St. Croix Prep's Addison Metcalf (2) drove past Cristo Rey Jesuit's James Sommer for two of his team-high 22 points. Metcalf also had 12 rebounds in the Lions' victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
When looking at the roster sheet for St. Croix Prep, one can be mistaken for thinking there’s a typo. But no, the Lions really do have nine seniors listed on their varsity roster. The remaining players are juniors.
Led by a group of friends who have known each other since childhood, St. Croix Prep, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News, remains unblemished this season after picking up a 94-84 victory over Skyline Conference opponent Cristo Rey Jesuit in Minneapolis on Tuesday night.
Shortly after tipoff at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, both teams looked fairly even. The Lions led most of the way but the Pumas were right behind, trailing 42-37 at halftime.
St. Croix Prep (23-0, 13-0) stretched its lead to 14 with 6:26 to go in the second half, but the home team fought back to shrink the deficit to 83-79 with 1 minute, 10 seconds remaining. But a pair of layups and crucial free throws iced the game for the Lions.
St. Croix Prep senior Daniel McCarrell (0), pressured by Cristo Rey Jesuit's Dashoune Campbell, scored 20 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
St. Croix Prep never let up, eventually holding off Skyline Conference foe Cristo Rey Jesuit 94-84 in Class 2A basketball Tuesday night at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis.
St. Croix Prep, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News, led throughout a tight first half, leading 42-37 at the break. Moments into the second half, the Lions looked ready to stretch their lead. An 18-11 run ensued, and St. Croix Prep (23-0, 13-0) led 71-57 with 6:26 to go.
The Pumas (12-12, 9-4), however, didn’t go away and fought their way back to trail just 83-79 with 1 minute, 10 seconds to go. A pair of breakaway layups from Daniel McCarrell and crucial free throws from Addison Metcalf sealed the win for the Lions.
McCarrell finished with 20 points, while Metcalf posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. 6-foot-7 forward Zach Doely scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to help St. Croix Prep remain unbeaten on the year.
Brothers Derek and Erick Burgess had standout performances for Cristo Rey Jesuit. Derek totaled 19 points, while Erick finished with a game-high 26 points. Senior James Sommor chipped in 23 points.
Cristo Rey Jesuit junior Erick Burgess (22) got past Zach Doely for two of his 26 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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