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By Keith Pompey

Inquirer Staff Writer

After a year of waiting and weeks of buildup, Chester and Roman Catholic played one of the most eagerly awaited boys’ basketball games in Southeastern Pennsylvania last night.
The result?

Chester, ranked first in the area by The Inquirer, defeated second-ranked Roman Catholic for the second consecutive season.

This time, the Clippers’ Maurice Nelson scored 24 points to lead his team to a 61-47 victory in the Primetime Shootout at Villanova’s Pavilion. Teammate Rahlir Jefferson added 19 points en route to being named his team’s MVP of the game.

Last night’s victory enabled Chester to improve to 17-2.

The Cahillites, playing without McDonald’s all-American candidate Maalik Wayns, dropped to 13-6. Roman had its nine-game winning streak snapped.

Wayns, a senior point guard, will be sidelined for about three weeks with a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Junior guard Rakeem Brookins led the Cahillites with 22 points. He was named Roman’s MVP. Senior forward Koron Reed had 17 points and seven blocks.

Roman Catholic 9 13 14 11 – 47

Chester 15 18 7 21 – 61

RC: Rakeem Brookins 22, Kawaun Chavis 3, Andre Horne 5, Koron Reed 17.

C: Kareem Robinson 1, Laquan Robinson 9, Maurice Nelson 24, Alvin Tinch 2, Dymere Crews 5, Keyon Staples 1, Rahlir Jefferson 19.


Maalik Wayns hit five three-pointers on the way to 28 points in Roman Catholic’s 79-40 Catholic League boys’ basketball victory over visiting Cardinal O’Hara yesterday.

Included in those 28 was a free throw in the third quarter that gave him 1,000 points for his career. He moves into 13th place on the school’s all-time career list, with his sights set on overtaking No. 12, 1973 grad Jim “Chico” Singleton (1,227), soon.

The Cahillites (4-4 overall, 2-0 league), who survived a brutal December that included a two-point loss to the then-No. 1 team in the country, Mater Dei (Calif.), also got 14 points from forward Anthony Mayo.

Wayns also chipped in with seven rebounds.

In other league games:

Archbishop Carroll rallied from a deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to hang a 57-47 defeat on host Conwell-Egan. The Patriots (10-0) outscored the Eagles, 23-12, in the final quarter. Juan’ya Green led Carroll with 17 points.

Rob Holloman’s 18 points led host West Catholic past Lansdale Catholic, 65-59. The Crusaders got a superb game from Brendan Stanton, who had 30 points and seven rebounds.

La Salle outscored host Archbishop Ryan by six in the fourth quarter to come away with a 67-59 win. The Explorers (7-4, 3-0) got 16 points from Malik West and Eddie Joyner-Mitchell chipped in with three fourth-quarter steals during a 26-20 run to close out the game. The Raiders got 28 points from football quarterback Rus Slawter, 13 in the final quarter. Ryan’s top offensive threat, Anthony Keiter, was held to six points, but had five rebounds.

Mike Terry, a 5-foot-11 guard, scored 17 points and made five of his seven shots from the field, to lift North Catholic to a 71-54 win at rival Father Judge. Terry also made six of his eight free throws and the Falcons as a team hit 25 of 31 from the line.

Beach Ball Classic. At Myrtle Beach, S.C., despite 27 points from Dalton Pepper, Martin Luther King (Calif.) salted away a 52-48 third-round win over Pennsbury.

Philadelphia Daily News

ALL’S WELL in Wayns’ World.
Really, how it could not be?

Not only is Maalik Wayns, a 6-1, 192-pound senior point guard at Roman Catholic High, considered the city’s top scholastic basketball player.

His name also can be found in lofty locations on national rankings lists and he is signed to play college ball for a program (Villanova) that pretty much owns the local spotlight.

Is there pressure? Of course. Does Wayns realize that some people this season will attend Roman’s games mostly (only?) because of his presence? He’s no dummy.

He also knows this: The best stars are those who keep evvvvvvverything in perspective.

In the midst of the holiday season, at an out-of-the-way college (Gwynedd-Mercy) 21 miles from Roman, an overflow crowd last night turned out to watch Wayns and the Cahillites battle North Catholic, the defending Catholic League champion, in a Red Division contest.

Playingwise, Wayns satisfied the fans by totaling 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a 58-55 win that wound up being hairy.

Though Roman led by 50-39 with 4:47 remaining, a partial stall did not produce the desired results. There were turnovers and missed shots at one end. At the other, among other things, Jaleel Mack buried a trio of treys.

His last, with 4.4 seconds remaining, moved North within 56-55. But on the inbound play, following a timeout at 3.8, the Falcons allowed Andre Horne to break free downcourt unattended and Kevin Regan, the football quarterback, hit him with a pass for an easy, buzzer-beating layup.

For those who paid attention, Wayns also provided assurance that, yes, he’s enjoying himself and that his head is not even close to basketball-sized.

Fourth quarter. Wayns got way ahead of the field. The chance to uncork a bring-the-house down dunk was there. He motored to the hoop. Left his feet and began to soar . . .

Oops. Clang. The ball slammed hard against the rim. Baskets are still 10 feet high. Not 9 1/2.

“I could tell as I jumped that it wasn’t gonna work,” Wayns said.

Luckily for Wayns, Roman maintained possession and there was a stoppage in play. As the house buzzed and he peeled toward the sideline opposite Roman’s bench, Maalik smiled broadly.

Other stars might have mumbled curse words under their breath. Might have done something – wiped supposedly sweaty hands on pants, for instance – to steer the fault someplace else. Not Maalik Wayns. Not the city’s newest megastar. He smiled.

Because? Read the rest of this entry »

Maalik Wayns, the No. 22 player in the Class of 2009, has the talent to follow in the footsteps of fellow Philadelphia point guards Jameer Nelson (left) and Kyle Lowry (center). Getty Images/Icon SMI/Kelly Kline

Maalik Wayns, the No. 22 player in the Class of 2009, has the talent to follow in the footsteps of fellow Philadelphia point guards Jameer Nelson (left) and Kyle Lowry (center). Getty Images/Icon SMI/Kelly Kline

By Dana O’Neil

PHILADELPHIA — Every day in the summer of 2005, Jameer Nelson drove onto the Villanova campus.

Suspicious basketball fans shuddered.

There are a few things you don’t do in Philadelphia. You don’t ask what a ‘cheesesteak with’ is, you don’t root for the Cowboys and you don’t cross basketball loyalties.

Big 5 blood runs thick; Catholic League hoops even thicker.

If you go to Saint Joseph’s you don’t fraternize with Villanova and for the love of God, don’t marry one another.

Graduate from Roman Catholic? You don’t root for Cardinal Dougherty or Saint Joseph’s Prep, league divisions be damned. It’s principle.

Nelson on the Villanova campus? That was worse than a Hatfield pitching a tent among the McCoys.

But within the confines of the parochial and fiercely neighborhood-centric city there is a subculture that defies the rules and gets away with it. Read the rest of this entry »

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