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Central Catholic holds off Everett 68-65 to reach D1 North finals

Ghared Boyce, defended by Kevin Constant, has a possible game-tying shot in the air as the buzzer sounds.

Bret Edwards found two openings to the basket late in the game.

(North Andover MA) Ghared Boyce put up his second 3-pointer in the final thirty seconds but this one didn’t go and #3 Central Catholic had a gutsy 68-65 win over #2 Everett on Wednesday night.

The victory sends Central (20-5) to the Division 1 North finals on Saturday against Cambridge at North Andover High School (6PM).  The Raiders lost, 70-61, to Cambridge in February.

Tonight’s game was exciting and enthusiastically watched.  Fifteen lead changes will do that to you!

Bret Edwards turned out to be the hero for Central because he cashed two layups in the last 1:18 of the contest.

Bret’s first layup was answered by a second-chance triple by Ghared Boyce that put the Tide (19-3) within one (66-65).  Bret’s second layup, with eleven seconds left, gave the Raiders a 3-point cushion. When Ghared’s last-second, triple try went wide the team from Lawrence had win #20 and at least one more game to play.

Theo Zidor gets the bad news (5 fouls) with three minutes left.

The reigning Super Bowl champs played much of the second half without 6’6” inside player Theo Zidor because of foul trouble.

Junior Ghared Boyce led all scorers with twenty-one points.  Ghared already has 1000 points.  The 6’ guard had a quiet first half (five points) but was the go-to guy for Everett down the stretch.

Colin Bradanese paced Central with twenty points.  Teammate Dom Keegan drained five triples for fifteen points.  CC had eight from long range.

Jordan McAfee carried Everett in the first half with seventeen points.

Sam Lara had a quiet six points for CC after netting twenty-five in the quarter-finals against Andover.

The Raiders won despite missing nine free throws (14/23).

Everett has now last five straight years in the D1 North semi-finals.

Everett box

Central Catholic box

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Bret Edwards afterwards

Kevin Constant (#11) soars toward the hoop

Colin Bradanese (20 points) gets a layup

Junior Isaiah Likely

Theo Zidor and Sam Lara

Donnell Skeen defended by Bret Edwards

Jordan McAfee, Sam Lara, and Ghared Boyce eye a rebound

Theo Zidor (10 points) gets two

Ghared Boyce (21 points) sees double coverage.

 

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Woburn dominates Central Catholic 65-44 to gain D1 North finals

Mya Blazejowski finds an opening

Marissa Gattuso (16 points) sets up a teammate for a layup

(Haverhill MA) Woburn had the lead early, won every quarter, dominating Central Catholic, 65-44, in the Division 1 North semifinals at Whittier Tech on Monday night.

This game had the flow of a car needing servicing as both teams pressured the other and whistles blew endlessly stopping play.  There were fifty fouls called and twenty-eight of them went against the Raiders.

The Tanners (20-3) will return to Whittier on Saturday for a chance at a second straight D1 North title.

The combination of missed shots and turnovers (21) prevented the Raiders (16-7) from putting consecutive points together.  Their largest point-run was five.  Nicole Elbeery (10 points) did that run by herself and with it the senior brought CC within a point of the lead, 11-10 early in the second quarter.

#3 Woburn had runs of five points or better six times during the game.

Senior Marissa Gattuso (16 points) and Kelsey Qualey (14 points) paced the Tanners.

Woburn coach Steve Sullivan (144-31) used plenty of substitutes and those fresh legs kept the team from Lawrence from mounting any late-game heroics.

Nicole Elbeery (10 points) finds an opening

#7 Central Catholic trailed by eleven (53-42) with 5 ½ minutes remaining but Woburn used the finals minutes to outscore the team from the Merrimack Valley Conference, 12-2, and cruise to the win.  A big shot in that surge was a three by Mya Blazejowski (from Ashlyn Pacheco) from in front of the Tanners’ bench and student section.

A key in this game was the defense Cassie Palmisano played on CC’s top scorer, Nicole Elbeery, limiting the senior’s touches.  Nicole had 22 points in the Raiders’ quarterfinals win over Peabody.

