Pa. Boys: Steve Smith leads La Salle past O'Hara

Conwell-Egan's Vinny Dalessandro tries to get the ball away from Archbishop Wood's T.J. Kuhar during Wood's 65-52 Catholic League win.
Conwell-Egan's Vinny Dalessandro tries to get the ball away from Archbishop Wood's T.J. Kuhar during Wood's 65-52 Catholic League win. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)
Posted: January 29, 2013

Steve Smith sank a school-record seven three-pointers to lead La Salle to a 69-40 win at Cardinal O'Hara in a Catholic League boys' basketball game Monday.

Smith, a 6-foot-8 forward committed to Fairfield, scored 10 of his 25 points in the first quarter. Amar Stukes added 15 for the Explorers.

Greg Galeone made a key three-pointer to give Archbishop Ryan a lead late in regulation, and the Raiders beat host Father Judge, 65-61, in overtime.

Galeone, who scored 15 points, and Brendan Horan, who had 13, each scored four points in overtime. Bryan Okolo scored 16 points

Father Judge tied it on the front end of a one-and-one with seconds remaining, but missed the second shot. Malik Robinson scored 26 points for the Crusaders.

Pat Smith scored 17 of his 30 points in the first quarter as Archbishop Wood beat host Conwell-Egan, 65-52. Wood hit eight three-pointers in the first quarter to lead, 28-10.

Archbishop Carroll hit 12 three-pointers and rolled to a 62-34 win at Lansdale Catholic. Nick Jones scored 17 points, and Ernest Aflakpui added seven points and five blocks.

Central. Nick Giordano went 7 for 8 from the line in the fourth to preserve Marple Newtown's 63-42 win at Radnor. The sophomore guard scored 19 points and picked up seven rebounds. Tim MacNeal and Mike McDevitt each added 12 points.

Public D. Ak'Quil Harrington poured in 13 third-quarter points as Mastbaum pulled away in the second half to beat visiting Edison, 65-53. Anthony Harris led Mastbaum with 24 points, and Harrington had 18.

Amir Davis helped Palmer get off to a fast start in an 86-54 win over visiting Swenson. Davis scored 10 of his 21 in the first as Palmer built a 25-11 lead. Teair Tart-Spencer contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Kamari Peel had 12 points, six rebounds, and three blocks.

Bicentennial Independence. Matt Massimino and Spencer Tinkel combined for 18 points in the third quarter as New Hope came charging out of the break to beat host MaST Charter, 62-41. New Hope went on a 26-6 run in the third. Tinkel, a sophomore forward, finished with 15 points. Massimino, a senior guard, had 12.

Nonleague. New Media Charter won its seventh consecutive game, beating host Mariana Bracetti, 57-47. Rex Wheeler scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth to help preserve the win.

Jack Christmas pulled down 20 rebounds for Masterman in a 61-48 defeat of visiting Kensington. Masterman had only four scorers, but each reached double figures, led by Gary Bryant with 19. Mike Sturdivant scored 16, and Christmas added 15.

Yahmir Greenlee scored 18 points, and Eddie Powell had 15 as Boys' Latin rolled over host Paul Robeson, 85-58.

Senior forward Terrance Hayes scored all 11 of his points in the first half as host Overbrook routed Kip Dubois Collegiate, 78-14.


La Salle won three matches by first-period pins as it rolled to a 55-9 win over visiting Cardinal O'Hara in the Catholic League semifinals.

La Salle, a state quarterfinalist a year ago, will go for its sixth straight league title Wednesday against Father Judge.

Nathan Ezzo (160 pounds) pinned in 41 seconds, and 170-pounder Dad Poquie won by fall in 43 seconds. Anthony Pelusi finished his 220-pound match by pinning his opponent in 1 minute, 12 seconds.

Father Judge advanced to the championship match by beating visiting St. Joseph's Prep, 48-22.

Joe D'Imperio got the Crusaders rolling with a pin in the opening bout at 170, and David White won by fall in 1 minute, 3 seconds at 138 pounds.

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