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HERSHEY – When teams that make it to the PIAA state basketball championship games have the upper hand in talent, athletes, size and experience playing on the big stage, their mission is simple, really.
Stay focused on taking care of business.
That’s exactly what Kennedy Catholic and Neumann-Goretti have done before and what they did again on Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center.
In the afternoon, KC, the District 10 champion from Hermitage, won the PIAA A boys state championship for the second straight season by dominating Girard College, the District 1 champion from Philadelphia 73-56.
It was the Golden Eagles’ eighth state championship in school history, tying KC with Chester with most-ever boys state championships.
Later in the evening, Neumann-Goretti, the District 12 champion and the Philadelphia Catholic League powerhouse who only joined the PIAA in 2009, won its fourth straight PIAA state championship—its seventh in the past eight years—by routing the WPIAL runnerup Lincoln Park 89-58.
The Saints, who finished the season 24-7, joined Kennedy Catholic (Class A 1998-2001) and Carlisle (Class 4A 1985-1988, as the only teams to win four-straight state championships.
NG’s record in state playoff tournaments since 2009 is an astounding, dynasty-like 39-2.
Kentucky recruit Quade Green and Villanova recruit Dahmir Crosby-Roundtree brought their A games for NG.
Green scored 22 points and Crosby-Roundtree had 13. Christian Ings scored 13 and Mike Millsip had 11.
“We’re really blessed,” Green told SPORTSfever, clutching his fourth PIAA gold medal. “We kept working. Now the results show. We won four state championships.”
Joining Green with four golds are Crosby-Roundtree, Millsip, Emil Moody and Dante Vannicola.
“We wanted to win our last game for our senior season,” said Green. “That’s all it was about.”
Bowling Green recruit Renell Cummings scored 37 points for Lincoln Park, which finished the season 25-6. Evan Brown had 13.
The Leopards hung in there in the first six minutes of the game, trailing 13-9.
But NG scored the next 18 points and never left its foot off the pedal the rest of the game.
“We just played defense,” said Green. “Passing the ball to each other and making each other look good.”
Girard gave KC a somewhat stiffer challenge but the Cavaliers faded in the second half.
KC, which finished the season at 26-2, led 30-20 at halftime but saw its lead to shrink to six points midway through the third quarter.
The Golden Eagles responded by finishing the quarter by outscoring Girard 13-5 and then taking control in the fourth quarter.
There were four Golden Eagles in double-figures. Marcin Wiszomirsky had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Maceo Austin scored 16 points, Drew Magestro had 15 and Mohamed Konate had 11.
“It’s even better,” said Magestro about the repeat. “It’s a great way for us to go out. All I could have asked for. We play our game we have a really good chance to win. We had plenty of experience and we work so hard.”
Daiquan Copeland scored 26 points for Girard, which finished the season at 24-9. Mikeal Jones had 16.