, Salem, MA


January 5, 2013

St. John's sends a message with win over B.C. High


Like only true contenders can, St. John’s responded to every B.C. High run.

When the visiting Eagles ran off six straight points early in the third to cut the Prep’s lead to 10, the hosts spit a 9-1 spurt back at them.

“I think we were doing a better job defensively getting stops,” Connolly said. “Their No. 33 (Phil Leotsakos) got into a little bit of foul trouble and was sitting out. That made it a little easier to pack in the lane and protect against drives from two good guards. On offense, we did a good job passing against the zone.”

The St. John’s defense made it really difficult on B.C. High all night, particularly in one second half sequence where junior forward Max Butterbrodt blocked four consecutive shots on one possession.

“I couldn’t believe that ... I was out of my mind,” Costello said. “I loved being on the bench and seeing that stuff. It was so great as a captain seeing another captain block and block and block. It was so cool.”

Butterbrodt and senior forward Josh Syska both gave the Prep excellent minutes in the second half. Syska finished with nine points and Butterbrodt scored all five of his points in the third quarter.

Charles Collins (16 points), Jameilen Jones (14), and Steve Young (13) each hit double figures for B.C. High.

“This is a big win. People weren’t thinking we were too good in the beginning of the season. No one was expecting anything from us because we graduated five senior starters,” Costello said. “I’ve been on this team for three years and I know we can still play. I know these young guys know how to play.”

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