Some things always deliver. That first warm day of Spring. The smell of the ocean breeze down the shore. And Catholic League basketball at the Palestra.
The Catholic League boys final went down on Monday night at the Cathedral of Basketball, and we had a classic showdown between Neumann-Goretti and Roman Catholic.
With six seconds to play in regulation, N-G held a three-point lead and Roman had the ball after a missed free-throw that would've likely put the game out of reach.
That's when Roman senior guard Xzayvier Brown got the ball, took it the length of the court, and found a spot slightly to the left behind the arc.
He let that thing fly, and the scene that unfolded was something else:
There's nothing like the sudden silence and explosion of jubilation on a game-tying or game-winning shot. It's unparalleled. And then you throw in the rivalry between these two storied programs and the gravitas of the city's finest basketballing arena?
That's just a perfect sporting moment, one everyone in the building will remember for the rest of their lives.
Brown and Roman Catholic went on to win the game in overtime, 57-52, sealing Roman's first PCL title in four years.