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HERMITAGE, Pa. – It was a game that will be remembered for its historic nature in more ways than one.
Kennedy Catholic nearly put an end to OLSH’s 66-game boys’ basketball win streak in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals, and Elijah Harden was a huge reason why.
All Harden did in the first quarter was knock down six threes as Kennedy Catholic jumped out to a 27-7 lead on the defending PIAA champions.
“It was amazing,” Kennedy Catholic coach Ken Madison said. “He got us off to the right start. It was amazing.”
Harden finished with 31 points, but OLSH came roaring back. Kennedy led by as many as 22 and still had a 10-point lead with just over five minutes to play.
Jake DiMichele willed OLSH back, however, scoring 21 of his game-high 39 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Still, the Golden Eagles had a chance to win at the end of regulation, getting two looks in the final 10 seconds, but both were blocked away to force overtime.
From there, OLSH pulled away for a 78-68 victory and went on to win its second consecutive PIAA crown.
Gio Magestro finished with 18 points for Kennedy Catholic and Malik Lampkins-Rudolph had 12. Both Harden, Magestro and Lampkins-Rudolph were D9and10Sports All-District 10 selections, with Harden and Lampkins-Rudolph earning first-team honors.