First Posted: 3/21/2012
ALLENTOWN – When Abington Heights High School boys basketball team contained two explosive weapons, Boys Latin Charter located two more.
Carlos Taylor scored 20 of his 32 points after halftime and freshman Tymir Watson added six while playing only the final 1:06 of overtime Friday night to lift the Warriors to a 76-72 victory over the Comets in the state Class AAA boys' basketball quarterfinals at Parkland High School.
"(Maurice Watson) broke Wilt Chamberlain's scoring records in Philadelphia, (Yahmir Greenlee) is another 1,000-point scorer," Abington Heights coach Ken Bianchi said. "But, the kid who really hurt us was (Taylor).
"We were just not fast enough to cover everyone they have."
Tymir Watson and Taylor teamed on the decisive five-point play propelled Boys Latin to victory.
Tymir Watson, a freshman who had appeared in only four games all season, entered the game in a confusing substitution situation while J.C. Show was hitting two free throws to give Abington Heights its last lead.
When Maurice Watson fouled out, coach Maurice Watson had originally inserted Pasquale Dimascio into the lineup.
After one foul shot, the coach went with his younger son instead. One referee originally sent Tymir Watson back to the bench, saying he could not enter at that point, before another correctly allowed him into the game.
Coach Watson said he was not sure of the right ruling at the time and remained uncertain after it was all sorted out. He was ready to accept Tymir Watson not be allowed in the game.
"I'm not 100 percent sure at this point," he said after the game. "If I was 100 percent sure, I would have argued it until they gave me a technical or I was blue in the face."
On the ensuing possession, Tymir Watson hit a 3-pointer from 25 feet while Taylor was being fouled under the basket with 46.6 seconds left. Taylor hit both free throws for a 73-70 lead and the Warriors held on from there when Tymir Watson hit three of four free throws.
Abington Heights led by five late in the third quarter when Taylor connected from the left wing, starting a closing run in which he scored 21 points in a little over 13 minutes.
The Warriors were able to overcome a 35-point effort by J.C. Show.
Abington Heights held Maurice Watson to 14 points, more than eight below his average. They held Greenlee to just two points after he scored 15 in the first half.
After Taylor pushed Boys Latin into the lead, Abington Heights surged back in front, 52-47, with five minutes left.
The lead changed hands five times in the last four minutes of regulation before Jason Bamford found John Vassil on a the press-break for the final points with 1:28 left.
Both teams missed chances, including Taylor's 3-point attempt for the last shot of regulation.
Abington Heights was ahead or tied throughout overtime, with the help of seven points by Show, until the five-point play.
Bamford finished with 17 points.
Abington Heights reached the quarterfinals when Show scored 27 points on March 13 in a 56-53 win over District 3 champion Berks Catholic at Hazleton Area High School.
Marquis Marshall hit his fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the game with 1:13 and :48 left to cut what had been a 10-point deficit in the third quarter and an eight-point deficit in the fourth to 55-53.
T.J. Murray answered at the line each time for Abington Heights. He hit both ends of a one-and-one with 1:02 left for a five-point advantage. Then, he made the front end with 4.8 seconds left meaning that Marshall's failed 3-point attempt at the buzzer was only for the tie, rather than the win.
Marshall, the son of former NBA player Donyell Marshall, had 20 points. He had 11 in the first quarter when the Saints took a 19-10 lead.
Show, who had 10 points, and Patrick Calvey each hit two 3-pointers in the second quarter when the Comets raced back to take a 33-26 lead.
"We knocked down our shots and never got rattled when they made a big shot," Show said.