St. Johns Wins Close One At Home to Gonzaga
Casey Morsell’s jersey was pitch black. He had used every ounce of energy he possessed chasing the Gonzaga spark plug Chris Lykes as his jersey evolved from its usual light grey hue. The Purple Eagles had the ball with 15 seconds left in the hands of Lykes attempting to tie it up but Morsell’s straps would make Velcro jealous. He blocked the shot and was fouled as the Cadet faithful erupted. Then he knocked down the free throw to seal it with three seconds left. The Cadet backcourt was the story of the game with Tre Woods, Emanuel Hylton, and Morsell sparking the upset. Woods was the most potent offensive player mixing up mid-range pull up jumpers with tough finishes. Woods responded to the highly touted Gonzaga guards with grit, and heady ball handling. Hylton provided outside shooting and timely buckets to combat some early foul trouble. Both Hylton and Morsell finished with 15 points.
On the Gonzaga side Lykes, junior guard Prentiss Hubb, and senior forward Eddie Scott controlled the game early with quick transitional buckets. Hubb used his ability to score in transition as a decoy to set up his team for easy buckets. Scott and junior Myles Dread were often the benefactors of Hubb’s quick dump passes. Dread lead all scorers on the game scoring 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Lykes got off to a hot start but suffered a few key turnovers after being worn down by the Cadet defensive effort. Yet it still proved impossible to keep him completely quiet with Lykes scoring 13 points on the game.
With the win St. John’s improves to 20-6 overall and an added boost for WCAC tournament time. Gonzaga at 19-5 gears up for the postseason praying for a chance to see the Cadets in the tourney. Both teams will face the #1 overall DeMatha Stags in the coming weeks.
by Malcom Payne