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PENNSYLVANIA BOYS BASKETBALL RATINGS
PENNSYLVANIA FINAL STATE RATINGS
March 28, 2005
1. Episcopal Academy (25-3) (Philadelphia Inter-Academic League)
Won the Inter-Ac Postseason Tournament with a 66-58 victory over Germantown Academy. Also defeated them twice in regular season.
2. Chester (27-6) (District 1 AAAA )
Defeated Harrisburg 85-68 in second round, then dropped Whitehall, 74-65 in quarterfinals. Defeated Wissachckon 84-71 in state semifinals as Noel Wilmore and Devon McLendon both scored 19pts. Charlie Swiggett and Darrin Govens each added 15pts for the Clippers. Then won fifth state championship with 74-61 victory over Lower Merion. It was one of the most electrifying high-flying performances ever seen in a PIAA championship game as Chester threw down 8 dunks in the game. McLendon, who doesnt start, led with 19pts. Govens had 17pts and Wilmore added 15pts. Except for a late season loss to archrival Glen Mills, all Chester losses came to high-powered opponents including #1 Episcopal Academy all in succession in December..
3. Philadelphia St. John Neumann-St. Maria Goretti (27-3) (Philadelphia Catholic League)
Won Catholic League Championship defeating two time defending champion, St. Josephs Prep. Lost in first round of Alhambra Catholic Invitational to Towson Catholic 67-57. David Burton led with 24pts. Derrick D. J. Rivera scored 13pts and Antonio Scoop Jardine added 11pts. Then edged Roman Catholic (Pettis 21pts) 54-42 and St. Josephs Prep (Jardine 19pts, Rivera 16pts, Burton 10pts) 58-52 to capture 5th place in the tournament. Returns four starters next year.
4. Philadelphia Germantown Academy (23-6) (Philadelphia Inter-Academic League)
Finished second to Episcopal in Inter-Ac League regular season losing twice and then for a third time in Leagues Postseason Tournament.
5. Harrisburg (28-2) (District 3 AAAA)
Cougars season ended with the 85-68 loss to Chester. Beat AAA PIAA state champion, Steelton-Highspire three times during season. The only other loss was to Central Dauphin in the District 3 AAAA championship game.
6. Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep (26-5) (Philadelphia Catholic League)
Lost in first round of Alhambra Catholic Invitational to Baltimore Mount St. Josephs 54-45. Reggie Redding led with 25pts. Came back and defeated Cumberland Bishop Walsh 53-38 with Redding scoring 21pts and Joe Fox 12pts. Then in the fifth place game, the Hawks lost for the third time this year, to Catholic League, rival Neumann-Goretti 58-52. Redding ended his fine junior season with a game-high 29pts, while Larry Loughery scored 10pts. Three of Preps five losses came to Neumann-Gorretti and another came to Germantown Academy.
7. Steelton-Highspire (32-3) (AAA)
Rolled to an 80-59 victory over Wyoming Area in the second round. Defeated Allentown Central Catholic 63-47 in the quarterfinals. Then was pushed to overtime before beating Oxford 68-62. Then won their fifth state championship with 70-48 rout of Johnstown. Tristan Crawford and Tramayne Hawthorne who became the first teammates, in Pennsylvania history, to score 2,000 points in their career at the same time led the Rollers to the last four wins on the way to the title. Crawford scored 28, 31, 26 and 30 in the four games to end his career with 2,141 and Hawthorne had 30, 8, 14 and 11 to finish with 2,033 for his career. The Rollers three losses all came to Harrisburg. .
8. Pittsburgh Schenley (25-5) (Pittsburgh City-District 8 AAAA)
The Spartans defeated WPIAL champion, Upper St. Clair, 59-49 in the second round but lost in the quarterfinals to Erie Cathedral Prep 54-49 when DeJuan Blair suffered a torn ACL just four minutes into the game and their fine season ended.
