PHILADELPHIA >> Roman Catholic was shorthanded before its Philadelphia Catholic League semifinal against Neumann-Goretti even started Wednesday night. Roman’s talented freshman guard, Lynn Greer III, hurt his knee in warm-ups but tried to gut it out and play. After all, players don’ get many chances to play at the Palestra and the Cahillites were trying to make it three straight PCL titles. Greer didn’t last long but his teammates sure did, giving the Saints everything they had before Goretti’s Villanova-bound big man, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree finished with a flourish in the fourth, propelling N-G to a 67-56 win at Penn’s famed arena in the first of two PCL semifinals. “I was proud of our guys and their effort,” first-year Roman coach Matt Griffin said. “They gave a great effort. We didn’t execute the game plan 100 percent but I thought we did the best job we did all year of executing a plan.” In the team’s first meeting, the Saints took apart Roman’s man-to-man defense, so the Cahillites switched things up on Wednesday, playing more 1-3-1 zone and trying to stick with N-G’s potent outside shooters. Roman had to play from behind almost from the jump with Greer exiting just a few possessions into the game, unable to play. Cosby-Roundtree finished the game with 19 points, 13 of them coming in the fourth quarter, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Goretti guard Quade Green, a Kentucky commit, scored 18 and hit a handful of big shots, including a deep 3-pointer just before the halftime horn. “It wasn’t pretty but we got it done,” Goretti coach Carl Arrigale said. “The seniors came through late for us. I was a little worried, we had a couple guys who didn’t participate last year so you don’t know how they’re going to react. We got through it OK, but I’d like to see us play defense a little better.” Neumann-Goretti 67, Roman Catholic 56 Roman Catholic 9 13 13 21 - 56 Neumann-Goretti 14 14 13 26 - 67 Roman Catholic: Da’Kquan Davis 4 2-7 11, Allen Betrand 6 6-8 19, JP Sanders 2 0-0 4, Seth Lundy 8 3-5 20, Chris Kuhar 1 0-0 2. Nonscoring: Lynn Greer III, Colin Flach, Quamere Garrick. Totals: 21 11-20 56. Neumann-Goretti: Quade Green 7 2-2 18, Noah Warren 2 2-3 7, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree 6 7-8 19, Mike Milsip 3 0-0 7, Dymir Montague 2 2-3 7, Christian Ings 2 2-3 9. Nonscoring: Marcus Littles, Emil Moody. Totals: 22 15-19 67. 3-pointers: RC - Davis, Lundy, Betrand; NG - Green 2, Warren, Montague, Ings.