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Lynn Classical holds off Beverly 66-60 in Division 2 North First Round

Eraldo Custodio (16 points) had ten points in the first quarter

Eraldo Custodio (16 points) had ten points in the first quarter

Jalen Brown (16 points) sank two free throws with eighteen seconds left

Jalen Brown (16 points) sank two free throws with eighteen seconds left

(Beverly)  Lynn Classical was able to survive a frantic final thirty seconds and defeated Beverly, 66-60, in the First Round of Division 2 North on Tuesday night.

The Rams (15-8) move on to play Wakefield on Saturday.

Beverly (14-7) was within two (62-60) after Cam Rogers nailed a three from straightaway with thirty-two seconds left but the Panthers squandered their next two possessions.

The first squander came after Jon Berchoff  (14 points) stole the ball from Jalen Brown deep in the backcourt.  Instead of getting the game-tying layup Jon’s in-all-alone shot missed.

The Panthers quickly fouled Jordan Brown with twenty-two seconds left.  Jordan made the first to put LC ahead by three (63-60) but missed the second.  Then came squander #2 after Nick Cross gathered in the rebound as he threw the ball away over the Beverly bench.

Jalen Brown (16 points) followed with two straight free throws with eighteen seconds left (65-60) and his brother Jordan added another free throw with nine seconds remaining to finish the scoring.

This was a game with ten lead changes.

Beverly looked to be cooked in the third quarter when they fell behind, 47-36, with three minutes left.  However, the #6 seeded Panthers finished the quarter with nine unanswered points and only trailed by two (47-45) after three periods.

Nick Cross (22 points) fires from the corner

Nick Cross (22 points) fires from the corner

Nick Cross (22 points) had an old-fashioned three and a new-fashioned three in the run back for the home team.

Eraldo Custodio (16 points) returned to the Rams’ lineup in the fourth quarter.  He sat out part of the third with three fouls.  6-3 Eraldo made two fine moves to get open for points early in the 4th and enable LC to gain a 53-47 advantage with 6 ½ minutes remaining in the game.

The next three minutes were a nightmare for Lynn Classical.  They were held pointless.  They turned the ball over five times.  They gave up layups to Jon Berchoff and Chris Sinclair off the turnovers.

The total production for Beverly during this segment was eight unanswered points and it gave them the lead (55-53) with 3 ½ minutes left.

Phillip Rogers (12 points)

Phillip Rogers (12 points)

But back came the Rams with seven straight.  Two free throws by Phillip Rogers (12 points), another fancy move by Eraldo Custodio to get a layup, and a three by Jorge Perez (10 points) provided the LC points.  The Rams led, 60-55.

Chris Sinclair followed with a steal and layup for Beverly while Jorge Perez added two free throws.  Then Cam Rogers ignited the crowd wearing orange with his three with thirty-two seconds left.

This was the best Beverly could do as the Rams survived the closing seconds to get to play some more basketball.

The Panthers had a 25-20 lead after three minutes of the second quarter but the Rams, led by Jalen Brown’s six points, put a 12-2 run together to close out that quarter and led, 32-27, at the half.

Lynn Classical had defeated Beverly, 66-45, earlier in February.

LC won despite twenty-four turnovers.  Beverly was quick to the ball and eager to turn miscues into points.

The Panthers struggled to contain both Eraldo Custodio and Jalen Brown. Eraldo had ten points in the first quarter.

Nick Cross guards Jalen Brown

Nick Cross guards Jalen Brown

Nick Cross had nine points for the Panthers in the first quarter.

The #11 seed Rams have beaten both Salem and Lynn English twice.

Lynn Classical Boxscore

Beverly Boxscore

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Jorge Perez (10 points) sails in for two

Jorge Perez (10 points) sails in for two

Beverly coach Scott Lewis

Beverly coach Scott Lewis

Jon Berchoff (14 points) guards Jalen Brown

Jon Berchoff (14 points) guards Jalen Brown

LC coach Tom Grassa

LC coach Tom Grassa

Cam Rogers (9 points)

Cam Rogers (9 points)

Chris Sinclair takes off with a steal

Chris Sinclair takes off with a steal

Jalen Brown floats in the lane

Jalen Brown floats in the lane

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Solid Defense Gets St.John’s Prep a 62-41 Basketball Win Over Lynn Classical

Mike Carbone gets the Eagles off to a fast start with a breakaway layup.

Freddy Shove heads in for one of his thirteen points.

(Danvers) The best player on the floor may have been Lynn Classical’s Uche Nwokeji but in a team game that isn’t usually enough as St. John’s Prep defeated the visiting Rams, 61-42, on Thursday night.

Uche dropped in a game-leading twenty points and all of them were from in close.  He rebounded well and played good defense with only one foul. But he wasn’t enough on his own to challenge the defending Division 1 champs on this night.

St. John’s is in the post-Pat (Connaughton) era and the biggest challenge will be replacing the Notre Dame freshman’s 20+ points per game.

Steve Haladyna paced the Eagles with seventeen points but it took him a lot of shots to get that many against Lynn Classical.  He had some pretty good looks.

Uche Nwokeji (5) gets inside Steve Haladyna (21) for two.

