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Antonio Monroe showed a flair for the dramatic for Communications Tech in a Public League basketball game yesterday.

Monroe drilled an 11-foot shot at the buzzer and handed the Phoenix a 59-57 win over visiting Strawberry Mansion, handing the Knights their first loss of the season.

Monroe finished the game with 13 points for Communications Tech (4-1, 2-1) and Devonte Newville paced Mansion (5-1, 2-1) with 22 points.

University City came back from a 48-43 deficit to beat visiting Southern, 62-58.

Marcus Holland scored 19 points for the Jaguars.

New Media Charter overcame a 37-point performance by GAMP’s Laron Byrd and beat the Pioneers, 59-53.

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Coach: Bill Dooley, 2nd year (also Germantown Friends, 2006-07); Education: Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.), Richmond. Career: 44-29.

Last year: 8-2, 22-6.

Savvy seven: Gary Lawrence, 6-6, F; Todd Cramer, 6-4, F; Pat Connaghan, 6-4, G; Andrew Kraft, 6-1, F; Kevin Maguire, 5-9, G; Ryan Duffy, 5-9, G; George Smith, 5-10, G.

Dooley’s comment: “December has shown that the Inter-Ac is going to be extremely competitive. Our thought is that we could win or lose any of the 10 league games, so we absolutely have to be ready to go each and every time we play.”


Coach: Dan Dougherty, 9th year (also St. Pius X, 1959-61; Malvern, 1962-66; Penncrest, 1976; Episcopal, 1977-97). Education: St. Joseph’s Prep, Saint Joseph’s. Career: 657-294; 525-226 at Episcopal.

Last year: 4-6, 14-13.

Savvy seven: Cory Goodman, 6-foot, G; Omari Grier, 6-3, G; Sean Toner, 6-foot, G; Isaiah Baker, 6-7, C; Allen Heggs, 6-5, F; Rich Rosati, 5-11, G; Paul Ramagano, 6-2, F.

Dougherty’s comment: “The rest of us will do our best to be competitive with GA and CHA, the preseason favorites.”


Coach: Jim Fenerty, 20th year (also Egan, 1982-89). Education: Dougherty, La Salle. Career: 426-288; 365-150 at GA.

Last year: 8-2, 18-11.

Savvy seven: Jeff Holton, 6-6, F; Cameron Ayers, 6-4, G; Dean Melchionni, 6-5, F; Jimmy Fenerty, 6-foot, G; Austin Curry, 6-1, G; Jack McDonnell, 6-4, G; Pete Haines, 6-3, F.

Fenerty’s comment: “We could be good. We should be good. But we’re not there yet.”

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By Christopher A. Vito,

A look around the county at the top players you need to know as basketball season tips off:


These five players can catch fire offensively and take over a game single-handedly:

1. Soutiri Sapnas, Jr. G, Marple Newtown: As a sophomore, the speedy shooting guard established the Tigers’ single-season scoring record by recording 527 points in 25 games.

2. Duane Johnson, Sr. F, Penn Wood: A big-game player, he averaged 13 points in the Patriots’ nine losses but upped the ante to 23 points in 23 wins for the state quarterfinalists.

3. Calvin Newell, Sr. G, Strath Haven: A 10-game casualty last year as a transfer from Ridley, he scored fewer than a dozen only once. He scored a season-best and county-high 41 points against Radnor.

4. Tom Brennan, Sr. F, Sun Valley: The county’s leading-returning scorer from last season, he tossed in 24 points per game in the always-competitive Del Val League.

5. Khayri West, Sr. F, Upper Darby: He averaged a modest 9.3 points per game overall, but turned up his play amidst the Royals’ District One playoff run (15.0 ppg in last five games).

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Richard Irwin led a foursome of double-digit scorers for Interboro, which routed visiting Wyncote Academy, 70-49, Wednesday afternoon in the Bucs’ season opener.

Irwin scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down a team-best 12 rebounds for Interboro (1-0), which overcame 20-point efforts from Wyncote’s Keith Shepard and Daniel Harris.

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Senior Sean Carr scored a career-high 19 points to help Interboro to a 68-37 nonleague boys basketball victory over Moyer Academy Thursday night.

Carr, a first-year varsity player, tossed in five 3-point shots for the Bucs, who led the visitors from Wilmington, Del., at halftime by 17 points.

Jake MacCrone, who hit three 3-pointers, added 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Charles Bolger had nine assists for Interboro.

By Christopher A. Vito

UPPER DARBY — Jamal Melvin spent last weekend reflecting on his play.

