Friars down DC’s Friendship Collegiate in championship game; Johnson named MVP

Caleb Johnson scored 21 points over two games to help Curley win Bracket 9 at the Governor’s Challenge. He was named Bracket MVP.

Neither offense came out strong Thursday afternoon in the Bracket 9 championship game of the Governor’s Challenge, but Archbishop Curley was able to pull away in the second half to win it’s defensive struggle with DC’s Friendship Collegiate, 34-24, and take the title at Salisbury’s Wicomico County Civic Center.

Curley held Friendship Collegiate to just two first quarter points, but the Friars only led by six at the first break and that lead dwindled to 15-12 at the half. Curley again limited Friendship to just 12 points in the second half, including zero in the third quarter, while the Friars did enough to pull away for a 10 point win.

No Curley player got into double-digits scoring, but junior Caleb Johnson still made a splash with nine points and seven rebounds, as well as two assists and two steals. He was named the Bracket MVP. Sophomore Dinari Boykin and junior Niyon Carroll added six points and five rebounds each.

Curley (6-5) advanced to the final with a a 57-55 win over Linganore of Frederick County, on Wednesday. The Friars will visit St. Mary’s on Jan. 3rd to resume their MIAA B Conference schedule. Currently, they are one of three times tied for first place in the league with a 2-0 conference mark.