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Quinn Niego of Brother Rice, who had 25 points and a three-quarter court basket, looks to pass as St. Joseph’s Glynn Watson defends.
Host Brother Rice was seeking to slay its second 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 Chicago Catholic League crossover 62-54 victory. The Chargers head into its first-round game against Nazareth Monday at the Proviso West tourney with an 8-0 mark and is 4-0 in the conference.
Brother Rice trailed by five after a Dan Scanlan steal and basket with four minutes, 31 seconds left in the third. 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.
Brother Rice’s Quinn Niego had 25 points including a banked three-quarter court shot at the buzzer to end the third for the Crusaders (4-5, 1-3) .
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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.
“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.