DANVERS — The St. John’s Prep basketball team doesn’t have a superstar.
Instead the Eagles rely on their depth, length and playing a superior brand of basketball. All three were on display last night as the Prep used a big second quarter to help down visiting St. Mary’s 66-52 on Senior Night.
St. John’s Prep scored just eight points in the opening quarter but that trend wouldn’t last. Once the Eagles started to move the ball better the offense really got going as the hosts poured in 27, second-quarter points to take a 35-21 lead at the half.
“We’ve been working as a team on being more unselfish and keeping the ball moving,” explained St. John’s Prep (14-4) head coach John Dullea. “We encourage the kids to take the shot if it’s open, but if you don’t have a shot, kick it. We’re a tough team to beat when we play unselfishly.”
Keeping with that unselfish mindset, Dullea started five seniors in the Eagles final regular season home game of the season. Anthony Hall, Sean Lovett and Dan Cunningham all started and played at least the first four minutes of the game along with usual starter Max Burt and consistent contributor Mike Bisson.
The group held their own for a while in the 3-2 zone but eventually St. Mary’s (13-6) used its athleticism to get a couple of open looks inside and took an early lead. Dullea was pleased with how the group played and felt they were more than deserving to be afforded the chance to do so.
“It was special for the seniors. It was a night for them to reflect on all their hard work they’ve put in this year,” said Dullea, who went 13 players deep in his substitutions. “They deserved to start.”