Basketball - Varsity
|Date:||February 6, 2019|
St. Paul’s traveled to Carroll County last night to participate in a battle for first place in the MIAA B conference with Gerstell Academy. The game lived up to the high expectations for both teams. The visiting Crusaders jumped out to a 16-8 first quarter lead behind their reliable tandem of forwards Ziggy Reid and Troy Barthleme. Each scored seven points in the opening frame. Gerstell would close the lead to 26-20 at half with great transition offense that featured nine first half points from senior guard Anthony Carpenter, who would be the only Falcon to score in double figures, finishing with 10 total points. The third quarter became a defensive battle that featured great rim protection from St. Paul’s and tough full court man to man pressure from host school. St. Paul’s would cling to a three point lead heading into the fourth thanks to sophomore guard Anthony Smaldore. He was able to withstand tough on ball defense and knock down two key three’s in an extremely hard played quarter by both teams. Gerstell would take their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter thanks to balanced scoring and a smooth three point jump shot from sophomore guard Antoine Thompson. St. Paul’s would withstand the run by continuing to play tough zone defense thanks to tough interior defense from their senior Troy Barthleme and a total team effort on the glass. During crunch time the Crusaders would turn to a familiar face on the offensive end as senior Ziggy Reid scored 10 of his game high 21 points in the final period. St. Paul’s would close the game on an exciting 15-2 run that not only featured Reid but fellow senior Leo Kelly. He scored seven points and grabbed four key defensive rebounds in the final minutes to help seal the win. St. Paul’s gained sole possession of first place in the league with the victory.