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1996 KOBE BRYANT'S LAST HIGH SCHOOL GAME VS ERIE CATHEDRAL PREP!!!

Feb 25, 2020
from the hershey park arena the pi double a presents

high

school

basketball tonight the championship in boys hershey pennsylvania quad the champion of the west

erie

cathedral

prep

the hikers the champion of the east with a record of 30-3 the inferior marion aces with the best player many believe in

high

school

basketball in 1995.

kobe

bryant

what do you see walking off the court right now gary may be the best player to play at hershey park arena since billy owens finished a four year run for carl isle in 1989. will have to see it. I watched Owens' 52-point run in the final

game

.
1996 kobe bryant s last high school game vs erie cathedral prep
The best

game

I've ever seen. If Kobe Bryant is better. I want to see him here on the floor tonight. The

erie

cathedral

prep

has had to beat four teams that have won district titles their particular starter brian scissortkowski is the big guy but right now we are going to take you through the hershey park arena give you an idea of ​​what is happening for this championship in boys quad a with a playing our national anthem to see our starry banner son even ebenefido carrie george ashley thornkill courtney cross elsa parks and christina eicher ladies and gentlemen our national anthem is oh foreigner it's all right quick let's get the lineups up right now let's put eric cathedral prep high we'll give you an idea you're looking at some of the people who made their way up erie cathedral prep 24 and seven gary have their hands full with

kobe

bryant

here are some of the guys we're going to look at the ones from he's the big guy he's going to have to do it he's tough like his

last

name has to utter 12.7 points per game for sizkowski keith nye s there too a 511 senior 11 points per game julian banks at 7.7 john trockey at 10.6 the other of the three double figure scorers there and john doug lecker at 4.1 laura marion needs lisa moore number 33 on her near and dear show for the everyone's heart in the arena tonight kobe bryant huh will he skip and go to the nba we're not sure he's the show 31 points per game 14 points per game for teammate jermaine griffin two points per game for brandon bennett emery dabney with nine points a game and dave lasman with four points a game a guy they expected to start tonight who sprained his left ankle dan frangrazio the best 3 point shooter other than brian won't play this even his teammates team really remembered him tonight doing a special search that had his number on the back number 21 every one of them had it on it is on the sidelines kobe bryant to jenna jumps against john shroke and and and we're on you're looking at emory daphne five foot ten married sophomore one of the really good programs in the distance a showdown zone here for the spooky cathedral the build up is coming but the zone emphasis has followed kobe Bryant wherever he goes and picks it up, he does it on the inside, he does it on the outside, he jumps long this time since he gave me how to miss the rebound, Doug and bl got him out of there. ecker keeps track of that possession because every time someone else shoots kobe bryant isn't shooting for marion almost says bottom gate you gotta see this that's another philadelphia school that's been pretty successful over the years been in all over the country though playing basketball its a very serene bunch look at the offensive movement pass cut they just keep people moving could never double anywhere because they keep him moving all the time long jumper around him no good bryant lost control and it tracks again this time chief zizikowski the way you're in preparation is they get if we got the ball laura marion and kobe bryant no dribbling little penetration and well that time john his first two minutes tasty play shooting know how to win here on the backboard first emery dabney knocks it down low can't get it bounce comes out in erie here comes the cathedral prep this is historically the most precious iso or most athletic of all eight t games he has played in pia championship basketball weekend deep days has plenty of experience another three long and good this time from brad schizokowski and 58 of those home runs bomb during the regular season reverses basketball put yourself in the hands of your shooter brian schizokowski and he knocks down the three five nothing here in the cathedral one of the best high school basketball players in recent memory here in the key state watch brad the dotted line loves to dish penetration that's what the lower marion people say and that time resulting in a rotation since daphne couldn't hold off big stock kobe bryant his father joe joe blind played for the sixers now he's an assistant coach with lasalle joe bryant of fact he has his son kobe bryant practicing with the sixers once in a while he probably could play for him right now quickly reversing the ball cat prep edral erie we're looking for all three there's kate born greg downer lower marion's coach has t or be thinking about a timeout here momentarily his team down seven nothing on the opening gun now he's gonna drive into the lane gotta turn it back this time to griffin and leaning seven nil to score what you guys are talking about here sorry guys sorry about that we are going to be defending to talk about balance they will use everyone in the office to reverse the ball look for the three and that time that foul, zakowski got a good look at it, kobe bryant off to the runs, barry lower, looking for his first field goal brad has stripped him down the road and out of bounds ready to rise up and stay on the launching pad that moment 4 52 to go here in the opening period don't you think I'm a target man watch that repeat everybody got their hands ready for kobe bryant when he comes wandering down the lane wallace leaning got the control the ramblers are rolling right now 7-0 and the ramblers on offense keep everyone moving don't let anyone get close rebel drive all the way i can't find it that time it was julian blackson here comes laura mary in the aces and he goes and the foul and they were looking for omar hatcher that time and he flew through the air and takes the foul omar hatcher looked like the big o as he was floating in the air you see the mid court meet and now the replay will head to the line number two hatchery very good free throw shooter 73 percent has two shots to come let's see with mark for mark there's a big contingent for mary as a student in this game tonight erie and laura marion have filled this spot every corner of the hershey park arena is sold out even 1400 standing seats only have been filled and it's a rowdy barn tonight, while hershey park arena hosts those guys on quad bikes, a game ball is tipped by three at the top or of the circle from the front of the iron had an excellent look though forward to be nice again we mention this a well trained veteran team d by marcelo reby nice dotted line push well you're talking about hearing cathedral you're talking about a team that really is how to prepare for college they've played across the country cleveland st edward franklin to kentucky crumbsville alabama they've been all over the place chad inside missed the shot and was close was brandon pettit outside the foul below could be right this time at 6'5 junior gary just averaging two points a game this time for the authority rack this could be on sizakowski if that would be foul number two on the big guy he is the leader of this team hands down and will leave the game here momentarily not sure how long tonight you wouldn't see him against the half marcello. arab they need him there to carry this team in the first half sizikowski has gone 6-3 senior 353 to go in the opening period it is 9-2 brendan pettit what pettit does he cleans the ball just a little he doesn't get the good lift and you see the re wait time on floor nine to three after erie cathedral prep let's check in with mark chewie mark well it's noisy here in the arena at retail park and a big reason why people from erie drove six hours to come here to this championship game you know you mentioned erie cathedral pep is battle tested this year they have lost seven games on the year the record is 24-7 but only two of those games they have lost were the schools from pennsylvania both to the same mcdowell school the other loss came to out of state teams so erie cathedral prep they will go anywhere play anyone and by the looks of it these people will follow him there too jed and gary , the Mcdowell's only loss was actually to the district championship, which is why the spooky cathedral prep enters here in an unusual position of being second team in their district and possibly finishing the year as state champion, of done, who else did they beat to get here? mc dowell played five times this season and what an outstanding rivalry there has been in the erie area well eric cathedral prep they have been to the state championship round before defeating hazleton 41-30 hooker coleman was their

