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Stevenson's starting five scorches Prospect

01/26/2013, 10:00pm CST
By Ryan Neiman

Four of Stevenson's starting five players recorded double-digit point totals as the Patriots thrashed Prospect 75-58 Saturday.

Stevenson's starting five came out on fire after the ball was tipped off as the Patriots thrashed Prospect 75-58.

Four of Stevenson's starting five players recorded double-digit point totals, including Jalen Brunson and Matthew Morrissey each scoring over 20 points.

“We have kids who are willing to shoot who are good shooters and willing to step up on every play,” said Stevenson coach Pat Ambrose.

With extra adrenaline pumping through their bodies playing in front of a nearly full-capacity crowd, the 20th-ranked Patriots (13-3) created the loudest noise in the gymnasium by sinking virtually every shot.

The Patriots were off to a quick start in the first quarter with a 21-15 lead. Matthew Morrissey contributed 10 of his 20 points in the opening quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, Stevenson continued to press its foot down on the gas while shooting a high field goal percentage and being relentless on defense.

Stevenson's stingy defense appeared to rattle Prospect in the early moments of the second quarter, but the Knights started to swing the game in their favor thanks largely to the success they were having beyond the arc.

However, Stevenson sophomore guard Connor Cashaw had nine second-quarter points, including a momentum-killer for Prospect (12-7) on an acrobatic layup while being fouled to deflate the once-enthused crowd. He finished off the three-point play by successfully sinking his free throw shot.

Even with a double-digit lead at half, Stevenson played as if it was the team who was trailing by a large deficit.

Brunson, who led the team in scoring with 23 points, continued the onslaught in the second half while being a constant headache for Prospect. 

He was an unstoppable force while crashing to the lanes, drawing fouls, and snatching up boards.

The combination of an excellently balanced team and persistence was the deciding factor in the outcome of the game.  

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