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Basketball - JV vs. St. Mary's

Event Type: Regular

Date: January 11, 2019


Event Recap:

JV Basketball came away with 2 big wins this weekend after beating St. Mary's on the road Friday and Archbishop Curley at home Saturday. SP got off to a strong start Friday afternoon thanks to Cole Bloom, John Padousis, and Mark Matthews all opening up our scoring from the paint. St. Mary's had a bigger lineup, but sophomores Sam English and Jack Mitchell stayed solid down low getting several blocks and pulling down nearly all the rebounds. In the second half St. Mary's came out in a full court press and slowed down our offense. On defense we were dealing with some excessive calls from the refs, which sent St. Mary's to the line so often they managed to bring the score within 10 points during the fourth quarter. With a few players in foul trouble Savon Thomas and Kylen Austin came in off the bench with fresh legs to come up with some huge defensive stops. Point guard Jack Keenan also helped the Crusaders close out, not only getting to the lane to score in the final minutes but also hitting a couple clutch free throws to put them away 45-39. St. Mary's put up a fight and the boys had to come back and play less than 24 hours later against a tough Curley team that came into the game undefeated in the B conference. The Crusies started off the game against Curley very similarly to the St. Mary's game, starting off with a 13-0 run in the first quarter. Freshman guard John Padousis led the scoring effort and proved to be unstoppable getting to the rim against their man defense. The Friars made defensive adjustments and slowed down our offense with a 2-3 zone, and they managed to cut our lead to 3 by the end of the first half. The Crusaders had an uphill battle of sorts throughout most of the game because of countless missed foul calls and questionable turnover calls by the refs, but the boys showed true resolve by staying focused and continuing to play their game on both ends of the floor. Jack Keenan was in foul trouble for most of the game and Sophomore Olu Kopano really stepped up to run the offense from the point. Sam English brought the energy on defense and showed his scoring ability by picking up his first double digit scoring game of the season. Mark Matthews and Kylen Austin both made some incredible passes to pick up several assists each working from the wing, and Mark also hit 2 crucial free throws late in the fourth quarter. One thing that really kept the Crusaders ahead all game was outstanding efforts on the boards by the teams big men, especially Jack Mitchell who collected nearly every defensive rebound and several offensive ones throughout the game. In the final minutes as Curley was trying to mount a comeback, Mitchell shut down any second chance opportunities by soaring up again and again to rip down boards. The Crusaders showed incredible composure against a strong competitor, and even as the Friars continued to press down the stretch we limited our turnovers and managed to keep our offense going to add to our lead. The final score was 44-38 SP, and this home win ends a long series of games for the Crusies. After going 4-1 in 8 days the JV squad finally get a chance to rest their legs before they take on St. John Catholic Wednesday night down at SPSG.

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