College's Men's Basketball Team wins State Championship for the third time in four years

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 22, 2010 — Community College of Philadelphia's men's basketball team captured their third state championship in four years, defeating Potomac State College by a score of 97-83 in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA) state title game on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Robert “Dondi” DeShields, the team’s coach, was named PCAA coach of the year. This season, the Colonials were undefeated 20-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (EPCC). The team was 34-1 overall. The Colonials had the home court advantage in the hard-fought game against taller and heavier players from Potomac State College of West Virginia University. “They were bigger than us by two to three inches in almost every position,” said Ollie Johnson, the College’s director of athletics.

Talent counted for more than size, however, as the Colonials’ Rashaad Slappy scored 34 points and Tyrone Hill racked up 20 points and snagged 26 rebounds. Johnson said Hill, who is 6 feet, 2 inches tall, played like he was 7 feet tall. “He has the ability to rebound the ball, which is a lost art,” Johnson said of the junior, who played his last season in a Colonials uniform. He described Slappy, a freshman player, as “just an unbelievable offensive player who does everything well.”

It was a brilliant comeback for the Colonials, who failed to make the state finals in 2009, after scoring back-to-back championships in the EPCC and the PCAA in 2007 and 2008. The consecutive championships were a historic first for the basketball team. DeShields set another precedent in 2007 when he became the first African American to be named EPCC coach of the year.