Sunday, March 10, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Norristown soars past Roman Catholic

For Montgomery Media / RICK KAUFFMAN Norristown's Luke Kelley glides in for two of his 28 points in a 79-66 PIAA Class AAAA playoff win over Roman Catholic on Saturday.
Rome wasn’t built it a day, but it took less than three hours for it to fall. Norristown came with no fear of the heavily favored Roman Catholic basketball team on Saturday in a 79-66 win at La Salle College High School.

The young Roman Catholic squad, with only one graduating senior, start three sophomores and two juniors, showed their inexperience Saturday night. Norristown beat them on the fast break, caught them sleeping on the defensive help, confused them with different zone looks, out-hustled them and just out-played them in the first round of PIAA Class AAAA playoffs.

Senior point guard, Bernard Gordon, put the game plan simply: “Play hard, have toughness, be hungry, stay focused.”

The Eagles’ starting five — Kelley, Hargrove, Johnson, Gordon and Bryant — scored all but four of the team’s 79 points. They played enthused, high-tempo basketball. Josh Johnson had himself a game. He was spectacular. His jumping ability and length of arm made him no match for Roman’s big man, Manny Taylor. On top of 18 points, he tallied 21 rebounds—eight offensive for 10 points—and had six blocks.

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