By Will Slover
Bonner-Prendergast held just a nine-point lead over the host West Catholic with 3:45 to go in the third quarter and it looked like the Friars might fall victim to upset in front of a heavy Burrs’ crowd on Monday night.
That is, until a technical foul called on West Catholic bench sparked a quick run for the Friars to close the quarter, and Bonner-Prendie never looked back.
B-P used the run to spark a late push and the Friars went on to beat West Catholic by a score of 64-45 and maintain their spot as one of the top four teams in the Catholic League.
Highlighting the late Bonner-Prendie (13-3, 5-2 PCL) push was the effort of junior forward Ajiri Johnson, as the 6-foot-8 big man scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. The Putnam Science (Conn.) transfer also grabbed a game-high of 11 rebounds in the double-double performance.
After moving to America from his native Nigeria at age 15 and transferring to Bonner-Prendie this offseason, the big man has seen his game grow leaps and bounds in his short time as a Friar.
“He had a great game. He’s very athletic,” Bonner-Prendie head coach Jack Concannon said. “He’s getting better every day, he’s still a work in progress but he’s got a bright future.”