By Rick O’Brien
Roman Catholic coach Chris McNesby said he removed Manny Taylor from the starting lineup for a period to “motivate, not punish” the junior forward for a less-than-complete effort.
“We wanted him to be more of a power inside and on the glass,” McNesby said. “We expected more than three rebounds a game from him. We knew he could do better.”
Apparently, the plan worked.
Sunday afternoon at packed Philadelphia University, with an inspired Taylor scoring 20 points and collecting nine rebounds, the Cahillites, ranked No. 3 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, upended No. 1 Archbishop Carroll, 54-46, in a Catholic League showdown.
Taylor, who rejoined the starting lineup last Monday against Father Judge, shot 8 for 13 from the field and 4 for 6 from the line. He added a steal and a blocked shot.