Roman Catholic Defeats Lincoln for PIAA 6A Boys State Title

In the finale of the PIAA State Championships on Wednesday, March 28, the Cahillites of Roman Catholic claimed their state title with a 92-80 win over the Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters. It is their third title in four years.

It was the battle of two great offenses clashing on the big stage. The fans got their money’s worth. The Cahillites’ great talent was too much for the Railsplitters down the stretch.

Three players scored 20 points or more for Roman Catholic and one was in double digits. Junior and Division 1 recruit Seth Lundy led the Cahillites with 28 points. He shot 8-for-16 from the floor, four of them from deep, and made 8-of-10 free throw attempts. He was one rebound shy of a double-double, had five assists and a pair of blocks and steals.

“All four of us can get 20 or 30 points on any given night, but us sharing the ball like that is something special,” Lundy said about his team having four players in double digits.

Teammate Hakim Hart was not far from him, finishing with 26 points. He was very efficient, making 12-of-17 shots. Young and talented sophomore Lynn Greer contributed with 20 points as well, nine of them from the stripe. The trio was too much for Lincoln to handle.

Lincoln tried to stay with them and they did up until the last minute of the fourth quarter. Lincoln only trailed by two going into the fourth and kept that deficit all the way until the last minute, but Roman Catholic took over the game by making their free throws down the stretch. They got to the foul line 13 times, converting on 10 of them in the fourth. In total, they made 20-of-26 for the game.

“We stay composed, kept fighting and took it one possession at a time and that is why we came out on top,” Lundy said about how they came through in the end.

Senior Khalif Meares did all he could to carry the Railsplitters, finishing with 28 points, four assists, and four steals. He was the majority of the offense, especially in the second half. Twenty-four of his points came in the second half. Senior Shakeir Morrison contributed with 14 points as well.

In the up-tempo clash of great offenses and talent, the Cahillites trio shined brighter to hold the trophy up. Lundy thinks the competition throughout the season is what helped them get to this point.

“The Catholic League prepared us greatly for this game. It is definitely one of the best leagues in the country,” said Lundy.

Photo Credit: Jack E. Kapp

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