By Josh Verlin & Dan Wilson
When any undefeated team finds itself losing at halftime, strong play from the team’s point guard is always a good remedy to help lead the comeback.
Fortunately for Bonner-Prendergast head coach Jack Concannon, the Friars have two such players.
Trailing by four at halftime on the road at La Salle College HS, Concannon turned to seniors Tymir Cooper and Christian Lane to help re-write the script in the second half. Both delivered, combining for 22 points in the second half and tremendous defense down the stretch en route to a 58-52 win over the Explorers.
Lane (17 points) and Cooper (11) combined for more than half of the Friars’ scoring total, with junior big man Ajiri Johnson adding 10 and seven rebounds.
They were electric during a third-quarter that saw Bonner turn a 25-21 halftime deficit into a 40-34 lead going into the fourth. Cooper found Lane on a pair of 3-pointers to put Bonner in front for the first time, then got a 3-point play to create some space between the teams.
The stellar second-half play from Lane and Cooper is not something that would have seemed plausible a year ago, or even as recently as this past summer, when Cooper transferred to the school from Parkway Center City.
With one senior point guard joining a roster that already had Lane, a returning starter from last season, the two didn’t exactly get along splendidly at first.