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Basketball - JV vs. Archbishop Curley
MIAA Semifinals

Event Type: Regular
Advantage:Home

Date: February 21, 2019

Result:Win
Score:66-65

Event Recap:

Yesterday at 4pm St. Paul’s JV Basketball hosted Archbishop Curley to play their last home game of the season in Pollack Gym. Having played Curley twice already, most recently last Thursday, and getting the better of them both times we knew the Friars were going to be hungry coming into this game. It was a slow defensive battle in the first quarter. We came out in our zone and stopped them from getting anything easy inside, but their shooting guard knocked down 2 threes and two other players took trips to the foul line to rack up 9 in the first quarter. Curley came out in their usual man defense at first, but after Sophomore forward Sam English went to work in the paint and put up 4 quick points and Freshman guard John Padousis hit a deep 3, the Friars had no choice but to switch to a zone. After the late switch Sophomore guard Olu Kopano scrapped to get open for a mid-range jumper to keep the score tied at 9 going into the 2nd. In the second quarter it was still a very defensive game with both sides leaving it all out there, but the Crusies had an advantage in an extremely aggressive defensive front in Sophomores Jack Keenan, Kylen Austin, and Olu Kopano who combined for a number of steals and a few big blocks. Offensively it was the same cast from the first quarter getting to the basket with the addition of Freshman forward Cole Bloom who picked up 4 of his 9 points just before the half and Sophomore guard Jack Keenan who grinded for a tough bucket and almost made it a 3 point play. The scoreline accurately represented how tight this game was with a score of 21-20 at the half with the home team on top. Coach Keenan made a couple adjustments at halftime and the boys came out ready to come alive and take over the heated semi-final game. The Crusaders did just that and went off for 25 points in the 3rd quarter. Playing some of the best team ball they have all season, nearly everyone who got a touch recorded points in the book including: Jack Keenan and Sam English combing for a handful of points in the paint; Mark Matthews, Olu Kopano, and John Padousis each hit a 3; John also took over and got to the rack to pick up 9 points from the floor and foul line. Even though the Crusaders had a high scoring quarter, they couldn’t pull away from the persistent Friars. 2 of their players combined for 15 points and a few others picked up a couple layups to bring their total to 41 by the end of the 3rd. It was a 5 point game going into the 4th with neither team showing signs of giving in. The Friars started to get hot and not only hit more shots but started to force turnovers as well and they closed the gap to the point where we were trading buckets to go from being tied to up 2. With 3 seconds left and the score tied the Crusies in bounded the ball and heaved it down to Olu who made an amazing catch and tried to make a play to get a shot off but it didn’t fall and we were headed to overtime. Curley came out hot in overtime taking an early lead and getting up by as much as 5 at one point. But the home team stayed cool and pulled out the full court press to try and force the Friars to turn the ball over. The Crusaders chipped away at the deficit knocking down free throws and getting a couple great looks inside. With the score tied and less than a minute to play, John broke away for a layup that rimmed out, but fellow Freshman Cole Bloom had his back and followed the shot for an easy 2 to put the home team up in the final stretch. Curley managed to beat our press and got the ball across half court with less than 10 seconds on the clock, and made a fatal turnover from a travel call. All the Crusies had to do was inbound the ball and run out the clock for a couple seconds, but we also made a near-fatal error and turned the ball over off the inbound. In an intense defensive stand, the Crusaders locked down Curley from the inbound and kept them from getting any sort of good look. As the clock expired the scoreboard showed a final line of 68-67 with St. Paul’s on top to play one more time for the B-Conference Championship. The Final game is Friday afternoon at 5pm at Gerstell, and we will look to upset the 1 seed on their home court to win it all.

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