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Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Just logged in to the (impossible) wireless connection at the Palestra, where Archbishop Carroll is only minutes away from its Catholic League semifinal tipoff with La Salle.

A quick refresher: Carroll, which lost the Catholic championship game against Neumann-Goretti last year, is looking for a chance at redemption ... in more ways than one. The Patriots dropped a regular-season meeting against the Explorers, one in which they led early but coughed up the lead late and in overtime.

Check back to Gettin' Schooled later tonight for a brief game recap - and a little bit of a Catholic League championship preview ... assuming Carroll advances.

After having seen Neumann-Goretti, the other semifinal winner (along with Carroll), for a full game for the first time all season, I have to say that I think the Saints are beatable.

Roman Catholic, which has taken its lumps this season -- which includes a loss to Father Judge -- took Neumann-Goretti to the brink of an upset. The Cahillites were ahead by three with less than a minute to play, before crumbling against the seasoned Saints.

Lamin Fulton's a heck of a player, but he's not Juan'ya Green caliber. And I wasn't impressed with Derrick Stewart and Co. in the low post for N-G. I think Carroll matches up nicely with N-G, which could make Monday's championship game a fun one for Patriots fans.

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