Marissa Gattuso led all scorers in points but her value to Woburn goes far beyond the points.  The Merrimack-bound senior is a magnificent dribbler and passer.  Defensively, Marissa has a knack of jumping passing lanes for steals.  Her all-around abilities make her special.  This is the third time I have seen her play.

One thing I’m sure CC coach Casey Grange would have liked to fix was his team’s defense against Woburn’s inbounds plays that led to three layups.

The Tanners made 20-of-26 free throws.  Kelsey Qualey was 7-for-9.

Plenty of contact throughout the game.  Central Catholic was tough on the boards and five of their baskets came on second-chance opportunities.

Woburn had three 3’s in the first quarter (Mya Blazejowski, Ashlyn Pacheco, Andrea Schiavone).

The game’s high scorers – Kaylee Thomas (12 points) and Marissa Gattuso (16 points)

Kaylee Thomas led CC in scoring with twelve points.

Woburn knocked Central Catholic out of the playoffs last year in the First Round at Woburn High School.  The Tanners went on to the state semifinals before losing to eventual state champs Bishop Feehan.

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Woburn box

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Mya Blazejowski gets a block against the Raiders

Marissa Gattuso heads up court

Kaylee Thomas tries a layup in traffic

Nicole Wiggins

Ashlyn Pacheco

Staring down a defender

Andrea Schiavone

Marissa Gattuso gets off a shot

Kelsey Qualey was 7-for-9 from the line

Marissa Gattuso

Katie Kirsch goes for a block

Cassie Palmisano guards Nicole Elbeery

Mya Blazejowski lifts for a triple

Marissa Gattuso and Kaitlyn Quinn

Marina Rufo

 

 

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Lincoln-Sudbury girls defeat Central Catholic 1-0 to reach D1 North soccer finals

Sophomore Jenna Barnes (10) scored the only goal of the game assisted by senior  Hannah Rosenblatt (17)

Sophomore Jenna Barnes (10) scored the only goal of the game assisted by senior Hannah Rosenblatt (17)

The Warriors rush to celebrate semi-final win

The Warriors rush to celebrate semi-final win

(Lynn MA) The third time was the charm for the Lincoln-Sudbury girls’ soccer team.

After being knocked out of the Division 1 North tournament two straight years by Central Catholic, the Warriors found revenge with an exciting, 1-0, win on a tropical (for November) Tuesday afternoon.

The victory on Veterans Day puts LS in the D1 North finals on Saturday afternoon (4:15 PM) versus Chelmsford.

Chelmsford may have done Lincoln-Sudbury a huge favor by defeating #1 seed Acton-Boxboro in today’s other D1 North semifinal.  Why?  LS played AB twice in the Dual County League and lost both times.

The Warriors (16-3-1) scored early (34:20) in the first half and played just enough defense the rest of the way to get the job done.

Senior Hannah Rosenblatt dribbled through traffic from her left and found teammate Jenna Barnes in the middle.  Jenna side-stepped one defender for a clean look beating CC goalie Amanda Fay to Amanda’s right.

I asked Jenna about the goal afterwards.  She confessed/laughed that the shot was a “toe ball but that she’d still take it.”

This is the picture sequence of the LS goal:lice A4 Hannah Rosenblatt (17) in heavy Central Catholic trafficlice A5 Hannah Rosenblatt passes into the middle to Jenna Barneslice A6 Jenna Barnes cuts back on Nicole Wiggins to open spacelice A3 Jenna Barnes (10) launches the game winner

That that one goal held up was a surprise to me because both teams were skilled and fast.

Central Catholic (11-5-4) was led on the attack by freshman Elayna Grillakis.  Elayna had the speed to really pressure the LS defense.  “Our defense was terrific in recovery,” said LS goalie Caroline Fahey afterwards.

The best of the CC chances was in the first half with about six minutes left.  Elayna broke down the left sidestepping both Jenna King and Emma Garrett to get in on Caroline Fahey.  Caroline slid into a block and deflected the ball away from Elayna at the last second.