last

big star they made that in 1992-93 then lost a couple of years ago lost the following year more like 93-94 against chester 69-65 here they are back in the gold medal round again in guys quad a well say the word creepy area what a nightmare for votes, I mean, I would even have issues with Mr.
1996 kobe bryant s last high school game vs erie cathedral prep

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Donahue not being able to ride the Ferris wheel. He can't afford to buy all of Julian's blanks. They have excellent ball control. It is a team that is very disciplined in the half court game. in this pass cut look at your cut game here you see a pass then always to cut keep that man moving don't let them duplicate you all above the two three live all publicly if we throw a line looking to try back prettier tied up jump ba all the arrow area cathedral what i meant there jen it's a 2-3 type offense everyone above the foul line you're looking for a constant cut back keep people moving which will eventually isolate someone who keeps reversing the ball from nine to three 3 20 to go here in the first quarter julian blanks squealing physical nature long flanks three is low bryant boy they turned off the seatbelt check in there 9-3 that's a place no man has been before in most of this court of limits kobe bryant are talking is he going to play lasalle for his father where he is an assistant there to speedy morris who just of signing a big deal donnie carr is a great friend of his from roman catholic a team that beat lower marion earlier this year he is frustrated at the moment he hasn't had a clean look but there's a clean look underneath but a failed layup that time from jermaine griffin and here you have the long rebound out this time pat fiorelli missed the rebound goes out for panic kobe bryant made him change his shot at the end pop up this time and well great watch emery dabney for the window look pretty that's the way he pulls up that old sam jones bench shot I used to see with the Celts and a whole Suddenly Lower Marion Back in the game They're down by four 234 First quarter left First game substitution David Rosenberg His first team Kerry Walker is in Rosenberg is going to pick up the free kick It will be the first of the night There is that movement. we're talking watch everyone cut everyone looking to establish a weak side of the screen finally someone will open the back door trophy to the left hand and deploy a choke fight and a back kick could be lower Marion this time Jerry Walker just got there There should be Jermaine Griffin coming up the back as he was trying to get the rebound.
1996 kobe bryant s last high school game vs erie cathedral prep
Here you see a good tray. Trunky tries to go after him. He bounces off Troche. number 23 that's carrie walker she's going to see more minutes tonight than she's seen all year because bengrazio is out of the lineup keith neese excellent three point threat great basketball investment that will loosen up the defense every time your events go get a good shot don't hold back and let the defense come at you now just keep reversing it cut piarelli a little penetrating dribble from five ain't good brian got the rebound kobe bryant hasn't scored ball yet how he flipped oh they kept it live big hustle again by erie pratt a problem i see with brian insofar as he tries to do too much to take it all himself when you saw what happens there you're going to lose it when you have people double trophy with him now picked up by niece of bryant goes for the back door in between the trios missed it followed the legs and then blacks had nowhere to go his teammate was under him when he went down but finished him off stuttering wanting step move picks it up missed it bounce follow ow locked out of bounds lower marion ball even on a miss right there that was something to see.
1996 kobe bryant s last high school game vs erie cathedral prep
I'm going to make a statement for you. comparison billy owens brought a much deeper maturity to a game that i think kobe bryant possesses at this particular point in his career 119 to go into the first quarter of the game now just like david lasman he's a senior he's got the ball. bryant flip jumper missed everything he's pressing i think at this point in the early part,he's pushing big turning to his coach looking he's a very frustrated young man right now greg downer is the head coach looking back saying hey there's not much i can do to help you right now so just you have to play through it.
A long way to go in this game still 11 to 5.50 seconds to go your cathedral prep would like to keep this game somewhere in the 60s maybe even the 50s if they can, julian. law grad anks looks for lekker and steps out of bounds doug lecker a 6-3 senior averaging 4.1 points per game does much of the dirty worksubstitutions six district 10 championships since he was in the cathedral prep area and in a state you know jeff we talk so many times about legendary programs in the state no doubt area cathedral prep program would rank as one of those now in the game for erie like bob vahe he's a six foot senior both coaches are giving everyone a taste of this championship vibe with 25 seconds left he's also graham witherspoon he's got the ball now he's a wide body look at the space heater around 15 to 17 foot he just you're looking for someone who has a free cut to the basket as you kick down inside 15 seconds they just don't make any mistakes but niece on a 14 foot shot oh that's just reve rsa, reverse, look for the cut, get that little momentum and pull up for the ten foot jag gonna shoot the gun in and out rattled in and out and we've reached the end of the first quarter of the game cathedral setup erie leading to laura marion 13-5 who would have thought kobe bryant going through the fir tree scoreless first quarter for lower marion didn't see a good shot eric cathedral's setup really surprised him tonight they've focused on him it's been the total focus from defending and setting up eric cathedral for eight at the end of one we're going to tag chewie right now tag what you got for us well if you're watching this game tonight and you remember the last lower marion state championship, then you probably remember pearl harbor the aces won state titles in 1941, 1942 and their last came in 1943. of course the aces basketball state championship the first was 63 years ago in 1933 but their last basketball title was a long time ago and a long way away 1943 they're trying to end that long drought here tonight but they're going 13 to 5.
Remember that, well don't you believe in 1941? Anyway, I think Kobe Bryant will go into this theory. In a moment, read me some numbers in the first eight minutes. big one six of fourteen ferrari cathedral setting up first quarter 43 dig this 11 for marion inferior 9 you want to talk about great defense and forcing the team to get frustrated there he is kobe bryant is considered a point guard even though he is the tallest player in the team and there seems to be some question about what position he's really in here I think he has a question right now about where he is really not in the flow of this game at all emery daphne has the basketball now for omar hatcher now to find a bryant springs from the baseline oh god and the ability to step over you and look you in the face brian practices like we said with the sixers and they said when the sixers practiced there was no noticeable difference in how he played compared with the pros fiorella has seen a lot of minutes here in the first half lekker this is where they really killed lower marion so far they have been so patient on this set pire lli dow In lane the rebounding battle rumbled on and it's going to be on fiorella patton filthy made cathedral prep basketball but not the ultimate skill we've seen over the years as fiorelli going down down the lane he just lost it instead of finishing.
You can see that he didn't have a good ending and here's the lack of frustration that comes right after there. runs the point guard now he loves to pass the dribble you realize what the creepy cathedral setup is doing every time he has the ball they basically double team and make him give it up not a bad philosophy defensively if anyone more shoot he's not there they go like you were saying now all three kai are on him and a foul he doesn't want to do that though it won't hurt this time but it's a dumb foul when you're 35 feet away from the basket brian with averaging 31 points per game team support rt was averaging 35 early in the season to go with 13 rebounds now i would expect a scoring average to go down a bit in the postseason a good defense always trumps a good offense in the playoffs stephanie under lane lost it rebound bryant looks to rise up and stay omg there aren't many high school kids that go straight from a stationary position and throw it in your face but v we go to kobe bryant there's a teammate emery dabney he went down the same time they dumped that one that was like no doubt here he is again look at this coming out of the pool y'all it's an adult bathroom and here he go up and down i'll save that for you guys yeah that's definitely a stand out show in itself now here at the cathedral prep he's got a cut up pass from the open man keep it alive he's got a lot of championship game experience i remember the niece from a couple of years ago driving at the time was a trophy and he can't get it here comes laura marion running away bob missed it ball on the deck ball battle because here he is back for three remaining that time and the rebound cleans it up nicely jermaine griffin trevane griffin the only guy on that side that was going to have a say in that rebound he snatched took him down and nobody was going to get another gun dribbles in the lane stutters held six points now for brian it's 13 to 11 .split defenders who tried to travel never had a chance to fly more and sting like a bee at the end and brian is getting going here in the second quarter, he has six points of his team's 11.
