End of game: Central Catholic 74, St. John's Prep 62
Central was able to hold off St. John's Prep and win the Division 1 North, setting up a matchup with Madison Park in the state semifinal Monday at the Garden.
Jimmy Zenevitch led the Raiders and all scorers with 21 points. He had a steady hand in the game and paced their offense.
On the other end, Pat Connaughton had 17 points for the Eagles.
Fourth quarter: Central Catholic 71, St. John's Prep 58
Central Catholic's Jimmy Zenevitch got loose long enough to get a dunk off as Central has pulled away to a 13-point lead with less than a minute remaining.
Fourth quarter: Central Catholic 67, St. John's Prep 58
A three from Jaycob Morales to put Central up 67-56. It's not so close anymore. Central is stepping up and going back to the basics. That means interior passes to Carson Desrosiers and Jimmy Zenevitch.
There's 1:43 left in the game.
Fourth quarter: Central Catholic 58, St. John's Prep 54
Central is all but ignoring their 6-11 senior center Carson Desrosiers. He just got his first touch in the fourth quarter.
We've got 4:16 to go in the game it's close.
End of third quarter: Central Catholic 54, St. John's Prep 52
Pat Connaughton get a cleanup bucket and drew the foul, completing the 3-point play for SJP.
Stephen Haladyna followed with a quick deuce and SJP is down only two points after being down as much as 15.
Third quarter: Central Catholic 47, St. John's Prep 36
We've just gone through a 3-point barrage. Central, at one point, was up 15 points, but SJP has nailed a couple of threes to keep the game in check.
End of second quarter: Central Catholic 36, St. John's Prep 27
Jimmy Zenevitch (we've been hearing that name a lot today) leads all scorers with 15 points as Central Catholic is beating St. John's Prep by nine points at half.
We're seeing a lot of shots in the paint by Central coupled by some good cutting. SJP is having its moments, but they really haven't gotten any rhythm in the game. We'll see if that changes.
Second quarter: Central Catholic 34, St. John's Prep 27
Jimmy Zenevitch gets a nice bucket in the lane while drawing the foul. He now has 13 points in the game.
Second quarter: Central Catholic 29, St. John's Prep 23
Stephen Haladyna got his second 3-pointer of the quarter for SJP while Central is pounding the Eagles in the paint.
Second quarter: St. John's Prep 18, Central Catholic 17
Pat Connaughton hit two free throws and SJP takes the lead.
End of first quarter: Central Catholic 14, St. John's Prep 11
Strong start for Central but they definitely eased up on SJP.
First quarter: Central Catholic 10, St. John's Prep 3
Great pass from Carson Desrosiers to Central Catholic teammate Michael Alvarez for two. Central already up 10-3 with 4:26 left in the first.
First quarter: Central Catholic 4, St. John's Prep 3
Jimmy Zenevitch scored two quick buckets to put Central Catholic on the right footing for the game.
First quarter: Tipoff
St. John's controls the tip but turns the ball over immediately.
We're getting ready for the final game of the night here at the Garden with St. John's Prep about to take on Central Catholic in the Division 1 North boys final.
The winner moves on to play Madison Park, which just beat Mansfield 72-60, in the state semifinal at the Garden again on Monday.
Central Catholic is 23-1 on the year while St. John's is 21-2.
The man to watch in all of this for St. John's is Pat Connaughton who is averaging 23 points per game this season. On the other end of the floor is Carson Desrosiers, who will be attending Wake Forest next year.
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