Ja'Quan Newton made an early stake to his claim as the city's top boys' basketball player as Neumann-Goretti topped host Lower Merion, 70-64, Friday night in a nonleague game.

The junior guard scored a team-high 21 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. He shot 7 for 13 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out three assists.

John Davis, a senior bound for Towson, chipped in with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 6 for 12 from the field.

The Saints outscored Lower Merion, 18-13, in the third quarter to help build a six-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

B.J. Johnson led Lower Merion with a game-high 28 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.

Yohanny Dalembert, the brother of former Sixers center Samuel Dalembert, aided the effort with eight points.

Neumann-Goretti 15 16 18 21 - 70

Lower Merion 13 17 13 21 - 64

N: Jamal Custis 6, John Davis 20, Troy Harper 5, Lamarr Kimble 11, Ja'Quan Newton 21, Hanif Sutton 5, Tony Toplyn 2.

LM: Yohanny Dalembert 8, Raheem Hall 8, Baird Howland 3, B.J. Johnson 28, Jaquan Johnson 9, Justin McFadden 4, Corey Sherman 4.