A Labor of love for Franklin Towne Charter player

Posted: April 08, 2014

RYAN BOYD hadn't yet thought about it immediately following yesterday's All-Star Labor Classic at Northeast High, but his high school basketball days were over.

And for the 6-1, 165-pound senior guard from Franklin Towne Charter, that also could mean the end of his organized hoops career.

Boyd, a member of the City All-Stars, plans to attend Temple next fall and would like to try out for the team, if possible, but his focus is elsewhere.

"What really matters to me, and what's going to get me further in life, is my education," Boyd said. "I figured going to a school like Temple is the best option for me. And later in life, I think that will provide me with the best opportunity to provide for me and eventually my family."

Heady stuff from the Tacony resident, whose 3.6 GPA helped yield partial academic scholarships to Arcadia and Holy Family. He instead chose Temple to pursue sports management.

And if, indeed, yesterday's 150-130 victory against the Suburban All-Stars in the 27th Labor Classic was the end for Boyd, he has at least one highlight he can remember forever.

Boyd corralled a loose ball near his own foul line late in the game and then snapped a one-handed, three-quarter-court bounce pass into the waiting palms of teammate Sean O'Brien, who finished the play with a layup.

The dish elicited oohs and ahhs from those in attendance, who took up nearly three-quarters of the bleachers.

"I never really got a chance to try that in a real game because coach [Chris Lauber] would kill me," Boyd joked. "But it was an all-star game and we're all out here just having a good time so I tried it and it worked."

The event was sponsored by Philadelphia's Organized Labor and has raised more than $2 million to benefit United Cerebral Palsy and high school athletes.

Boyd finished with 15 points. Penn Charter's O'Brien (Colgate) added seven. Bishop McDevitt's Tyrell Long (West Chester) had a team-high 24 points while Roman Catholic's Rashann London (Drexel) and Constitution's Floyd Preito were next with 19 and 18, respectively.

On the Suburban side, Mikal Bridges (Great Valley), Jordan Greene (Abington Friends), Mahir Johnson (Chester) and Amadou Kaba (Penn Wood) each tied for the team lead with 15 points.

In the girls' game, which followed the boys', Mount Saint Joseph's senior wing Alex Louin (Villanova) led the Suburban Girls' team to a 67-51 victory with a team-best 12 points. Stephanie Brown from Ss. Neumann-Goretti led the City All-Stars with 12.

As for Boyd, who led the Coyotes (9-10) in scoring at 18.7 per game in Public League Division D play, no matter what, this isn't the end.

"It hits you a little bit, thinking that this could possibly be my last game, but I think any game could be your last," Boyd said. "I'm just gonna keep playing as long as I can because it's something that has always made me happy. Regardless if this is my last run as a player, I'm still going to love the game. Whether playing organized or just playing for fun, it's definitely something I'll keep doing."

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