catholic League quarterfinals, after coming oh-so-close.

“It was our falter, but I tried to make sure to tell the guys, we don’t think about that,” Bowe said. “It’s a new year, and we’ve got to worry about this year’s Palestra.”

Sunday afternoon’s matchup wasn’t quite as high-stakes, though with both teams fighting for positioning in the PCL, there was certainly plenty on the line. And with La Salle sporting almost an entirely new lineup against a Carroll side that also had undergone some change since a year ago, there wasn’t a lot of personal revenge on the line, either.

“I think, philosophically, that’s just what I go with,” Bowe said. “That inspiration thing, no…new team, new day, let’s just take care of business.”

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Cassidy’s OT buzzer-beater lifts Academy Park

Jalen Cassidy drilled a buzzer-beating, 3-point field goal from the corner in overtime to lift the Academy Park boys basketball team to a 55-54 non-league victory Saturday at Central Bucks West.

The Knights (12-6) trailed by two points with five seconds left. Derrick Northern dribbled the length of the floor and dished the ball to Cassidy, who connected to give AP a nice rebound win after a disappointing loss to Chichester earlier in the week.

Northern led all players with 25 points and Cassidy finished with 11.

Ki Henson gave the Knights big minutes off the bench. Ending with eight points, Henson hit a 3-pointer in OT to give the Knights a brief lead and played well on the defensive side.

In other non-league action:

Sun Valley 52, Marple Newtown 50 >> The Vanguards trailed by three points entering the final quarter but quickly regained the lead and held off the host Tigers.

Billy Fisher dumped in 20 points to carry the Vanguards.

Ben Davis had six rebounds to go with his team-high 19 points for the Tigers (8-10), who received a 12-point effort by Mike Tansey.

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Pio comes to the rescue for Strath Haven

Strath Haven’s Ibo Pio, in action against Radnor last season, came to the rescue in the fourth quarter to lead the Panthers to a 51-47 come-from-behind victory over Harriton Friday night. (DFM File)

By Matthew DeGeorge

Strath Haven was staring down the barrel of a third straight loss, until Ibo Pio had his say.

Pio scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter, including game-tying, game-winning and game-icing points in the final minute of a 51-47 win over Harriton Friday night.

Pio tied the game at 47 with a minute left. He then hit a layup to take the lead with 15 seconds left and converted two free throws at the line to finish a 20-12 edge in the fourth quarter.

Luke Edwards (16 points) and Justin Morris (13 points) combined to hit seven 3-pointers. Each scored five points in the fourth for Haven (10-6, 6-6 Central).

Also in the Central League:

Garnet Valley 60, Conestoga 53 >> For a second straight game, the Jaguars found themselves in overtime. For a second straight game, Max Jackowsky was the OT savior.

Jackowsky scored all eight of his points in the extra frame as GV had six players score at least six points each.

Carl Schaller scored 14 points, Gannon McKee added 12 on four made 3-pointers and Neel Beniwal added 10 for the Jaguars (16-1, 11-1 Central) in their 13th straight win.

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PIAA District One Playoff Rankings & Brackets links

By Staff

It’s Playoff time again!  If you’re trying to keep track of who’s in and who isn’t simply go to our Playoff page (or click on our side bar link above and to the left of this article) and take a look at the District One ranking’s page and when the brackets are set you can follow those by clicking on the classification links.

We’ll be broadcasting various D1 playoff games as well as following any Delco team into the state finals.  We’ll be updating our pages with information, game broadcasts and news so stay tuned and visit often!

Duren, Roman survive Carroll to stay afloat in PCL

Jalen Duren (above) and Roman got over consecutive double-OT losses to survive a challenge from Carroll. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

By Ari Glazier

After two consecutive double overtime losses against PCL heavy hitters Archbishop Wood and Neumann-Goretti, and another overtime loss a few weeks ago against Bonner Prendergast, Roman Catholic managed to finish strong on Friday night against a talented Archbishop Carroll team. 

Down four at the half, Roman outscored Carroll by 10 after the break, leaving the Community College of Philadelphia with a 76-70 win, and crucially advancing to 5-3 in conference play.

Cahillite big man Jalen Duren, viewed those earlier losses as  stepping stones to prepare an inexperienced Roman team –– with two freshmen and two sophomores in the starting five –– for the rigors of Catholic League play.

“I feel like those really helped us more than it hurt us because now we know what we’ve gotta do,” said Duren, one of the top high school big men in the country. “We know how to approach these teams, how to close games…you learn to stay calm. Our guards got to really become floor generals in the end, really control the pace and just do what we know best.”

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Watkins helps Chester pull away late

Karell Watkins scored 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as Chester pulled away late to close out Del Val League rival Penn Wood, 76-65, Thursday night.

