2015-03-23 / State/National Sports

Roman Catholic pulls away for victory

Conwell-Egan wins Class AA crown

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — With Gemil Holbrook netting 18 points and Tony Carr packaging an all-around effort highlighted by 14 points, Roman Catholic pulled away to a 62-45 victory over Philadelphia counterpart Martin Luther King in the PIAA Class AAAA championship game Saturday night at Giant Center.

Earlier at Giant Center, LaPri McCray-Pace collected 22 points and Stevie Jordan posted 21 as Conwell-Egan won its first PIAA Class AA boys’ hoops title with a 62-51 triumph over Aliquippa.

As for Roman, the first Philadelphia city school to capture state gold in the PIAA’s largest classification, Chris McNesby’s Cahillites also received a 10-point effort from sophomore D’Andre Vilmar in beating King for the second time.

Roman nipped King 58-57 in the District 12-AAAA final.

And some three weeks after playing for District 12 supremacy, Roman walked off with state gold after posting another victory over its Philadelphia playmates.

Sammy Foreman totaled 20 points and Tyheem Harmon racked up 10 first-half points for Martin Luther King (23-9), which trailed by just one (30-29) at the break after Foreman canned a last-second trey from the left corner.

Foreman also pulled down seven rebounds.

Roman, however, outscored King 32-16 after halftime as Holbrook scored 10 points in the third quarter to help the Cahillites pull away.

Carr, a 6-4 Division I prospect, also had 10 first-half points. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out six assists and totaled three steals as McNesby’s Cahillites made their first title-game appearance a memorable one.

Roman’s 17-point victory also completed a perfect weekend for District 12, as McNesby’s Cahillites followed statechampionship efforts by Constitution (A), Neumann-Goretti (AAA) and Conwell-Egan (AA).

As for Conwell-Egan, Frank Sciolla’s Eagles withstood a frenetic rally from the District 7-AA champs before hoisting their first state title trophy.

Chase Kumor added 14 points for Conwell-Egan (21-8), which sported a 31-15 halftime advantage. By the end of the third quarter, behind 11 combined points from Chucky Humphries and Darrien Fields, the Eagles’ lead had been sliced to 39-35.

Nick Lackovich’s Quips managed to creep within two points on three occasions (45-43, 48-46 and 50-48) in the fourth quarter — the latest on a Stephon McGinnis runner with 3:47 to play — but could never tie the game nor take the lead.

Jordan’s runout moments later, off a McCray-Pace outlet, triggered a 12-3 closing kick. An 8-for-10 effort at the foul line in the final 93 seconds also helped Conwell-Egan pull away.

McGinnis finished with 17 points and Jassir Jordan chipped in 13 for the Quips (29-1), who suffered their loss.

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