Basketball - JV
|Date:||January 9, 2019|
The JV Basketball team lost a heart breaker to Gerstell yesterday in the Pollock Gym 44-41. It was a defensive battle from the tip with both teams struggling to get open looks, but SP got their offense going first to take off on an 8-0 run sparked by Mark Matthews drilling a 3 from the top of the key. With a bit of a cushion the Crusies settled into their offense and started to find big men Jack Mitchell and Garrison Curry inside, which opened up lanes for John Padousis and Cole Bloom to drive, get fouled, and pick up some points from the free throw line. Gerstell did manage to hit a few 3’s and close the gap, but going into the half the Crusaders were still holding on to a tight lead. After making some defensive adjustments at halftime, Sam English, Jack Keenan, Olu Kopano, and Kylen Austen set the tone defensively by forcing turnovers, getting steals, and making statements with several big time blocks. St. Paul’s extended their lead in the third quarter, but their defensive pressure started to get them into foul trouble and Gerstell started taking trips to the line off every foul. In the Fourth quarter the Crusaders managed to extend their lead back to 6, but with about 3 minutes to play Gerstell’s point guard hit back to back 3’s to cut the lead to 1, and both teams started to trade buckets passing the lead back and forth. St. Paul’s was forced to foul to stop the clock and get the ball back, but Gerstell managed to knock some of their free throws down to extend their lead to 3. With 17 seconds to play, St. Paul’s inbounded the ball, beat the full court press, and Coach Keenan called a timeout to draw up a play for one last shot. The boys ran the play and got a contested look from 3 with 5 seconds to play, but Cole Bloom managed to collect the rebound and kick it out to John Padousis in the corner for one last shot from behind the arc. The shot looked good as it left his hands and the whole gym was in suspense, but fate had other plans and the ball rimmed out as the buzzer sounded. The boys were disappointed they didn’t get the win, but held their heads high knowing they held their own against one of the top teams in the conference and almost won. The Crusaders are back in action Friday as they take on St. Mary’s on the road and then Archbishop Curly at home on Saturday.