Berks Catholic senior Parker Nein

Things didn't look good for Berks Catholic with 2:31 left in the third quarter at Lloyd Wolf Gymnasium.  The Saints trailed Reading 47-37 and, more importantly, star sophomore Kingston McKoy suffered a left leg injury.  The 6'2 point guard, who was averaging 16 points per game, had surgery for a fractured tibia on Wednesday morning.  Parker Nein sparked an electrifying comeback as Berks Catholic knocked off the Red Knights 61-59.  "We were playing for Kingston that whole time," Nein told SV Sports' Paul Roberts.  The 6'2 senior poured in a career-high 27 points including 11 in the fourth quarter.  The Saints outscored Reading 18-to-9 over the final eight minutes.  "It feels amazing. The biggest game of the year is always gonna be against Reading," replied Nein.  Berks Catholic fell behind the defending Class 6A state champs 34-20 in the second quarter.  Yadiel Cruz piled up 25 points and 11 rebounds.  The 6'2 senior was 9-of-11 from the field.  Josh McKoy, Kingston's older brother, converted a three-point play at the end of the third period to bring the Saints within 50-43.  The 6'3 senior finished with 18 points.  Nein hit a triple from the left corner to tie it at 56 with 1:20 remaining.  Nick Chapman responded with a three-point play for the (10-7, 4-3) Red Knights.  The 5'10 senior dropped 18 points in his second game since suffering a broken orbital bone.  Josh McKoy answered with a trey from the top of the key with 46 seconds to go.  That long range shot evened the score at 59.  After a Reading turnover, Berks Catholic called timeout.  Nein explained what happened in the huddle, "I look at Josh and I go you're taking it. That's easy, that's you."  McKoy drove down the left side of the lane for a go-ahead layup with six seconds left.  Freshman guard Jeremiah Camara missed a 3-pointer from the left corner as time expired.  The Saints remain unblemished at (14-0, 8-0).  "We don't really want to jinx ourselves. We talk about it a little bit, but not too much," said Nein.  The team had a moment of silence for Kingston in the locker room after the game. 


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