By the way, emery dabney because I think he got trampled after that dunk followed by brian two trips ago he's in the game and they're going out the back door. that time john's rookie he has four reversals of the basketball he stretched the defense to the baseline and the trophy came out after he stole his man and put it here it's a double team again on bryant long jumper this time by emer and dabney it's wide and here comes erie again with a rebound that's running out they really are controlling the boards well we're talking about knee speed on that team two years ago they lost the state championship to florida chester what could it be one of the most memorable games we've ever seen in the 4a state championship but was appealed parker coleman committed a jermaine variety pushing foul when this game ends it's a scary moment any time you're setting up for something like this and you have to throw to your family man you always have priority omar hatcher leads damon rosenberg is on david rosenberg that's 4 40 to go we are in the second quarter 15 to 11 the scoring system is he's back in the ball game has two fouls don't want to get a third on him he's an excellent player on the outside perimeter ball bowed on the way through it will be a lower marion basketball the aces get it back behind by four bryant went all for four in the first quarter three for three this time or neither of them have a high percentage on the comeback made yeah haven't seen anything from rest in state championship in a long time time able to do that collapse on it there gary looks at the screen right there every time they put it on the post now to try to open it and now it's going to come back out so that the more someone has to be open and someone the better start converting for take that pressure off someone has to figure out his new role as a scorer but it's double d double drive griffin is the second leading scorer and has his first two of the griffiths nights when i realize that what i'm supposed to do is take him to the rack hard and finish off well chris fiorelli erie playing smart play here in the first half though his lead has merged the two julian flags they elevate stutters and griffin has the rebound this laura marion quickness something that is really blinding a lot of good shots started by eric federer but they end up being very co Tried at the end ryan all the way and fouled but they say traveling looked like he got hit , but he traveled first to get there.
Brian needs to take care of himself a bit, he has a lot to say, watch this, but the ref. I thought differently, at least on that play. Be honest with you. I'm not sure the official scene moves like this before. That was a great moment. Move the ball out of bounds for Rosenberg. back in the hunt 15-13 man-to-man face guard bring the big man in the middle to try and break him definitely take up a lot of that middle when you get him there he will talk about the tradition of very cathedral prep syzakowski missed it rebound now tracked by trunky now you see the move here we go pass cut sweet swing the ball the other side move that defense loosen them up with a spoon it's a little out of his range getting a little closer to him though he hears bounce they seem to be talking to him o Officials from the whistle They seem frustrated as a club They're four down but out of sync That's what I said You can't talk much to the officials here because eventually you'll get tired of hearing it and you might see those hands come together there's truckee for three that's what it is rebound bryant mouse that is number three and that will be a little pig and a rebbe risked playing with that point fiorelli will have to go back and form here is the attempt of three now look at the rest of them in the back without a doubt and he will go to the benchmark there is no doubt that he is also the leader of this team jed that hurts during conceivable problems they managed to get past him in the first quarter will you hit him with that second gary what what about two and three minutes?
I was really surprised that Marcelo Reby kept him in, but he may have thought, hey, I have to live with this guy playing a terribly good team and the best player in the country, I better fit. what is that you have a senior you can do that to take advantage of that kind of opportunity double drive this time is not good by david lassman and here comes the cathedral preparation with sizikowski out there your team becomes much more balanced you need to pass cut and screen and buy yourself some 223 minutes for halftime and you want to try and buy your ticket paul watch the heat here double teaming everywhere marion inferior there's going to be an opening on the baseline rachel bryant that's her first if anyone has the chance to get it to the baseline everyone behind the two three trying to slow down and crappy eventually causes the foul by blowing up his first team third of the first half ryan with six points three for four now in this quarter witherspoon 6-3 junior 1 48 to go eric cathedral prep is a story out of tradition governor ridge is here tonight from the erie area going to score yes cathedral prep de erie definitely one of the most prolific programs in the state of pennsylvania that are playing in their fourth quarter boys square off a state championship game tonight the ramblers are one and two in those championship battles the prep won in 1993 beating to hazleton 41-30 but lost to chester the following year in 1994 69-65 their other state title loss came in 1984 erie cathedral prep lost that game to williams finals 68-61 and as you said, jed, the most famous erie cathedral prep alumni governor, tom ridge, is in the building tonight to cheer on his hikers who enter the game at 24 and 7. they are the district 10 runner-up , gary, there's the governor, he's enjoying some of the action, the governor, tom ridge, of course, as said, an erie native, whatever your politics, you've got to be here to see one, it's almost moderate to maybe what ue everyone considers the best player in the country in kobe bryant and you see the stern look of the governor that breaks him a little there good stern coaches look there i like that studying the floor and now he looks around a little he has a little smile you have to be smiling when you see a party atmosphere like this sold out hershey park arena haven't seen it like this since uh steel high was in the finals in 92 against hexatoni that was about 82 8 300 blanks back trophy he has played a solid game, i mean these guys are like alice in wonderland with a basketball you hope you get fantasy land and you hope you have the ball with you when you get there open on the baseline thats a good look the first doug destroyer two is 1913 and Eric Cathedral Prep seems to be weathering the storm Bryant hands the ball to Emery David says "Hey buy us some time here" does just that with a nice 15 foot lead j six points for a muscular Cathedral Prep Bryant Downstairs got a charge right there niece stood her ground hardest decision we've ever talked about for officers that'seasy to figure out here, what is this good smart basketball? the chains to see if he got the first down under a minute to go in the first half we'll put the clock here for you momentarily 1913 the score is spooky for six interceptor by brad has a lane going to see you if you want to reduce the speed get the last shot and answer the colon here on the other end it may not be a dump that's as effective here is the delay game all basically about the pizza right now inside the back door of wecker paper a cut again for the layup going through 10 seconds to go on the jumper half length lost that time to omar hatcher rebounding erie niece has three second two and she's just going to dribble the clock and that will do it i'm on the floor we've come halftime our score 21-15 kobe bryant eight points the last two have been loud but erie cathedral prep uses a half court game to perfection and wins 21 to 15. we are jun giving some numbers on how we got to halftime check off halftime highlights and third quarter activities on is next after this timeout welcome back to hershey park arena jed donahueel coach gary sutton number the one that matters 21 a 15 the score erie prep cathedral buy six numbers definitely in favor of very cathedral prep obviously they are up six but they keep it down scoring a team like laura marion that averages 73 points a game that is nowhere near their average of ten field goals against six the most important number only eight points for kobe bryant in the first half for lower marion they did an excellent job