The St. Joseph’s Prep Hawks improved to 16-4 on the season on Friday, February 2 after a dominant 88-53 victory over their rival, the La Salle College Explorers.
The Hawks defense set the tone early, allowing only four points in the first quarter. Senior center Edward Croswell proved to be a force in the paint, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking three shots. He also scored 14 points.
Croswell’s counterpart, La Salle senior center Zachary Criswell, bore the brunt of his defense for most of the afternoon. Criswell was able to score 12 points in the paint, which tied for the team lead in scoring with junior guard Allen Powell.
St. Joe’s defense proved to be relentless on the perimeter as well, junior guard Konrad Kiszka was the only other Explorer to score double figures with his 10 points.
After holding a 26-14 lead at halftime, the Hawks offense came alive in the second half. A pair of senior guards led the way as Kyle Thompson scored 23 points and Darius Kinnel scored 21.
Junior forward Gabe Arizin helped put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter by scoring 12 points by hitting 3-pointers from the corners.
The Hawks join Archbishop Wood and Roman Catholic in a three-way tie for second place in the Catholic League at 7-3. Neumann-Goretti and Monsignor Bonner are tied for the top spot as both teams are 8-1.
La Salle falls to 11-8 overall and slips to 4-6 in the Catholic League.
Pride will be on the line in the Explorers’ next game as they host the West Catholic Burrs on Monday, February 5 at 2:30 p.m. Both teams have sub .500 records in Catholic League play.
The Hawks will also be in action on Monday at 3:30 p.m. when they host the Vikings of Archbishop Wood, in a game with playoff implications.
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