Men's basketball secures first-round home game with victory at Holy Family

Men's basketball secures first-round home game with victory at Holy Family

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia University basketball team will be at home for the start of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Tournament after picking up an 80-67 victory over Holy Family Saturday afternoon in the Campus Center.

After running its winning streak to a season-high five games, Philadelphia is now 19-8 overall and a conference-best 15-3. The Rams can clinch the CACC southern division title for the first time since 2014 with a win in the regular season finale against Wilmington—who is a game back in second place—on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.

Behind a 15-point second half performance, Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepanic) was Philadelphia's leading scorer with 22 points. Guerra—who also had seven rebounds, five steals, and three assists—shot 7-of-12 from the field, 5-of-7 in the second half.

Malcolm Gilbert (Smyrna, Del./Academy of the New Church) continued his strong play down the stretch as he poured in a career-high 20 points—on 9-of-11 shooting—and grabbed six rebounds.

Josh Bradanese (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) contributed 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out, while Kaison Randolph (Trenton, N.J./Pennington Prep) had 11 points and nine boards.

During the game's opening 10 minutes neither team was able to establish early dominance as the largest lead was four—when Guerra converted a three-point play at the 16:37 mark to make the score 9-5.

Then, the Philadelphia offense found the accelerator with a 14-4 run over a 3:52 span to snap a 19-all deadlock and move ahead 33-23 on a Gilbert dunk with 5:43 left in the half. Philadelphia shot 5-of-8 from the floor, while holding Holy Family to 1-of-7 shooting. Bradanese led the charge with five points, while Gilbert added four.

Holy Family came back to trim the gap to four with inside a minute left in the first half, but Bradanese capped off an 11-point half by making a jumper with 23 seconds left to go and give Philadelphia a 39-33 halftime lead.

With the Philadelphia advantage sitting at 41-37, Guerra scored 10 points during a 22-9 run that would widen the gap to a game-high 17 points (63-46) and put the game out of reach. Gilbert added six points to the surge, which lasted just over seven minutes. The Rams made eight of the 13 shot attempts.

Dyllon Hudson-Emory led the Tigers (10-17, 8-10 CACC) with 21 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, and five assists. Austin Chabot contributed 16 points and nine rebounds.

Philadelphia ended the game shooting 50.8 percent (31-of-61) from the field and held Holy Family to 38.1 percent (24-of-63).