The high school playoffs are in full swing in the Public and Catholic Leagues. Maurice Watson from Boys’ Latin and Savon Goodman from Constitution High put on quite a show last weekend. Watson, a 5-foot-9 senior, scored a game-high 41 points to lead Boys’ Latin over Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter, 81-60, to advance to the semifinal round. Watson also surpassed basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain as the No. 2 scorer in Public League history. His career total is 2,228. Chamberlain had 2,206 career points from his playing days at Overbrook. Strawberry Mansion’s Maureece Rice is the all-time leading scorer in the Public League with 2,681 career points.
Goodman was very impressive too, scoring 24 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Constitution defeated Math, Civics & Sciences, 72-51 as they move on to the next round.
The Public League semifinals will be played on Tuesday night, February 21 at Southern High School. In the first game, Boys’ Latin will face Communications Tech at 6 p.m. In the second contest, Constitution will battle Bartram at 7:45 p.m.
On Wednesday night, Feb. 22, the Catholic League semifinals will be held at the Palestra at 7 p.m. Neumann–Goretti, defending league champion, will play Roman Catholic. Neumann–Goretti has some great players in Ja’Quan Newton (15.4 ppg) and John Davis (13.2 ppg). Shep Garner is a key player for Roman Catholic. Garner is averaging 16.5 points a game.
In the second game, Archbishop Carroll will face St. Joseph’s Prep at 8:30 p.m. Alec Stavetski (15.5 ppg) and Yosef Yacob are two of Carroll’s top players. Steve Vasturia (22.8 ppg) and Miles Overton (14.9 ppg) are the players to watch for St. Joseph’s Prep.