CHSAA Class A quarters recap

While the main attraction on Saturday was the Class AA Archdiocesan title game, the quarterfinals for the Class A were held. Here's the roundup from the four games.

MOORE CATHOLIC 55, BISHOP FORD 52 (OT): Moore Catholic junior guard Mark Fiorello had missed shot after shot on Saturday, but with his team trailing in overtime and him positioned beyond the arc, he had no doubt he would come through.

"That was the one shot that I took and I knew was going in because I didn't even think about it," Fiorello said of his 3-pointer that gave Moore Catholic the lead for good against Bishop Ford on Saturday.

Firoello's three started a string of six straight points from him as he helped Moore Catholic rally to stun Bishop Ford, 55-52, in overtime on Saturday at Mount St. Michael. The Mavericks (20-5) trailed 40-30 entering the fourth quarter but rallied to tie it at 45-45 entering overtime.

In the extra period, Fiorello, who scored 11 points, scored six straight points for his team to give it a 53-49 lead and the Mavericks held on to advance to the semifinals to face Iona Prep.

"If that didn't go in, I never would have heard the end of it, never, oh my God," Fiorello said of his big 3-point shot.

IONA PREP 66, LASALLE 45: Last season, Iona Prep entered the Class A semifinals as the underdog of the final four. This year, after defeating Lasalle 66-45 in the quarters on Saturday, the Gaels (22-3) enter as perhaps the favorite among the four remaining teams.

"Last year we were underdogs and we had to overachieve just to get to where we are right now," Iona coach Vic Quirolo said. "This year, expectations were we have an opportunity to maybe get far into the playoffs."

Iona Prep had beaten Lasalle (9-13) twice in close games earlier this season but led by double digits for mostly the entire game as it rolled to a victory. Isiah Ice led Iona with 18 points. The Gaels will now get a rematch in the semifinals with Moore Catholic, who bested them earlier this year.

"We had a close game with them and it's great to get a second shot at a team that beat you in a close game," Quirolo said.

ST. EDMUND PREP 67, ST. JOSEPH BY-THE-SEA 48: In this same gym in the quarterfinals last season, St. Edmund walked off the court with its season over after a loss to Iona Prep. On Saturday, the Eagles made sure their season would go on at least one more game as it throttled St. Joseph by-the-Sea, 67-48. St. Edmund advances to face Xavier in the semifinals.

"We knew that was on the same court, same place, just a different team and we had to bring it all today," said senior guard Matt O'Neill, who led all scorers with 19 points.

St. Edmund (19-6) led 12-11 after one but blew the game open in the second quarter to take a 32-14 lead and never looked back. St. Edmund's players talked about winning this game in memory of Jose Rodriguez, who died during basketball tryouts this season.

"It means a lot (to get to the semifinals)," O'Neill said. "We're doing it for Jose. We're doing it for our fans back home and it shows our school can get respect and we have to keep going."

XAVIER 53, SPELLMAN 43: Xavier defeated Spellman in the nightcap at Mount St. Michael. Xavier (14-9) beat Spellman (10-13) for the third time this season and swept the season series between the two schools. Xavier is now headed to the semifinals where it will meet St. Edmund Prep. Xavier won the meeting between the two schools, 55-45, earlier this season.

Xavier led by 10 at the half and Spellman cut it to five but Xavier was able to hold on. Matt Crockett led it with 18 points while Brendan Ferguson had 13.

"This is another step toward playing for a City championship," Xavier coach Joe McGrane said. "We came into the season hoping to play for a City Championship and this is a good step forward."