Southern Fulton 59, St. John Neumann Academy 57
MECHANICSBURG – Southern Fulton defeated St. John Neumann Academy on Tuesday night, 59-57, in the second round of the PIAA State boys basketball playoffs, with its second-straight game-winning shot at the buzzer.
The Indians were up 2 points at the half, but on two occasions in the second half trailed by as many eight points against the District 4 champions (22-4). The Indians battled back to tie the game and took possession of the ball with 2.5 seconds remaining in the game.
After a timeout, freshman Dane Harvey caught the inbound pass and scored a layup as time expired, allowing the Southern Fulton boys to advance to their first Elite 8 in school history.
SF coach Jeremy Hann said, “These boys have been so resilient. They get down and battle back, play defense and bust their butts. There are just are no words to describe how I feel about these guys.
“Justin (Morris) had another huge game and tonight we put the ball in the Dane’s hands and he delivered. What a big moment for the freshman. Last game Josh (Stocker), and now Dane. You want to say we’ve gotta stop with the last second thing, but I will take these wins and this feeling anytime I can. What a ride!”
Southern Fulton was led by Harvey with 19 points and 4 rebounds. Morris had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals; Stocker had 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists; and Dylan Melton added 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.
St. John Neumann was led by David Hill with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Southern Fulton (19-8) will now play Chester School For The Performing Arts (20-5), the District 1 champions, on Friday evening at a site and time to be determined.