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Ryan 61, Judge 50: Mike Devine shot 6-for-11 (two treys) en route to 19 points and received help from frreshman Joe Zeglinski (17) and Jim Welsh (11). Joe Mullin grabbed 12 rebounds. Bill Geiger led Judge with 18 points. The Crusaders missed the regular playoffs for only the third time in 40 seasons (also 1987 and 2000).
Neumann 55, Roman 53: The Pirates' first lead came at the buzzer as Adon El (13 points) converted a layup on a pass from Antwain Wynn (eight assists). They rallied from an 11-point deficit in the last 7-plus minutes and scored the final seven points of the game. Richard "Tabby" Cunningham scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. For Roman, Charron Fisher posted 25 points and 20 rebounds.
SJ Prep 58, Carroll 37: Mark Zoller shot 9-for-13 and 10-for-12 for 29 points as the Hawks coasted. He added nine rebounds and five blocks. John Griffin scored all 13 of his points in the second half. Carroll's Jordan Ingram had 14 points and 10 boards.
La Salle 46, Wood 29: The Vikings committed just three turnovers (one in garbage time), but fell to 0-10 in CL playoffs because they shot 11-for-53 overall and 5-for-21 on treys. Will Furey (14), Chris Reedman (11) and Brian Donohoe (10) scored in double figures for La Salle and sub Kevin Moll plucked 11 rebounds. No one scored more than six points for Wood.
Dougherty 69, Ryan 48: DeSean White shot 10-for-14 en route to 24 points. The Cardinals began breaking open a tight game at the third quarter buzzer, when Shane Clark (17, nine boards) nailed a halfcourt shot to provide a 50-42 lead. Kyle Lowry had 10 points, four assists and three steals. Joe Mullin and Mike Devine scored 15 points apiece for Ryan.
SJ Prep 66, La Salle 44: Mark Zoller again was impressive, shooting 11-for-16 (made last eight in a row) en route to 25 points as the Hawks advanced to the final for the first time since winning in 1971. He also claimed 15 rebounds. John Griffin (20 points) went 5-for-12 on treys and Chris Clark mixed 11 points, seven assists, three steals. Clark's trey began a 10-0 run after Brian Donohoe's three consecutive treys pulled La Salle within 21-19. Will Furey had nine points and eight boards for the Explorers.
Dougherty 70, Neumann 60: Kyle Lowry, the North MVP, incurred his fourth foul with 1:29 left in the third quarter and walked to the bench, expecting to sit for a while. Instead, he was pushed back onto the court by coach Mark Heimerdinger. He never did foul out and was spectacular, as were his teammates, in a 25-8 fourth quarter. Lowry finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Shane Clark (10 boards) had eight of his 12 points in the last session. Isaac Greer had seven of his 17. On a foul-tech sequence, DeSean White (17, nine boards) picked up his third and fourth fouls with 10.5 seconds left in the third quarter. He did not play again. Richard "Tabby" Cunningham (15), Kenny Fulton (12, all treys) and Adon El (11) led Neumann.
SJ Prep 77, Dougherty 70: Mark Zoller completed an outstanding playoff series before a turnaway crowd of 4,000-plus at La Salle University, pouring in 31 points and leading the Hawks to their first title since 1971. It was the seventh CL title total for coach William "Speedy" Morris, who earned six at Roman from 1969 to '80. Zoller shot 11-for-16 and 9-for-10, finalizing his postseason numbers at 31-for-45 (one trey) and 22-for-28 for 85 points. Zoller also snagged 14 rebounds. Chris Clark (15), T.J. Valerio (14) and Kyle Eisenmann (13) also scored well while combining for eight three-pointers. Kyle Lowry (29) and Isaac Greer (19) led Dougherty, which trailed by 12 points with 3:19 left and stormed within five before The Prep regrouped.