Thursday, March 30, 2017

This Saint Peter's team is something special

This time tomorrow night Saint Peter's will be paying in their first national championship of any kind when they take on Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Texas for the CIT Basketball tournament title. The Peacocoks played a complete game last night in the semi-final dispatching Furman with ease. The Peacocks bolted to 17-1, and 34-8 leads before Furman got within 12 to begin the second half which only spurred Saint Peter's on their own 19-4 game clinching run. The Peacocks rained 3 balls on the helpless Paladins, something we hope they do again tomorrow night. The Peacocks never quit brining their calling card hard nosed defense which made the Furman comeback they much tougher. Quadir Welton had 11 points and 16 rebounds to control the inside and squeeze the life out of the Furman Five. Nnamdi Enechionyia scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting while Chazz Patterson and Antwon Portley scored 13 points apiece. The 13 points were a season-high for Patterson, this year's MAAC Defensive Player of the Year.

This is a great local story isn't it? This is a confident team playing their best ball in three years. The thing is, so is Corpus Christi. The title game should be a good one as both teams come in hot. If we know one thing, Saint Peter's defense will battle all night long and the Peacocks can win low scoring as well as high scoring games. Johnny would take either so long as it's a win and a National Championship.

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