The Cougars of Martin Luther King faced off against the Constitution Generals in a Public League semifinal on Tuesday, February 20 at the neutral court of South Philadelphia High.
The winner would get the opportunity to try their luck against the juggernaut Panthers of Imhotep, currently ranked No. 13 in the USA Today rankings, in the Pub championship which will be played at the reverential cathedral of basketball known as the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The Pub Championship has not been contested at the mythical arena in 20 years. There is nothing quite like playing at the second oldest basketball court in the world.
The 6’9” and a half big man William McNair Jr. of MLK began to assert himself in the game, posting up, blocking shots and being a physical presence at both ends of the court very early in this contest. He dominated the interior and ended the game with 15 points, 12 rebounds and six big blocked shots, along with a number of intimidations. He has lost considerable weight from last year and tightened up his musculature significantly to improve his college scholarship prospects.
Solid point guard Denelle Holly Jr. controlled the flow of action and chipped in with 15 points for the Cougars. He is a disciple of mentor and MLK head coach Sean Colson, who was a great point guard himself.
Leading the way for the Generals was Damon Wall with 13 and Jahmir Marable-Williams with nine. The season will continue for Constitution and their quality coach Robert Moore with an opportunity to play against the Math Civics & Sciences Mighty Elephants on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the PIAA state tournament as a 2A entry from District 12.