Basketball - Varsity
|Date:||January 9, 2019|
Gerstell traveled to Brooklandville on Wednesday night and came out firing against host St. Paul’s. The visiting Falcon’s, who competed with sophomore standout Ahmad Harrison, would score 17 points in the first quarter. They received contributions from four different players that included two deep triples by sophomore Jeremiah Stanton, who would finish with 11 in the game. St. Paul’s closed an early double digit deficit with seven points from senior forward Ziggy Reid, to end a great first quarter of play trailing 17-16.
The host Crusaders would use hot shooting of their own as forwards Troy Barthelme and Luke Trotta would drain key three point shots in the frame to open up a seven point lead at the half. The senior and sophomore forward combination would combine for 16 and 12 points respectively, along with key backline play and rim protection in St.Paul’s zone defense.
The game proved to be the back and forth battle that both teams expected as Gerstell would own the third quarter, outscoring the home team by nine to take a two point lead into the final frame. The Falcon’s continued to use balanced scoring to attack St. Paul’s, getting buckets from five different team members in the eight minute span, including another deep shot from Stanton.
St. Paul’s got a key three point basket early in forth from sophomore point guard Anthony Smaldore, who finished in double figures with 10. Smaldore was key against good pressure defense from Gerstell, committing only one turnover and helping his team run their offense. St. Paul’s would get a steal in a game that was tied with 1:20 left to play. The Crusaders would score a bucket of a sideline inbounds play that featured a post entry pass from Trotta to Barthelme, who would convert a very tough and well contested turn around shot.
St. Paul’s would come up with a steal with eight seconds remaining in the game, but was unable to convert from the foul line, leaving the door open for Gerstell. The home team came out in a zone press that they had not used all game and forced a Falcon turnover with less than a second to play, sealing the victory.
The Crusaders got key efforts from seniors Leo Kelly and Phil Stokes who would combine for 14 rebounds. Tyler Tillery would finish with a double double in an effort that saw him score 10 points and control the glass for Gerstell.
Gerstell 53 – Carpenter 11, Stanton 11, Noble 11, Tillery 10, Bethea 8, Tinsley 2
St. Paul’s 55 – Barthelme 16, Reid 15, Trotta 12, Smaldore 10, Kelly 2
St. Paul’s moves to 9-5 on the year and 4-1 in conference to force a three way tie for first with Gerstell and Severn. Come support the Crusaders at 1:00 on Saturday as they take on Archbishop Curley!