He did not skimp on his duties at home or his schooworkl, but the Monsignor Bonner point guard devoted plenty of time to pondering what he brings to the basketball court.

“There’s no one that thinks higher of his game than Jamal Melvin,” Friars coach Brian Daly said following Bonner’s 59-50 nonleague win Tuesday against Academy Park. “I think both he and I knew he wasn’t playing the way he should be playing.”

Melvin completed a 180-degree turn between the Friars’ season-opening loss last Friday and their first win of the season.
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In degrees of richness, Communications Tech’s basketball program yesterday advanced from regular to filthy.

Arriving by transfer from Monsignor Bonner was Lijah Thompson, a 6-7 forward/center, and Robert Morris signee, who was considered the Catholic League’s No. 2 senior behind Roman Catholic guard Maalik Wayns (Villanova).

It didn’t take Thompson long to travel to CT, located in deep Southwest Philly. He lives within footsteps.

“I almost went there out of eighth grade. Everybody wanted me to,” he said. “I know all their players and coaches, and I’ve followed them through the years.”

Thompson said he was experiencing ongoing problems at Bonner over a personal issue.

“It was hard for me to deal with, and I didn’t want to put my mom through it anymore, either,” he said. “It was just time to go. Switching to a school real close to home just made the most sense. I talked with the Robert Morris coaches, and they were in favor of this, too.”

Thompson will be immediately eligible. CT, the defending champ, opens Pub play tomorrow at fellow toughie Prep Charter.

“I appreciate that Bonner signed my [eligibility] paperwork, and that I’ll be allowed to play,” he said. “I have a lot of friends at that school and it’s hard from that point; leaving them behind. I’m still going to go to a lot of their games and cheer them on.”


Philadelphia Daily News

Marcus Brown has known for a while that he wants to be a lawyer.

Now, he even can pinpoint the variety.

“Before, I was thinking maybe corporate,” he said. “But I watch a lot of ‘Law & Order’ and ‘CSI,’ and these past couple months, I’ve decided I want to be a district attorney. That’d be pretty cool.”

DAs, of course, have to be firm and show great leadership skills. Kind of like a point guard. Kind of the way Brown did yesterday.

Wait, doesn’t Brown, a senior at Engineering and Science, stand 6-4 and weigh 215 pounds? Isn’t his normal position small forward?

Hey, there’s no predicting circumstances.

As the visiting Engineers muffled William Penn, 48-36, in a Public B opener, Brown pretty much ran the show both against fullcourt pressure and in halfcourt sets. He responded with 27 points (10-for-16 floor), 10 rebounds, two assists and admirable leadership.

Among the witnesses were coaches from Howard, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Penn; Brown owns a 3.6 GPA and a 1,080 SAT score.

“Seeing those coaches made me play better,” he said. “People tend to see me as an undersized forward, so it felt great to show a different set of skills as the point guard.
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For the Daily News
This season is supposed to be special for the Penn Wood basketball team. The Patriots know it. Their fans know it. But there was no anxiety prior to their season opener last night against Holy Ghost Prep.

Patriots point guard Tyree Johnson was serenading his teammates before the game in a very relaxed, giddy locker room.

Penn Wood then went out and did what it was supposed to do, what talented teams do, in beating back pesky Holy Ghost, 63-50, at the packed Penn Wood gym.

Penn Wood’s Duane Johnson led all scorers with 15 points, with 12 points coming from Chris White and 11 from Johnson. It was the first loss of the year for Holy Ghost, which dropped to 2-1.

For Penn Wood, the victory was a sampling of just how good this team could be. The Pats led by as much as 55-36 early in the fourth quarter, but also trailed for a good portion of the second quarter, down by as much as 24-19.
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Philadelphia Daily News
THIS OPENER looked more like a closer.

Aside from a decent crowd and high intensity, there was a roar-back by the team that wound up winning and a clutch performance by its star that even guys in the NBA would have been proud to call their own.

As the final buzzer sounded, someone should have cut down the net and draped it around Denzel Yard’s neck. Maybe handed him a plaque, too.

As it was, a Franklin Learning Center loyalist stormed around the court yelling, “Maalik who?! Denzel’s the best player in the city!”

The reference was to Roman Catholic guard Maalik Wayns, who has signed with Villanova. Yard, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior, is bound for Siena and he, too, has inked his scholarship papers.

There’s one school of thought that claims early signees sometimes lose their hunger and go through their senior seasons in something close to a fog. Another: It’s impossible for any guy to play his best ball right out of the gate. And we’ll add to that: Especially in a gym where the visitor almost never wins.
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