Here is the picture sequence of Elayna’s break in: lice A10 Elayna Grillakis in on LS goalie Caroline Faheylice A11 GK Caroline Fay slides to blocklice A12 ball loose

The Raiders Jenna Martin had several collisions with the LS goalie chasing balls lobbed into the box but couldn’t put on a finishing touch.

Hannah Rosenblatt shadowed by Sarah Regan

Hannah Rosenblatt shadowed by Sarah Regan

Hannah Rosenblatt was shadowed by Sarah Regan.

Central Catholic had an incredible number of throw-ins because of the pressure they put on the outside lanes.

Hannah Rosenblatt drilled a long direct kick but it was right at CC goalie Amanda Fay in the second half.

Who ever heard of November weather in the upper 60’s?  Next week only six states are supposed to avoid snowfall!

One of the referees arrived late.

Lincoln-Sudbury has qualified for the post-season in 15 of the last 16 seasons.

(This is a blog so if any of the information is incorrect, please let me know.)

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Izzy Ross (2) well set up in the second half

Izzy Ross (2) well set up in the second half

Jenna King (11) closes on constant threat Elayna Grillakis (12)

Jenna King (11) closes on constant threat Elayna Grillakis (12)

Heavy traffic in front of Warriors goal

Heavy traffic in front of Warriors goal

Hannah Rosenblatt

Hannah Rosenblatt

LS coach Kate Berry

LS coach Kate Berry

Jenna Barnes

Jenna Barnes

Erin Dwinell

Erin Dwinell

Danielle Cicolina (15) and Izzy Ross (2)

Danielle Cicolina (15) and Izzy Ross (2)

Caroline Fahey

Caroline Fahey

Jenny Crowell (6) and Ashley Raphael (17)

Jenny Crowell (6) and Ashley Raphael (17)

Amanda Fay

Amanda Fay

Alessandra Sadler

Alessandra Sadler

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Central Catholic downs St. John’s Prep 81-74 in overtime to win D1 North semi-finals

Ben Judson (30 points) and Tyler Nelson (19 points)

Ben Judson (30 points) and Tyler Nelson (19 points)

Central Catholic controlled the inside.  Here Aaron Hall (19 points) puts back a rebound

Central Catholic controlled the inside. Here Aaron Hall (19 points) puts back a rebound

(Beverly MA) Central Catholic put ten straight points together in overtime to defeat St. John’s Prep, 81-74, in the Division 1 North semi-finals on Tuesday night.

The Raiders (20-5) will now play Andover in the D1 North finals on Saturday at the Tsongas Center.

Ten lead changes in the first quarter gives you a sense of what kind of game St. John’s/Central Catholic was early on.  The pace was fast and the shots were falling for both teams.

The Eagles went on to dominate most of the second and third quarter (up 59-50 in the 3rd) before the Raiders came all the way back and took the lead on an Alex Santos layup in the last minute of regulation.

On the Eagles possession, Mike Bisson was able to make one of two free throws to tie the score (67-67) with forty-five seconds left.

AJ Pettway defends Kareem Davis

AJ Pettway defends Kareem Davis

The Raiders then had a turnover (steal by Max Butterbrodt) setting up St. John’s with plenty of time to get the point or points needed for the win.  But a terrific defensive job my sophomore AJ Pettway on junior Kareem Davis (11 points) extended the game into overtime.

In overtime, St. John’s had the lead (71-69) 1+ minutes in on a spinning layup by Max Burt (16 points).

AJ Pettway, who was shutout for four quarters, scored four points in overtime giving CC the lead for good (73-71) with a rebound conversion.

Junior Ben Judson (30 points) carried the Eagles for three quarters collecting twenty-four points.  Five of the baskets came from long range. Thereafter, the lefty cooled off and each miss seemed to add to his frustration.  That frustration turned costly as Ben was assessed a technical foul with a minute left in overtime after missing a shot.  Tyler Nelson drained the resulting free throws putting Central Catholic ahead, 75-71.  The Eagles never recovered as CC added four more free throws.

