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Catholic League Playoff/City Title Recaps, 2018-19

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  SJ Prep 35, Ryan 31: Having lost their last five games of the CL regular season, the Hawks could not exactly draw upon momentum entering what loomed as their last chance in '19 to help their coach reach a milestone. But they were playing at home and all supporters wound up beaming as William "Speedy" Morris claimed win No. 700 in 32 seasons at CL schools -- 347 at Roman (1968-81), 353 at SJ Prep (2002-19). Trevor Wall (10) scored the Hawks' final eight 10 points in the last 1:30 and his two free throws provided a four-point lead in the waning moments. Chris Arizin and Jacob O'Connell halved 16 points. Colin Reed (15) topped the Raiders and his trey drew them within 33-31.
  Carroll 53, Judge 42: The Patriots removed all suspense by roaring to a 20-3 edge in the first quarter. Tairi Ketner fueled it by racking up eight of his 16 points. He wound up shooting 80 percent from the floor (8-for-10) while sweeping 12 rebounds. Luke House responded with eight of his 14 (7-for-8) in stanza No. 2. Nasheer Johnson (12) and Shane Dooley (11) led the visiting Crusaders.

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  Roman 55, SJ Prep 50: At Temple's McGonigle Hall, the Cahillites used a 17-8 fourth quarter, highlighted by major balance (five players scored, no one notched more than four points), to avoid a major upset. The teams' league records were 13-1 for Roman and 7-7 for the Prep. Hakim Hart (14), Seth Lundy (13, three treys) and Lynn Greer (10) scored in double figures while frosh Jalen Duren mixed eight rebounds with seven blocked shots. Trevor Wall paced the Hawks with 20 points and five assists.
  McDevitt 52, Wood 49: Given the school's history in CL quarterfinals (1-8 going in; only win 30 years beforehand), McDevitt's fans were sweating oversized bullets in the fourth quarter as visiting Wood sliced its deficit from nine points to two. Mickey D triumphed, however, as Julius Phillips was unable to knock down a last-second, desperation trey. Thus, Will Chavis became the first black coach to claim a CL quarterfinal victory. Robert Smith shot 6-for-11 from the floor while garnering 11 points and Jamil Manigo offered 10 points, eight rebounds. Jaylen Stinson (16), Phillips (14) and Daeshon Shepherd (11) paced Wood, which during league play had become the first CL team, ever, to boast four guys with averages of at least 14.0 (the aforementioned three and Rahsool Diggins).
  La Salle 49,  Carroll 47: The host Explorers smashed the record for biggest comeback from an after-three-quarters deficit -- 17 points; the mark had been 10 -- while roaring to a 28-9 edge over the final eight minutes. Zach Crisler scored 11 of his 13 points in that final session and recorded a three-point play with six seconds remaining to erase a 47-46 deficit. On a drive, he recovered his batted pass in midair and curled in a flip shot while drawing contact. Titus Beard and Jake Timby (on two treys) scored six points apiece in the historic stanza, which La Salle capped with a 9-1 run. Carroll shot 7-for-16 at the line in the last quarter after shooting just one free throw through the first three. Allen Powell also tallied 13 points for La Salle. Konrad Kiszka (nine), Beard (eight) and Timby (six) completed the scoring. Tairi Ketner (19, 9-for-12 floor) and Luke House (13) topped the Patriots in scoring and Ny'Mire Little hustled for six apiece of rebounds/assists.
  Neumann-Goretti 73, Bonner-Prendergast 62: With his first bucket, N-G's Chris Ings raised his career point total to 1,000. He wasn't close to being finished, folks. Ings wound up with 19 points and was joined in double figures by Ja'cor Smith (17) and Hakim Byrd (14). Ings and Byrd dished five and four assists, respectively, while Jordan Hall claimed eight rebounds. Point guard Isaiah Wong, the league's two-time MVP, led the visiting Friars in points (25) and rebounds (eight) and Donovan Rodriguez shot 7-for-11/5-for-6 for 19 points.

