CARDINAL O'HARA NEEDS ONE FINAL PUSH TO MAKE PCL PLAYOFF BID A REALITY
With four games to go, the Lions (8-9, 2-7) will require a strong finish to the regular-season slate if they hope to make the Philadelphia Catholic League playoffs, which accepts 11 teams. (The bottom two play one another for entry and, as it stands, O'Hara would be No. 10 if the postseason began today.)
"I think they realize that we clearly do need a few wins here," O'Hara coach Tim Kelly said Wednesday night. "There's a couple teams out there for us that are must-wins and there are others we might need to (win to) secure a spot. They really seem to be getting prepared game-to-game."
Here's a look at the rest of O'Hara's schedule:
at West Catholic (7-11, 2-7)
vs. St. Joseph's Prep (16-2, 9-0)
at Lansdale Catholic (3-14, 1-8)
vs. Father Judge (12-6, 4-5)
Is it impossible for the Lions to sweep? Absolutely, but you have to like their odds because they have the fortune of playing their toughest two opponents at home. Is it likely they can swipe two wins here at the end? Definitely.
Mike Louden and Ed Allen have become O'Hara's most-potent scorers on the outside and the inside, respectively. And Pat Hagenbach, Sean Havink and Chris Duffin round out the scoring.
"I don't really talk to them about scoring individually," Kelly said, "but we talk about playing better defensively and rebounding. Scoring will take care of itself."
So the Lions hope.