Friars aim for third straight district title in Friday's home finale

Friars aim for third straight district title in Friday's home finale

When the Bishop Lynch Friars make their final home appearance of the season on Friday, they'll not only celebrate their senior class, but have a chance to clinch a third consecutive district title.

The Friars – ranked No. 3 in the TABC Large Private Schools poll – close out their home schedule Friday night against Bishop Dunne and can earn yet another district championship with either a win over the Falcons, or a loss by John Paul II.

Bishop Lynch (29-4, 6-0) will tipoff against Dunne (10-15, 1-4) at 7:30 pm Friday in the Competition Gym. The regular season concludes Tuesday at Prestonwood Christian.

The Friars bring a 9-1 home record and seven-game win streak into Friday's contest, including a 70-60 win at Dunne on Jan. 22. Jake Milkereit hit seven three-point shots in that game, finishing with a team-high 24 points. Imo Essien added 22 while shooting 8-for-11 at the foul line.

The Falcons have lost two straight and six of their last seven games dating back to Jan. 5. Their lone district win came against last-place Parish on Jan. 25, putting them in position to grab the district's fourth and final playoff spot.

The Friars overcame a slow start last Friday to complete a season sweep of second-place John Paul II, 67-53 in Plano. Essien pumped in 22 points and Milkereit added 17 to go with seven rebounds. Zach Muller had 10 points and eight rebounds as the Friars outscored JP2 by a 38-23 margin in the second half.

On Tuesday, the Friars led 41-9 at the half and saw their lead grow to as much as 43 in the third quarter on the way to a 70-39 blowout of Parish. Twelve players contributed to the scoring, led by Milkereit's 15 and 10 from Essien. Jack Bradley posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

 

RANK

TEAM

DISTRICT

OVERALL

1.

 Bishop Lynch

6-0

29-4

2.

 John Paul II

4-2

24-9

3.

 Prestonwood Christian

3-3

20-14

4.

 Bishop Dunne

1-4

10-15

5.

 Parish Episcopal

0-5

4-17