By: Aaron Carter
Manny Taylor is a 6-6, 250-pound forward for Roman Catholic. He was also a tight end/defensive lineman on the Cahillites’ football team.
So, it may have come as a surprise when the big fella stepped out and buried a few jumpers yesterday at Philadelphia University’s Gallagher Center against Catholic League foe Archbishop Carroll.
“It does surprise people,” he said. “I know it surprised [Carroll] because they were telling their big guys to back off me. It came as a huge surprise to them.”
Roman (10-2, 4-0) knocked off Carroll, 54-46, thanks in part to Taylor’s team-best 20 points (8-for-13, four of six freebies). The 17-year-old junior also corralled eight rebounds.
Carroll (9-2, 3-1) entered the contest ranked No. 9 in MaxPreps.com’s Freeman rankings and No. 1 in the state. Roman was ranked 297th and 10th in Pennsylvania.