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  • The Basketball Pen


BRONX, NY – This was a classic story book ending that didn’t start out that way.

Scanlan’s Boys Basketball traveled north last Friday and stunned Iona Prep in New Rochelle by sweeping the Gaels in dramatic fashion on their home court which had never happen before. The boys freshman team won big, the JV and Varsity boys teams won in drama filled back and forth action packed wars.

So here we are last night with Iona Prep Varsity 2 coming to Scanlan ready to avenge the 0-3 Friday night party for the Crusaders.

Before a charged up Crusader fan base, Iona Prep came out strong and energetic silencing the fans. It actually started when they came out the locker room - chanting and confident on the layup line. This energy translated into a huge first quarter where Iona went up by 15 at one point. The Crusaders playing for the first time ever at the Gallagher looked nervous, shooting five air balls in the quarter and eventually hitting a free-throw to break the ice with a little under four-minutes to play in frame one. Iona lead 19-10 after one.

Coach King seemed calm, “it’s only the first quarter-we’re good and they’ve played the best they will all night. Let’s get ourselves together, respect our hard work and get back into the game”.

Crusaders ball to start the second and just like Iona had it’s run, Scanlan went on theirs out scoring Iona 21-8 in quarter to lead 31-27 with the Crusaders fans turned all the up for the Vars2 Crusaders.

The beginning of the third was important for both teams, but especially Iona because they were up 15 at one point early. Iona knew the pressure was coming because that’s Scanlan’s trademark, it was Scanlan again who was in control outscoring Iona 18-10 in the frame heading into the 4th up 49-37.

For Iona, the game was still in reach if they could get going and they had a couple of opportunities, but they just couldn’t get up and over the hill as Scanlan cruised to victory 68-54 now (2-1). Scanlan (Jr.) Bryan Visciano poured in a career high 31, both Kazyli Hamilton and Ethan Lithgow dropped 11 with Julian Mejia chipping in 8.

L to R: Ethan Lithgow ('23), Kazyli Hamilton ('23), Bryan Visciano ('23)

Iona Prep top scorers were Ian Chamberlain, Drew McCauiev and Vito Gallello with 11 each.

Up next for the Crusaders are crosstown rivals St. Raymond, Thursday 12/9 @ St. Rays 6:15pm.

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