Holy Redeemer has no answers for Neumann-Goretti


Holy Redeemer’s James Kosik passes the ball ahead of Neumann-Goretti’s Noah Warren in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round game at Liberty High School in Bethlehem on Friday night.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Holy Redeemer’s Luke Nealon has his shot blocked by Neumann-Goretti’s Mike Milsip.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Holy Redeemer’s Jason Stachokus scoops the ball between Neumann-Goretti defenders Emil Mopody, left, and Christian Ings.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Holy Redeemer's Nick Prociak, left, looks to pass under pressure from Neumann-Goretti's Emil Moody and Marcus Littles in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round game at Liberty High School in Bethlehem on Friday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Holy Redeemer's Collin Cook, right, puts up a three-pointer against Neumann-Goretti's Mike Milsip in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round game at Liberty High School in Bethlehem on Friday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

BETHLEHEM — Kentucky recruit Quade Green and Villanova-bound Dhamir Crosby-Roundtree have clearly been Neumann-Goretti’s best players this season.

They weren’t Friday night and that made for a very difficult situation for Holy Redeemer.

Headed by mammoth 6-foot-9, 255-pound Marcus Littles on the boards and the timely shooting of 6-4, 215-pound Mike Milsip, Neumann-Goretti did what was expected. The Saints gave Redeemer little hope, routing the Royals 72-27 in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round state game at Bethlehem Liberty High School.

“Grown men. Grown men. They have some grown men on their team for sure,” said Redeemer coach Paul Guido, whose District 2 championship team finished the season at 18-9. “It’s one thing to see them on film and have respect for them and for how they play … but watching them on film is one thing. When you get out of the floor and stand next to them … they are big boys, grown men.”

D12 champion Neumann-Goretti (21-7) has been like that in recent years, winning six of the last seven 3A state titles. Another state championship takes another step Sunday when the Saints play D3 runner-up Lancaster Mennonite (25-4) in the quarterfinals.

“Obviously, they’re the best team we’ve seen all year,” Guido said, “and I think they will be the eventual state champion and could probably win it at any classifications. That’s what I told their coach afterward. They could probably win the state title at 6A if they wanted to.”

Redeemer had some big guys on the court like 6-6 Luke Nealon and 6-4 Nick Prociak. Littles, though, made them look tiny and he ripped down 10 rebounds in about three quarters of work. Milsip knocked down a couple 3-pointers as part of his 14-point night.

Oh, and Crosby-Roundtree threw down some monster dunks as Neumann-Goretti slammed home eight baskets. As for Green, his three 3-pointers barely made the net flinch.

Redeemer was in trouble early as Neumann-Goretti scored the game’s first 12 points before Collin Cook hit a 3-pointer from the left corner. The Saints built on their 19-5 first-quarter lead by starting the second period with three consecutive dunks.

The Royals were able to score consecutive baskets just twice. James Kosik nailed a 3-pointer and Nealon scored on a rebound late in the second, putting a minor dent in the Saints’ 28-point lead. Nealon had consecutive buckets in the third, moving Redeemer within 43-16. Neumann-Goretti responded with two more dunks.

PIAA 3A Second Round

Neumann-Goretti 72, Holy Redeemer 27

REDEEMER (27) — Jason Stachokus 0 0-0 0, Joey Judge 1 0-0 2, James Kosik 1 0-0 3, Luke Nealon 3 0-0 6, Collin Cook 1 0-0 3, Nick Prociak 1 0-0 2, Bryce Yencha 1 0-0 2, JD Turosky 2 1-4 5, Joe Layaou 1 0-0 2, Anthony Khoudary 0 0-0 0, Jake Adonizio 0 1-2 1, Derek Answini 0 0-0 0, Eli Tucker 0 0-0 0, Sean Wills 0 0-0 0, Jake Kester 0 0-0 0, Mike Lyons 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 3-6 27.

NEUMANN-GORETTI (72) — Quade Green 4 0-0 11, Noah Warren 3 0-0 8, Mike Milsip 5 2-2 14, Dhamir Crosby-Roundtree 5 0-0 10, Marcus Little 3 2-2 8, Emil Moody 1 0-0 2, Dymir Montague 2 0-0 5, Christian Ings 3 0-0 7, Dante Vannicola 0 0-2 0, Jacor Smith 0 2-2 2, Hakim Byrd 2 0-0 5. Totals 28 6-8 72.

Redeemer`5`5`11`6`—`27

NG`19`19`23`11`—`72

Three-point goals — HR 2 (Kosik, Cook). NG 10 (Green 3, Warren 2, Milsip 2, Montague, Ings, Byrd).

For other sports stories, click here.

Holy Redeemer’s James Kosik passes the ball ahead of Neumann-Goretti’s Noah Warren in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round game at Liberty High School in Bethlehem on Friday night.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Redeemer-NeumannGorettiBB_1.jpgHoly Redeemer’s James Kosik passes the ball ahead of Neumann-Goretti’s Noah Warren in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round game at Liberty High School in Bethlehem on Friday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Holy Redeemer’s Luke Nealon has his shot blocked by Neumann-Goretti’s Mike Milsip.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Redeemer-NeumannGorettiBB_2.jpgHoly Redeemer’s Luke Nealon has his shot blocked by Neumann-Goretti’s Mike Milsip. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Holy Redeemer’s Jason Stachokus scoops the ball between Neumann-Goretti defenders Emil Mopody, left, and Christian Ings.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Redeemer-NeumannGorettiBB_4.jpgHoly Redeemer’s Jason Stachokus scoops the ball between Neumann-Goretti defenders Emil Mopody, left, and Christian Ings. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Holy Redeemer's Nick Prociak, left, looks to pass under pressure from Neumann-Goretti's Emil Moody and Marcus Littles in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round game at Liberty High School in Bethlehem on Friday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Redeemer-NeumannGorettiBB_3.jpgHoly Redeemer's Nick Prociak, left, looks to pass under pressure from Neumann-Goretti's Emil Moody and Marcus Littles in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round game at Liberty High School in Bethlehem on Friday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times LeaderBill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Holy Redeemer's Collin Cook, right, puts up a three-pointer against Neumann-Goretti's Mike Milsip in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round game at Liberty High School in Bethlehem on Friday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Redeemer-NeumannGorettiBB_5.jpgHoly Redeemer's Collin Cook, right, puts up a three-pointer against Neumann-Goretti's Mike Milsip in a PIAA Class 3A boys basketball second-round game at Liberty High School in Bethlehem on Friday night. Bill Tarutis | For Times LeaderBill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By John Erzar

[email protected]

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

comments powered by Disqus
HSboysbasketball