Nick Cambio (19 points) shoots over Mike Bisson

Nick Cambio (19 points) shoots over Mike Bisson

St. John’s spent most of the night taking and making difficult shots.  The Raiders had size inside (Nick Cambio & Aaron Hall) and normal layups for the Eagles were infrequent.

On the other hand, Central Catholic shot plenty of high percentage shots.  The Eagles had no answers for 6-6 Nick Cambio (19 points) when he got the ball down low.  Aaron Hall (19 points) stayed close to the basket and when Tyler Nelson (19 points) required an extra defender it was usually Aaron’s defender.  Tyler had six assists (by my count) and most of them were to Aaron for layups.

The Beverly Fieldhouse filled early because if there is a rivalry that will deliver excitement it is this one.

Also on hand were two of the best student sections you’ll ever see.  There was plenty of back-and-forth chanting and cheering as the game unfolded.

Alec Buresh hit two straight 3’s for CC in the second quarter.

Alex Santos had ten points for Central Catholic.  The Raiders set up Alex (6-foot) in the lane on an inbounds play.

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St. John’s Prep box

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Tyler Nelson drives on Max Burt (16 points) as CC coach Rick Nault watches

Tyler Nelson drives on Max Burt (16 points) as CC coach Rick Nault watches

Alex Santos puts in a rebound

Alex Santos puts in a rebound

Central Catholic cheerleaders

Central Catholic cheerleaders

Max Butterbrodt defends Tyler Nelson

Max Butterbrodt defends Tyler Nelson

Kareem Davis launches a three at the end of the first quarter

Kareem Davis launches a three at the end of the first quarter

Max Butterbrodt, Kareem Davis, Max Burt, Ben Judson

Max Butterbrodt, Kareem Davis, Max Burt, Ben Judson

Tyler Nelson sank six free throws in overtime

Tyler Nelson sank six free throws in overtime

Aj Pettway and Ben Judson

Aj Pettway and Ben Judson

Eagles student section tries to distract free throw shooter Nick Cambio

Eagles student section tries to distract free throw shooter Nick Cambio

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Central Catholic overpowers North Andover 73-59 to avenge earlier loss

Nick Cambio (13 points) dominated the inside for Central Catholic

Nick Cambio (13 points) dominated the inside for Central Catholic

Aaron Hall (#30) had nineteen points for CC

Aaron Hall (#30) had nineteen points for CC

(North Andover MA) For a quarter this looked like a duplicate of the January 5th game.  The rest of the way…………not so much!

Central Catholic (15-4) took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back defeating North Andover, 73-59, on Tuesday night in Merrimack Valley Conference play.

In January’s 68-65 win at Central Catholic, North Andover had the shooting to match the Raiders.  The Knights’ John Enright connected six times from long range and teammate Spencer Reeve added twenty points.

John Enright (13 points) clicked three times from long distance in the first quarter this time around and carried NA to an 18-14 advantage.

Credit the CC defense thereafter.  They didn’t cause turnovers (NA only had four in the game) but they forced the Knights into low percentage, contested shots.

Wabissa Bede (21 points) passes

Wabissa Bede (21 points) passes

Nick Cambio (6-6) covered John Enright (5-11) and the good looks for John were out at NBA distance.

Spencer Reeve (twenty points in the first game) was held scoreless.  The 6-3 junior got into foul trouble early and was a non-factor.

Not only was the Raiders’ defense better but their offense was too.  CC’s big men, Nick Cambio and Aaron Hall (both 6-6) ran plays together that turned up layups for both of them on numerous occasions.  Nick finished with thirteen points while Aaron had nineteen.

Tyler Nelson (15 points) was his usual self.  He made shots and set up teammates.

Brett Daley fires from the corner

Brett Daley fires from the corner

The Knights (12-5) had a four-point lead (22-18) two minutes into the second quarter.  After this, the visitors from Lawrence put nine straight together over the next 3 1/2 minutes and NA never recovered from the 27-22 deficit.

