Brother Martin wins St. Paul's Tournament
By Roger Glynn
Brother Martin went on a 13-0 run to close out the third quarter and held on to defeat St. Paul's 55-43 in the championship game of the St. Paul's Tournament on Wednesday night.
During the Crusaders' run, the Wolves turned the ball over on 10 of 13 possessions.
"That spurt we had in the third quarter was the difference in the game," Brother Martin Coach Scott Thompson said. "We created turnovers, and that led to fast-break opportunities. St. Paul's is a well-coached team that played with a lot of intensity, and we tried to match that."
St. Paul's (2-2) took a 31-30 lead on a 3-pointer by Jonathan Schoen with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter.
Brother Martin (4-1) scored on six of its next eight possessions to take a 43-31 lead heading into the fourth quarter. St. Paul's turned the ball over on four of its first five possessions of the fourth quarter.
"They just ride you out of everything you want to do" St. Paul's Coach Phil Williams said. "You have to give them credit. They are a tough team and their ball pressure is relentless.
The Wolves had 18 turnovers -- 15 in the second half.
Patrick Swilling was selected tournament MVP.
"We came out in the second half with more intensity," Swilling said. "We played with high energy, and our defense is the key in every game we play."
Schane Rilleux led a balanced attack for the Crusaders with 11 points. Nic Pecoraro and Myron Chapman each had 10 points, and Swilling and Dante Butler added nine each.
Jared Buhler led St. Paul's with 13 points.
The Crusaders shot 44 percent from the field and made 14 of 24 free throws.
The Wolves shot 43 percent from the field and made four of their 10 3-point attempts.
St. Paul's took a 6-4 lead with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter.
The Crusaders responded with a 10-2 run over the next 2:02 to take their largest lead of the first half at 14-8, which is how the first quarter ended.
St. Paul's outscored the Crusaders 13-8 in the second quarter to cut the Brother Martin lead to 22-21 at halftime.
Brother Martin opened the second half on a 6-2 run to increase its lead to 28-23. The Crusaders never turned the ball over during the crucial third quarter and finished with 10.
Courtesy of Times Picayune