By ANGELO VELOTTA
For the Star Beacon
The St. Martin de Porres Lions came into town Saturday afternoon and defeated the hometown St. John Heralds, 51-20.
The Lions (8-6) defensive pressure forced the Heralds into 20 turnovers in the first quarter as they didn’t get a shot off, giving St. Martin de Porres a 16-0 after the first eight minutes.
St. John (1-13, 0-12) got the ball in the basket in the second quarter, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit as St. Martin de Porres took a 29-6 into the half.
The Heralds outscored the Lions 9-8 in the third period, cutting the deficit down 37-15 after three quarters.
“Trying to stay in front of guy we are playing with,” St. Martin de Porres coach Myran Jackson said of his defense. “They (St. John) are pretty young guys. (I wanted them to) take your time run the play, see everything.”
Jontue Mitchell led the way with 14 points and 7 steals for the Lions.
“I know to start our offense everything starts with defense,” Mitchell said. “Spacing (is important) for every good offense you need spacing.”
As for St. John, Chris Stein led the way with a team-high 12 points and 6 rebounds.
“We had to adjust, (we are) not taking open shots, move ball quicker,” St. John coach Ryan Harco said. “(We need to) limit our turnovers. Most of them are freshmen. (It’s) a transition, they have to step up.”
“As young guys they are outmatched, they need to step up and become the big man and work on basketball all summer.”
Velotta is a freelance writer from Concord Township.