St. Paul’s school played a very big and athletic New Hampton team this afternoon. It was the third time this season SPS has been pitted against a NEPSAC Class AAA team. SPS did a great job of controlling the ball in the first half, getting some great looks. But the shots weren’t falling, which gave New Hampton the opportunity to build a 39-24 halftime lead. The 15-point margin was deceiving though, because the difference in the game was primarily due to a lower-than-normal shot percentage by SPS.
Big Red came out strong in the second half, winning the first four minutes, then contesting New Hampton throughout the remainder of the game, slowly chipping away at the lead. SPS played with grit and composure coming down the stretch, closing within 5 points rolling into the last two minutes of the game. New Hampton definitely felt the pressure the entire second half, losing to Big Red by 7 points in the final 16 minutes of play. But despite a great second half by SPS, it still wasn’t enough for St. Paul’s to erase the first-half deficit before the final buzzer sounded.
Teamwork and selfless play resulted in 15 assists on 22 made buckets, 7 steals, 5 blocks, and 22 rebounds. Big Red also showed composure under pressure on the free throw line with 12/15 (80%). Jordan Geronimo led the team on both sides of the court with 4 blocks, 4 steals, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, and 23 points, including three 3-pointers and 100% from the free throw line. James Marakis pulled down 4 total rebounds and played an excellent game defensively. James successfully drove it inside on offense to score 21 points, including 7/9 from the free throw line. Austin Hiscoe hit two 3-pointers for 6 points, Jack Anderson had 5 points including a 3-pointer and a perfect 2/2 from the free throw line. Clif Goode put in a bucket and a free throw, Elijah White nailed a clutch 3-pointer, and Joey Corcoran put in 2 points.