The damage in the 9-point run was done by Tyler Nelson (two free throws & runner from the right), Aaron Hall (jump shot), and Nick Cambio (old-fashioned 3-point play.)

Central Catholic led, 31-26, at the half.

The Raiders were able to get the lead into double figures (40-29) 2 1/2 minutes into the third quarter.  Consecutive 3’s (AJ Pettway & Tyler Nelson) keyed the separation.  Tyler’s trey was off an open look from the corner on an inbounds play.

The Raiders kept their advantage at double figures the rest of the way.  On this day, NA was overmatched on both ends and no comeback before a sizable home crowd ever materialized.

Kevin Fernandez ends the third quarter from very long range

Kevin Fernandez ends the third quarter from very long range

The icing-on-the-cake shot for CC was freshman Kevin Fernandez’s buzzer beater from very long range as the third quarter ended.

Sophomore Wabissa Bede (21 points) proved to be an adept ball-handler for NA.  He was not shy about taking the ball toward the basket against taller opponents. Wabissa ended up at the foul line fifteen times.

Certainly a strength for Central Catholic in this one was their free throw shooting.  After missing 3-of-4 in the first quarter they went 19-for-21 thereafter.

Central Catholic is undefeated (8-0) on the road.  The Raiders have won eight straight and twelve of their last thirteen.  Their last state title was in 2008.

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North Andover box

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Nick Cambio finishes

Nick Cambio finishes

Kyle White covered by Alec Buresh

Kyle White covered by Alec Buresh

Alex Santon (#32) looks for an opening

Alex Santon (#32) looks for an opening

James Testa goes baseline

James Testa goes baseline

Spencer Reeve (#32) tries for a block

Spencer Reeve (#32) tries for a block

Tyler Nelson passes out of a double team

Tyler Nelson passes out of a double team

Tyler Nelson (15 points) puts up a three

Tyler Nelson (15 points) puts up a three

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Pentucket defeats Central Catholic 59-49 to take IAABO Board 130 Classic title in girls basketball

Pentucket seniors (Emily Dresser, Coley Viselli, Tess Nogueira, and Alex Moore) with championship plaque

Pentucket seniors (Emily Dresser, Coley Viselli, Tess Nogueira, and Alex Moore) with championship plaque

(Lawrence)  The Pentucket Sachems defeated Central Catholic, 59-49, in the championship game to win the IAABO Board 130 Classic on Monday night at Central Catholic.

Coley Viselli congratulated after 1000th point

Coley Viselli congratulated after 1000th point

The win was special for Pentucket.  Not only did they get their 20th win of the season but senior Coley Viselli reached 1000 points late in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders trailed by one (46-45) with 6:44 left in the game but went into a four-minute scoring drought that featured four turnovers.  The Sachems, meanwhile, put a string of nine points together to create a ten-point spread (55-45) with 2:43 to go.  CC never recovered.

In the crucial four minutes, Alex Moore (11 points) started things with a layup down the lane and ended it with another layup on an inbounds pass from Coley Viselli (11 points).  Also in the mix were two Kelsi McNamara (21 points) free throws and a McKenna Kilian (7 points) three.

Kelsi McNamara (21 points) and Alex Nagri

Kelsi McNamara (21 points) and Alex Nagri

This game was physical from start to finish.  The three officials all brought whistles but seemed intent on letting the girls play.  Kelsi McNamara and Alex Nagri both drew technicals because of excessive contact.

Sophomore Kelsi McNamara took home the tourney MVP plaque.  Coley Viselli made the All-Tourney team.

I’m sure that Kelsi’s twenty-one points played a part in her selection but her handling of the ball against physical pressure may well have been more important.

On the scoring part, Kelsi hit two 3’s in thirteen seconds to give Pentucket a, 28-21, lead late in the first half.

Kelsi McNamara fires a first-half three

Kelsi McNamara fires a first-half three

The Sachems ended up with seven long ones – Kelsi (3),  Coley Viselli (2), Alex Moore and McKenna Kilian (1 each).