defensively they did here cathedral prep 106 with the three point line for the ramblers laura Marion has yet to make three free throws Ear Cathedral Prep missed the line Three or four for Laura Marion Three turnovers for Cathedral Prep resulting in two points from lower Marion on the other end Five for lower Marion erie Cathedral Prep turned them into four points on the other end and I know we had some good highlights in the first half jed we want to take a look at them in a bit okay huh kobe ​​bryant there have been some complaints about a wet ball mark schuyle will detail it for us alright gary take this emery dap emery dabney with the shot and now you see come back for a cathedral setup keith knives here comes the hit with authority up and down for kobe bryant and then back with theory cathedral prep and you'll see the big guy weatherspoon says give it to me i'll take it to the shelf and finally kobe bryant on the breakaway here he steals it and watch this nothing but bad if you're in the prep the cathedral nothing but hey if you're lower marion and wimble he excitedly throws it right into your living room right there let's tag chewie right now the coaches of lower marion and kobe bryant, sometimes basketball can get a little slippery and apparently that was kind of it. from a story on the lower bench of marines of the first half mark well in the first half of the game gary mentioned that kobe bryant was complaining a bit but it wasn't directed at the officiant bryant was complaining about the basketba All I know She wore was very slippery and it was hard to hold on to Marion's bottom.
The coach, Greg Downer, even called for a change in basketball. That request was denied, so it can be very interesting to see Kobe Bryant in the second half and how he reacts. Does the ball he is not happy with affect his play or not? of spray to keep them clean, that spray sometimes when it's on the ball will make it a little slippery at first, most coaches would rather have a used basketball because they're a little more rubbed down and a little rougher. gives much better grip on the ball when you want to throw it we're looking at this ball here in front of us it's a wilson it's brand new and it's a little slippery apparently the first half is also a little shiny right now you can see why some of that slippage happens one of the things in wilson basketball by the way you notice a little bit thinner scene for the shooters they like a little bit wider inseam on the pros you always see a scene wider by about a quarter of an inch and that's one of the reasons why you see him shoot a little better in the pros coach gary sutton i don't know how to react to that i'll give you another little point every time you see medics come out and do shooting clinics i guess they always deflate the ball a little because then you can also grip it better and look a little better too since you're on a hard roll look at the ball now tell me the nails It's for the second. half let's talk creepy first eric cathedral prep has a solid game plan keep paying attention to brian double teaming when he gets the ball give up on him when he doesn't if you're shorter marion be a little more patient reverse the ball a few times and look for Bryant to put the ball in his hands, he's not throwing it enough right now, in my opinion, you need to find other ways to get him the ball, the obvious way that everyone looks for is when he has the ball in front, they're going to come together so you pull him in a little bit and come back to him by pulling away from him first and then inverting him here, he'll get it first.
We're up and running now on the second half. Julian blanks theory cathedral prep wants to restore momentum this half by Getting the first bucket, they'll take as long as here, while they spread the floor over Laura Marion. Hershey Park Arena is sold out. his gaps a little look at this julian blanks walks caught the ball in the air then came back down and shuffled good though the idea was good to widen the lanes a bit get the gap two feet further at about 17 feet and you you're going to have l After the success just looked at Arivi Head Culture Cathedral Prep and knew oh man we missed an opportunity there it could have been it looks like an easy layup Griffin comes into the lane and fouls.
He has a chance and a triple. point play and i'll tell you jermaine griffin a senior doesn't have much of a putt but has a great time move here gary talks about raising and staying jermaine griffin says ok if colby can't do it maybe it's my turn to take over for second top scorer of this team and he takes it to the rack he's going to get on the line to try and complete it the hard way here well he needs to take over because they're crashing in and around Bryant shaken up Penny in a Jar Syndrome that the tiempo settles for two and four down 43 free throws taken throughout the year not a guy you normally want to see in the charity strike zizikowski by the way with three fouls starting the second half on the bench they're going to save him for now critical who could come back midway through this term griffin ballistically intercepted now lane clear to basket plays home griffin comes big here as he takes charge a from the conversion and got another stray ball it's kick brian saves it thoroughbred to the timeline hits it high them i have a chance to tie it or go ahead with a three here two three zone for erie cathedral bryant from center i missed it that was an nba three doug lecker had a great first half piarelli gave up on the baseline trochee can't start running the other direction knew the foul was there yes 21-19 two fouls second half against here cathedral setup none until now for the americans omar hatcher crosses again for three this time for emery lower marion leads for the first time at 22-21 well they chose to come out in the second half and use everyone but kobe bryant to score.
This is a key moment in the game right now. region for his second personal foul and that starts to matter if he takes number three I think what Frank Downer said to Stephen Halfnet was very simple guys we're going to redefine some roles here they're paying a lot of attention to kobe we're going to getting other people to raise their scores and they have so far in the third quarter fouled jermaine griffin who went out of bounds getting a hand up front that time with john trojan areas played a perfect game in the middle set court right now gary to weather the score well they have to reset here because they're doubting themselves here at the moment again this is the bench and that's not helping either 120 for three they are so short the rebound takes it emery dabney gravity dar and follow bryant all the way oh god with two hands with authority two hands thank you ma'am and in your face moving across the floor three point lead biggest lead of the night for marion inferior the two plus rowdy the night too with 5 15 liquor baseline left paul gets scrapped by griffith beating frenzy now for marion nether you really need a time out next time you get a chance if you a rabbi deliver to brian on earth give and see griffin frost they're just climbing all over the iron timeout ramblers 4 58 third quarter left stood on marian inferior's side on a quick run it's 26-21 marion inferior runs out of the locker room and opens it lower and when you get steals this is what happens on the other end take it forward take it to the right man and bring it home kobe bryant two hands with authority the long jump right there and when you're in transition erie cathedral this corner six possessions four turnovers all for two from the floor therefore they trail by five now at 26-21 we're going to tag chewie this is the loudest thing i've heard in the arena in a long time in this kind of environment in championship basketball an 11-0 run by laura marion has started the place well i dont think loud noise justifies this building right now the hershey park arena turns 60 this year so what if it's too loud for the old lady well you can blame it on the lower marion people who just watched their team take off 11 straight points and they're happy about it as the lower marion aces obviously up 26-21 kobe bryant considered the best high school player here's why no words needed just the way it can start it just flies through the air that's a great possession in this game now for the ramblers creepy foul off that check that's going to be on the part miriam's inferior there is a second from bryant they gave the other foul a few moments ago to jermaine griffin who has two I thought it was brian's foul a moment ago that he gave the griffin and i think this is a foul from bri an is his second team second half 26-21 down goes to trump truckee can't hold it fiorelli has the rebound has thought of a three so zakowski will shoot it and he has th The downtown home run bomb came off the bench with his first three.
He's had foul trouble and it's a two-point game again. one foul first he's at the trophy turkey never put his foot on the baseline gave him enough of a look to pass look at this there's a gap then he gets to around 30 i'm impressed with brookman's play i'm most impressed with his assertiveness early the second half now has really come out strong the second half and has taken on a leadership role which i don't think he took on at all in the first half griffin in the change got a roll didn't look like that in the first half at all he came in with a averaging 14 per game and this full-court pressure is helping Lower Marion create some chances.
