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Isaiah Briscoe was key down the stretch for St. Benedict's Prep in a National High School Invitational semifinal victory over Findlay Prep.

Academy Top 10 No. 3 St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) will meet No. 4 Montverde Academy (Fla.) in the finals of the National High School Invitational on Saturday after a pair of nail-biting Friday semifinal games.

St. Benedict's Prep (32-1) ended the 54-game win streak of No. 1-ranked Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) in a 60-57 thriller, getting 19 points from Syracuse-bound senior Tyler Ennis and 14 more from super sophomore Isaiah Briscoe.

St. Benedict's Prep led by eight points heading into the fourth quarter but looked like it would fall victim to another valiant comeback by star guard Nigel Williams-Goss and the Pilots (35-1), who took a 55-51 lead late in the contest.

Instead, Briscoe took over with seven key points down the stretch to lead the Gray Bees to the championship.

Williams-Goss finished with 20 points in the final game of his four-year run with Findlay Prep.

In the day's first semifinal, junior guard D'Angelo Russell notched a game-high 20 points to lead Montverde Academy (24-2) past No. 2 Prime Prep (Dallas) 57-55. Dakari Johnson, a 6-foot-10 senior headed to Kentucky, added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the victorious Eagles.

Star junior guard Emmanuel Mudiay led Prime Prep (37-2) with 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Saturday's final will be televised on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. Montverde Academy head coach Kevin Boyle will be revisiting an old rivalry in that contest. Boyle spent 23 years at St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) and counted St. Benedict's Prep as one of his fiercest rivals while there.