Stonehill-bound Casey McLaughlin (22 points) kept CC in the game for three quarters.  The six-foot senior seemed to be wherever the ball was on offense in close.

Casey had a remarkable third quarter putting up fourteen of the Raiders’ eighteen points.

One of the keys to the Pentucket win was shutting Casey down over the last 9 ½ minutes of the game.  Credit Coley Viselli on a special scoring night for also playing some special defense on the Raiders top player.

The Sachems jumped on top, 5-0, and held the five-point spread (13-8) with 2 ½ minutes left.  While Pentucket was held scoreless, Darion Summers, Amanda Williams (12 points), and Casey McLaughlin scored baskets to give CC a, 14-13, lead after one period.

Kelsi’s two three’s late in the second quarter put Pentucket ahead by seven but Central Catholic responded with two free throws by Courtney Walsh and Casey McLaughlin’s converted rebound.  Pentucket led, 28-25, at the half.

Casey McLaughlin (22 points) drives

Casey McLaughlin (22 points) drives

Casey put on the fourteen-point show in the third quarter but Pentucket had answers.  Coley Viselli connected on two 3’s.  Kelsi McNamara tallied two free throws and two layups.  Tess Nogueira (11 points) made a layup assisted by Alex Moore and added two free throws.  Pentucket was in front by a point (44-43) after three quarters.

The two teams traded free throws to start the final quarter before Pentucket took the game over with nine straight points over a four-minute segment to take home the title.

The Sachems (20-1) end the regular season with seven straight wins.  Only a loss to Division 2 Notre Dame of Hingham in January blemishes their record.

And if there was ever an opponent who could toughen the Sachems up for the Division 3 MIAA Tournament it was Central Catholic.  They took defending seriously and there weren’t many easy paths to the hoops for the defending D3 champs.

Tess Nogueira (11 points) gets fingers on a shot by Amanda Williams (12 points)

Tess Nogueira (11 points) gets fingers on a shot by Amanda Williams (12 points)

Pentucket thrives on pressuring after a made basket but CC was noticeably intent on not getting caught in the backcourt after the Sachems’ made baskets.  The home team did have eighteen turnovers but very few of those were in the backcourt.

Central Catholic (14-5) is ranked fourth in the Division 1 North by the Boston Herald.  This past week they avenged losses earlier in the season to both North Andover and Andover.

Pentucket defeated Newton South (52-45) in the first round on Sunday.  Central Catholic had a win over Auburn to get to the finals.

Two things I haven’t seen/heard before at a basketball game: a Zamboni-type machine cleaning the gymnasium floor, and the National Anthem played on a harmonica.

The Pentucket partisans gave away the news that Coley had reached 1000 points when they let out a loud cheer after Coley hit the first of two free throws with 1:51 left in the game.  Play was stopped and her feat was announced and her teammates congratulated her.
Pentucket boxscore

Central Catholic boxscore

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Casey McLaughlin, Tess Nogueira, and Courtney Walsh look for a rebound

Casey McLaughlin, Tess Nogueira, and Courtney Walsh look for a rebound

Kelsi McNamara gets into the lane

Kelsi McNamara gets into the lane

Tess Nogueira (11 points) sees an opening

Tess Nogueira (11 points) sees an opening

Kelsi McNamara - tourney MVP

Kelsi McNamara – tourney MVP

Coley Viselli (11 points) in traffic

Coley Viselli (11 points) in traffic

loose ball

loose ball

Casey McLaughlin shoots over Emily Dresser

Casey McLaughlin shoots over Emily Dresser

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St. John’s Prep hangs on to defeat Central Catholic 55-52

Tyler Dooley (12 points) finishes a layup

Tyler Dooley (12 points) finishes a layup

Tyler Nelson (10 points) defended by Drex Costello (13 points)

Tyler Nelson (10 points) defended by Drex Costello (13 points)

(Danvers) St. John’s Prep never trailed in this one.

St. John’s Prep had a 14-point lead (46-32) in the third quarter and an 11-point lead (53-42) in the last quarter.

But that all being said, St. John’s had to hang on for dear life to defeat Central Catholic, 55-52, on Sunday afternoon before a full house at the Prep.

