After suffering a torn meniscus before the start of last season, Archbishop Ryan's Colin Reed returned to the court in January but mostly played junior varsity.

"He suited up with the varsity, but I didn't think his knee was ready for rigorous action," Raiders coach Joe Zeglinski said. "We wanted to take it slowly with him."

Reed has burst onto the scene as a junior, impressing with his long-range marksmanship and recently drawing interest from Drexel.

Colin Reed, right, of Archbishop Ryan watches a key-3-pointer go in alongside Drew Riley of Father Judge in the 4th quarter on Jan. 19, 2018. The shot gave Ryan a 38-35 lead.
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Colin Reed, right, of Archbishop Ryan watches a key-3-pointer go in alongside Drew Riley of Father Judge in the 4th quarter on Jan. 19, 2018. The shot gave Ryan a 38-35 lead.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior wing drilled three second-half three-pointers as Ryan bested Northeast Philly rival Father Judge, 47-42, Friday night in a close but often sloppy Catholic League contest.

With three minutes to go and the Crusaders ahead by 40-39, Reed's trey from way up top gave the Raiders (9-6 overall, 4-2 league) the lead for good. "He's a threat to score from anywhere on the court," Zeglinski said.

While being chased closely by Judge's Conor McHugh, Reed went scoreless in the first half, missing a pair of three-point attempts. His first field goal, another NBA-range trey, came midway through the third stanza and gave Ryan a 33-26 advantage.

"I know that once I make one that more are coming," Reed said. "That's just how I am with my confidence."

Reed played AAU ball in the offseason with Hoop Dreamz. His teammates included Neumann-Goretti guards Chris Ings and Dymir Montague.

"When I tore my meniscus, I think people started wondering about my future in the game," said the 17-year-old from Mayfair. "I wanted to come back stronger than before."

Reed totaled 12 points, three boards, an assist, and a steal vs. Judge. His three treys upped his season total to 47.

Amin Bryant also played a crucial role in Ryan's fourth straight win over the turnover-plagued Crusaders (8-6, 0-5). The 6-4 junior guard registered nine points, seven boards, five steals, two assists, and a blocked shot.

Amin Bryant, #1, of Archbishop Ryan reacts to the applause of the student section after stealing the ball from Father Judge and getting fouled on a lay-up on Jan 19, 2018.
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Amin Bryant, #1, of Archbishop Ryan reacts to the applause of the student section after stealing the ball from Father Judge and getting fouled on a lay-up on Jan 19, 2018.

"He's a do-everything type," Reed said. "It's nice to have a guy on your team who can play so well on both ends of the floor."

Judge's Tom Quarry came in averaging 20.5 points. Guarded mostly by Bryant, the 6-7 senior wing managed 13 points, 10 boards, and three assists.

Kevin Lezin, a 6-3 senior reserve, gave the Raiders a boost by scoring eight of his 10 points in the second stanza. Sixth man Devon Vargas nailed a pair of treys in the same period.

For the Crusaders, gritty junior Shane Dooley shot 6 for 7 from the line en route to 14 points. He played the last eight minutes with four fouls.

Father Judge 7 16 12 7-42

Archbishop Ryan 6 16 13 12-47

FJ: Alphonso Chie 3, Conor McHugh 3, Tom Quarry 13, Drew Riley 9, Shane Dooley 14.

AR: Jaquill Stone 2, Mekhi Lang 5, Colin Reed 12, Amin Bryant 9, Devon Vargas 6, Kevin Lezin 10, Anthony Woodard 1, Glenn Smith 2.

Devin Vargas, left, of Archbishop Ryan has his shot blocked by Tom Quarry of Father Judge in the 2nd quarter on Jan. 19, 2018.
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Devin Vargas, left, of Archbishop Ryan has his shot blocked by Tom Quarry of Father Judge in the 2nd quarter on Jan. 19, 2018.