The pulse of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari may have quickened as his future point guard, Neumann-Goretti's Quade Green, flipped near the end of Wednesday night's first half against Roman Catholic.
Green, a 6-foot senior, drove to the basket and, despite being upended by a defender, made his first field goal with 44.6 seconds left in the half.
The Saints eventually ran away from the youthful Cahillites, 87-53, in Catholic League action before a packed crowd that included Calipari.
Scoring points, however, wasn't the only way the Kentucky recruit dominated the Cahillites.
Though he had just four points at halftime, Green finished with 23 points and 13 assists on 9-of-15 shooting with 3 of 7 coming from behind the three-point line.
And he still dominated the first half by dishing out 10 assists.
"He can do that, but I still think he's passing some shots up," said N-G coach Carl Arrigale.
As a result of Green's giving, the Saints (7-5, 4-0) converted 17 first-half field goals on 12 assists.
For the game, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree finished with 18 points, Noah Warren added 15, and Marcus Littles and Chris Ings scored 10 apiece.
The Saints finished the game 34 of 53 overall (64 percent) and 9 of 17 from three (52 percent).
"Sometimes he's being too unselfish, but when he gets Noah going and he gets Chris going, then it's his platform late when he can just go do his thing," Arrigale said.
Green asserted himself later, hitting his first three-pointer with 1 minute, 29 seconds left in the third quarter.
By then, the Saints led Roman, 63-39, building upon their 44-29 halftime edge. Green added 14 more points in the final frame.
"I think I have to score for our team to win, but today, they were hyped just like I was hyped," Green said. "We all wanted that revenge."
Entering Wednesday, the Saints had been just 2-4 against the two-time defending PCL champion Cahillites in the last three seasons. N-G lost the last two PCL title games to Roman at the Palestra.
These new-look Cahillites, however, are without Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens, and Nazeer Bostick, who all now play at Penn State.
Junior guard Allen Betrand led Roman with 16 points and 6 rebounds, while freshman Lynn Greer III scored 12 points (11 first half) and elicited oohs and ahhs with a few savvy, first-half maneuvers in traffic.
Sophomore Seth Lundy finished with 12 points but picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter.
Roman finished 19 of 47 overall (40 percent), 8 of 23 from three (34 percent) and 7 of 16 from the foul line (43 percent).
Neumann-Goretti 19 25 21 22 - 87
Roman Catholic 15 14 12 12 - 53
N-G: Quade Green 23, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 18, Noah Warren 15, Chris Ings 10, Marcus Littles 10, Mike Milsip 7, Dante Vannicola 1, Ahmad Fair 2, Jalen Parker 1.
RC: Allen Betrand 16, Lynn Greer III 12, Seth Lundy 12, Colin Flach 6, Jabari Merritt 4, Charlie Alcorn 3.