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Boys Basketball: Brother Rice drops 62-54 decision to St. Joseph

Quinn Niego Brother Rice who had 25 points looks pass as St. Joseph’s Glynn Watsdefends. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

Quinn Niego of Brother Rice, who had 25 points, looks to pass as St. Joseph’s Glynn Watson defends. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 23, 2014 6:42AM



THE SKINNY

Host Brother Rice was seeking to slay its second Sun-Times ranked team of the week after knocking off No. 24 Richards on Tuesday night, but No. 9 St. Joseph never trailed Friday night in a Catholic League crossover. The Westchester school heads into its first-round game against Nazareth on Monday at the Proviso West tourney with an 8-0 mark and is 4-0 in the conference.

TURNING POINT

Brother Rice trailed by five after a Dan Scanlan steal and basket with 4 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third quarter. But in the next 90 seconds, the Crusaders committed two turnovers and were whistled for a technical foul on the bench and St. Joseph built a commanding 44-30 lead.

THE STAR

Brother Rice’s Quinn Niego had 25 points, including a banked three-quarter court shot at the buzzer to end the third period for the Crusaders (4-5, 1-3).

BY THE NUMBERS

St. Joe’s Jordan Ash had 15 points before fouling out with 2:44 left in the game. Glynn Watson had seven assists and five steals for St. Joseph.

QUOTABLE

“We didn’t give a good effort – we took them for granted. But it was good to get a win against a well-coached team and they play a similar style as Nazareth.” – St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore

Jeff Vorva



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