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where Watson displayed his shooting exhibition. He scored his 41 points against the tough defense of (P.E.T) Philadelphia Electrical Chargers.

His mission was not set

on breaking Wilt Chamber- lain’s record; he was setting his sites on pushing his team into the Public League Final Four. In the fi rst quar- ter, his Boys’ Latin team jumped out to a 22-7 lead. At half time, his team took a 41-23 into the locker room. Maurice Watson was on a mission and when this game was over, the fi nal score told the entire true story. Final score: Boys’ Latin 81 Phila- delphia Electrical 60. “He’s quick and he’s fast, he sees everything two or three times ahead of time,” said Philadelphia Electri- cal basketball coach Mark Lewis.“He gets his guys involved in the offense. He’s real crafty and he’s a tough guy to defend. He’s such a great player.”

At Broad and Spring Gar- den, where Ben Franklin High is located, the place was buzzing. Fans were enjoying the scoring ma- chine of Maurice Watson. The Chargers players had trouble defending him and keeping him from scoring on the court. He scored from the inside and he scored from the outside. His ball- handling and foot speed were just too quick and too fast. There wasn’t much that the Electrical team could do to stop him. Then there was Yahmir Greenlee, another Boys Latin guard with great basketball talent. Greenlee poured it on too; he scored most of his 17 points in the second half. Greenlee and Watson combined for 59 points, which was more than 50 percent of the team’s total 81 points. Both of these players were able to do major damage against the Chargers, which was some- thing different from the fi rst time these two teams played

each other. In the fi rst meet- ing this season, Boys Latin lost to the Philadelphia Elec- trical, by the score of 68-51. “In the fi rst game, we defended them a lot bet- ter,” said the Philadelphia Electrical coach. “Our two big guys played better that day, but today we didn’t rebound that well even though we had the size ad- vantage.” Twin towers, David

George (6-foot-8 inches) and Jai Williams (6-foot-9 inches) of the Philadelphia Electrical Charges, were not able to score any big points in the game. George scored only 8 points in the game and Williams scored 3 points. It was an extremely bad ball game for both ball players.

“The game moved just a little too fast for them today,’ said Coach Lewis about his two players. “As a coach, I should’ve put them in a better position to excel. I tried to rotate those guys, but we ran out of gas

at the last three minutes of the game.”

The Boys Latin Warriors outscored the Chargers 21- 13 in the fourth quarter as Watson and Greenlee kept hitting jump shots down the home stretch. Chargers guards Hakeem Baxter (21 points) and Emmanuel Brown (11 points) managed to keep the team from get- ting blown out. “We came in here with a nice game plan, but we didn’t execute it today” said Coach Lewis. “This is a tough loss to a good Boys Latin team. We still qualify for the State playoffs and hopefully we can regroup and make a good run.” The Philadelphia Electri- cal Charges lost this game from the start. When Boys Latin team busted out to that 22-7 fi rst quarter lead, it included the Warriors hitting their fi rst fi ve shots which all of them were three

point shots in the fi rst three minutes of the game. That explosion obviously killed the confi dence of the tal- ented Philadelphia Electrical team. “We kinda lost track of ourselves in those fi rst fi ve minutes,” said Coach Lewis. “We kept fi ghting back, but we couldn’t catch up.” With the victory, Boys Latin moved on to the next round against Communica- tion Tech. The victory was a bittersweet lost for the Philadelphia Electrical, es- pecially after the Chargers fi nished the season as the number one seed from their Public League Class AAA Division. The Electrical Chargers had fi nished the regular season at 8-3, which was the same record as Boys Latin.

By qualifying for the State

playoffs, the Chargers will play either Archbishop Car- roll or Neumann Goretti in

University City Chinese Chris- tian Church: not a new fi x- ture in West Philly

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that “the mother church sent us here,” Tony said, explaining that they fi rst worked from the Newman Center at Drexel University and later moved to its cur- rent location at 41st and Chestnut Streets.

Since the Liang’s began working in West Philadel- phia, their congregation has grown from 40 parishio- ners to 140. “We knew we needed a larger facility,” Helen explained, “so when the opportunity came to purchase the building [at 45th and Walnut Street] we took it.”

As an Evangelical Church, the new location

will be used for wor- ship, fellowship meals and education, Tony said, explaining that the major- ity of the congregation is earning their Master’s and Ph.D.’s. And as dedicated students, they won’t cre- ate disruptive noise for the surrounding community, Helen explained, in refer- ence to the fact the Liang’s plan to build an addition to the existing structure that would house ten students. “Because the church does not receive as many visitors during the week, the church will be safer with people there,” Helen explained adding, “some people really need a place

to stay, so we want to be able to help them.” And as for concerns that the resi- dential students will party into the dead of the night, that, according to Helen will not happen because the students do not smoke or drink alcohol.

Overall, the Liangs

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are excited about own- ing a property in Spruce Hill. “We want to be good neighbors,” said Helen, adding that it will lend its support to neighborhood efforts such as block clean- ups. Tony has also had several good discussions with Omar, the cleric at the Mosque across the street. “We look forward to be- ing good neighbors,” Tony explained, adding that the UCCCC works closely with the Chaplin at Penn when student issues like illness or depression arise. “We love our job,” Helen emphasized. “We received a lot of help when we fi rst came here. And we want to be able to help others through God’s love.” The UCCCC will go

before the ZBA on March 7th for a variance. If the church follows certain provisos, such as improv- ing its exterior, having ap- propriate safety lighting, the Spruce Hill Community Association’s Zoning Com- mittee indicated that it will support the project.

the fi rst playoff round. “Our season is not over yet,” said Coach Lewis. “If we can win a few games, we can advance to the State Di- vision fi nals. This is some- thing we can work on.” The ending to this story is that the Philadelphia Electri- cal could make it a better season in the upcoming State Class AAA playoffs. At least, the Chargers know there will be no Maurice Watson standing in their way. That’s the least of their worries, Thank God. The Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter High School 1420 Chestnut Street Phila- delphia, PA 19102

Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School 5501 Cedar Avenue Phila- delphia

Napoleon Kingcade can be reached on his high school sports hotline at 215-727-0515 or 267-972-9237 .

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