Weekly Feature

2013-01-09 / Sports

St. Joe’s survives double overtime against St. Mary’s

Boys Basketball

Thursday’s game was not exactly what Mark Simon had in mind for his St. Joe’s team in its Monsignor Martin Association league opener. The end result was what mattered most, though, and despite blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, the Marauders prevailed with a 76-67 double-overtime victory at St. Mary’s of Lancaster.

St. Joe’s had five wins in a row heading into their league opener on Thursday night. The game already had special meaning for the Marauders, as the Lancers were the team that knocked them out in the semifinals of the Manhattan Cup playoffs a year ago.

“We went in saying that we owe them,” Simon said. “It was on our minds. They’re a good team.”

The Marauders moved out to a four-point lead at halftime before exploding for 25 points in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead as they entered the final frame. Then the wheels came off, as St. Mary’s roared back with a 20-7 fourth quarter to push the game into overtime. Simon was disappointed to see that 13-point lead dissipate and tried to explain what happened to his team in the fourth quarter.

“We were undisciplined in our shot selection and we kind of fell apart,” Simon said. “Their press frustrated us. We have to get better at playing smart and taking smart shots. St. Mary’s came at us.”

The first overtime session didn’t settle anything, as the teams traded baskets and remained tied, 66-66, heading into a second overtime. St. Joe’s won the opening tap in double OT and scored on a quick play to take a two-point lead. They then got a stop on the defensive end and got a transition basket to take a four-point lead just 23 seconds into the second overtime. The Marauders outscored the Lancers 10-1 in the second overtime to hang on and win, 76-67.

“I was happy we won,” Simon said. “It would be a sin to go 0-1 to begin league play.”

Louis Oliveri led the Marauders with 24 points. Justin Hollins chipped in with 15 points, while Jordan Glover had 13 and Jaylen Morris had 11. Glover also led the team with eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

The 9-1 Marauders now begin a busy week of basketball, starting with their Tuesday night game against Cardinal O’Hara, which began after The Bee went to press. St. Joe’s will also host St. Francis on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Red Raiders upset the Marauders late in last year’s regular season, a loss that helped keep St. Joe’s from winning the MMA regular-season crown.

The week will conclude on Saturday afternoon with the highly anticipated showdown against rival Canisius. With a large crowd expected, the game will be held at Canisius College’s Koessler Center at 2 p.m. The Crusaders are the defending Manhattan Cup champions and own a 6-3 record so far this year, with those three losses coming against powerhouse Olean and two teams at the Georgetown Prep Classic held in Maryland two weeks ago. The matchup between these two rivals is a big deal every year, and this year is no different.

“We’re obviously excited for it,” Simon said of the Canisius game. “I don’t need to say much more than that. We’re also excited to play at the Koessler Center.”

Simon said that pre-sale tickets for Saturday’s game are still available and can be purchased by calling the St. Joe’s athletic office at 874-2224.

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