Boys Basketball: Brother Rice stopped by St. Joseph
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media December 21, 2012 11:24PM
St. Joseph's Glynn Watson grimaces after pulling down a rebound over Brother Rice’s Ray Rubio during Friday night's game. | Jeff Vorva~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:35AM
No. 3 Brother Rice entered Friday night’s game at St. Joseph riding a four-game win streak while allowing an average of 37 points per game in previous three outings, victories over St. Laurence, Tinley Park and Fenwick.
After the Crusaders dropped a 66-59 decision to the Chargers, Brother Rice coach Pat Richardson wasn’t overly critical of the defense. But he had some choice words about the offense, despite senior Alex Majewski’s 30-point effort.
“We thought we could come here and play street ball with St. Joe’s and just not run our offense,” Richardson said. “We are just not athletic enough to do that. We watched film on how past teams run the offense and for some reason we didn’t want to run it (Friday).
“I would say 75 percent of their points came on turnovers and us not being able to rebound the ball. Unless the ball hits us square in the chest, we weren’t getting it. They want after rebound and we watched.”
Early in the game, Majewski did the heavy lifting on offense, scoring 14 of the Crusaders’ first 16 points to give the visitors a 16-10 lead. Brother Rice (7-2) led 28-25 at halftime.
St. Joseph (6-4) tied it at 46-all after three. Glynn Watson blocked a Majewski shot, leading to a Chargers basket with 4:57 left to give them a 52-50 lead, their first advantage since the middle of the first quarter.
St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore earned career win No. 898. Paul Turner had 22 points for the Chargers and Watson added 17.
The Crusaders join a group of Southland schools in the second Hinsdale South Holiday Tournament. They drew the third seed in the 16-team tournament and will face Wheaton Warrenville South at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. Sandburg. Stagg and Providence also will participate.