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Mike O’Brien (28 points) leads St. John’s over Lowell 78-46

Mike O’Brien (28 points)
Mike O’Brien guarded by Thomas Heinen

(Danvers MA) St. John’s Prep has size inside.

“Their bigs are their focal point,” said Lowell coach Bob Michalczyk afterwards.  “If I’m them, that’s the game plan.  You’d be foolish not to.”

Junior Mike O’Brien finished early and often around the hoop gathering twenty-eight points as St. John’s defeated Lowell, 78-46, on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles (3-4) were so effective inside that long-range shots were seldom attempted.

Jeter Santiago (13 points)

“In most games we have a distinct height advantage and we want to establish things down low,” explained St. John’s coach John Dullea post-game.  “It’s a point of emphasis for us to look for players closer to the basket.”

Point guard Stephon Patrick was the best at getting the ball to Mike O’Brien in the paint.  On this afternoon when Mike got the ball good things followed for the Eagles.

“The taller one (Mike O’Brien) is very skilled,” added Coach Michalczyk. “I’ve watched him in a bunch of games.  The other one (Kyle Webster) is like an ox.  He uses his body very well.”

Stephon Patrick with Mike O’Brien breaking free ahead

Credit the team from the Merrimack Valley Conference, they put up a fight.  They defended the perimeter well and forced turnovers that led to layups.

But after a quick three (Javien Kirmil) to start the game, Mike O’Brien became a problem for the Red Raiders.  The Eagles rolled off eleven straight points and Mike had eight of them.  Two were assisted by Stephon Patrick and another was the finish after an offensive rebound.

The visitors trailed, 16-5, after a quarter but held their own in the second quarter.  Jeter Santiago (13 points) hit three times from long range to keep Lowell (2-5) in range, 39-27, at halftime.

Kyle Webster gets a rebound

The Red Raiders got even closer in the first two minutes of the second half.  A jump shot by Thomas Heinen pushed Lowell to within eight, 43-35.

The rest of the way it was all St. John’s.  The Eagles continued to score on high percentage shots while Lowell stopped being able to make the tough shots that were available.

“We started the game out a little bit slow and came on in the second half,” added Coach Dullea.

You couldn’t help but agree.  After the Red Raiders had closed to eight points, the Eagles went on a 22-2 run over the final six minutes of the quarter to put the game away.

Mike O’Brien blocks a shot

Mike O’Brien had fourteen points in the third period that ended with St. John’s leading, 65-37.

The final quarter was a convincing display of “Blessed are the merciful,” by St. John’s.  Everyone played for both squads and the push for points (by the Eagles) was minimized.  That’s good sportsmanship!

St. John’s   16   23   26   13   =   78

Lowell           5   22   10     9   =   46

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Daniel Trainor applies pressure
Mikey Nabbout at the rim
Joshua Mlongecha
Gael Muchnik drives by Jerome Pola
Jack Perry pressured in the backcourt
Jeremiah Mitchell tries a shot over Mike O’Brien
Joshua Mlongecha gets a rebound
Stephon Patrick double-teamed
Dominic Greaves to the rim
Alex Chau and Daniel Trainor
Jack Angelopolus caught in a Lowell trap
Jeter Santiago heads to the hoop
Lowell box
St. John’s box

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St. Mary’s defeats St. John’s 52-42

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St. Mary’s pressures St. John’s
Omri Merryman (10 points)

(Danvers MA) St. John’s Prep didn’t have the firepower to stay with St. Mary’s for an entire game.

When the (6-1) Spartans put baskets together in the second half the Eagles didn’t have answers and fell, 52-42, on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles led at halftime (18-17).

In the second half, St. Mary’s finished well inside while defending the home team into a low percentage outside game.

Kyle Webster (nine points)

Senior Kyle Webster was St. John’s top scorer with nine points.

The Spartans’ David Brown was very effective on both ends of the court.  David had eleven points with five assists plus seven rebounds and five steals.

David also had a crowd-pleasing dunk in the first half and a block in the final quarter. 

The Prep’s Jack Perry looked to be in free for a layup but hustling David caught up and got the exciting block.

David Brown (right) about to block Jack Perry’s shot
Mike O’Brien set to block

Derick Coulanges led St. Mary’s with thirteen points, all in the first three quarters.

Omri Merryman added ten points with seven boards.

Senior Henri Miraka finished with nine points including a dagger three in the final minute to seal the deal for St. Mary’s.

The Eagles’ defense was solid, but they didn’t have the points.  The Eagles graduated forty-two points per game in scoring and lost their best passer as well.  They’ll need to find some answers, but there is time.

Ali Barry was St. Mary’s top scorer last year averaging fourteen points per game.  Today he was limited to one point and few shots.

St. Mary’s is D3 and in the Catholic Central League.

St. John’s is D1 and in the Catholic Conference.

St. Mary’s   6   11   18   17   =   52

St. John’s  11    7    10   14   =   42

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St. Mary’s box
St. John’s box
Eyeing a rebound
David Brown guarded by Steph Patrick
Jack Angelopolus
Steph Patrick
David Brown
Ryan Fraher
Ali Barry (4) and Kyle Webster (42)
Henri Miraka (nine points and six rebounds)
Rebound battle
Nathan Hendriks surrounded
David Brown (2) guarded in the lane
Ali Barry
Mike O’Brien surrounded
St. John’s coach John Dullea
Jack Perry (seven points)
David Brown (2) and Kyle Webster (42)

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