Boys basketball

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Berks Catholic at Reading High (Boys basketball)
 1st Qtr2nd Qtr3rd Qtr4th QtrFinal
Berks Catholic147151551
Reading High49171646
Highlights: Tre Dabney scored a game-high 18 points and fronted a tremendous defensive effort by Berks Catholic as it knocked off three-time defending champ Reading High 51-46 in the Berks Conference championship game at Santander Arena.

The victory gave Berks Catholic coach Snip Esterly his 700th victory and third over the Red Knights in the county title game.

The Berks II champion Saints (23-2) jumped ahead 13-2 and led the entire way, though the Berks I champion Red Knights (21-4) closed the gap to two points in the final minutes.

Xavier Starks led the Red Knights with 14 points but the Saints, employing both man and zone defenses, were able to hold Reading scoring leader Wesley Butler to eight points.

The Saints got a scare when rim protector Keba Mitchell fouled out with 2:24 left and his team leading just 43-41 but Kyran Mitchell and Luke Painton each forced turnovers before Painton scored on a critical inbounds pass from Kyran Mitchell for a 47-41 lead with 1:07 left.

The Saints put it away with free throws from Luis Garcia and Dabney in the final seconds.

The championship is the third for Berks Catholic and first since back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2012.

Garcia scored 10 points and Casey Jack and Keba Mitchell nine each for BC.

For a complete report, read stories by Mike Drago and Rich Scarcella in the print edition of the Reading Eagle an on-line at

Berks Catholic Stats
Garcia, Luis3 28610021310
Mitchell, Kyran12 140012213
Jack, Casey13 273622849
Mitchell, Keba14 333400409
Dabney, Tre23 51056366018
Hagelbarger, Jack2 020000520
Painton, Luke11 120200002
Totals 14361728612301051
Reading High Stats
Dixon, R.J. 1 186602308
Starks, Xavier 2 4844232114
Butler, Wesley 3 283415528
Wingo, Larry 11 1104702206
Colter, Daniel 12 340000406
Lopez, Ricki 24 120000602
Heath, Bobby 5 040002210
Mato, Juan 31 110000502
Totals 1345172131433446