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Catholic League Playoff Recaps, 2017-18

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  SJ Prep 57, McDevitt 51: The visiting Lancers created gym-wide shock by notching eight straight points to storm within one with a half-minute remaining. The Prep regrouped and hit five of six free throws. Darius Kinnel mixed 18 points with four assists while Ed Croswell had 14 points, 10 rebounds. The Hawks shot 28-for-44 at the line to McDevitt's 12-for-14. Sophs Robert Smith (16) and Shamir Mosley (13) led the Lancers.
  O'Hara 58, Ryan 47: Star guard Antwuan Butler entered intermission with a donut, but finished with 24 points (14-for-16 at line) as the visiting Lions claimed their first playoff win since 2012. Elijah Smith scored 11 of his 17 markers in the first half. Butler arrived bytransfer from Del-Val Charter, which closed in June 2017. Second-year O'Hara coach Jason Harrigan was Butler's boss at D-V through the '16 season. Ryan's leaders were Ja'Quill Stone (10 points) and Kevin Lezin (nine, eight rebounds).

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  Bonner-Prendie 88, O'Hara 63: A strong case could be made that the performance by league MVP Isaiah Wong was the best in CL playoff history. Aside from missing just two shots (10-for-11 floor, 3-for-3 treys, 9-for-10 line) while raining down 32 points, the point guard swept 15 rebounds, dished nine assists and even swatted two shots while providing non-stop entertainment for an overflow crowd. Tariq Ingraham (13), Ajiri Johnson (12) and Yohance Garner (11) also reached double figures and sixth man Donovan Rodriguez (nine) just missed. All five of Johnson's field goals were dunks. Antwuan Butler led the visitors with 24 points and six assists.
  SJ Prep 54, Neumann-Goretti 40: The visiting Hawks pulled off this seven-over-two upset in quite bizarre fashion. After failing to score for 7:27 surrounding halftime, they held N-G without a point through the entire third quarter (0-for-8 floor, seven turnovers) and a total stretch of 10:05 (0-11, 0-2 line). The Prep won the fourth quarter, 25-14, thanks largely to a 16-for-22 performance at the line. Kyle Thompson went 8-for-8 while scoring 10 of his 16 points. Edward Croswell finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks while Trevor Wall had 11 points. The other starter was Gabe Arizin and coach William "Speedy" Morris, who five weeks earlier had earned his 1,000th win as a high school/college coach, used no subs. Ja'cor Smith (13) led N-G in scoring for the first time all season and Marcus Littles had 10 points, eight boards.
  Roman 56, La Salle 46: At its home away from home, Philadelphia Community, Roman claimed a stirring win by winning the fourth quarter, 24-5. Therein, Seth Lundy racked up nine of his 22 points and Lynn Greer (15) went 7-for-8 at the line. La Salle committed seven turnovers and went 1-for-8 from the floor. A free throw by Allen Betrand (nine points, seven rebounds) put the Cahillites, who finished the game with just four turnovers, ahead for good, at 44-43. Konrad Kiszka paced La Salle in points/rebounds with 16/seven. He shot 7-for-9 from the floor.
  Carroll 69, Wood 62: Guard AJ Hoggard provided 23 points and 10 assists and his contributions in a 25-16 fourth quarter were 10 and three. Devon Ferrero saved six of his eight points for that session and his three-pointer, making it 61-53 with 2:36 left, served as a major dagger. Keyon Butler totaled 17 points. Andrew Funk (18), Julius Phillips (13) and Rahsool Diggins (10) reached double digits for visiting Wood and the former dealt six assists. Seth Pinkney and sixth man Karrington Wallace halved eight blocks. The losses for N-G and Wood, which hurt its cause by missing six consecutive free throws to start the fourth quarter, assured that this year's semifinals would not include the previous year's finalists for the first time since 2008.

