Basketball - JV
vs. St. Mary's
|Date:||January 21, 2020|
The JV basketball team went on the road yesterday for a huge conference match-up against the Saints of St. Mary's. We were coming into the game undefeated in conference play (6-0), but St. Mary's was also undefeated in the conference (5-0) so this was a battle for the #1 spot.
We came out hot getting a lot of good looks in transition and putting up 10 in the paint and another 2 form the line from Sophomore John Padousis. Sophomore Cole Bloom lead scoring in the first quarter picking up 6 from the block, and Freshmen Josh Stinespring and Nate Livingston each picked up 2 driving from the wing. St Mary's had a slow start, but with their size it was only a matter of time before they settled into their offense and started to get looks inside as well. The score by the end of the 1st was 12 - 10 in favor of the Crusies and we knew we were in for a dogfight.
The game became much more physical in the 2nd quarter. Both teams were getting open looks, but players from both teams were all over the floor getting after loose balls, picking off passes, and getting steals with not many fouls being called. Josh and John got a few looks off driving from the wing, and Garrison Curry had a tough finish through contact down the stretch. St. Mary's definitely slowed down our offense holding us to 9 points, and they hit two big 3's on top of a few lay-ups inside to go up 25 - 21 after the first half of play.
The 3rd quarter was similar to the 2nd. Physical play with limited offense, but we did start to get some more calls in our favor from John driving relentlessly to the rack. He picked up 4 from the line and Nate picked up our other 6 points drilling two 3's from the parking lot (deep!). As we entered the 4th quarter it was 31-36 with St. Mary's still on top. We had some guys in foul trouble and other guys gassed from their defensive effort and Freshmen Daniel Davis and Cam Nelson gave crucial minutes in the 2nd and 3rd along with Sophomores Timmy Wilcox, Braeden Kletz, Matthew Meck, Will McClosky, Christian Richter, and Grant English who had a few big blocks.
The starters were back in for the 4th except for Curry who we were saving for the end since we had 4 fouls. Daniel stepped up for him and our 5 took the floor ready to show the home team why we made the trip down to Annapolis. We came out in Man pressuring them, picking off passes, and ripping down boards to scrap our way back. With 3 minutes to play we were down 6 and we sent Curry back out, but keeping Daniel ready. Curry and Cole combined for 6 inside and Josh got another 4. John said he couldn't let a freshmen hit all the 3's so he drilled one from deep to close the gap even more. with 30 on the clock we were down 1 and we came up with a HUGE stop on defense. Josh brought the ball down, got it to John and John went to work on the wing driving into the lane. Shot went up and Cole battled to collect the miss, then with 4 seconds on the clock he rises up through the contact to get one off. It doesn't drop, but we got the call and Cole went to the line to keep our undefeated hopes alive. First shot rims out. 4 seconds on the clock, down 1, and Cole drains the second one to tie it up at 46. St. Mary's gets it in, but can't get any sort of look and we take it overtime.
We carried our momentum and energy into overtime knowing we had the Saints against the ropes and we just had to keep playing our game to win out in the 4 minutes of extra time. They tried to switch to a zone, but we picked it apart and got Cole and Curry easy looks inside. Cole got fouled on one and picked up another single from the line. With under a minute to play the home team started fouling to eat up clock time, because we were up 4 and they needed time to score. Nate got sent to the line first and drained both while the refs were still trying to figure out who the foul was one. That's a cold freshmen man, didn't hesitate, then he comes back to hit another dagger from beyond the arc. Up 6 with less than 10 to play they send Josh to the line and he puts the final nail in the coffin sinking both and sealing the win.
It was an incredible game, and both teams truly gave it all they had. From our starters to our last guys off the bench, and to our parents this win was a team effort through and through. We couldn't be more proud of the guys after this win, but the season is only halfway over and we see everyone again before the playoffs. 2 days to rest and work on some things in practice, but then we get back to action Friday at home to take on St. John's Catholic