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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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St. John’s Prep overwhelms St. Mary’s 67-43 in boys basketball opener

Drex Costello (13 points) breaks away for a layup after a steal.

Drex Costello (13 points) breaks away for a layup after a steal.

Tommy DeVeau (14 points) closely guarded by Mike Bisson

Tommy DeVeau (14 points) closely guarded by Mike Bisson

(Danvers) In the season opener for both teams, St. John’s ran away from St. Mary’s in the second half winning, 67-43, on Monday night in non-league play.

The Eagles (1-0) blew open a relatively close first half (32-24) with twenty-two points in the third quarter while limiting the Spartans to only four points.  When that dust cleared The Prep was in total charge, ahead by twenty-six (54-28).

St. Mary’s (0-1) opted to play a zone defense against the taller Eagles for much of the game but the long-range shooting of St. John’s wrecked that strategy.

Max Burt (30) scored thirteen for the Eagles

Max Burt (30) scored thirteen for the Eagles

Both Drex Costello (13 points) and Max Burt (13 points) connected three times from downtown as part of ten successful 3’s by the Eagles.

The Spartans best quarter was the second when seven points from Tommy DeVeau (14 points) and a couple of three’s had them outscoring St. John’s, 17-16.  But beyond that a very good Eagles man-to-man defense kept the Spartans away from too many high-percentage shots.

Matt Manning had ten points for St. Mary’s.

Spartan starter John Teehan left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury.

St. Mary’s didn’t do itself any favors with their foul shooting – 19-for-33 with a number of the misses coming on the front end of one-and-one’s.

Division Four St. Mary’s has a state finals rematch with Cathedral on Friday night (7PM) at Cathedral.

Division One St. John’s will be hosting Lynn Classical on Saturday at 5PM.

St John's box score

St John’s box score

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Mary's box score

St Mary’s box score

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Josh Syska defends

Josh Syska defends

Matt Manning (10 points) looks for room

Matt Manning (10 points) looks for room

Tyler Dooley cuts between Kyle DeFillipo and Nick Amenta

Tyler Dooley cuts between Kyle DeFillipo and Nick Amenta

Ben Judson shoots over Kyle DeFillipo

Ben Judson shoots over Kyle DeFillipo

loose ball

loose ball

Drex Costello gets a layup

Drex Costello gets a layup

Johnny Teehan looks for room

Johnny Teehan looks for room

 

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