An early season crossover game on Wednesday, December 13 saw the St. Joseph’s Prep Hawks, of the Philadelphia Catholic League, square off against the Germantown Academy Patriots, representing the Inter-Ac League. The game was played at the recently renamed Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University).
Both schools have a rich history of quality boys’ basketball teams, and both can also boast two of the most esteemed coaches ever in this area. William “Speedy” Morris of SJP and Jim Fenerty of GA can count over 1,500 victories between the two. That is quite impressive to say the least.
The game started slowly in front of a surprisingly subdued crowd, with both teams feeling each other out in man-to-man defenses. The score after the first quarter was just 9-5 in favor of SJP.
The Prep has a much taller squad, with GA featuring a young transitional team. 6’11” Jacob O’Connell and 6’7” Edward Croswell presented a daunting challenge for the underclass dominated squad from GA.
Croswell began to assert his physicality early in the second quarter, banging the offensive boards consistently. His offensive skill game is under construction, however, and he may still be growing, possibly adding to his already muscular body.
At halftime, the score was 24-17 in favor of the Prep. GA’s freshman point guard Jordan Longino, who is generously listed at 6’4”, showed a very high skill and talent level for his age. His confidence is high and he can handle the ball very well. He is the younger brother of former standout Evan-Eric Longino, who also played at the school and has now taken his talents to West Chester University, just recently leading his team in scoring in his debut start.
By the end of the game, the final score was 55-37 in favor of SJP. These teams are expected to show well within their respective leagues. Tough competition should season some of the younger players as the campaign wears on.