They broke the shot with Pete Nice. Hey, the heat is up for defense. Lower Marion. They didn't play that hard. the first half they've brought it up a step in the second half everywhere you look the court gets a little narrower when you get the gold another round here it is niece cut it short right up top now they turned off the no smoking side up there he's on the timeline he's still alive brian give and see griffin oh my god what a play off head went left back right that's what everyone came here tonight to see they're all all-American and he shows why on that little rim dribble penetration dotted line plate and it's a 30-24 game if you're on the setup feed you want to take the shot out of the game and slow it down and that's a good way to do it getting such a tough big shooter like her home run city last name 30 to 27, Daphne's three-length score may have been a bad shot.
I thought they should have smoothed it out a bit. I got a whistle under them. the first half was a bit of an innovation don't let kobe touch the ball there they need to make sure he touches their hands once every time he comes down the court unless you have a clean layup 3rd foul on griffin that's cause for concern 255 3rd quarter left back door chopping fiarelli got a roll they broke this old crap the grab one two three and the bounce follow rattled in and out the top break bounce follow and a foul who y'all looking at this is a 50-50 call it looks like yeah they're looking at carrie walker you've got your hands full there's a fire right there and a big foul because i think it's going to be on sizakowski and that should be a foul because here he's trying to get a position this is not the time you want to take the leadcharge and you're the big scorer salary would have loved to put up with it but again he's in the wrong place at the wrong time when brian walks into the dotted line of the painted box and we'll shoot a couple of coaches he's there telling him that can't take chances when you have three fouls now four 202 l eft looking at kobe bryant 78 for the free throw line on the year he has such a smooth delivery gary looking at him in pregame warmups this guy has no range that's out of your repertoire most people shouldn't be shooting from the second line here in the arena you can shoot there anytime you want to see the tip of the legs now the lift and reach well you're going to be learning a lot of different lines in a lot of different arenas across the country professionally yes march it's going to be a time i think he will play look at the heat everyone in the lane here it's hard to pass anyone place if you are here take the opportunity to connect a couple of long triples but with zizikowski on the fence that is going to be very difficult, the trout takes it just for pettit and draws the free kick, not the fleet of feet, that time, troche took advantage of the line Basically, she gave a kind of subtle head and shoulders look, I thought she had just brushed herself up in the air a little bit. of position created space and got t Defensive man on the move and served the ball foul leans turns alower merriam now 35 31 136 left just can't hold the ball in front of you at this level that ball gets too popular and fast hands they'll go in there every time you throw her a little bit i have idea she'll take the last shot here still 117 and they're looking down to get into their offense well there's the offense kobe bryant 12 points interesting game set at a 2- 1-2 and they just cut him really into a long backdoor and found him going to the basket kobe bryant with 14 in the game julian blanks got a lot of experience in championship games the ball comes free bought on deck the ball is still there and is they give it to bryant ryan now he's creating two on one loves the plate oh he tried to spin he made a big mistake here comes erie the other side very good so there's a break three on one and he left it pass, he got a little selfish and cost him selfish turnover to the point of failure, that's what the scouting reports say. i think it would have made that defense a little bit sharper t with the inside for lower marion they have collapsed there and completely shut it down 37-31 playing the last 10 seconds now its in your thinking they fouled him without calling 37-31 good nights from the outside good ball eight minutes left in the game they're standing here in the arena and the championship and the boys' quad we're going now to Mark Shui who's been checking things out for us tonight Mark Well , Kobe Bryant is hands down the best player in the state this year if not the country if you wonder if the amazing kobe bryant is the leading scorer in pennsylvania high school basketball history the answer is no the 2800 points of brian gets put in the top ten when you see some of the guys from erie prep hanging out there these guys these guys are fun we're looking at joe brad his dad who was a former number one pick for the sixers mark there is talk of whether or not he could jump through the college ranks and go straight to the nba as well which uh gary i don't know what she that's something he should do and some say obviously just like danny manning did with his dad he was an assistant in kansas he might as well go to lasalle where his dad is an assistant I'm not a big believer in skipping high school to go to the pros kevin garnett did but i really don't think jed is a smart move and this guy is a good student 3.0 in the classroom over a thousand on the sats hey this is the guy who can do it in the classroom like Well he could certainly make lasalle a franchise right away if he gets in there.
Oh, there's his father. I'm sure he'd love nothing more than to have a son join him at Lasalle with Petey Morris. They've got Donnie Carr at one of the Roman Catholics. big players in that particular region if they get Bryant they could be back in the big five hunt Bryant with 1018 points this year the coaches felt he could have had 1500 if they hadn't knocked him out in the many beatings they took like he already did we have done. Seen he's very selfless in impersonating. He also had 17 assists in a league game this year, so Bryant, the whole package, good Fiorelli denial and out of bounds, keys to this fourth quarter right now, 37-31 , spooky, weathering a big storm, preparing the cathedral while watching Marcelo Ribby. with sizakowski on the bench with four fouls you want to talk about the definition of intensity marcelariby could be this is a guy who trains every game like it's a war tonight here's the layout again the set play they are going to try look for brian probably out the back door but what they want to do now is get erie Cathedral Prep out of that zone and have them play man to man which would isolate bryant one on one they were collapsing with two three. the guys around him pettit now come back for Bryant spread the floor get the defense spread that's exactly what they're doing there's another three long downs that time by Dabney and it rang and was tracked by Nice there was no nothing in the plans although for that long shot it should be taken by anyone good dribbling good driving oh he's a good player gary he's kind of a coach type player right there he's not fancy on box scores but he does the job nice smooth pull up there too good body control down the 12th - right foot in the air with the greatest of ease now coming back out for a pass lane omar hatcher missed it out of bounds the ball erie fell behind by four 37-33 and that will make the crowd creepy get back in the ball game a little bit look the bench is on ok kobe bryant like a blanket at the time forced the rotation by not allowing the passing lane to open up back to kobe bryant ok brian suzukowski is back, look at marcel aribi, the dice have been rolled now. he made his move here this is the game yeah cask is going to be the guy to look for next time down here they got bryant with number three now four point game laura marion for four they used an 11-0 run jump up front they started 11-0 back door fiorelli at l the road in a good basketball series reverse the back door screen of a good backboard and you see them back in the ball game for two 6 18 to go this game is in one of his moments of truth depending on out of bounds and you get the feeling that big moe has timed out inferior marion to put out the fire with 6 12 remaining 37-35 both teams gather around their respective trainers at this particular point the electricity level is high mark shui is traveling around the arena mark Mark is probably having trouble hearing us, considering the noise in this particular building, there's Mark, are you there?
