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After being trounced by double-digits to Chester last Sunday, Neumann-Goretti rebounded in more ways than one as they downed Bishop McDevitt 85-54 in the second round of the Catholic League playoffs.
“We’re in our building and we wanted to make sure that we throught the first punch,” Saints’ coach Carl Arrigale said after the game. “We came at them with some intensity and some energy as well as full-court pressure.”
The Saints led by nine points after the opening period, but soon erupted, outscoring McDevitt 27-9 in the second perdiod.. Neumann’s spurt was due in large by to their performance on the boards. They dominated the Lancers on the glass and scored the majority of their points off of second-chance shots.
“We had a lead in the first quarter,” Arrigale started, talking about past performances. “We’ve been letting teams get back into the game in the second quarter so we made sure to address that issue tonight.”
Senior John Davis led the Saints with 25 pts and 11 rebounds.
Coming off only their second playoff victory in 50 years, McDevitt showed grit throughout. They just did not have enough of it to stick with the heavily favored Saints.
“It’s a shame it had to end like this,” Lancers’ coach Jack Rutter eluded. In the first half we didn’t get back and we didn’t box out and there’s no excuse for that. We got here by executing well in those two areas but we didn’t do a good job of that tonight,”
“But I give my guys a lot credit. We had a great season with nine seniors, they played their hearts out all season.
Senior guard Kenyatta Long had nice performance for the McDevitt as he finished his last game as a Lancer with 10 points, two rebounds and eight assists
Next up, Neumann-Goretti will take on Archbishop Carroll at the Palestra for a Catholic League semi-finals matchup.