Isaiah Wong authored the game's most scintillating play, but if ever an apt time for a cliche existed it was after Bonner-Prendergast's 48-45 "team win" against Archbishop Carroll.

The Palestra was packed, the temperature was hot and the Catholic League semifinal's late-game action was worth all the pennies and perspiration.

With less than a minute to play and the Friars ahead, 44-43, Wong, a 6-3 junior, dribbled the ball just below the midcourt logo while guarded by Justin Anderson, the Carroll senior who had hounded him much of the night.

A left-to-right crossover got Anderson leaning, but the spin move left him off balance while Wong hopped, skipped, jumped, contorted his body in traffic, absorbed contact and flung a right-handed layup over his head that elicited the night's loudest eruption.

"When I threw it off my hand I knew it was going in," said Wong, who finished with 10 points (3 of 10), nine rebounds and four assists.

Of the moment, he added: "It felt great. Everybody yelling your name, yelling 'and-one.' I was feeling myself on that play. It was a great feeling."

Arriving at that moment, however, required big plays from multiple Friars.

Carroll's defensive game plan seemed obvious: Force someone other than Wong, who finished second in the league in scoring and won the league MVP, to make plays.

Sophomore guard Donovan Rodriguez and junior Mike Perretta did just that.

Now the Friars (21-3), who will face Roman Catholic at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, have a chance for their first title since 1988. Friars coach Jack Concannon was on the 1983 team that also won a Catholic League title.

Rodriguez scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter, while Perretta scored six of his nine in the third, including a three-pointer that gave the Friars the largest lead by either team, 31-26, at the 4:07 mark.

"We said it all year," Concannon said, "you can't win down here with three guys. You have to have at least six or seven and everybody has to contribute, and those guys came up big and hit big shots."

Junior forward Tariq Ingraham also loomed large, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and three assists.

The 6-9 big fella's gravitational pull also drew defenders, which left senior forward Ajiri Johnson (eight points, eight rebounds) a clear path to launch.

This game did still have its stars. Neither Wong nor Carroll sophomore AJ Hoggard reached supernova status, but they sporadically showed their wares.

Hoggard (6 of 19) finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and four assists, but a few late turnovers proved costly.

The pair rarely guarded each other until the final frame, when Wong blocked Hoggard's floater in the lane.

Senior forward Keyon Butler led Carroll (17-7) with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The Patriots were within 47-45 with 16 seconds left after Ingraham missed the front end of a one-and-one. Rodriguez, however, came up with a steal and made it a three-point game with a free throw.

Carroll turned the ball over on the ensuing possession.

"This means a lot to our program," Concannon said. "But more importantly, to the Bonner(-Prendie) community. It's been 10 years since we were last at the Palestra and 30 years since we won it, so it means a lot to us."