Roman Catholic (PA) used a 14-4 third quarter to take a commanding 11 point lead over Martin Luther King (PA) and they never looked back from there, as they captured the AAAA State Championship with their 62-45 win. Roman Catholic finished off their season with a 31-2 record and won every tournament they entered, winning the Stop DWI Classic, Catholic League Title, AAAA City Title, and now the AAAA Pennsylvania State Title. The Cahillites captured the state title in a dominant effort over a Martin Luther King team that they beat just 58-57 in the AAAA City Title game just under a month ago.
Roman Catholic was led in scoring by 2015 Rider commit Gemil Holbrook who finished the night with 18 points in his final game for the Cahillites. Team leader Tony Carr finished the contest with 14 points and 6 assists and controlled the tempo of the game for Roman Catholic, as he was their steady hand throughout the big win. The unsung hero for the Cahillites all year has been the bench presence of senior workhorse Manny Taylor, a true warrior around the rim finishing with 8 points and a number of tough boards. Roman Catholic also had a solid effort from sophomore guard De’Andre Vilmar who finished with 10 points. Roman Catholic used a balanced effort from all five starters and super sixth man Manny Taylor to win the 2015 AAAA Pennsylvania State Championship.
Martin Luther King’s season comes to an end with a disappointing loss in the title game despite a 20-point effort from their senior leader Sammy Foreman who has carried MLK throughout the season. Foreman was one of two players in double figures for the Cougars as 2015 PG Tyheem Taylor finished with 10 points, all of which came in the first half. The Cougars struggled to figure out the Roman Catholic zone all night and in the end it cost them. Tyheem Taylor knocked down 3 first half threes but was the only King player to find his stroke as most of King’s points came around the rim. Martin Luther King finishes the season with a 25-9 record, losing in the Public League Semifinals and the State Finals.
Roman Catholic has a bright future, looking ahead to next year’s team, which will return four of five starters. Roman Catholic will likely be the favorites to repeat as the AAAA Pennsylvania State Champions. Roman Catholic returns 2016 6’ 7” PF Paul Newman, 2016 6’ 4” SF Nazeer Bostick, 2017 6’ 3” SG De’Andre Vilmar, and 2016 6’ 4” PG Tony Carr. Roman Catholic finished the season with a record of 31-2 and with three projected starters on next year’s team being seniors and having the experience of their state title run, Roman Catholic will certainly be a problem next season. On the other hand, Martin Luther King (PA) will graduate four of five starters and has a roster filled with seniors. Their lone underclassmen starter is 2016 5’ 11” SG Jabri McCall who finished scoreless in the Cougars championship game.