By: Alec Kostival
READING, PA – What a season.
The Bishop McDevitt Lancers can cross multiple milestones off their program bucket list. Let’s start with the fact that McDevitt’s team made it to the Philadelphia Catholic League semifinals at the Palestra for the first time since 1989…Applause…Then the Lancers compiled its first 20-win season after defeating Loyalsock in the PIAA 3A second round…Applause…Add onto that defeating a league rival in Neumann-Goretti to make it to their first-ever state semifinal appearance and you have yourself what most would call a compilation of an incredible 2019 run.
The Lancer’s joyous post-season run came to an end on March 19 at the Geigle Complex in Reading. Bishop McDevitt (21-7) battled against Trinity (25-3) for a chance at the 3A state championship, but fell short 63-56.
The Lancer’s historic run is just the beginning to a bright future, as McDevitt senior Seneca Willoughby believes his underclassmen teammates will take the next step.
“Next year, the young guys are gonna win both championships,” said Willoughby. “I’m confident in them and I know they’re gonna work hard because they don’t want to have the same attitude and look.”
Trinity came out of the gates like a charging bull, putting together a 9-2 run. McDevitt head coach Will Chavis called a time out and rallied his troops. McDevitt went on to play some of their best defensive basketball in the first and second quarters. The Lancers forced multiple turnovers and went on a 13-point run, finishing out the first quarter with a 18-14 lead. In the second, McDevitt took its biggest lead, going up 28-22. Then Trinity started their ascent, closing the gap only trailing by two at the half, 30-28.
By the end of the third quarter, Trinity had a lead that would stand for the rest of the game. There were moments where McDevitt was poised for a comeback, but Trinity did not keep the window open very long in route to a 63-56 victory. Trinity advanced to the PIAA 3A championship, eventually losing a close battle to Lincoln Park 73-72.
Junior Shamir Mosley led in scoring for McDevitt, putting down 14. Fellow junior, Jamil Manigo had 12 points. For Trinity, freshman Chance Westry scored 22 on the night.
“This is a great group of kids that we have at McDevitt. The stuff they accomplished this year for the school is groundbreaking. We can only look forward to what we have in the future. Trinity is a good team. They played like they wanted that game,” said Chavis.