Basketball - MS Blue
|Date:||December 5, 2018|
On Wednesday afternoon, the Blue Basketball squad headed to Owings Mills to take on the Eagles from McDonogh in their first game of the season. St. Paul’s used an aggressive 1-3-1 defense to set the tone early and demonstrate to the hosts that they weren’t backing down. Cameron Nelson attacked the basket early on and Aiden Gould knocked down a couple buckets to pace the Crusaders in the first quarter. Tyler Tucker’s energy and Paul Koukoulas’ physicality down low helped neutralize McDonogh’s superior length and size. James Mackrell, Declan Brady, and Dessian Oula stepped in to settle the Crusaders down on offense, and Quinn Matthews proved instrumental in breaking the Eagles’ first half press.
A late second quarter run allowed St. Paul’s to head into halftime down 4 to the hosts. Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter, though Matthew Marino and Thomas Magnusson hustled mightily on both sides of the court. Heading into the 4th quarter, the Crusaders remained within in striking distance of the Eagles. Alas, McDonogh’s size proved too much down the stretch, and a 10-0 run for the Eagles put the game away. McDonogh emerged victorious by a score of 42-26.
Max Rottinghaus’ incredibly hard play led to 8 pass deflections while Nate Livingston led St. Paul’s with 6 rebounds and 7 deflections of his own. St. Paul’s next takes on Boys’ Latin this Friday in their home debut.