In my opinion, the key Eagle in this game was Freddy Shove.  In a contest where finesse seemed lacking, he thrived with his aggressive approach on both ends.  The lefty has enough of a 3-point shot to require outside attention and he definitely has the will to get to the rim if covered closely outside.  Freddy tallied thirteen points.

Pat may be gone but the Eagle’s defense is still the same – every inch of the floor is contested heavily.  And that defense is going to win a lot of games.  If the Rams had an offensive pattern I never saw it.  They were kept on the outside as the Eagles were determined that every pass was caught going away from the basket.

It wasn’t much easier for St. John’s down the other end because of the raw athleticism of LC but the Eagles had slashers who could get to the rim on occasion.  For LC it happened very infrequently.

St. John’s (2-0) got the breakout they needed in the first period as a 5-4 advantage after three minutes turned into 16-5 by the end of the period.  Freddy Shove had a trey and a layup.

Steve Haladyna (21) gets two of his seventeen points just before halftime.

The Rams (0-2) cut that deficit to 23-15 in the second period when Moise Builou (9 points) nailed a fall away long one with 3 ½ minutes to go until halftime.  The rest of the half belonged to the Eagles.  Steve Haladyna cashed in a couple of layups late and St. John’s was up 29-15 when the period ended.

The Eagles’ scoring run continued to 33-15 before Uche led a Ram rally to 35-21.  But back again came the St. John’s offense, this time with nine unanswered points, including a three by Mike Carbone, to get their biggest lead of the night – 43-21.

LC was able to cut into the twenty-one point lead but never came close to putting an Eagle win in danger by getting with double-digits of them the rest of the way.

Lynn Classical coach Tom Grassa was forced to spend some game time mellowing out Ram spectators behind his bench.  In a game with offensive fouls and skin-to-skin defense, there were calls that met with mixed reviews from both sides.

The first thing I noticed upon arriving was the much lighter color to the gym floor.  It had been sanded.  My camera was never real happy with the combo of the white St. John’s uniforms and that very clean floor.

Uche Nwokeji missed every free throw he attempted (five).  At halftime he came out and practiced a couple more and missed those as well.

Coach Tommy Doyle (Salem) was on hand to check out Lynn Classical.

St. John’s box score

Lynn Classical box score

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Steve Haladyna

Uche Nwokeji surrounded by Eagles

Freddy Shove

Ram coach Tom Grassa

Ryan Hayward (0) & Owen Marchetti (23)

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St. John’s great start does in Lynn Classical 88-59

Pat Connoughton launches another 3 on his way to a game-high 28 points.

(Danvers) You’d have to bet that St. John’s couldn’t play a better first 11 ½ minutes of a game.

With everything working, the Eagles (2-0) jumped all over visiting Lynn Classical (1-1) on Sunday afternoon at St. John‘s.  The final score was 88-59 but this one was over after 11 ½ minutes with St. John’s on top, 45-14.

During the torrid stretch the Eagles made eight of twelve 3’s with just three turnovers while defending the Rams into nine turnovers and five-for-seventeen shooting.

Notre Dame-bound Pat Connoughton (28 points) didn’t disappoint.  The 6-5 senior played the point and drilled four from long-range in The Big Start including a buzzer-beater ending the first quarter.

Junior Michael Carbone tallied 21 points including 14 in the decisive start.

Junior Michael Carbone (21 points) can also stroke from downtown.  He had fourteen of his points during the segment in which St. John’s was putting this one in the win column.

The Eagle defense (full-court man-to-man) eliminated any organized offense the Rams might have wanted to run.  St. John’s dominated enough of those one-on-one battles to force two excruciating scoring droughts for the Rams.  One went for three minutes and a 4-3 deficit turned into a 21-3 deficit.  A later cool-off over 2 ½ minutes changed a 29-8 deficit into a 41-8 rout.

Never mind that Lynn Classical outscored St. John’s 45-43 after The Big Start.  This game was over after 11 ½ minutes.

The game started badly for LC.  They were assessed a technical because of a scorebook botch-up.  One minute in Nick Grassa

Michael Carbone (31) and Nick Grassa (3) defended each other.

(16 points) made a 3 and someone gave a referee an officiating tip which resulted in another technical.  Some of that chippiness resurfaced in the third quarter when Nick got overly aggressive defending Michael Carbone resulting in a third technical foul.

A very good crowd took the game in.  Plenty of representation from schools ahead on either St. John’s or LC’s schedule.  Even highly regarded New Mission had interested parties in the house.

Juniors Freddy Shove (11) and Owen Marchetti (10) reached double figures for the Eagles.

Carlo Buono (11) and Josh Cheever (10) did the same for the Rams.

Both Owen Marchetti and Pat Connaughton went to the floor with apparent injuries in this one.  Owen’s happened in the first half.

Pat Connoughton injured an ankle in the 4th quarter.

Pat’s was with 5:21 left in the game and the Eagles in complete charge, 72-45.  Seeing him stretched out on the floor with an ankle injury had to be plenty scary for anyone associated with the St. John’s program. Why he was still in the game at that late stage might be a question for Eagle coach Sean Connolly to answer.

(I keep my own stats.  Take my own pictures.  I interview no one afterward.  Any errors are on me and unintentional.)

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