York Pulls Away From Bears in Road Defeat
JAMAICA, NY – The St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) men's basketball team fought hard to go into the lockers tied at halftime, but couldn't keep pace with a hot shooting York team in the second half, falling 70-53 on Tuesday evening.
Senior Justin Gist (Brooklyn, NY/Newsome) netted 14 points to lead three Bears in double figures for St. Joseph's (2-4). Freshman David Louison (Brooklyn, NY/St. Edmund's Prep), fresh off being named HVMAC Rookie of the Week and AD3I Player of the Week, contributed 11 points with six rebounds and four assists. Fellow freshman Vernon Maddox (Staten Island, NY/St. Peter's) also added 11 points coming off the bench, going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Senior Antoine Forehand (New York, NY/Rice) grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists, both team highs.
Mark Evans led the charge for York (1-4) with a 21 point, 10 rebound double-double. Tony Vails added 17 points. Evans and Vails combined to shoot 14-for-27 from the floor for the Cardinals who shot 44 percent for the contest.
The Bears got off to a slow start, managing only one field goal in the first seven minutes on a Gist triple and quickly finding themselves in an 11-3 hole. St. Joseph's trailed for the entire half and took the lead briefly on a pair of Jan Rogowski (Woodside, NY/St. John's Prep) free throws with under a minute left, but were pleased to find themselves tied 26-26 at the break.
In the second stanza, the Cardinals defense limited the Bears to 29 percent shooting and 0-for-11 from three point land. York came out of the lockers shooting 54 percent and pulled away with a 10-0 run sparked by seven points from Evans and Vails to push the lead to double digits with five minutes to play where it remained for the remainder of the game.
St. Joseph's continues a three-game road stretch, traveling to Bard on Saturday, December 3 in the first meeting between the two squads since 2005. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.