Berks Catholic is clearly one of the favorites in the BCIAA Boys basketball tournament. There quarterfinal matchup was with a lower seeded Governor Mifflin team playing its best basketball of the season. The Saints moved out quickly and then held off a spirited Mifflin rally to defeat the Mustangs 59-49 Friday night.
A strong second half by Kyran Mitchell made him the Saints leading scorer with 17. Casey Jack had 13 and once again a strong inside effort by Keba Mitchell controlled the glass. Mifflin Senior Casey Klahr had quite a night in his final Mifflin game. Casey’s 24 points came from all over the floor and kept the Mustangs in the game throughout.
Before you even got settled in your seat Berks Catholic pulled out to a ten point advantage. When the Saints Luis Garcia drained a three to end the first quarter it was 23-6 BC on top. Berks Catholic extended the lead to 18 in quarter two before Mifflin seemed to gain some momentum. A mini run going into the half made the score BC 29 Mifflin 18
Mifflin kept the momentum going coming out of the half. The Mustangs closed it to 32-26 at the 4:44 mark of quarter three, but that’s as close as Mifflin would get. BC led 39-31 after three. Keba Mitchell stepped it up in quarter four with a block and a slam on back to back possessions to ignite the Saints once again. The BC lead moved out to 13 with 4:28 left. Mifflin never stopped battling, but came up short as the Saints withstood the Mustang stampede 59-49.
That’s (21-2) for Berks Catholic and on to the BCIAA Semi finals at Santander Arena Monday vs Conrad Weiser in Boys game one. An up and down year for Governor Mifflin ends with the Mustangs finishing at (9-14).