Joe Koch profiles the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic boys basketball team.
"Standing outside a somber Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic locker room one floor below where his Trojans had suffered an 89-86 overtime loss to bitter-rival Vincentian Academy Jan. 12 at North Allegheny High School, longtime Trojans coach Dave Long sighed.
"We had an answer for just about everything except that last shot," he said. He was referring to a successful 3-point shot from the deep corner by Vincentian senior guard Ian Taylor with 3.2 seconds left in the extra period that gave the Royals the victory and outright possession of first place in Class A, Section 2.
"I didn't think he'd be the hero of the game, but surprise, surprise [he was]," Long continued. "I'm tired of giving the fans a good game. I'd like to give them a good game and end up on top [of the Royals] one of these times."
In the past three meetings between the two rivals, Vincentian has won all three games by identical three-point margins."