Vikings end Friends’ historic playoff run in MIAA B hoops semifinal; Pilgrim scores 23 points


St. John’s Catholic Prep’s Brandon Pilgrim slams in two of his 23 points in Thursday’s MIAA B Conference basketball semifinal against Friends School. The Vikings advanced to their first league final since 2016 with a 59-52 victory over Friends in Frederick.

With a trip to the MIAA B Conference basketball final at stake, St. John’s Catholic Prep came to life in the second half to pull away from Friends School for a 59-52 victory in a semifinal in Frederick Thursday.

Senior guard Brandon Pilgrim scored 23 points for St. John’s Catholic, and Masai Troutman finished with 16. Freshman Kedrick Curtis led Friends with 16 points.

Leading 30-24 at halftime, St. John’s Catholic finally found its offensive rhythm in the second half, opening up a 17-point cushion to advance to the final. The Vikings (20-11 overall) will play Archbishop Curley for the crown, Sunday at 3 p.m. at APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College.

Curley, the No. 1 seed, defeated Chapelgate Christian Academy, in the other semifinal Thursday.

Pilgrim scored seven points in the third quarter against Friends’ zone defense as the second-seeded Vikings stretched their advantage to 43-34, entering the fourth. St. John’s finished the job, gaining its first MIAA B final since winning the title in 2016.

J.P. Vassor had 15 points for Friends (17-11), which defeated Indian Creek School in Tuesday’s quarterfinals for its first postseason win in 17 years. The Quakers lost all three decisions to St. John’s this season.

MIAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Thursday’s semifinal results

C CONFERENCE

No. 1 seed Park School 56, No. 4 Key School 54

No. 2 Cristo Rey Jesuit 77, No. 3 Concordia Prep 57

B CONFERENCE

No. 1 Archbishop Curley 65, No. 4 Chapelgate Christian Academy 34

No. 2  St. John’s Catholic Prep 59, No. 3 Friends School 52

A CONFERENCE

Mount St. Joseph 54, Archbishop Spalding 43, 6 p.m.

St. Frances Academy 98, John Carroll School 71

 

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

at APGFCU Arena, Harford Community College

C final – Cristo Rey Jesuit (14-12) vs. Park School (14-6), 1 p.m.

B final – St. J0hn’s Catholic Prep (20-11) vs. Archbishop Curley (22-6), 3 p.m.

A final – Mount St. Joseph (26-5) vs. St. Frances Academy (35-3), 5:30 p.m.