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St. Joseph sophomore Glynn Watson grimaces after pulling down a rebound over Brother rice’s Ray Rubio Friday night. | Jeff Vorva ~ For Sun-Times Media
Brother Rice entered Friday night’s road game against St. Joseph with a four-game win streak and allowing 37 points per game in its previous three wins 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 tonight.
“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 went after rebounds 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 team a 16-10 lead early and they led 28-25 at halftime.
But St. Joseph (6-4, 3-1) tied it at 46-46 after three. Sophomore Glynn Watson blocked a Majewski shot which led to a Chargers basket with 4:57 left to give them their first lead, 52-50, since the middle of the first quarter.
The Crusaders (7-2, 3-1) join a group of south suburban schools in the second Hinsdale South Holiday Tournament. They drew the third seed in the 16-team tournament and will face WW South at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. Sandburg. Stagg and Providence will also participate.
St. Joe’s coach Gene Pingatore won his 898th career game. Paul turner had 22 points for the Chargers and Watson added 17.