Lenape's boys' basketball team hung in there for a half with the state's best team, but eventually the depth of St. Patrick's wore the Indians down.
Leading 32-20 at halftime, St. Patrick put things away with a 26-9 third quarter in tonight's 66-40 win over the Indians in a Tournament of Champions semifinal at Sovereign Bank Arena.
Kendall Peters led Lenape with nine points, all scored in the second quarter.
Lenape, a team that usually takes care of the ball, committed 27 turnovers against the pressure applied by the Celtics.
The Indians finish 25-9 and have already earned the No. 1 ranking in the final Inquirer South Jersey Top 10.
It was quite a run for Lenape, but tonight it ended against a superior opponent.
St. Pat's (29-3) now plays Science in Monday's 8 p.m. TOC championship game at the Izod Center.
Lenape 7 13 9 11 - 40
St. Patrick’s 18 14 26 8 – 66
L: Mike Celestin 7, Kendall Peters 9, Pete Dinich 2, Isiah Dixon 3, C.J. Meyer 2, Phil Jackson 2, Tyshawn Jackson 2, Harman Ghuman 6, Kevin Cunningham 7.
S: Dexter Strickland 12, Paris Bennett 4, Kyrie Irving 20, Mike Gilchrist 13, Kevin Boyle Jr. 4, Josh Daniels 5, Derrick Gordon 6, Chase Plummer 2.