Yes, I am right in front of the mysterious preparation fans. i don't know if anyone could hear me right now i'm drowning i was talking to the family darlene blanks they left erie around 6:30 this morning they made a couple of stops they stopped at hershey here around two o'clock this afternoon and that is what a lot of these people have done eerie sent a big contingent to support their cath prep guys and the quad a title but a lot of people drove a long way and they have a lot of energy here at the hershey park arena tonight they are loud and gary well erie is kind of a forgotten town in pennsylvania if you want to know the truth because it's so far away at least for those of us who live in this part here they are in force tonight you have numbers that matter too ahead is where the power of the basketball out west up to 4a right now and you talk about the numbers always look at the turnovers eight for each team a pretty good number so far spec cathedral luznante maybe much more efficient to convert those into ten points on the other bottom side marion with only four of the eight here in the cathedral setup nice turnovers for julian blanks just heard mark refer to his family taking a trip long here so zakowski for three left so long it really didn't look good that time and the rebound is traced to lower mary at that point david lassman dabney who has played a pretty solid floor game for lower marion with him trying to do some pride what he does all he has to do is turn around he didn't get a good look at it left him wide the release point was off that time and again it's John Crockey coming up to his face forcing him to shoot a little off balance and not exactly the way he wanted. boy niece is having a great night draw the foul looking at brendan pettit you have to call foul there pettit argues there's absolutely no way he had it right on the arm good call by the officer look at this you'll see the foul directly from there now he put a ball in but he also hit it low with his body and that's what the ref saw not what was up but what was down doug lecker is back now they will put zizikowski back on the bench anytime with four fouls gary really just playing with a bomb well keep rolling the dice he didn't get hurt too bad so throws him off the table will bring him back in a bit as first roll is high and a good second foul by the way , in petit it's the sixth foul against marion inferior here at the half and we're back to square one it's a 7-0 run that gets us there gary at 37-37 for the erie cathedral prep here you see what you're seeing going basically like a boxing one here for all intents and purposes fiorelli playing brian now everyone picks them through it's not always the same man protecting them though there's a foul he has a range on the foul that time let's see who they're looking at it could be lekker it's for lekker his second staff this is an interesting defensive approach he's basically a box on a concept jed but he's out of a matchup zone so a different guy always picks up kobe bryant wherever he goes brian lost his footing oh look at this between the legs it's still going let's go out the back door go pet i already did that that was great t reversal there gary you love to see that kind of thing nice double team but they paid for that's brian finally able to reverse the ball and every time you double team someone's open weak side laura marion did a great job finding the open mane 39- 37 back door gets arrogant to come back to tie the game at 39. rocky, who's had his defensive moments playing bryant tonight, has a chance to get into the offensive mix for his cathedral prep brian really pushing and shoving with rocky down there here he is griffin has had great second half takes it left it short rebound battle four nieces track him down for spooky cathedral prep griffin started second half hot but he's been the disappearing man the last few times and here comes erica tito prep from the baseline could have hit him the lead left him wide griffin hasn't recovered from getting his third foul seems to have taken away his aggressiveness troopy throwing the ball a little bit flat he comes out strong every time he's not getting good lift with his legs look at bryant dice he's in the lane and foul they say charge though and that's four on bryant now bigger bigger bigger foul bryant trying to do too much for his team and you may very well see him walk out of the game as we're going to see a timeout on the floor they're standing here at hershey park arena here's foul number four and he had position yes he did planted with such a smart team defensively as spooky cathedral prep you can't leave your feet you're at their mercy and you'll see what happens brian takes a knee and has four fouls high score 354 to go in the game and this is truly a contest championship keith niece a coach type player was there to put his feet in the ground and launch the charge against brian and its not ironic that keith needed the kid who was here two years ago when they last played the state championship knows what i know you need to try to win in a game of this magnitude let's go score shui uh score the one thing i've noticed about these cathedral-era prep freaks is that when you're in the car all day, it's time to leave her loose for a while brand yeah that's for sure these people are very loud and equally proud of the inferior marion fans on the other end of the floor this 60 year old hershey park arena is packed every nook and cranny of this building for sale the pia even sold 1400 sro standing room tickets only so it's a noisy building packed tonight for the quad a final they're going to see a good one left 354 and we're back where we started tied 39 a piece i think a lot of people come to this arena tonight you may be expecting to score 100 for the second time jed wilt did it the first time his philadelphia cohortin this case kobe bryant ain't gonna make it tonight eric cathedral prep has kept this game under scoring he's right in the numbers they wanted well the last rowdiest player to come here was billy owens hung up half a hundred for carlyle vs pittsburgh catholic central 52 To be exact, the best singles game I've ever seen in this arena, the most selfless 52 you'll see right now, is 39-39 and Sizzikowski is back for the Backdoor Truckee Ramblers and they retake the lead.
There is a beautiful piece of basketball. Upside down basketball county was up front they cleared the back so no one could help and then they dumped it over the top and Truckee did the rest for two erie cathedral shit I'm waiting for an ollie so bryant just shoot on him rolling right now trocky chase him everywhere and then the double team got julian bonds for the reach in a one on one opportunity now for bryant he's over 70 on the year on the line not the foul marcelo ribby wanted but you he's cheering let's talk about cheerleading tonight and emotional coaching michelle aribi and you can see it right there he's been in this game from start to finish kobe bryant six foot six senior 41-39 front end of a one and one both teams are bonus the rest of the way he shot and fell talking about a shooter's spin you get that backspin on a good deed when you look across the bench greg downer has a note of concern in this pu nto and I think it's his brother sitting to his left dehydrated earlier he's back from the hospital good to see bryant swish tied for 41 again here we go down the 305 leg to the left it's a coaches game now the game of chess is on really in the last 303 Now if you're here cathedral prep don't let them get you anywhere.
Look for that open man who cuts. He is a big threat. I think that's number five. There really wasn't a reason to take that shot. Fiorelli was at the top of the key. That's normally a great aspect, but not in this situation. That is why the game is played in stages and you need to know it now. who wants to reverse the ball and find the best shot at home and run the clock a little bit well bronzikowski has the seat we now he will watch the rest of the day with 243 remaining foul number five they got everything they could out of them in this fourth quarter with four fouls the kid who's a senior is leaving the floor one last time for erie cathedral he's certainly arguably the best team leader as you see witherspoon give him a big hug and he's coming doug lecker is back at lekker its a hard worker as a player not fancy gary but the wait time is effective spooky cathedral prep 243 left 41. 41 the score lets check in with Mark Shuey again uh mark you feel the tension building a bit as we go in the stretch here in money time yeah jed one factor that can affect the outcome of this ball game in any way is the absence of dan pingrazio from lower marr iott is an excellent 3 point shooter but he has his ankle framed and is not playing in the ball game in fact the lower marion players during warm ups were all wearing numbe r 21 warm up shorts in honor of dan pangrazio who he's out with a sprained ankle, also marion's bottom bench is a little short handed gary mentioned earlier that the assistant coach drew downer bro the right coach greg downer isn't in the arena tonight greg has been Battler Drew quite a lot has been battling the flu and been taken to hershey medical center suffering from a little dehydration they tell us he's going to be fine just a precaution chad and gary are fine gary 41-41 x's and o's pangrazio good point mark mentioned there they lose his three point threat and that has really tightened things up for Bryant tonight that may be one of the reasons he hasn't been rolling well both teams pos are really unusual in that they don't have a true twist on the post. we've seen here before at 4a ranges and so pangrazio provides a three point threat that takes some of the heat out of Bryant without him there tonight no respect for the perimeter play that could or probably would be there if pangrazio was there stroking his normal three or four 3-pointers a game congratulations romer hatcher rather hit the lefty front good again good look at the free throw line that 73 percent is not a fake free throw line it's the look down stretch now for either team blank spaces to timeline 43 41 is your score and time remaining on your screen you are looking for a cut now to the basket an open cut you want to pass the ball again you don't have your max score in there so you want to find the good strong shot on the inside of your attack.
