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March 19, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ahmad "J.R. " Gilbert just wasn't ready for his high school career to be over. The 6-foot-7 senior for Constitution just wouldn't let it end. He's been with the Generals since freshman year. In a time when transfers abound throughout the city, Gilbert has grown with this group of teammates and coaches. In particular, Gilbert grew close to Constitution assistant coach Fran Hamilton, who died last year. And with a stellar performance in the Generals' 87-46 rout of Math, Civics and Sciences at Philadelphia University in the PIAA Class A semifinals Tuesday night, Gilbert will have one last game with his basketball family.
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March 15, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
HAMBURG, Pa. - Haneef Vaughn is one of the city's most tenacious defenders on the basketball court. At 6-foot-1, with long arms, quick hands, and fleet feet, the Constitution senior is a constant disrupter on defense. However, it was his offensive limitations that turned him into an excellent defender. "Before, I couldn't shoot," Vaughn said Friday after the Generals overwhelmed St. John Neumann, 83-45, at Hamburg High School. "So, if I couldn't score, my defense had to be my offense.
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March 12, 2015 | By Paul Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Math, Civics, and Sciences advanced to its fifth consecutive state quarterfinal Tuesday night with a 65-41 win over Meadowbrook Christian in a PIAA Class A second-round game at East Pennsboro. St. John's recruit Samir Doughty scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and sophomore forward Luis Reyes had 10 rebounds. Donovan Barnes added 15 points. Also at East Pennsboro, George Mason-bound forward Ahmad Gilbert scored 18 points and drained four three-pointers to steer Constitution past Shanksville-Stoney Creek, 62-32.
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March 5, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
TWO-POINT heartache, Constitution High basketball knows it all too well. The Generals have lost the last two Public League championships by two points apiece. Last year, Martin Luther King outlasted Ahmad Gilbert and Co., 46-44, after Gilbert's three-pointer fell short at the buzzer. Last month, Imhotep Charter hoisted the title after Constitution's Kimar Williams and Chad Andrews-Fulton combined for a layup that came a moment too late. "It's very difficult because we lost two times in a row by the same score; we lost by two," Williams said at practice Monday.
SPORTS
March 5, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two-point heartache. The Constitution boys' basketball team knows it all too well. The Generals have lost the last two Public League championships by two points apiece. Martin Luther King outlasted Ahmad Gilbert and Co., 46-44, last year, when Gilbert's three-pointer fell short at the buzzer. Imhotep Charter hoisted the trophy last month, when what would have been a game-tying layup by Chad Andrews-Fulton came a moment after the buzzer in a 77-75 loss. "It's very difficult, because we lost two times in a row by the same [margin]
SPORTS
March 5, 2015 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Let the madness begin. The PIAA state boys' basketball playoffs begin this weekend with 29 local teams trying to reach Hershey and earn gold medals. Neumann-Goretti (Class AAA) and Constitution, which won in Class AA last year and is now in A, are out to repeat as champs. Here is a preview of the Class AAA and A tournaments, which begin Friday, and a predicted winner in each classification. We'll run down the Class AAAA and AA playoffs, which start Saturday, on Friday. Class AAA Neumann-Goretti fell short of a record seventh-straight Catholic League title, but is in the hunt for its fifth state crown in the last six seasons.
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February 24, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Sunday, if there were a metaphoric Imhotep Charter basketball party, Daron Russell would not have been invited. The sophomore guard did not have the proper credentials. Although he would know everybody inside, Russell would have to stand outside the velvet ropes. Only those with a Public League title would be welcome. However, Russell turned in an MVP performance Sunday in the Panthers' thrilling, 77-75 championship victory against Constitution. That would earn him a ticket.
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February 23, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
A look at the Public League boys' basketball championship: Who: Imhotep Charter vs. Constitution. When: Sunday, approximately 3:30 p.m. (after the girls' game between Imhotep Charter and Mastery North, which begins at 1 p.m.). Where: St. Joseph's University. Tickets: $10. Records: Imhotep is 18-8 and on a seven-game winning streak. Constitution is 19-7 and won the Division A title. Coaches: Andre Noble, Imhotep, ninth season, 253-66; Rob Moore, Constitution, fifth season, 133-44.
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February 21, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Constitution defeated Audenried in the Public League semifinals Thursday night, but if the Generals' long faces afterward were any indication, you might have thought they lost. That's because their 70-57 victory at Southern was marred by turnovers, missed free throws, and plenty of missed opportunities. It's a recipe the Generals can't afford to repeat in the championship game Sunday against Imhotep at St. Joseph's University. "I felt like we played terrible," Constitution coach Rob Moore said.
SPORTS
February 16, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ahmad "J.R. " Gilbert can score with the best. The 6-foot-7 senior forward has led Constitution High in scoring this season, and he even produced a 41-point game. In the Public League Class A final at Northeast on Saturday afternoon, however, the lithe lefty made a few key defensive plays to help the Generals escape Math, Civics, and Sciences, 66-59. In addition to 15 points, Gilbert added 12 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks in the second game of a doubleheader that served as the league's overall quarterfinals.
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