DANVERS — One of these games, the lack of size inside could be a problem for the St. John's Prep basketball team.
Last night was no such game.
The Eagles used hot outside shooting and dominant performances from senior guards Drex Costello and Tyler Dooley to dominate Malden Catholic, 73-45 at home as the Prep improved to a perfect 13-0 on the season.
Visiting MC went to a zone defense right away and the Eagles rapidly moved the ball around the perimeter to find the open shooters. Costello, Dooley and Max Burt combined for six, first half three-pointers as the Eagles jumped out to a 39-20 lead at the break. The Prep hit nine trifectas through three quarters and was 8 of 9 from the charity stripe. MC meanwhile, only had one player, Karlens Joas, hit more than one field goal in the first half.
"They (MC) were playing some zone. We've got some guards so we wanted to spread it out," explained SJP head coach Sean Connolly. "Obviously we shot well tonight so that made it easier. We played pretty well offensively."
Costello and Dooley were the catalysts early, in particular Dooley, who had four first half steals. In the first quarter, after picking the opposing guard's pocket, Dooley took the ball the length of the court and did his best Rajon Rondo imitation, faking a behind-the-back pass before converting the and-one layup. Dooley showed his creativity around the rim with a couple scoop layups and finished with 15 of his 20 points in the first half.
Defensively, Dooley held his match up, Joe O'Brien, to zero points on the game.
"He's (Dooley) very quick and athletic. He's kind of deceivingly quick. He was doing a good job getting to the lane and creating for himself and creating for other guys," said Connolly. "He's the guy that makes us go."