Times Chronicle & Public Spirit

2021 season won’t be forgotten any time soon

Plenty of talent shined through in boys basketball

- By Ed Morlock emorlock@21st-centurymed­ia.com

The 2021 boys basketball season was unlike any other in The Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media area.

Games didn’t start until January. Players wore masks on the court and stayed six feet away from teammates on the bench. Stands were empty aside from a handful of family members and friends.

While the COVID-19 pandemic made the boys basketball season look different, area teams still found success and won league and district championsh­ips.

Archbishop Wood won the Philadelph­ia Catholic League and District 12-6A championsh­ips. A one-point loss in the state final against Reading kept the Vikings from completing an undefeated season.

Archbishop Carroll represente­d the PCL with a District 12-4A championsh­ip and state quarterfin­als appearance.

Cheltenham and Plymouth Whitemarsh each won Suburban One League championsh­ips. The Panthers went 9-1 to win the Freedom Division while the Colonials finished 9-1 atop the Liberty Division.

Abington finished second in the Liberty Division, but made a run to the District 1-6A championsh­ip game. The Ghosts entered the playoffs as the No. 14 seed before winning four games, including victories over No. 3 Plymouth Whitemarsh, No. 6 West Chester East and No. 7 Central Bucks East. Their season ended in the district final against Lower Merion.

Pope John Paul II won the Pioneer Athletic Conference championsh­ip and brought home its second straight District 1-4A title.

Phil-Mont Christian Academy won a Bicentenni­al Athletic League championsh­ip before winning the District 1-A title.

While these are all team accomplish­ments, there were plenty of outstandin­g individual players that deserve credit. The top players from this season are recognized as members of the 2021 The Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery Media All-Area Teams.

First Team

RAHSOOL DIGGINS, SR., ARCHBISHOP WOOD >> The 6-foot-3 guard earned his second consecutiv­e Philadelph­ia Catholic League Most Valuable Player award while leading the Vikings to their second PCL championsh­ip in program history. Diggins, a University of Connecticu­t com

mit, is Wood’s all-time leading scorer with 1,513 career points.

MARCUS RANDOLPH, SR., ARCHBISHOP WOOD >> Randolph played a key role in the Vikings historic season. In the PCL title game, the 6-foot-4 guard scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help Wood hold off Roman Catholic. In the state semifinals, he scored 13 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter of a four-point win over Lower Merion. The Richmond commit led the Vikings in scoring with 16.6 points per game.

JORDAN LONGINO, SR., GERMANTOWN ACADEMY >> Longino became Germantown Academy’s all-time leading scorer this season and finished his career with 1,763 points. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, who’s heading to Villanova next year, averaged 21.9 points and seven rebounds per game in 2021.

JOSH JONES, SR., NORTH PENN >> Despite only playing two years of high school basketball, Jones made his mark on the North Penn program. The Louisville soccer commit scored 734 career points and helped the Knights reach the state playoffs as a junior and led them to the District 1-6A quarterfin­als as a senior.

Jones averaged 21.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this winter.

DREW STOVER, SR., UPPER DUBLIN >> The 6-foot-7 senior had the attention of every team Upper Dublin faced and still averaged 24.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Stover’s signature performanc­e came at the end of the regular season when he scored 43 points in a 73-67 win over North Penn to help the Cardinals secure a District 1-6A playoff spot. The Millersvil­le commit scored his 1,000th point in February. Second Team

Rob Bell, Sr., Abington

Daeshon Shepherd, Sr., Archbishop Wood

Jaylen Stinson, Sr., Archbishop Wood Sam Brown, Jr., La Salle

Matt Compas, Sr., Wissahicko­n

Third Team

Anquan Hill, Sr., Archbishop Carroll Saleem Payne, Jr., Cheltenham Horace Simmons, Soph., La Salle Luke Yoder, Sr., Pennridge

Luke DiCianno, Sr., Plymouth Whitemarsh

Honorable Mentions

Oreck Frazier, Abington

Muneer Newton, Archbishop Wood Justin Moore, Bishop McDevitt Teddy Spratt, Central Bucks West Michael McClain, Cheltenham Steve Martin, Dock Mennonite

Jake Hsu, Germantown Academy Casey Traina, Germantown Academy Eric Butler, Hatboro-Horsham Jadan Welch, Jenkintown

Jimmy Casey, Lansdale Catholic

Nix Varano, La Salle

Jack Doneker, Lower Moreland

Brett Byrne, Methacton

Cole Hargrove, Methacton

Billy Coley, North Penn

Colin Post, Pennridge

Trevor Tipton, Phil-Mont Christian Zuri Jerman, Plymouth Whitemarsh JP Baron, Pope John Paul II

Kevin Green, Pope John Paul II

Luke McCarthy, Pope John Paul II Kayden Roley, Quakertown

Evan Kutzler, Souderton

Collin Bowman, Upper Merion Jahaire Johnson, Upper Moreland Derrik Consenza, William Tennent

 ?? MEDIANEWS GROUP PHOTO ?? John Flood (IHM) tries to break free from Wood’s Marcus Randolph.
MEDIANEWS GROUP PHOTO John Flood (IHM) tries to break free from Wood’s Marcus Randolph.

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