Gold The Color For Royals As Vincentian Wins Their First Class A Title

Friday, March 4, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Vincentian Academy held off a Lincoln Park rally early in the fourth quarter and held on to claim a 67-61 victory and their first WPIAL Class A Boys title. Senior John Bray led the way with 24 points as the Royals never trailed.

Vincentian Academy led 16-9 after one quarter, Lincoln Park struggled from the floor, shooting 4 of 20 in the first quarter. The Royals led by as many as ten points in the second before the Leopards went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 25-22. But Vincentian scored the final six points of the half to lead 31-22 at the break.

In the third, both teams made runs, Lincoln Park outscored Vincentian Academy 11-2 to trail 35-33, but the Royals scored the next six points to go back up by eight. Leading 47-38 after three, Lincoln Park cut the lead again to three at 47-44, but that would be the closest they would get. The Royals did struggle down the stretch from the line, going only 8 of 15 from the foul line. Adam Dian scored 13 points, including a key three in the fourth. Tony DiNardo, Chris Koryak and Michael Molnar all scored 9 points. The Royals shot 22 of 58 from the field and turned the ball over 16 times. Vincentian Academy is now 26-1, they will meet the 4th place team from District 9.

Lincoln Park was led by Devontae Watson with 22 points and nine blocked shots. Chaquille Pratt added 19 and Sharron Moreland-Jones added 13. The Leopards shot 27 of 67 from the field and turned the ball over 14 times. Lincoln Park won the battle of the boards 47-43. The Leopards fall to 19-7, they will meet the 2nd seeded team from District 10 next Friday night in the PIAA tournament.

Lincoln Park Leopards : 9 – 13 – 16 – 23 = 61
Vincentian Academy Royals : 16 – 15 – 16 – 20 = 67

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