After the Eagles (15-1) put that 53-42 lead in place with four minutes left in the game, the Raiders (13-3) ran off ten straight points.  That streak of offense got Central Catholic to within a point (53-52) with thirty-eight seconds left.

A St. John’s turnover (they had four in the quarter) followed (five second violation) and the Eagles miscue gave CC plenty of time (twenty-six seconds) to complete the comeback.

Nick Cambio (with the ball) just before the final Central Catholic turnover

Nick Cambio (with the ball) just before the final Central Catholic turnover

But the Raiders didn’t get there.  They turned the ball over on their next possession (Drex Costello steal) and Drex made a free throw.  They recorded another turnover on their second possession (bad pass Nick Cambio) and Ben Judson made a free throw with less than a second left to finish the scoring.

If St. John’s had lost this game it would have been because of poor foul shooting.  The final quarter was a nightmare at the line for the Eagles.  Granted, there was plenty of pressure, but when you make only two-of-seven free throws after you have an eleven-point lead with four minutes left, you’re asking for trouble.  And to top it off, two of those misses were on the front end of one-and-one’s!

The Eagles jumped on the Raiders right from the start with seven unanswered points (jumpers by Drex Costello and Josh Syska followed by a Tyler Dooley three) in the first 2 ½ minutes.

Joel Berroa, Nick Cambio, Lucas Hammel, and Jamahl Lopez

Joel Berroa, Nick Cambio, Lucas Hammel, and Jamahl Lopez

Early in the second quarter, Central Catholic ran six straight (two layups Nick Cambio and two free throws Tyler Nelson) to pull within two (18-16).

The Eagles came right back with six of their own on layups (Drex Costello, Max Butterbrodt, and Jake Burt off a steal) to get that eight-point lead back, 24-16.

St. John’s had a 32-24 halftime edge.

The Eagles pushed their advantage, in the third quarter, to 40-26 and later 46-32 before the Raiders rallied with six unanswered (two free throws Nick Cambio and two layups Tyler Nelson and Joel Berroa) to lower their deficit to eight (46-38) after three periods.

St. John’s was back in the double-digit comfort zone, 53-42, in the final quarter with four minutes left before the Raiders made the run that nearly stole this one from the Eagles.

Tyler Nelson hits the floor

Tyler Nelson hits the floor

Joel Berroa (18 points) and Nick Cambio (14 points) led the CC scorers.

Drex Costello (13 points) and Tyler Dooley were the top point-getters for the Eagles.

Prep seniors Drex Costello, Josh Syska, and Tyler Dooley were honored before the game.  That trio had plenty to do with the Eagles’ win.

A big play by Central Catholic late in the game was a shot block by Nick Cambio of Max Burt’s layup attempt in the last minute.

The two teams will meet again at Central Catholic on February 17th.  That could well be worth seeing!

Despite the loss, Coach Rick Nault (seventh year) has a remarkable win/loss record of 149-19.

The Eagles are lacking the Pat Connaughton-type big stars and so hadn’t gathered much respect before this game.  This win should change all that.

Jamahl Lopez defends Tyler Dooley

Jamahl Lopez defends Tyler Dooley

A great matchup to watch was between the two point guards – Tyler Dooley and Jamahl Lopez.  Contact was plentiful!

CC was fourteen-for-fourteen from the foul line.

Max Butterbrodt had a nine-point second quarter for St. John’s.

Central Catholic was missing 6-8 Andrew Hamel.

St. John’s Boxscore

Central Catholic Boxscore

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Tyler Dooley

Tyler Dooley

Max Butterbrodt (#42) had nine points in the second quarter

Max Butterbrodt (#42) had nine points in the second quarter

Central Catholic cheerleaders

Central Catholic cheerleaders

Eagles student section

Eagles student section

Seniors Tyler Dooley and Josh Syska leave the court happy

Seniors Tyler Dooley and Josh Syska leave the court happy

Joel Berroa heads for the hoop

Joel Berroa heads for the hoop

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