Collin Gillespie, Wood erase halftime deficit to beat Neumann-Goretti, 65-58, win first Catholic League title

PHILADELPHIA — Even though the deficit was double digits, Archbishop Wood entered halftime calm and collected. The Vikings knew they had a run in them against Neumann-Goretti. It was just a question of the shots falling.

And after halftime, Wood started finding the bottom of the net, and the Vikings rolled. Villanova-bound guard Collin Gillespie scored 24 points and Wood erased a 13-point halftime deficit to beat Neumann-Goretti, 65-58 at the Palestra on Monday night to win the school’s first-ever Philadelphia Catholic League championship.

Wood trailed Neumann-Goretti, 31-18, at halftime after an uncharacteristic slow start that included shooting 25 percent from the floor. Star Neumann-Goretti guard Quade Green, a Kentucky signee, had 13 points in the first half, the Saints seemed poised to ascend back to the throne after a two-year absence.

But the Vikings outscored the Saints, 25-10, in the third quarter and took a two-point lead into the final period. The lead swung…

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