Neumann-Goretti won its first-ever PIAA boys' Class AAA championship Friday night at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center, nipping Chartiers Valley, 65-63, in a fast-paced, heart-stopping victory.
Chartiers Valley senior guard T.J. McConnell, who scored a game-high 32 points, took a fadeaway three-pointer from the right wing with two seconds remaining that could have sent Neumann-Goretti home devastated. But junior guard Lamin Fulton put a hand up, McConnell's shot hit the front of the rim, and the Saints began the celebration.
Wake Forest-bound senior Tony Chennault led the Saints with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Rider-bound 6-foot-6 forward Danny Stewart added 17 points and 12 boards, and Mustafaa Jones (Hartford) dropped 14 on 4-of-10 three-point shooting.
The winning point was a free throw by Fulton, who made 1-of-2 with 29.8 seconds to play.