Hoops: Morris regrets comments about Roman's gym

St. Joseph's Prep coach Speedy Morris has issued a statement regarding the comments he made last week about the Catholic League power-points system and the possibility that it could cost his team a spot in the PIAA District 12 Class AAAA final.

Morris is upset that Roman Catholic, despite losing to the Prep in last Wednesday's playoff semifinal, may, based on total points and not average, represent the Catholic League Friday against Martin Luther King.

In the regular season, the Prep lost at Roman's cramped gymnasium, 62-58. Morris coached at Roman for 14 seasons.

In Friday's Daily News, Morris was quoted as saying, "That gym is illegal. If playing in there is going to cost a team, maybe they should think about not letting them play games in there anymore."

"I regret saying that Roman's historic gym should be outlawed," Morris said in a release issued by Prep communications director Bill Avington.

"Roman has played in that gym since 1900 and I have many fond memories and victories there. That is their home and they have no other place to play. You should be able to play where you practice and I have no problem playing our game there."

To qualify for the District 12 title game, the Prep must beat Neumann-Goretti in Monday's Catholic League final at the Palestra. If not, Roman takes that spot.

"I do not regret my statement about the Catholic League rating system," Morris added. "To have to go to an average power rating when Roman does not have to play a game is unfair and unrealistic. No other league in America has such a rating system."

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