February 18, 2007

St. Anthony defeats St. Raymond

St. Anthony, the nationally recognized powerhouse out of Jersey City, and currently ranked No. 3 in the latest USA Today Super 25, has always used its depth as a weapon to pry victory from the jaws of defeat.

But in their annual game against St. Raymond Boys (N.Y.), an untidy sequence of events unfolded. Injuries in practice had forced solid contributors to sit out, a trio of Friars battled foul trouble, and Rutgers-target Mike Rosario fought off the wicked rims in a cold Bronx gym. It could have caused lesser teams to come apart at the seam.

No worries, here.

Travon Woodall, a junior guard headed to Pittsburgh, was reenergized after sitting nearly 20 minutes and returned to score all of his game-high 17 points to lift the Friars over St. Raymond Boys, 66-49. Tyshawn Taylor, "a monster off the bench" according to Head Coach Bob Hurley, posted 13 points while turning in two YouTube-worthy plays. He broke free to deliver a two-handed slam early, and then viciously blocked a Gerald Colds' (Drexel) shot attempt late in the game, an authoritative play to cap the Friars' 23rd- straight victory.

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