In their short-lived history, which spans under three years, the Berks Catholic boys basketball team had never been dealt a loss in the District 3 playoffs. That changed on Friday night for the two-time defending champions. An incredibly athletic Susquehanna Township team was able to upend the Saints 52-38.
The No.5 seeded Indians jumped out to a 7-1 lead right out of the gate. The Saints were able to respond and pull themselves to an 11-10 lead after the first quarter, led by the sharp shooting of Cooper Kutz.
The Saints had their best quarter, both offensively and defensively, in the second. Behind the collective scoring efforts of Pop Lacey, Connor Jack, and Nana Foulland, the Saints held a 23-19 advantage at the half.
The cat-and-mouse game would favor the Indians in the second half. Susquehanna Township managed to score the first nine points of the third quarter, giving them a five point advantage at 28-23. The Saints would pull themselves within a point late in the third, but would never regain the lead as they trailed 35-31 after three.
Leading the way for the Indians was Nehemiah Mack, who posted a game-high 18 points. His older sibling Gabriel Mack added 9 points, as well.
The Saints were led by Nana Foulland with 13 points and Connor Jack with 10.
The Indians will now face Bishop McDevitt in the District 3 AAA semifinals. Meanwhile, the Saints find themselves in unfamiliar territory, as they must defeat Lancaster Mennonite Monday evening to earn a PIAA AAA playoff berth.