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  La Salle 49, McDevitt 41: Simply put, the key to this one wasshooting percentage. The Explorers sniped 52 percent from the floor, 94 at the line and 46 beyond the arc while McDevitt's numbers were 38, 67 and 0. Jake Timby and Zach Crisler halved 28 points and set the early tone by draining one trey apiece to create a 6-0 lead. Allen Powell capped the 17-for-18 performance at the line by going 6-for-6 in the final 62 seconds, thus expanding a 43-39 lead and enabling first-year coach Mike McKee to earn a spot in the championship game vs. his alma mater, Roman. (In the '89 and '90 championship games, he helped the Cahillites top La Salle by dealing nine and nine-again assists.) For McDevitt, Jamil Manigo totaled 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
  Roman 72, Neumann-Goretti 66: If Jalen Duren goes on to achieve basketball fame, 50,000 people will claim they saw his eye-popping Palestra debut. The Cahillites' frosh manchild seized 18 rebounds and wolfed down some outrageous dunks en route to 12 points. This was only the fifth time in a 2000s CL playoff that someone grabbed as many as 18 rebounds. Hakim Hart shot 12-for-16 at the line while scoring 26 points and Lynn Greer mixed 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists. Hart's three-pointer erased a 60-59 deficit and Roman scored seven more consecutive points before N-G came up with an answer. Saints guard Chris Ings racked up 28 points without hitting a triple. In a masterful overall showing, he also recorded six rebounds and eight assists. Hakim Byrd managed 13 points.

At the Palestra
  Roman 64, La Salle 50: After La Salle first dented the scoreboard with a dunk by Konrad Kiszka, Roman roared to the next 14 points (six by Hakim Hart) to close out the quarter and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way while seizing its second consecutive crown and fourth in five years. Hart impressed a packed house by sniping 9-for-13 from the floor while notching a game-high 21 points. Seth Lundy's 18-point outing included three treys, Lynn Greer offered 14 points, and five assists, and frosh Jalen Duren claimed nine boards. Roman committed its first foul with 4:24 left in the third quarter and the Explorers (4-for-6) did not step to the line until just over five minutes remained in the fourth. Jake Timby (5-for-7 on treys; teammates were 3-for-23) and Allen Powell scored 15 points apiece.

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  Roman 94, Boys' Latin 72: Hakim Hart put on quite the multi-pronged show as the Cahillites rolled to an easy win. Aside from contributing nine rebounds and eight assists, he exploded for 40 points by shooting 17-for-21 from the floor (one trey) and 5-for-7 from the line. Thus, he claimed the record for most points scored by a Catholic League player in CL playoffs/City Titles. Seth Lundy also sniffed a triple-double with eight points, 11 boards and 10 assists while frosh Jalen Duren snot 9-for-10 (mostly dunks) for 18 points. Justice Williams (15) also scored in double figures and new starter Louie Wild (nine) came close. Due to a new transfer rule, Greer was ruled ineligible for the rest of the season after CL play was completed.
At Ryan
  Wood 78, Mastery North 71: Rahsool Diggins packed 12 of his 32 points into a 29-18 fourth quarter as the Vikings overcame shaky shooting (29-for-72 floor, 4-for-20 treys, 16-25 line) to tough out the win. Daeshon Shepherd had eight of his 17 points over the final eight minutes. Julius Phillips (17) and Jaylen Stinson (11) also finished in double figures and five guys snared at least eight rebounds. Diggins (seven)/Stinson (six) combined for 13 assists.
At Lincoln
  Bonner-Prendergast 59, Imhotep 57 (OT): After getting ousted from the CL playoffs in the quarterfinals, the Friars took major pleasure from being able to knock off the winner of three consecutive Public League overall championships. Isaiah Wong totaled 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and forced a last-second trey to clang off the rim. Oddly. B-P shot 13-for-25 at the foul line but 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. Five players scored from seven to 11 points. Tariq Ingraham (11) was the only one to join Wong in double figures.
At Lincoln
  Neumann-Goretti 81, SLA Beeber 51: Chris Ings led the way with 18 points and four others also reached double digits -- Hakim Byrd (13), Jordan Hall, Chris Evans (12 apiece) and Cameron Young (11) as the Saints coasted to an easy victory. Hall shot 4-for-6 on treys while adding eight rebounds. Young had 10 rebounds and four of N-G's 10 blocks.