Basketball - MS Blue
vs. Gilman School
|Date:||January 14, 2019|
The Blue Basketball team faced off against the Greyhounds from Gilman School in a Monday afternoon Pollock Gym showdown. The Crusaders jumped out to a fast start thanks to their aggressive defense that led to numerous deflections, steals, and loose balls. Thomas Magnusson and Braeden Hastings played solid down low and gobbled up several key early rebounds. Sharp shooting from three-point range by Max Rottinghaus and a relentless fast break attack led by Quinn Matthews and James Mackrell forced an early timeout from the visitors from Gilman. Matthew Marino and Declan Brady battled on defense and sprinted effectively on offense allowing St. Paul’s to hang tough and take an 8 point lead into halftime. In the third quarter, the shots stopped falling for the hosts from St. Paul’s as Gilman slowly but surely got back into the game. Suddenly, the Crusaders found themselves trailing by two midway through the 4th quarter. Following a timeout, Cameron Nelson got to the free throw line and cashed in to settle the Crusaders. Newfound energy on defense and the boards by Dessian Oula and Tyler Tucker helped jumpstart a crucial 7-0 run for St. Paul’s. Despite a furious press by the Greyhounds, the players for St. Paul’s kept their composure, hit their free throws down the stretch, and emerged with a 40-34 victory.
Nate Livingston led the Crusaders with 15 points including a clutch old-fashioned three point play late in the 4th quarter. St. Paul’s now has over a week to build on the win when they take on McDonogh at home on Wednesday, January 23rd.