Bryan-Michael Dungee scored 32 points for Farrell, including 18 in the final quarter.
By BRIAN RICHESSON
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- It had been over 20 years since the Farrell High boys basketball team made a trip to Kennedy Catholic. The homecoming was well worth the wait.
Kennedy Catholic held off a furious Farrell comeback attempt in front of an overflowing crowd Saturday for a 67-64 victory.
"This prepares us better than any game we can play until deep in the playoffs," Kennedy Catholic coach Tim Loomis said.
The game wasn't decided until Farrell junior Bryan-Michael Dungee missed a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining. Steelers junior Greg Smith missed two free throws with .9 seconds left, and Kennedy Catholic freshman Roddy Fuller grabbed the rebound as time expired.
Dungee put on a fourth-quarter clinic from the outside. The 5-foot-10 guard scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, including four 3-pointers, as Farrell rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Dungee finished the game with 32 points. His biggest shot down the stretch came with 14 seconds remaining when he made a 3-pointer that cut Farrell's deficit to 65-64.
But Kennedy Catholic senior Craig Wellman made two free throws to bump his team's lead to 67-64. Dungee's desperation attempt from long range, in which he leaned into his defender, rimmed in and out.
The victory by Kennedy Catholic, which led from start to finish, allowed it to gain redemption from a loss to Farrell to begin the season.
"Overall, the young kids have come a long way since we played them in the second game of the season," Loomis said.
Wellman led Kennedy Catholic with 22 points, while senior Ramone Truxon added 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Fuller contributed 13 points for the Golden Eagles.
Kennedy Catholic's coaching staff has a Youngstown flavor. George Burich (Woodrow Wilson) and Rick McGee (Rayen School) assist Loomis.