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Plymouth Whitemarsh Wins Early Test


Championship hopes are high with a great start to the season

(Photo Left) Plymouth's Naheem Mcleod #10 makes a jumpshot. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Jim Donofrio had two major philosophies in scheduling this year. One was to stay local. The other was to play in as many showcase games as the Colonials could.

“The twins [Ahmad and Ahmin Williams] wanted to be challenged this year,” said the Plymouth Whitemarsh boys’ basketball coach. “They haven’t received any Division I offers yet, so by playing the best; they will be seen. And there is no need to go anywhere else, with all of the great teams here. We are thrilled to be invited to play in so many great events. We have Bonner [Dec. 29] and Neumann-Goretti [Dec. 31] and Haverford School [Jan. 20] coming up in the non-league. We couldn't do better than that going to Florida. Beating Wood was a really good win. What a quality team that was. We are definitely doing some good things on the court.”

Ahmin Williams had 11 points, 5 steals and 5 assists in PW’s huge 12-point win over Wood, in the sold out 2nd Annual City Play-by-Play Classic at Thomas Jefferson University on Dec. 23.

It was a statement game for the Colonials, though Ahmad didn’t play due to a suspension from pushing a Wissahickon player the night before.

Wood was also down a star, as Tyree Pickron didn’t play because of a sprained ankle.

 “This win means a lot,” Ahmin Williams said. “We are one of the top defensive teams in the state. We can really lock people down on defense and the whole team is into it. I think people have heard about how great the Catholic League is, but teams like us and Abington can show how great the suburban schools are, too. We just beat one of the top teams in the state, but despite all the hype about the Catholic League, you still have to win it on the court. This means a lot to change the [perceptions] people may have about how [unbeatable] the top Catholic League teams are.”

Not only did the Colonials win, but they did it rather easily. “Coach Donofrio is a great guy and scout and coach,” Ahmin Williams said. “He watches 23 hours of tape, it seems. He is prepared for everything another team does. We said that if we close out on their shooters, that we could win the game by ten or more points, which would be a double win and we pretty much where able to do that. He told us how to defend them and we were pretty good at his game plan.”

Ish Horn paved the way for PW with 20 points and 7-foot-2-inch Naheem McLeod continues to be the X-factor in the state, as he has risen to be a top-50 player nationally. “He’s definitely getting there,” said Williams. “He’s blocking shots. He’s scoring. He’s dunking. He’s rebounding. He’s talking on defense.  He is making a huge difference for us, and getting stronger every day. He’s a special player. The sky’s the limit.”

Williams said that he hopes to win a state championship this year. “I got hurt last year and missed the post-season, but I think this is definitely the best team I have been on here,” he said. “Sophomore year we were really good, but I think we are all a tighter group now and I think we have a great chance to win it all.”

 

 

 

Plymouth Whitemarsh Wins Early Test
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