46th ANNUAL TOURNAMENT
– 2019 RECAP –
by: Mike Toth
|LaSalle High School||58|
LaSalle pulls away with great passing and teamwork.
Both teams appeared a bit tentative in the outset. Tough defense on both ends of the court. Both schools brought a large group of fans and students. The Montco gym was rocking. Finally, senior guard Shane Holland (5’11”) and Mike DiPietro (6’5″) found the range and put LaSalle up 30-22 halftime. Jordan Longino was trying so hard to shake off his football season rust and had 12 points at intermission for Germantown Academy. The third period saw LaSalle begin to pull away with some great passing and teamwork. Well balanced scoring and strong defense was wearing the Patriots down. The Explorer’s held Germantown to only 15 second half points. LaSalle made 9 of 10 free throws and marched off with a 58-39 win. Holland topped all scorers with 19 points and junior guard Liam O’Donnell added 12 to pace the Explorer’s. Jordan Longino’s 14 points was high for the Patriot’s and sophomore Casey Traina added an impressive 13.
|Wissahickon High School||69|
|West Chester Bayard Rustin||67|
Rustin holds on during high scoring game.
|Wissahickon High School||59|
Trojans race to a impressive 40-31 halftime lead.
|West Chester Bayard Rustin High School||53|
|LaSalle High School||39|
A close game with 8 minutes left to play.
And they proved their point. Coach Cochran has a fine squad and plans to make some noise in District One this year. The score at halftime was Rustin 23 and LaSalle 21. Nip and tuck the whole way. The third period ended tied at 33. This game was up for grabs with only 8 minutes left to play. West Chester Rustin then went on an 11-2 run and pulled away. LaSalle was held to only two field goals and two free throws, all by Shane Holland, in the 4th period. Meanwhile, Rustin was making 11 of 12 free throws to go along with 3 field goals in the final period. IV Pettit played a very consistent game hitting 4 treys and ended up with 16 points. Those points as well as a great floor game earned Pettit the MVP award. Coach Cochran and the Golden Knights finally got to the hoist the championship trophy.