Don Bosco Ironmen Claim NJSIAA Non-Public A Championship with Commanding Victory

The Don Bosco Ironmen clinched the NJSIAA Non-Public A boys' state basketball title last Friday in a dominating fashion, outplaying the Paul VI Eagles with a decisive 56-29 victory. The showdown, which took place at the iconic Jersey Mikes Arena saw the Ironmen demonstrate a masterclass in strategic play and defensive fortitude.

From the get-go, the Ironmen saw an offense attack of Isaiah Brown, Dylan Harper, and Brady Loughlin forming a dynamic trident, quickly picking up momentum. Harper, in particular, shined throughout the game, leading the scoring with a stellar 26 points and claiming 9 rebounds, asserting his dominance on both ends of the court.

The Ironmen's adaptability was on full display as they adjusted their formation to stifle the Eagles' plays, finishing the first quarter with a comfortable 13-6 lead, punctuated by an electrifying dunk from Harper. Their defensive prowess continued into the second quarter, dismantling PVI's attempts at layups and keeping their adversaries at bay with a halftime score of 28-14. Harper finished the first half outscoring the Eagles himself.  

The third quarter saw Don Bosco's shooting accuracy from the distance tear through PVI's defense, with the scoreline extending to 43-18, an almost insurmountable lead for the Ironmen. Paul VI's strategy seemed to unravel as the Ironmen's cohesion and spatial control dominated the court.

Any hopes for a Paul VI comeback were dashed in the final quarter as Don Bosco's starters reasserted their dominance. Harper, Brown, and Ghee's tactical plays suffocated PVI's offense, keeping the Eagles' score confined to the twenties.

In the waning moments of the game, despite a commendable dunk by Thomas, it was Don Bosco's day. The final minutes saw the Ironmen control the game tempo, leading to a burst of celebration from the Don Bosco student section as the final buzzer sounded, signaling a well-deserved victory.

This victory not only secures the state title for Don Bosco Prep but also stamps their authority as a powerhouse in high school basketball. The Ironmen's balanced attack, strategic ingenuity, and defensive discipline were the cornerstones of their success and will be the foundation upon which they build for future challenges. As for Paul VI, the game serves as a tough lesson and perhaps a catalyst for growth as they look towards next season.