By Josh Verlin
As Archbishop Carroll senior’s Ryan Daly’s last-chance shot ricocheted off the backboard and rolled away, as the Palestra’s final buzzer sounded, Roman Catholic’s Tony Carr collapsed to the ground, Cahillite classmate Nazeer Bostick rushing over to embrace his teammate and close friend.
The two of them huddled on the floor for a minute, with a few other teammates coming over to celebrate as half of the packed house in the Cathedral of College Basketball roared in approval of the 32-minute Catholic League tournament battle their team had emerged from victorious.
And that was just for the semifinals.
“We just worked so hard and we just tune in every day in practice and to just finally get the results again, it’s just a great feeling,” said Carr, who like Bostick was a huge part of Roman’s league championship run a year ago. “I mean it feels better than last year, fighting back with your brothers, being down early and just gutting out to get the win.”