Pennsylvania High School March Madness

Nationally Ranked Chester Beats Mount Lebanon In OT, Completes 31-1 Season

In Class AAA, Neumann-Goretti looks to repeat as state champion against Montour on Friday night at Penn State University.

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Chester Runs by Mount Lebanon in Overtime 72-60 to Win Pennsylvania Class 4A Title

Nationally ranked Chester (31-1) held on in overtime to silence Mount Lebanon 72-60 and clinch the Pennsylvania Class 4A title Saturday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park.

After being knotted at 57 at the end of four quarters, Chester (31-1) ran away and hid in OT -- outscoring Mount Lebanon 15-3.

Chester won the rebounding battle 54-32 and its high-pressure defensive pressure forced a generally methodical Mount Lebanon into 17 turnovers. Chester made 10 steals. Both squads struggled in 3-point shooting, combining for a  6 of 37, with Chester only hitting one of those.

Erikk Wright led Chester with 22 points and six rebounds. Lamon Church added 14 points and eight rebounds. Dequann Walker chipped in 13 points and six boards.

Paul Lang and Luke Hagy paced Mount Lebanon (27-4) with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Lang also had eight rebounds.

Chester, a school about 20 miles south of Philadelphia,  is ranked No. 22 by MaxPreps and No. 23 by ESPN Rise.

Mount Lebanon is a Pittsburgh-area school with alumni that include Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and wrestler Kurt Angle.

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Class 2A Final: Imhotep Crushes Greensburg Central Catholic 67-34

Imhotep (31-3) dominated Greensburg Central Catholic (29-4) 67-34 to claim the Pennsylvania Class 2A championship Saturday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park.

After a relatively even 20-15 opening quarter, Imhotep opened the floodgates in the second quarter in holding GCC to only six points and stretching its lead to 36-21. GCC could only manage 13 points in the second half.

Imhotep won on the boards, outrebounding GCC  49-22, and forced 18 turnovers.

Khryee Wooten led a balanced attack for Imhotep with 12 points. Brandon Austin and Earl Brown each had 10 points in the win. In total, eight players scored five or more points for Imhotep.

Jesse Reed had 13 points for Greensburg Central Catholic, and P.J. McLaughlin added 10 points in the losing effort.

Other than a 54-53 victory over Vaux in the quarterfinals, all of Imhotep's playoff wins were by double digits.

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Class 3A Final: Neumann-Goretti Repeats As Champion

Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia (27-4) defeated Mountour of Pittsburgh (25-8), in a relatively low scoring 55-45 decision Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park to win the Pennsylvania Class 3A championship.

The title was Neumann-Goretti's second in a row and denied Montour a victory in its first trip to a state final.

Neumann-Goretti's frenetic pace forced 15 turnovers, including 11 steals. Montour struggled from behind the 3-point arc, making only hitting six of 23 attempts.

Montour held Neumann-Goretti star point guard and St. Peter's commit Lamin Fulton to only seven points on 3-of-13 shooting but was unable to contain Ja'Quan Newton, who scored 17 points and had eight rebounds to lead Neumann-Goretti. Derrick Steward added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. John Davis also had a strong game with 12 points and seven boards.

Montour's lone scorer in double figures was Dillon Buechel, who had 17 points, nine on 3-pointers. Star Devin Wilson was held to only four points, but did grab 10 boards.

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Pennsylvania Class A Final: MCS Charter Cruises Past Lincoln Park 70-55

Behind a strong second-half push, Math, Civics & Sciences Charter of Philadelphia defeated Lincoln Park Performing Arts 70-55 to win the Pennsylvania Class A championship Friday at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.

MCS Charter led only 33-29 at the half but outscored Lincoln Park 37-26 in the second half en route to a decisive victory.

The difference in the game was MCS's 3-point shooting. MCS made six to just one from Lincoln Park, and that 15 points decided the game. The rest of the statistics were pretty evenly split between the two teams.

Jeremiah Worthem was the star of the day for MCS with 22 points and 12 boards. Warren Dogan added 18 points, and Tyreek Riddick chipped in 11 points, nine of them on 3-pointers.

Chaquille Pratt did his best to keep Lincoln Park in the game with 27 points and seven rebounds but missed on all six of his attempts from deep. Devontae Watson added a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards.

The fifteen-point victory capped off an MCS title run that didn't include a win by fewer than 10 points. Constitution came the closest in their semi-final bout with MCS that ended in a 74-87 loss.

This was the first of four boys state finals in Pennsylvania on Friday and Saturday.


In Class AAA Friday night action, Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia (26-4), the only boys team with a chance at repeating, takes on Montour (23-7) , a suburban Pittsburgh school. For Montour, this is  the school's first-ever trip to a state final.

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Top 25 Ranked Chester Headlines Pennsylvania Boys Basketball Championships

In Pennsylvania's Class AAAA, nationally ranked Chester headlines four boys basketball state championship matchups Friday and Saturday at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.

Senior guard Maurice Nelson, younger brother of Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, leads the way for the 30-1 Clippers as they enter the game heavily favored over Mount Lebanon of Pittsburgh (27-3).

Chester is ranked No. 22 by MaxPreps and No. 23 by ESPN Rise.

In beating playoff opponents by an average score of more than 18 points, Chester, a metro Philadelphia school, looks to do what it does best - pressure an opponent into submission.

In a 180-degree contract of styles, Mount Lebanon will do its best Princeton impression and slow down Chester as it has other playoff opponents.

In defeating Penn Wood 52-48 in the semifinals, Mount Lebanon knocked off a team coming off back-to-back finals appearances, including a state championship in 2009.

In Class AAA Friday night action, Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia (26-4), the only boys team with a chance at repeating, takes on Montour (23-7) , a suburban Pittsburgh school. For Montour, this is  the school’s first-ever trip to a state final.

Neumann-Goretti is led by point guard and MaxPreps top-100 player Lamin Fulton, a St. Peter’s commitment. Similar to Chester, Neumann-Goretti relies on pressure to force turnovers and will look to use a speed advantage.

Montour is led by sophomore two-sport star Devin Wilson, who is already receiving Division I interest from a number of colleges.

Pennsylvania finals at a glance - All Games ET

Friday @ Bryce Jordan Center - Penn State

Class A

3 p.m. - MCS Charter vs. Lincoln Park Charter

Class AAA

8 p.m - Neumann-Goretti vs. Montour

Saturday, March 26 @ Bryce Jordan Center - Penn State

Class AA

2 p.m - Imhotep Charter vs. Greensburg CC

Class AAAA

7 p.m. - Chester vs. Mount Lebanon

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