9. Whitehall (28-4) (District 11 AAAA)
District 11 AAAA champions, blasted Philadelphia Frankford 62-40 in the second round, but then was defeated by eventual state champion, Chester 74-65 in the quarterfinals, despite a gallant try by All-State candidate Jason Greene.
10. Oxford (28-4) (District 1 AAA)
Beat Holy Ghost Prep to win District 1 championship. In state tournament defeated Eastern York 87-76, Bethlehem Catholic 62-44 and Phoenixville 58-40 before losing to Steelton-Highspire 68-62 in overtime for eastern championship. Hornet star, Ryan Bogan had big games throughout the state tournament scoring 25pts against Eastern York, 25pts in the win over Bethlehem Catholic, 23pts in the win over Phoenixville and 24pts in the overtime loss to Steelton-Highspire.
11. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (26-4) (District 1 AAAA)
Defeated Philadelphia Central 53-51 in the second round to avenge an earlier loss but then was upset by Wissahickon 52-51 in the quarterfinals, after having beaten them three times before. Twice in league play and once in the District 1 playoffs
12. Cheltenham (24-5) (District 1 AAAA)
The Panthers were upset by Wissahickon 73-63 in the second round of states after defeating them twice during the regular season including a 76-48 pasting in mid-January.
13. Philadelphia Central (26-3) Philadelphia Public League-District 12 AAAA)
The Lancers season ended when they were defeated by Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 53-51 on a last second shot, in the second round. Scott Rodgers who was the Public Leagues Player of the year led with 25 points in the loss. They had won their first Public League title since 1932.
14. Lower Merion (23-9) (District 1 AAAA)
Finished fourth in District 1 AAAA tournament, losing to Cheltenham 58-47 and Plymouth-Whitemarsh 70-59. But from there they went into the former all west bracket and defeated Emmaus 59-53 in the first round. After that they knocked off three consecutive district champions in Central Dauphin (3) 53-52, State College (6) 48-47 and Erie Cathedral Prep (10) 65-54. They had to overcome an eight-point 3rd quarter deficit to beat Erie Prep. A pair of 6-4 juniors Garrett Williamson with 22pts and Ryan Brooks with 18pts led in the win over Erie Prep. They gave it their all in the state final, but couldnt overcome mighty Chester and fell 74-61. With both Williamson and Brooks back, look for this team to contend next year. The fact still remains that they finished fourth in District tournament.
15. Erie Cathedral Prep (26-5) (District 10 AAAA)
The Ramblers lost to Lower Merion 65-54 in the semifinals after leading by 8 points in the third quarter. In the quarterfinals they defeated Pittsburgh Schenley 53-49 and in the second round they came from behind to top Mount Lebanon 78-74.
16. Philadelphia Roman Catholic (21-9) (Philadelphia Catholic League)
Roman opened Alhambra Catholic Invitational by losing to Arlington Bishop OConnell, Virginia 58-49. Then lost in the consolation game to Neumann-Goretti 54-52. Took seventh place in the tourney by downing the host school, Cumberland Bishop Walsh 87-52..
17. Philadelphia Frankford (20-4) (Philadelphia Public League-District 12 AAAA)
The Pioneers were rudely knocked out of state tournament play in the second round by Whitehall 62-40 after finishing runnerup to Central in the Public League AAAA playoffs
18. State College (25-3) (District 6 AAAA)
The Little Lions defeated Conestoga 79-58 in the second round but then were knocked out by Lower Merion 48-47 in the quarterfinals.
19. Philadelphia Simon Gratz (18-10) (Philadelphia Public League-District 12 AAAA)
Ended season by losing in their first ever PIAA AAAA state tournament game as they fell to Plymouth-Whitemarsh 71-65. In the loss they were without their 6-8 senior center Abdullah Moon, who did not play at all in the playoffs.
20. Central Dauphin (22-7) (District 3 AAAA)
The Rams were knocked from state tournament play on a last second shot in a 53-52 loss to eventual state runnerup Lower Merion. They won the AAAA District 3 championship.
