Thompson, Friars Take Down Colts

Taurean Thompson dunk
The third game of the 15th Annual Hoop Group Battle of the Boardwalk Showcase featured two of the state’s elite teams as the St. Anthony Friars took on the Christian Brothers Academy Colts. The Colts came into this game looking for a little revenge from last year’s Boardwalk Showcase where Bob Hurley and St. Anthony’s handed CBA a 64-46 loss.

The Friars dominated most of the contest and went on to win by a score of 60-35. While the final score may have been somewhat lopsided, the same cannot be said after the first eight minutes. Playing in front of a sold out crowd at Long Branch High School, Coach Geoff Billet and his CBA squad went toe-to-toe with the Friars in the first quarter, grabbing a 7-6 lead early and only trailing the Friars by just two points after one quarter.

Unfortunately for the Colts, an upset of the #2 team in the state was not meant to be as 6’9″ Junior, Taurean Thompson, and 6’7″ Senior and Wichita State commit, Markis McDuffie, were too much to handle. Thompson would lead the Friars with 13 and McDuffie poured in 11 for a St. Anthony’s team that would remain undefeated in the Boardwalk Showcase.

Markis McDuffie contributed to a balanced Friars scoring effort, adding 11 points in the win

Markis McDuffie contributed to a balanced Friars scoring effort, adding 11 points in the win

The second quarter was when the Friars made their run, clamping down defensively and making it nearly impossible for CBA’s backcourt to set up their offensive sets. Having players listed at 6’9, 6’8, 6’8 and 6’7, St. Anthony’s dominated the battle on the boards, holding CBA to one shot and done. Junior Pat Andree  had a game high 17 points as his sharp-shooting kept the Colts within reach, but it would not be enough, as the Friars simply had too many weapons at their disposal. 6’3″ Junior, Jagan Mosely and 5’11” Sophomore, RJ Cole played air tight defense, causing turnover after turnover. Mosely did a tremendous job of shutting down Jack Laffey, a 6’4″ Senior who is headed to Adelphi University. Mosely held Laffey to just 8 points, 12 lower than his season average.

Adelphi commit Jack Laffey had trouble finding his groove offensively. He finished with just 8 points

Adelphi commit Jack Laffey had trouble finding his groove offensively. He finished with just 8 points

Throughout the game, St. Anthony’s used their size, length and athleticism to bother and disrupt CBA offensively. The Colts never seemed to get comfortable offensively and had trouble containing the size that the Friars’ feature down low. Andree’s performance was a good sign for the Colts as he was able to shine in a game that had little room for scoring. St. Anthony’s was bigger, faster, and stronger than CBA and that was on full display on Saturday as they took down a Top 20 team in the state without a big performance from the Wichita State bound McDuffie.

Players of the Game:

St. Anthony Friars: Taurean Thompson, 6’9″ Junior

CBA Colts: Pat Andree, 6’7″ Junior

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