Basketball - Varsity
vs. Archbishop Curley
|Date:||January 12, 2019|
St. Paul’s would close out a hectic stretch in their schedule over the weekend, finishing off their fifth league game in just eight days at home on Saturday. Before they battled for first place on Saturday with Archbishop Curley they would travel to St. Mary’s in Annapolis to face St. Mary’s. The Crusader’s got off to a hot start in the tight confines of the host Saint’s gym. The road team would erupt for 22 first quarter points, taking a 13 point lead into the second frame. St. Mary’s would battle back in second quarter to trim the Crusader’s lead to 5 at the break. The boys from Brooklandville would respond in the third quarter to extend their lead to eleven compliments to three makes from beyond the arc from Troy Barthelme, who scored 11 of his 18 points in eight minute stretch. St. Paul’s would go on to win 57-45.
A quick turnaround saw Archbishop Curley visit Pollock gym on Saturday afternoon in a matchup that would determine first place in the MIAA B conference. The host Crusaders held the visitors scoreless for the first six minutes of the game and jumped out to a 8-0 lead, but head into the half with just a 20-18 lead. The smaller Friars’ would attempt to pressure the ball in the second half that initially resulted in them taking a four point lead thanks to back to back three point shots early in the third quarter. St. Paul’s would fight through tough second half play to earn their way to the free throw line for 23 shots, 19 of which were converted. That ultimately lead the Crusaders to 53-49 victory and sole possession of first place in the league. Ziggy Reid lead the charge on a snowy Saturday with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
St. Paul’s won five league games in eight days to advance to 11-5 overall and 6-1 in league play.