21. Wissahickon (25-8) (District 1 AAAA)
The Trojans finished fifth in the District 1 playoffs, but then after getting a seemingly harmless 63-51 win over Hazleton Area in the first round of states, upset both Cheltenham 73-63 and Plymouth-Whitemarsh 56-53 to reach the state semifinals with Chester. Chester put an end to the string of upsets and defeated Wissahickon 84-71. The Trojans had lost five times to Cheltenham (twice) and Plymouth-Whitemarsh (three) during the regular season and District 1 playoffs before the two wins
22. Upper St. Clair (27-3) (District 7 AAAA)
The WPIAL AAAA champs did not impress us that much during the season and were never ranked in the top 20, although they were always among high honorable mention lists. Their first loss came to District 10 AAA, General McLane 61-54 in a tournament in Florida. The Panthers also lost later to Chartiers Valley 47-42, then went on to win the District championship. Opened up state play with the 54-50 overtime win over McKeesport. In the second round they lost to Pittsburgh Schenley 59-49.
23. McKeesport (22-3) (District 7 AAAA)
Highly ranked all season, the Tigers saw their season end prematurely when they were upset by Mount Lebanon 65-58 in the second round of WPIAL playoffs. Then after given another chance in the state tournament they promptly lost again. This time the loss came at the hands of WPIAL champion, Upper St. Clair 54-50 in overtime in the very first round.
24. Beaver Falls (29-3) (District 7 AA)
Came from 11-points behind in the third quarter and won the AA state championship with a 30 point fourth quarter and a 71-59 win over York Catholic. Jack Anderson led with 23pts, including 17 in the fourth quarter and Lance Jeter added 21pts. To reach the final they defeated Greenville 82-58 in the second round, Jeannette 61-56 in the quarterfinal and Aliquippa 58-57 in the western final on two Lance Jeter free throws with 6 seconds left.
25. Aliquippa (24-8) (District 7 AA)
The Quips split two regular season games with Beaver Falls to tie for their Section title. They then lost on last second shots to the Tigers in both the WPIAL championship 79-78 and western final (58-57) to keep them from a trip to Hersheys Giant Center for the state final.
26. Allentown Central Catholic (26-5) (District 11 AAA)
The Vikings won the district 11 AAA title then lost to Steelton-Highspire 63-47 in the state quarterfinals.
27. Johnstown (27-4) (District 6 AAA)
District 6 champions, made their first ever trip to the state finals by defeating Elizabeth-Forward 59-51, Yough 70-50, West York 61-56 and Erie Strong Vincent 47-46. In the final they were beaten by powerful Steelton-Highspire 70-48. The Trojans started four juniors so they should they have a good chance of returning to Hershey next March.
28. Holy Ghost Prep (24-5) (District 1 AAA)
The defending eastern champion, Firebirds, lost in the District 1 championship game to Oxford this year 47-45. In the first round of state tournament play they defeated Palmyra 62-52 but lost to Allentown Central Catholic 52-43 in the second round. They did all this despite losing all but one player from last years team.
29. Levittown Harry S. Truman (22-7) (District 1 AAAA)
The Tigers finished sixth in the District 1 tournament, losing to Lower Merion 45-43 in the quarterfinals and after defeating Norristown 63-61, they lost to Wissahickon 74-66 in the game for fifth place. They lost in first round of state tournament to Philadelphia Frankford 69-60.
30. Kingston Bishop OReilley (30-4) (District 2 A)
The Queensmen won their second consecutive Class A state championship when they defeated Kennedy Catholic 65-61. The District 2 champions got to the state final with wins over Bangor St. Pius X 68-48, Elkland 85-58, Faith Christian 54-50 and Lebanon Catholic 90-50.
NOTE: Well folks the season's work is finally over. We put alot of though into this final rating and as always look at the whole season not just a few upsets in the final weeks leading up to the state finals. Let's hope the weather breaks and we finally see some 60 degree temperature's this week and I am going to get away from thinking about basketball for at least a month. Don't even want to read about it for several weeks. Have a good spring and summer folks. Goodbye till next year.
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