Friday, February 7, 2014

PMS Defense Stifles St. Theresa

February 04, 2014 - 7th Grade Basketball - St. Theresa School at Piedmont Middle School.

St. Theresa had the first possession but Piedmont applied tough defense via a full court press and held St. Theresa scoreless for the first 4 1/2 minutes of the game.  Ethan Croley began to take control in the paint on the offensive and defensive end in addition to early offensive production from Kieran Linnane and Darryl Tjogas.  Isaiah Campbell and Julian Lopez each contributed 3 point baskets as well.  Piedmont lead by 10 at the end of the 1st quarter.      

The 2nd quarter began with a 3 point basket by Dylan Han, while guards Campbell, Owen Levinson and Justin Casey continued to distribute the ball effectively on the offensive end while applying pressure on the defensive end.  Julian Lopez made a back door pass to Casey who converted the basket with the half ending St. Theresa 15 Piedmont 25.

The 3rd quarter was scoreless for the first 3 minutes until Joe Sassi was fouled in the paint but converted the basket.  Levinson then made a back door pass to Casey who converted the play and had a few steals.  Piedmont then applied a stout defense for the remainder of the quarter, with rebounding from Croley, Linnane and Tjogas, holding St. Theresa to only 2 points overall in the 3rd quarter.  No doubt the best defensive quarter of the season for Piedmont.

Piedmont's strong defensive front continued to stymie the St. Theresa offense in the 4th quarter while the Piedmont offense continued to roll.  Campbell driving to the basket and converting, Ian Joseph lay up, Campbell steal for a lay up, Joseph 3 point basket finishing with a Lopez steal and pass to Casey for a lay up. 

Piedmont, now 3-4 on the season, finished the game on the winning side with a final score St.Theresa 21 Piedmont 46.  Piedmont's Ethan Croley led all scorers with 10 points, Isaiah Campbell 7 and Justin Casey 6.

Go Highlanders!

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