While the 2019-20 Main Line high school boys’ basketball season featured several talented squads, the biggest news was the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the pandemic, the PIAA state tournament was interrupted in mid-March and the remainder of the tourney was cancelled April 9.
Lower Merion (20-8) won 13 games in a row early in the season and earned its 10th consecutive trip to the PIAA state tournament – the longest current streak in PIAA 6A boys’ basketball. The Aces defeated Northampton 63-41 in the opening round of the PIAA Class 6A state tournament.
Malvern Prep (28-5) finished second in the PAISAA state tournament and Haverford High School (17-11) captured its first Central League championship in 50 years.
Archbishop Carroll (17-10) finished third in District 12 Class 4A, then advanced to the second round of the PIAA 4A state tournament. Barrack Hebrew Academy (18-1) was Tri-County League conference champion. Other Main Line squads which posted winning records were Shipley (15-12), Friends’ Central (13-10) and Radnor (15-11).
The All-Main Line high school boys’ basketball teams are selected by the coaches. Because Main Line Media News covers 19 high schools, the Main Line Media News sports staff limits the number of sports available to first team, second team and honorable mention – but follows the priority of the coaches’ selections.
What follows are the 2019-20 All-Main Line high school boys’ basketball teams:
John Camden, Archbishop Carroll – Senior forward, a third team All-Catholic League selection, averaged 17 ppg, 4 apg and 8 rpg. Has received offers from a number of fine Division I programs.
Tairi Ketner, Archbishop Carroll – Senior was a dominant presence in the paint for the Patriots, averaging 15 points per game and pulling down 13 rebounds per contest.
Jack Liedtka, Conestoga – Junior 6-foot-1 guard led the Pioneers in scoring (9.5 ppg), three-point shots made and in minutes played, and played a key role in Conestoga’s solid (11-11) season.
Alex Capitano, Episcopal Academy – Senior guard averaged 17.5 points per game, and received first team All-Inter-Ac honors. A career 1,000-point scorer, he has committed to Colgate University.
Ed Holland, Friends’ Central – Junior guard/forward was the Phoenix’s MVP, leading the team in scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) and receiving All-Friends’ Schools League honors.
Markus Bradley-Lowry, Harriton – 6-foot-2 senior guard was a potent scorer for the Rams, averaging 14 points per game. Received second team All-Central League honors.
John Seidman, Haverford High – Junior guard was a first team All-Central League selection averaging 15.4 points per game, as well as 6.0 rebounds per contest and 2.8 assists per game.
Demetrius Lilley, Lower Merion – Sophomore 6-foot-8 forward, a first team All-Central League selection, was a powerful presence for the Aces, averaging 16.9 points per game and pulling down 12.1 rebounds per contest.
James Simples, Lower Merion – Senior 6-foot-3 guard, a second team All-Central League pick, was a solid all-around performer for the perennially powerful Aces, averaging 11.4 points per game and dishing out 4.5 assists per contest.
Deuce Turner, Malvern Prep – Senior guard was the Inter-Ac’s Most Valuable Player and the school’s all-time leading scorer and Inter-Ac scorer with 2,452 career points. Bucknell University commit averaged 24.8 points per game this season.
Spencer Cochran, Malvern Prep – Senior guard averaged 14.4 ppg for the PAISAA state tournament runner-up Friars; he also dished out four assists per game and converted 41 percent of his three-point attempts. Was second team All-Inter-Ac selection.
Rahdir Hicks, Malvern Prep – Junior guard, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, was a strong scorer in the Friars’ potent attack, averaging 12 points per game. Also a strong playmaker, he averaged five assists per contest and three steals per game.
Jack d’Emtremont, Radnor – Senior led the Raiders to the Central League playoffs and the District 1 quarterfinals, averaging 17 points per game and seven rebounds per contest. Was a first team All-Central League selection.
Lew Robinson, Radnor – Junior was a potent all-around performer for the Raiders, scoring 14 points per game and grabbing five rebounds per contest. Received second team All-Central League honors.
Khai Champion, Shipley – Senior guard, the Gators’ co-Most Valuable Player along with Khalil Farmer, averaged 21 points per game, as well as 4 rpg, 3 apg and 2 spg. Converted 53 treys.
Khalil Farmer, Shipley – Sophomore 6-foot-3 guard, a first team All-Friends Schools League selection for the second year in a row, averaged 18 points per game, as well as 8 rpg, 2 apg and 2 bpg. Has received a number of Division I offers.
Barrack Hebrew Academy – Billy Cohen, senior forward; Ben Bernstein, senior forward.
Conestoga – Matt Mayock, sophomore guard; Jerry Miller, junior forward.
Devon Prep – Nick Crowe, senior point guard; Eamonn Walsh, junior guard.
Episcopal Academy – Andrew Alikakos, senior forward; Colin Chambers, senior guard.
Friends’ Central – Shawn Simmons, freshman guard/forward; Omar Nichols, senior guard.
Haverford High – John Scheivert, senior guard; Sean Reynolds, senior point guard.
Haverford School – Christian Clover, junior guard.
Malvern Prep – Fran Oschell, junior post.
Barrack Hebrew Academy – Itay Goldfarb, senior forward; Abe Wachs, senior guard.
Conestoga – Andrew Fox, junior center; Tim Walz, sophomore center; Deacon Mayock, senior forward; Ryan Mackey, sophomore point guard.
Devon Prep – Chris Patton, junior guard; Scion Dorsey, senior guard.
Friends’ Central – Mason Mosley, senior guard.
Harriton – Michael Tabasso, senior forward.
Haverford School – MJ Atkins, senior guard; Bernie Rogers, junior guard; Zach Genther, junior guard; Matt McKenna, senior forward.
Shipley – Joey Gruzinski, senior guard; Eli Smith, senior guard; Andrew Makrides, junior center.