PW Prevails, Camden Triumphs

Low energy start revs up with fourth quarter excitement

(Photos Left to Right) Plymouth Whitemarsh's Ahmad Williams (#25) takes a jump shot in the Kobe Bryant Classic. (right) Haverford's Christian Ray (#24) brings the ball up the court in the Kobe Bryant Classic. Photos by Sarah J. Glover


Plymouth Whitemarsh coach Jim Donofrio had seen this before.

While his team waited during a half hour delay before playing Haverford School, in the last game of the Kobe Bryant Boosters Classic, he knew his waiting team was distracted, big time.


The game causing the delay was the most anticipated game of the day. Westtown, with the No. 1 player in the country, Cameron Reddish, was in overtime against Camden High School (12-1) that had traveled across the bridge looking for a giant upset. After Camden’s Corey Greer made a three-pointer to win the game at the overtime buzzer, pandemonium broke out and the New Jersey fans stormed the Lower Merion court.


About 400, mostly Camden fans, then left, which had to be a shock to an undefeated and top-ranked Philly area team. Donofrio sighed with concern as he watched his team, early in the gamen vs. the Fords, in 19-1 and 24-3 holes.


“I kind of sensed it was coming. We were out of sync. We were mentally deflated,” said Donofrio. “We were flat. The kids were thinking about the excitement that Westtown had presented and what a great game had just transpired. They knew not to take a very good Haverford School lightly and I don’t think they did; they just possibly started thinking about Neumann-Goretti [who they play February 3] and the upcoming playoffs. I can’t blame them. We were sitting for a while. But I knew we would be ok. We were once down 28-2 in a state playoff game and came back to win.”


PW took its first lead in the fourth quarter but the Colonials (13-0) survived with a grueling six-point win. “We were throwing the ball all over the place in the beginning, weren’t playing with our normal pizzazz and couldn’t make shots. But I knew we would come back.”


Plymouth Whitemarsh stormed back, took its first lead in the fourth quarter and won by six. The defense the Colonials laid on the Fords in the second half was similar to what fans have seen all year from this punch. “The kids didn’t want to lose. They are undefeated. I think they understand how good Haverford School is now and will be prepared for every test until we see Neumann on Feb. 3. It was a great team effort to come back like that.”


The earlier game, versus Camden featured Westtown’s first local loss in three years. The Moose remain undefeated in Pennsylvania. Seth Berger’s team has played a national schedule and has lost some nail-biters. None were more painful than this one, in front of a capacity crowd, at the Bryant Gym. The Moose had plenty of chances to win in regulation and overtime but could never get the big basket or a big stop. Corey Greer hit a three at the overtime buzzer to give the Panthers one of their biggest wins in over a decade. “I didn’t think I had played well, so I just had to make a play,” said Greer. “We had battled all night and I wanted to do something to get my teammates a win. I felt I hadn't done my part. I fumbled the ball; it ended up in my hands and I shot it and it went in. It was a big moment.” Myles Thompson had been the star for Camden to that point, with 26 points, making big shot after big shot. “He was incredible,” said former NBA player and Camden legend Dajuan Wagner who sat courtside. “This was one of the most exciting wins we’ve had. It felt like the game in 2000 when I scored at the buzzer [to beat St, Patrick’s].”




PW Prevails, Camden Triumphs
Jeremy Treatman - Contributor

Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.


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