Don't do it because you think it's time. Do it because the time is right. had a clean layup but missed it on the glass barry walker back up top now for emery dabney two point lead for lower marion they have the ball are you reading the floor buying time kobe bryant pour now you can let the clock run a a little here but you cant let them pass the ball back and forth you have to really get out there brian is going to end up with a ball in his hands here momentarily but you really have to build up the pressure and get up on the rails to see the backdoor cut for Bryant Walker and traffic throws him balancing good guy he picked a good time for his first field goal that's one of those shots you take no no no no no yeah it was a really bad shot but he ended up having great good end reach on a tough foul and it's on emery dabney either side with a pretty good free throw shooter and keith neese hits 77 on the year i'm going to look to convert the front end here look a nice spin drill but still nudge pushes the ball and now dabney catches up and fouls him on the play and if you were a cathedral setter that was manna from heaven when you stopped the clock and a possible one and one two shots here on the line with no time. executing golgi was good, I mean that it has not left any doubt, you mean that there is a minute left 22 77.8 for the line and see why there the good lift and then the reach and then the net twice two point game right now 122 left 45-43 reach at fault julian flanks going to put walker on the line which may not be a bad idea even though walker just got a field goal sophomore maybe a little chill coming off the bench for layout walker has already played more minutes tonight than he's played in any game all season he hasn't been on the line very often you can see everyone chiming in and talking to him and he looks at those eyes i'll tell you what he's saying i haven't been here that often see what i can do in a pressure situation as he bounces and steps in and check out missed rebound and chance to tie or move on 115 remaining that's why there are scouting reports you know who commit a missing at this point in the game here's a timeout from marcelo reidy there's a movie then there's beef a couple of nights later and they've scouted walker well across the ht one 11 to go platform marcel aribi as he assembles his team there gary down by two 45-43 draw well what you are doing right now is you are setting up a play that will likely involve trokey taking the shot on the other end of it. he's going to try to send somebody he's going to hold the lead again he's only lost a short possession he knows he still has a timeout if he doesn't like what he sees out there he can call the timeout again but he'll execute the move put it down somewhere place probably in around 50 or 40 seconds try to get a good shot so you still have time for another possession should you miss but you only have one downside and you're really back in prime position on the other side of laura marian they're going to going after him with a little bit of heat they're going to try to force some kind of rotation right here you might see the trap again from lower marion but they don't want to put cathedral prep near the line what they have to do it's playing defense with your feet and not fouling at this point in the game kobe bryant for the fouls that's a factor now you have brian suzukowski he's out of the game for cathedral prep er ie uh the four fouls on bryant obviously you have to try to change some of the things with him and maybe limit his physicality or his physicality and his physical presence in the low post, I might think about going to Bryant right here and putting him in the hole, get the fifth foul and maybe get a bucket to boot or a chance to get to the foul line.
There's Keith Neese. he's had a solid half over bryant's rebounding battle for kobe bryant has the ball gets stolen by blacks does the keeper do fiorelli don't freak out here about his creepy 55 seconds left you can see another timeout call around here of the third he's going to turn this clock down like a rabbi when he put the time there is you don't want to take it to the end you want to leave some time but he's spreading the floor like we said he could all over the free throw line looking for a back cut h here and i think croaky is going to end up taking the shot momentarily troche had a good game julian blanks niece thank you drives in 30 seconds left left on short rebound fought four still on deck carried by kobe bryant brown in the open floor give up omar hatcher all the way and then they steal it's a two possession game but here it comes in handy 15 seconds to go took it and i think it will do 14 seconds erica theater prep will have to steal or foul laura marian i'm going to call a timeout so everyone's on the same page for this battle laura marion is up for 4 47-43 and it's a wild sequence let's check it out here gary this is hatcher for what could be the knockout and i'll tell you what was the longest meter and a half the incubator ever ran with a basketball.
It's a lonely time. A great pass from Bryant to see him fall to the ground. The incubator finished it. easy they have to get a steal or foul right away buy some precious seconds for marion inferior they want to get the ball in bounds preferably in the hands of kobe bryant possibly in the hands of omar hatcher number 15. they are both already excellent free throw shooters Ya They are two possessions. It is an impossible task for the preparation of the erie cathedral. It's already at that point where it's too big a mountain to crawl up there. 6:30 a.m. there's the marion inferior faithful they've got a lot of fans here what you want to do here is shoot the ball to your basket not back there's the timeout excellent denial that time they had the right defense now here's the knockout omaha look at that pass from bryant and hatcher in two and remember that too because it will probably be the two points that will seal the state championship oh my god jason lives oh man friday the 13th part 14 well that particular sequence for erie was actually friday the 13th yeah you wish so because they were looking so good gary and this just wouldnt go down almost like a repeat of two years ago when they played chester in such an awesome game same thing at the end the four point lead at the end that chester put on him and this is an area cathedral prep team that should be proud of what they've done tonight but they came here to win they didn't come here to play close to the number one team in the state from lower marion against the number three team at erie cathedral state prep and they still have hope but very little at this point lmhs is ready to be the starters for a state championship and boys quadruple no timeouts left now for marion bottom there's the guy you put on the line get an all-american to get the innings pass two seconds off the clock two precious seconds if you're a hiker here cathedral prep and the most feared free kick ter on the team a about to step on the line kobe bryant will be two shots because that's the 10th automatic foul for team two this year freshman at erie high school has the only timeout remaining that's a big deal right now because even if he does that both sean gary are two long possessions are still alive two long possessions but too little time to do it and you wouldn't know that will help kobe br's missed free kick yant now it will be a short and a long so you can take the two or three in any order you want and then you have to foul right away hay graham with a spoon to erie cathedral praying for a miracle brian hit all right here we go gotta get a three or a two blanks well they're denying they're taking too long smug niece's gonna go in on a three she missed it that'll do it it's over laura marion won the state championship 48 -43, not a high score, but I'll tell you what if you If you are a basketball fan, there was a lot of intrigue. anticipation lots of excitement moments of brilliance well conceived game plan by erie cathedral preparation and kobe bryant showed the real medal of him even though he didn't have a fantastic gameshows what he could do and there's the young man who's been so praised and packed this arena tonight he's going to go when we get a chance for the Lower Marion fans he's been one of the most followed high school athletes in this state for all winter awesome finale 48 48-43 well its hard to get to this level let's check in with mark chewie a time mark final big championship here at boys quad to tonight what a tremendous game at the hershey park arena fans of lower marion have already unfurled a banner that reads lower marion

