South Western’s Austin Cook goes up for a shot against William Penn’s Jahaire Wilson during the first half of the YAIAA boys’ tournament
South Western's Austin Cook goes up for a shot against William Penn's Jahaire Wilson during the first half of the YAIAA boys' tournament title game on Friday at York College. William Penn defeated South Western, 57-44. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Chris Dunn)
Tavon Parker is a difficult man to track down. Even after the final horn sounded in William Penn's 57-44 victory against South Western in the YAIAA boys' basketball tournament championship game, Parker had lots to do - lots of people to see.

He cut down the net.

He posed for pictures.

He shook hands with some of the college coaches from around the state interested in welcoming the senior to their program next season. Away from the din, he exhaled and let out a "Wooo."

It marked the second straight league championship for the William Penn boys - and the program's third title in five years.

"When it comes to championships, we're selfish," Parker said. "We want to win them all."

This one looked a little different, though.

For one, William Penn (23-2) had to manage without starter Derek Wilson - the Bearcats' second-leading scorer who has averaged 13.1 points per game this season. After spraining an ankle in practice Friday, Wilson only played the final seconds of the game in an effort to heal before the start of district play next week.

"It was obviously saddening," Parker said. "He's a big part of our team. ... But once he couldn't go, as a team we had to rise to the occasion and overcome him being injured."

Without Wilson, William Penn didn't look as polished as it had in a 91-point effort in the league semifinals. But the Bearcats still managed to hold at least an eight-point advantage throughout the second half.

William Penn once again opted to place the majority of its defensive attention on Mike Duffy (15.3 ppg average before Friday's game) and Parker Bean (19.3 ppg). While Bean, at 6-foot-5, managed to overpower William Penn defenders in the paint, scoring 15 of his game-high 23 points in the third quarter, William Penn's guards suffocated Duffy.

"Duffy and Parker Bean are fantastic basketball players, we just wanted to make them work for every basket tonight," Parker said.

Duffy didn't attempt a shot until the final two minutes of the third quarter, finishing with five points. His only 3-pointer came from about 2 feet beyond the arc.

"I have a scorer's mentality, but I was trying to find other people who were open," Duffy said. "I wasn't seeing any open shots after I crossed half court."

Parker and Stephen Dickson defended Duffy, switching after they would foul him.

Bean hit a three-point play to cut the deficit to eight with 3:19 to play, but Parker and William Penn kept scoring.

William Penn big man Jahaire Wilson grabbed 13 boards and took a charge from Bean with less than 4:00 to play in the fourth.

"A crazy, change-of-game play when he took that charge," William Penn coach Troy Sowers said.

Stephen Dickson gives South Western’s Mike Duffy a hug while teammate Trey Shifflett looks on after the Bearcats defeated the Mustangs, 57-44, for
Stephen Dickson gives South Western's Mike Duffy a hug while teammate Trey Shifflett looks on after the Bearcats defeated the Mustangs, 57-44, for the YAIAA boys' tournament title. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Chris Dunn)
"It was an eight-point lead but they had momentum, and Jahaire sold his body out."

Knocked to the ground after suffering what he believed was a knee-to-knee hit, Wilson limped off the court, but he helped secure the championship.

"It's tough because they are so quick and athletic," Bean said. "Props to them, they played great, and they're a great team."


   Bearcats playoff tickets: Tickets ($6 adults, $4 students) to William Penn's first-round District 3 basketball game against Hempfield can be purchased at the high school from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Doors to the school will open for the game at 6 p.m.

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SOUTH WESTERN (44)
Geiman 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, A. Cook 3 2-2 8, Robinson 0 0-2 0, McKercher 0 0-1 0, Lane 0 0-0 0, Staub 1 0-0 2, Parker Bean 10 3-8 23, Duffy 1 2-4 5, Hess 2 1-2 6. Totals 17 8-19 44.
WILLIAM PENN (57)
D. Wilson 0 0-0 0, Casiano 2 0-4 4, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Maddox 0 0-0 0, Ramel Stephens 3 5-7 12, S. Dickson 2 3-4 7, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Beard 2 0-0 4, Trey Shifflett 2 4-6 10, J. Wilson 1 1-2 3, Tavon Parker 6 4-6 17, D. Dickson 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 17-29 57.
South Western 4¥¥8¥¥20¥¥12 — 44
William Penn 9¥14¥¥18¥¥16 — 57
3-point goals — South Western 2 (Duffy, Hess); William Penn 4 (Shifflett 2, Parker, Stephens). 

 

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