Allderdice downs Obama for City League title
On a team full of twins, it turns out two City League championships weren't enough for Allderdice senior Davaughn Moultrie.
After winning City titles as a freshman and sophomore, Moultrie wanted nothing more than to upset undefeated Obama Academy for his third Saturday afternoon.
“Your senior year, you always want to win it all,” Moultrie said. “When you get older, you know you're going to look back at it. You come out with a championship, and you'll feel good about it.”
Moultrie felt great about this one.
Allderdice got contributions from up and down its lineup and knocked off the Eagles, 55-54, at Obama Academy.
The Dragons survived a wild final minute that included a key block on D.J. Porter from Alex Bell, whose free throw with 48.2 seconds left pushed Allderdice ahead for good, missed shots by Obama's Alan Hord and Marcus Johnson and a key defensive rebound from Moultrie's twin brother, Javaughn.
“The thing about our team is that you never knew who was going to step up,” said Allderdice coach Buddy Valinsky, whose team features four sets of twins.
James Jackson scored the first 17 points of the game for Allderdice (19-5) and finished with a game-high 23. Moultrie added 12, and Ramon Creighton finished with 11.
Allderdice will play the WPIAL Class AAAA runner-up in the first round of the PIAA playoffs March 8.
Saturday was an especially enjoyable day for Valinsky, himself a former Allderdice player.
Valinsky is in his second stint as Allderdice's coach. His last one ended with an 82-46 loss to DeJuan Blair and D.J. Kennedy's Schenley team at old Mellon Arena in 2006.
“I've waited almost 36 years to get this City championship,” Valinsky said.
Allderdice took a 52-46 lead on a Jackson layup with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter, but Obama scored six consecutive points to tie it at 52-52 at 2:04.
Creighton's layup gave Allderdice a 54-52 lead. Porter answered with a putback with a minute to go. Bell's free throw created the final margin.
Obama Academy (22-1) kept its final possession alive long enough for two quality shots, but overall Eagles coach Nate Lofton wasn't happy with his team's rebounding effort.
“You see the game was one point,” Lofton said. “If we wouldn't have given them 20 offensive rebounds … if we just get one of them and make a basket, it's a different game.”
Obama Academy frustrated Porter, the City League's leading scorer, into three field goals and 11 points.
Combined with the teams' previous meeting, a 61-49 Obama win Feb. 7, Allderdice held Porter to 19 points the past two games, 3.5 below his season per-game average.
“We had a game plan,” Davaughn Moultrie said. “We contained D.J. We made D.J. shoot some forced shots. We just said, ‘Let somebody else win the game for Obama, not D.J. Porter.' ”
James Taylor-Lane led Obama with 13 points. Calique Jones added 12.
Allderdice opened with a 17-6 run, getting all of those points from Jackson. Top of the key, right wing, right corner, didn't matter. Jackson made four 3-pointers and converted another three-point play.
“I had the first 17,” Jackson said, shaking his head. “I didn't expect that.”
Obama held Jackson scoreless in the second quarter and used an 11-0 spurt to make it 26-21 following an offensive rebound from Johnson and a 3-pointer from Jones.
Bell's tip-in created a one-possession game at 28-25, though Creighton's layup with 36 seconds left in the quarter gave Allderdice a 32-27 lead at the break.
The Eagles opened the third with a 7-0 run to take a 34-32 lead following Jones' steal-and-score and were ahead, 44-43, entering the fourth.
After the win, Allderdice fans stormed the court, the goal of stopping Obama from the becoming the first team to win a City title while going undefeated since 1976 complete.
“There isn't a better … getting married was great. And my child as well,” Valinsky said. “But this is … getting awful close.”