Neumann-Goretti beats Archbishop Carroll, 57-34, to advance to Catholic League finals

Neumann-Goretti's Ja'Quan Newton reaches for the ball during the fourth quarter ofthe Saints' victory. Newton finished with 18 points Wednesday night. STEVEN M. FALK / Staff
Neumann-Goretti's Ja'Quan Newton reaches for the ball during the fourth quarter ofthe Saints' victory. Newton finished with 18 points Wednesday night. STEVEN M. FALK / Staff
Posted: February 22, 2013

Neumann-Goretti's bid for area boys' basketball supremacy took a severe hit when it was throttled by Chester earlier this month.

With that 17-point loss behind them, the Saints, as they showed in Wednesday night's Catholic League semifinal vs. Archbishop Carroll, are ultra-focused on claiming the other prizes available to them.

Fueled by a 15-0 explosion at the start of the second quarter, N-G, using its speed to the utmost, stormed past helpless Carroll, 57-34, at the Palestra.

The Saints' crack at a fifth straight league crown will come at 8:15 p.m. Monday, when they face St. Joseph's Prep, a 57-50 victor over Roman Catholic in Wednesday's other semifinal, back at the Palestra.

Junior wing guard Ja'Quan Newton led the way with 18 points, including all seven of his team's first-quarter points. He added five rebounds.

John Davis, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and an assist.

Trailing by 14-7 after one quarter, N-G, which is also looking for its fourth consecutive PIAA Class AAA state title, recovered and outscored the Patriots, 17-3, in the second.

Junior Troy Harper (11 points) scored seven consecutive points to give the Saints a 21-14 advantage. Carroll never threatened from there.

Carroll's only points in the second quarter came on Joe Mostardi's three-pointer with 1 minute, 11 seconds left before intermission.

"We started playing defense in the second quarter," N-G coach Carl Arrigale said. "Everything else flows from that."

In the third quarter, back-to-back treys from Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble put the Saints (19-5) in front by 32-22.

Later in the third, Harper's one-handed slam of a miss electrified the crown and made it 37-27.

For Carroll (19-5), high-leaping sophomore Derrick Jones had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

Archbishop Carroll 14 3 10 7 – 34

Neumann-Goretti 7 17 21 12 – 57

AC: Yosef Yacob 9, Ernest Aflakpui 5, Derrick Jones 11, Joe Mostardi 6, Armand Sorrentino 3.

NG: Hanif Sutton 3, Ja'Quan Newton 18, Tony Toplyn 2, John Davis 11, Lamarr Kimble 9, Jamal Custis 1, Troy Harper 11, Vaughan Covington 2.


Contact Rick O'Brien at robrien@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @ozoneinq.

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