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Volume 16, Number 3 - May 2008

Colonials are State Champs Second Year in a Row

Community College of Philadelphia men’s basketball team won the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association junior college championship in February for the second year in a row by defeating Beaver County Community College 100–90.

Colonials are State Champs
Coaches and players from the men’s basketball team pose with
their back-to-back trophies at a banquet honoring them in the
Coffeehouse in March.

"Last year was history," said team Coach Robert "Dondi" DeShields, who last year became the first African-American coach to win the state basketball title. “But this year, to win this during Black History Month, is great.”

The Feb. 17 victory also set another historical precedent. It is the first time in the College’s history that the Colonials men’s basketball team has won consecutive state titles. “Community College of Philadelphia offers a golden opportunity for inner-city kids who don’t get athletic scholarships. We recruit kids who want to learn and play. At Community College of Philadelphia, they can win in the classroom, too,” DeShields said.“It’s about integrity and building character. I am very proud of them.” The championship win over Beaver County was led by Anthony Postell’s 36 points, along with 18 points each from Maurice Hargrove and Chris Thomas, Jr., the team’s leading scorer this season.The Colonials have compiled a 58–10 record over the last two seasons, also winning two Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference titles.