|Basketball - Varsity McBride Tournament|
|Date:||December 7, 2018|
The Varsity basketball traveled to Philadelphia over the weekend to participate in the McBride Classic at the Haverford school. In spite of the bitter cold weather outside, the Crusaders started off the tournament red hot, racing out to a 19-8 first quarter lead over Philadelphia’s Carver Science and Engineering school. The boys from Brooklandville would stay hot in the second quarter as well and carry a 42-23 lead into half time thanks to 12 points from Senior Ziggy Reid and 11 from Sophomore Anthony Smaldore. Troy Barthelme would carry the scoring load in the third quarter as he recorded 12 of his game high 21 in the frame. A total team effort resulted in a 74-53 win for a St.Paul’s squad that saw every member play significant minutes in the game.
The Crusaders advanced to Saturday’s championship game against the hosts from Haverford. The game started out very well contested with a back and forth first quarter that left St.Paul’s down by 3. Troy Barthelme picked up 2 fouls in the quarter and would be hindered with foul trouble most of the game before eventually fouling out, finishing the game with 16 points. Turnovers and transition buckets lead to a 10-0 run for the Haverford school in the second frame that St. Paul’s ultimately would not recover from. LaSalle commit Christian Ray was the benefactor of many of the transition buckets the Fords would score in the quarter and would score 19 points in the first half. St. Paul’s made defensive adjustments and help the future Division 1 player to just 2 points in the second half. The effort from St.Pauls was great throughout the second half but the Haverford team was able to keep the Crusaders at bay with phenomenal free throw shooting (22-25). The Fords would win the champhionship 71-53.