Varsity boys basketball beats Bonner

Michael Livingston, Staff writer

The Archbishop Carroll Varsity Boys Basketball team took down the Friars of Monsignor Bonner High School on Monday night by a score of 65-45. Senior Dean Coleman-Newsome led all scorers with 26 points in the win.

Following two straight upset losses to Philadelphia Catholic League opponents, head coach Francis Bowe had this to say headed into what felt like a must-win situation:

“We just haven’t been hitting our shots,” Bowe said. “You’re going to have streaks like this. We have to stay confident and things will turn themselves around.”

It began to feel like Coach Bowe’s message started reverberating throughout the team as soon as the game got underway. The Pats started out hot as senior Blake Deegan led the way with a couple of early 3’s to give Carroll a 21-9 lead headed into the second frame. As the second got underway, Deegan and company picked right back up where they started, draining shots left and right all the while holding Bonner to just 16 points at halftime as the Friars went 0-13 from downtown in the first half. 

Despite the unwavering and raucous Bonner student section, Carroll never seemed to let up even as things got chippy towards the end of the third quarter. The Pats soon held a 20-point lead and showed no signs of slowing down as Bonner began to look fatigued and worn. The 4th quarter would soon prove to be more of the same as Carroll sustained their multi-digit lead all the way to the final horn. 

After the game coach Bowe and the Pats spirits were high as the Pats bench boss earned his first-ever win Vs the Friars.

“Yea, it feels awesome,” Bowe said. “This is my first time beating Bonner since I came here and I know it means a lot to these guys. I believe in them and we just got to keep moving ahead.” 

The boys will look to make it two in a row when they take on West Catholic in the East Gym this Friday night at 7 PM. The Burrs (7-7, 3-2 PCL) have won two of their last three and are looking to pick things up in their race for a Catholic League playoff appearance.