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Abbondola's 25 leads SJB over St. Mary's

by Katie Epifane on
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 9:45 PM

Updated Wed, Jan 30, 2013 11:49 AM

It was raining threes in Cougarland Tuesday night as St. John the Baptist defeated the St. Mary’s Gaels 90-65 for its fourth consecutive win.

The Cougars were on fire, controlling both sides of the floor tonight making it tough for the Gaels to maintain their unbeatable record this season.

SJB’s Vincent Abbondola only added fuel to the fire knocking down seven out of 11 three’s, five of which he hit in the first half, and put a total of 25 points on the board.

The Cougars, who were down 15 points to St. Anthony’s the other night, exploded on the court offensively this evening and Abbandola says it’s all about moving without the ball on offense.

“Sometimes we hold the ball for too long and then we get turnovers,” the senior said.

Starting freshman for the Gaels, Devonte Green, who scored 16 points tonight and had eight rebounds, knew he was up against a tough team when he saw how aggressive the Cougars came out on offense.

“We have to get out on the shooter [on defense] because we know they can shoot from outside,” Green said at halftime.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough.

The Gaels, who were only down by five at halftime, just couldn’t keep up with the red and white in the second half.

SJB senior C.J. Joyner came out with a three-pointer in the beginning of the third quarter putting the Cougars ahead by 10, making the score 47-37. Joyner scored 16 points and had four rebounds.

With 3:45 to go in the third quarter Kyle Williams put two up for the Cougars but St. Mary’s came back with vengeance taking it to the hole and scoring just moments after.

Leading scorer for the Gaels tonight was 6-9 sophomore Jessie Govan who had 21 points and also had seven rebounds and three blocks.

St. John the Baptist won the 2012 League Championship and Abbondola says they plan on keeping that title.

“We’re still here, last year wasn’t a fluke and we’re going to get it again hopefully because that’s our main goal,” Addandola said with a smile. “We’re just going to play our hearts out.”


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