Crusaders rally behind defense and three point shooting

St. Paul’s School opened up it’s 2021 basketball campaign hosting Indian Creek School on Sunday, in a MIAA B conference match-up, and had to rally from a early 10-point halftime deficit, before claiming a 56-47 victory, in Brooklandville.

Indian Creek was in rhythm offensively in the opening half and built a 25-15 lead heading into the halftime break. St. Paul’s, however, stormed back with great defense that lead to transition three point shots for junior Max Watkinson (15 points) and sophomore Tyler Pelkey (14 points) to close the gap in third quarter.

The Crusaders would take a 33-30 lead early in the final frame that they would not relinquish thanks to their defensive energy and offensive efficiency. Senior forward Luke Trotta played a big role in the comeback by commanding double teams and cleaning the glass. He led all scorers with 19 points. Freshman Ernest Willor contributed to the rebounding effort with nine boards.

St. Paul’s closed the game out handling pressure from Indian Creek and shooting 12-of-15 from the foul line in the closing quarter.