Paddy Casey and the University of the Sciences men’s basketball team finished the 2018-19 season on an up note.
The Devils went 8-11 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference and 11-17 overall, but won four of their last five games.
Casey had five straight games of at least 14 points up until the season finale, a Senior Day game which was the only one all season that he did not start.
The JB Hoops alum and sophomore guard from Scranton Prep was the NCAA Division II school’s second-leading scorer. He led the team in assists, steals and minutes played.
Casey averaged 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals. He shot 40.7 percent from the floor, 33.3 on 3-pointers and 80.2 percent from the line.
There was a series of impressive performances along the way.
Casey was 13-for-17 from the line while scoring 20 points in the season opener at Bridgeport. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer the next night for a 69-67 win at Southern Connecticut State to complete a 19-point, 5-steal effort. He then had nine assists in the home opener against Kutztown.
Another buzzer-beating, 3-pointer at Georgian Court sent the game into overtime, leading to a University of the Sciences win. He had 21 points in the game.
Casey hit a career-high six 3-pointers while scoring 19 against Wilmington. He had 21 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds against Georgian Court in late January, then came closer to a triple-double in a February game with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists against Wilmington.
As a freshman at the Philadelphia school, Casey was an all-rookie team selection.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A successful 2018-19 college and high school season has just concluded for JB Hoops alums and current players. The JB Hoops Blog is recapping the winter seasons of its players over the next two weeks.