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state champions and that ends a 53-year drought for lower marion their last state basketball title came in 1943 but the drought is over when kobe bryant and lower marion aces erie cathedral prep 48- 43 to win quadruple state title jen gary just watched a great touching moment gummy dad joe bryant son kobe hugging aside and there are some family members there laura marion has won 4 8-43 great ballgame gary great ballgame actually second lowest scoring game 4-8 since 1993 when only 71 points were scored tonight we see a total of 71 points again and I'll tell you what an outstanding game that was for me like the fact that eric cathedral prep had a great game plan marion made the adjustments kobe bryant did not disappoint at times and i thought it was an outstanding contest the trophy comes from ringgold last year now back east and philadelphia area owns it one more time like chester did two years ago very disappointing for eric cathedral prep gary quick i want you to just talk you have to come here to try and i'll tell you eric cathedral prep really uh did his best yes they came here they had a good plan of game they played their hearts out but they are going to walk away with the silver medal tonight and not the goal that belongs to marion inferior and kobe bryant right there 33 and expanding their program thank you very much brad cashman dr bob lombardi elliot ho pkins with the pia our hosts here at the hershey park arena our final and guys quad back to the east lower marion 48 here a cathedral 43 prep for mark chewie gary sutton our whole team witf im jeff donahue have a great time y'all

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