Doubleheader at the Palestra
  Bonner-Prendie 48, Carroll 45: Five Friars scored from eight to 10 points and the balance produced the program's first postseason win over Carroll (0-4 beforehand). Also, three guys -- Isaiah Wong, Ajiri Johnson, Tariq Ingraham -- claimed nine rebounds. Wong (10 points) canned the most amazing basket with 1:11 left while falling and drawing a foul after a spin move. That bucket made it 46-43. A follow by AJ Hoggard edged the Patriots within 46-45 at 30.8, but they committed turnovers on its their final three possessions. Johnson wolfed down three dunks, Michael Perretta drained three treys for nine points and sixth man Donovan Rodriguez scored seven of his eight points in the first 2:29 of the fourth quarter, giving B-P a 42-32 lead. Keyon Butler (15 points, 15 boards) and Hoggard (13) led Carroll, which went 0-for-11 beyond the arc. When the Palestra doors opened before this game, the inside temperature was 88 degrees. Philly's temp mark for 2/21 had been snapped at 77.
  Roman 69, SJ Prep 66: Things were looking a little iffy for the Cahillites when Seth Lundy (14 points, eight rebounds) fouled out with 7:17 remaining. Allen Betrand (12 of his 20) and Lynn Greer (eight of his 17) stepped up big time, however, and the lead was 65-54 in the very late going before The Prep rained down four three-pointers. Roman did not have to inbound the ball after the last one. Roman went 19-for-25 at the line; 24 of those attempts were logged in the last 10:52. Hakim Hart contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Betrand added seven boards/five rejections and enforcer John Kelly tied his season high for points with seven. For the Hawks, who committed just four turnovers, Kyle Thompson drilled four treys en route to 25 points. Darius Kinnel (19, exactly 1,000 at the Prep, also played varsity as frosh at Highland High in South Jersey) and Trevor Wall (10) also scored in double digits and Edward Croswell mixed nine points and 12 rebounds with three blocks.

At the Palestra
  Roman 51, Bonner-Prendie 49: Before a packed-and-then-some house, the Cahillites went the old school route -- hold the ball, hold it some more -- after B-P committed a turnover with 1:38 remaining. In the waning moments, Lynn Greer drove down the left side of the lane, passed to Hakim Hart on the right block and watched with glee as the layup found net off the glass. B-P called time and the refs wound up adding five tenths of a second to the clock (1.1 to 1.6). The Friars did not get off a last shot as a three-quarter-court heave was broken up by a soaring Seth Lundy. Roman closed with an 8-1 run after Isaiah Wong (18 points, nine rebounds, three assists, four blocks) hit two free throws at 3:03. B-P had opened the game with an 11-3 run. Lundy (15, his left-wing trey tied the score at 48-48 with 2 1/2 minutes left), Allen Betrand (14) and Greer (12) hit double figures for Roman while B-P's Ajiri Johnson snatched 14 rebounds and Yohance Garner tabbed 11 points. The Friars doubled up Roman in rebounds (38-19), but were guilty of twice as many turnovers (18-9). The CL title was Roman's 31st. Bonner/B-P was making its first championship game appearance since winning the crown in 1988. That triumph capped a three-in-six-years run.

At Southern
  Lincoln 86, Roman 76: Seth Lundy hit his fourth three-pointer to draw Roman within 76-74 with 1:39 remaining, but Lincoln closed with a 10-2 run to seize a win in its third CT appearance (losses in '65 and '17). Lundy finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Hakim Hart (19, 10) and Lynn Greer (18, 14-for-14 at line, five assists) also had big outings. Khalif Meares, Tyree Corbett and Jahi Randall thirded 54 points for Lincoln and combined to shoot 21-for-36 from the floor.
At Franklin
Bonner-Prendie 64, King 59 (OT): Both teams were coming off losses in league championships and the attendance was underwhelming, but entertainment was eventually provided as B-P captured its second CT (also 1960). Isaiah Wong scored the last five points to force OT at 48-48, then scored seven more to finish with 31. The point guard also claimed nine rebounds. Tariq Ingraham added 16 points for the Friars, who shot 27-for-37 at the line (to 9-for-16 for King). Denelle Holly led the Cougars with 15 points.   
At Lincoln
  Imhotep 99, Conwell-Egan 48: C-E finished 2-11 in Catholic League play and needed to win a tie-breaking playoff with Lansdale Catholic to earn this spot. Imhotep was the Pub's overall champ and nationally ranked. Thus, the result -- largest blowout (51 points) in City Title history, eclipsing 41 by Wilt Chamberlain and Overbrook vs. West Catholic in 1955 -- was not a complete shock. The Panthers opted not to try for 100 points, dribbling out the final 30 seconds. They won the second half, 62-22. Patrick Robinson (17, 7-for-8 at line) and Eric Esposito (13, three treys, eight rebounds) led C-E. Dahmir Bishop (17) topped 'Tep.
At Southern
  Neumann-Goretti 78, Dobbins 49:The Saints shot better from behind the arc (12-for-24) than they did at the foul line (10-for-24) and Noah Warren fueled that odd accomplishment (6-for-8, 1-for-6) while scoring 21 points. Ja'Cor Smith (14) and sub Ahmad Fair (10) also scored in double figures while TaQuan Woodley grabbed seven rebounds and Dymir Montague handed out five assists.