Pa. Boys: Tues. Pa. boys: Roman defeats Prep

Posted: February 06, 2014

Gemil Holbrook's three-point barrage in the second quarter Tuesday sent Roman Catholic past host St. Joseph's Prep, 58-44, in a Catholic League boys' basketball game.

The junior shooting guard knocked down four threes in the period and finished with 14 points. Manny Taylor scored six of his 12 points in the third quarter.

Roman, ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, is undefeated in Catholic play and has won its 11 games by an average of 19.2 points.

The Cahillites can clinch the top seed in this month's playoffs with a win Thursday at Cardinal O'Hara.

Also in the Catholic League, Ja'Quan Newton scored 15 of his 29 points in the second half, and Neumann-Goretti stormed past host Father Judge, 81-58. The Saints led by just two points at halftime. Lamarr Kimble scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half for Neumann-Goretti.

Suburban One. Matt Penecale scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to help host Abington clinch its second straight National Conference title with a 63-55 win over Pennsbury.

It was the Ghosts' 32d straight home win. Anthony Lee added nine rebounds.

In another Suburban One game, Upper Dublin senior point guard Kevin Woods hit a buzzer beater to lift the Cardinals on Senior Night over Plymouth Whitemarsh, 49-47. Woods drove the lane from the left wing and hit an off-balance, lefthanded layup as time expired. He finished with nine points.

Inter-Ac. Sean O'Brien hit all 14 of his free throws, and Penn Charter held off Episcopal Academy, 57-54. The senior, who scored his 1,000th career point on Friday, converted eight free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with a career-high 33 points.

Eric Anderson scored 17 points in the second half and Shawn Alston added six assists and five rebounds to lead Haverford School past host Germantown Academy, 73-60. Lamar Stevens added eight rebounds.

Public AAAA. Khaid Jones' 13 rebounds and Latrelle Wilson's five assists led Southern over host Northeast, 54-51, in the preliminary round. Kahsiaan Kay added four steals, including a game-sealing takeaway with eight seconds left.

Akquil Harrington scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to move host Lincoln past Kensington, 77-54.

Public AAA. Tyron Roberson scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Dobbins over visiting New Foundations, 67-47, in the preliminary round, Devante Laws scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half.

Eric Lewis' shot with 4.4 seconds left lifted Engineering and Science over visiting West Philadelphia, 50-48. Jon Hall added 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Hyking Brisbon had 20 rebounds, and Esperanza cruised past visiting Mastbaum, 61-48. Briheim Anthony added 20 points and six assists.

Franklin Learning Center went 13 for 13 from the foul line to nip Mastery Charter North, 60-59. Karon Snead led the way with 21 points.

Public AA. Malachi Thompson scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to seal host Audenried's 63-45 win over Prep Charter in the quarterfinals.


Chris Britton was named the head coach at Springfield (Delco).

Britton, 38, was an assistant with the Cougars for the last 12 seasons, including the last six as defensive coordinator.

"This is the dream job," he said. "You always want to go back to your alma mater and coach there. I've been waiting for this opportunity."

Britton, a math and algebra teacher at Springfield, played guard and linebacker for the Cougars in the early 1990s.


Rick O'Brien contributed to this article.

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