Akeem Taylor had 18 points and Fareed Burton Jr. added 10 for the Clippers, who exploded for 30 points in the final eight minutes.

Shamir Baynes led the Patriots (8-7, 2-3) with 28 points including three 3-pointers and Jerry Flynn had 11 points. Desman Johnson Jr. chipped in 10 points including eight in the final quarter for Penn Wood, who led 15-13 after the first period.

Also in the Del Val:

Chichester 59, Academy Park 47 >> Andrew Monroe posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Jasir Shaw had 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter to help the Eagles (7-10, 2-3) pull away.

Josh Hankins had 10 points and seven steals and Paris Blackwell had 11 points and four blocks for Chichester.

Derrick Northern and Tahriq Marrero scored 12 points apiece and Jalen Cassidy had nine including a pair of treys for the Knights, who had six-point advantage to end the first.

In the Ches-Mont League:

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Garnet Valley Jackowskys one up for win in third OT


Garnet Valley’s Neel Beniwah goes to the net in overtime against Penncrest. Photo by: Medianews Group/Pete Bannan

By Matthew DeGeorge

If you could look beyond the shoddy end-of-game execution, Wednesday night’s Central League meeting between Penncrest and Garnet Valley was just about perfect.

Two coaching staffs that had scouted each other within an inch of their lives. Two squads getting contributions from up and down the roster. Thirty-two minutes of clean, defensive basketball, with an extra 12 tacked on just because everyone was having so much fun.

And a final irony that the only one of the five end-of-game chances to be converted — Aidan Carroll’s second-chance 3-pointer at the buzzer of the third overtime — mattered none to the final outcome.

Despite Garnet Valley spurning chances to win at the end of regulation, the first overtime and twice in the second OT, the Jaguars managed to hold on, 64-62, in a loony three-overtime contest between two of the top teams in District 1’s Class 6A and 5A rankings.

Even before tip-off, there was intrigue. Wednesday was the first game back for Neel Beniwal, the Jags’ second-leading scorer last year, who had missed seven games with tendinitis in his knee while dealing with a torn ligament in his left pinkie. Perhaps the basketball gods just wanted to give Beniwal more time on the court, and he obliged with a game-best 20 points, despite just 2-for-7 shooting from 3-point range.

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Seidman beats buzzer, Haverford beats Strath Haven

John Seidman’s buzzer-beating three-pointer elevated Haverford to a 49-46 triumph over Strath Haven in boys Central League basketball Wednesday.

Seidman erupted for a game-high 25 points for the Fords (8-8), including four three-pointers. Will Higson added a dozen points, sinking all four of his free throws. All of his points came in the second half, the Fords wiping out an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Luke Edwards led Strath Haven with 18 points.

Marple Newtown 56, Conestoga 43 >> Marple got the lead and held off Conestoga with clutch shooting from the free throw line down the homestretch.

Ryan Straub scored a game-high 15 points and teamed up with Ben Davis to seal the decision at the charity stripe, both players going 4-for-4 from the line in the final frame.

The Tigers (8-8, 4-4) made 14 of 16 foul shots in the fourth quarter.

Straub drilled three three-point shots, Davis a pair to go with five boards and three assists for the Tigers.

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Academy Park outlasts Penn Wood in overtime, 60-58

Tahriq Marrero goes up for two and leads the Academy Park Knights to an overtime win against Penn Wood. Photo by

By Mike Mayer,

In a dramatic display of stamina, heart and determination the visiting Penn Wood Patriots and Academy Park Knights played to a 54-54 tie at the end of four quarters of intense basketball last night.

The large crowd from both schools were treated to lots of 3-point attempts but only a few fell for points as both teams were under 15% on made 3-point shots.

Penn Wood had real trouble from the free throw line completing only 4 of 13 while the Knights had a pretty good night at the line making 8 of 13.

AP managed to stay in the game with a great effort at offensive rebounds with 20 and many of those rebounds resulted in baskets.

An outstanding effort was noted by Penn Wood’s Jerry Flynn (16 points) had several tip-in scores at the basket as Flynn seemed to find a home under the basket as his team mates took their shots.

Tahriq Marrero interviewed by Dave Burman on our Game-of-the-Week broadcast after his overtime win.

Tahriq Marrero (21 points) scored the final basket in overtime for the Knights (11-5, 3-1), who held a nine-point advantage in the fourth quarter. Derrick Northern had 18 points for Academy Park.

Jerry Flynn led the Patriots with 16 points, and Saalih Moore chipped in 11 as Penn Wood went on an 17-8 run to close out the fourth. Shamir Baunes had eight points for the Patriots.

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