Boys' Latin put two straight defeats - and three years of state-playoff frustration - behind it on Friday night.
Coming off losses in the Public League final and District 12 championship, the Warriors gained their first PIAA Class AAA state victory in four tries with a 70-49 romp over undermanned Pope John Paul II at Southern High.
Maurice Watson (23 points), Carlos Taylor (20), and Yahmir Greenlee (15) sparked the historic victory.
"We beat them with our speed, fast-break points, and defense," said Greenlee, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound junior point guard. "We took them out of the game early."
Watson, a senior wing guard and Boston University commit, drilled three shots from beyond the arc in the first 13 minutes as Boys' Latin sprinted to a 28-8 advantage.