Bryan answered with a driving layup and then was fouled while taking a desperation trey at the buzzer. He made all three foul shots to close the gap to eight points, 57-49.
“Every time we got a 10 or 12 point lead they came right back to score,” said Dullea. “We could never break the game open. Danforth played great defense and came up with a couple of big shots when we needed them . He causes havoc at the other end. Max Burt, and Ben (Judson) made a bunch of shots, and Jake Burt did a fantastic job rebounding. We were going to take him out, but couldn’t because of the way he was cleaning the glass on the defensive end.”
Dullea expanded on the team effort as well as the contribution from Mike Bisson (13 points).
“We had a lot of guys contribute; that’s what makes us hard to cover. We don’t have that one big 25 point scorer, but we do have a lot that chip in,” said Dullea. “Mike Bisson would be a starter on any other team, but we like him to come off the bench and provide a spark. He’s very versatile and tough to cover.”
Dullea couldn’t begin to breathe easy until Max Butterbrodt hit back to back jump shots to stretch the lead back up to 10 early in the fourth quarter. Lowell did manage to cut it to six on a hoop by Andrew Ruff (nine points), but Kareem Davis made both shots from the charity stripe.
“I guess the game with Central is what everybody’s been looking for,” said Dullea.
St. John’s Prep 74, Lowell 67
at St. John’s Prep, Danvers
Lowell: Santos 3-0-6; Ruff 3-2-9; Lora 0-0-0; Bryan 8-6-24; Thomas 9-2-22; Parilla 1-0-2; Alcantala 2-0-4 Totals 26-9-67.
St. John’s: Judson 6-6-20; J. Burt 2-1-5; M. Burt 5-2-15; Davis 1-5-7; Butterbrodt 4-0-8; Johnson 0-0-0; Lovett 0-0-0; Bisson 5-3-13; Danforth 2-0-6 Totals 25-17-74.
Halftime: SJP, 42-32
3-pointers: L, Bryan 3, Thomas 2; Ruff; SJP, Judson 2, M. Burt 3, Danforth 2.
Records: L,12-10; SJP, 17-4.