The Monsignor Bonner boys’ basketball team defeated Archbishop Ryan, 45-32, in tonight’s Philadelphia Catholic League first-round playoff game at Cardinal Dougherty.
The victory sent the Friars (10-12) into Saturday’s quarterfinals. Bonner will face North Catholic at a neutral site.
Ryan, on the other hand, finished the season at 10-13.
The game was decided in the second half, where the Friars held a 32-10 scoring advantage.
Bad shooting and an inability to contain Bonner’s Jamal Melvin, Bill Scanlan and Keefer Francis did the Raiders in after intermission.
Ryan made just 3 of 14 field-goal attempts in the second half, while the Bonner trio stood out.
Melvin, a junior point guard, finished with 13 points, five assists and two rebounds. Eight of his points came after intermission.
Scanlan, a senior forward, scored eight of his 10 points in the second half. And Francis, a junior forward, scored seven of his nine points after halftime.
- Keith Pompey