Benson’s great game not enough to lift Irish
St. Joseph Catholic School junior Trey Benson had , perhaps, his best game of the season in St. Joe’s 59-52 home loss to Delta Streets on Monday.
Benson began asserting himself in the third quarter. On the offense glass, he overpowered DSA’s interior players for a stick back and an old fashion three point play to tie the score at 39 with one minute left in the third quarter.
“This was probably Trey’s best game of the year,” said St. Joe Head Coach James Hunter. “We just needed more guys to help out on the boards tonight. Also these guys started raining threes for a stretch and when teams start making shots like that the you’d better be ready to match their effort.”
However,the Delta Street Lions used a strong fourth quarter to avenge an early season loss to the St. Joseph Catholic School Fighting Irish. The visitors opened the final quarter on a 14-3 run and held off a late charge from St. Joe.
St. Joe forward Dillon Johnson attempted to breakdown the Lions defense and get to the basket late in the game but found the swarm of multiple defenders tough to shoot over.
“Our game plan was to slow it down in the second half and go to the two three zone,” said T. Mack Howard DSA Head Coach. “It makes penetration from their perimeter players tough as well.”
The first half resembled a track meet with a bunch of missed shots, physical play and scrambles for loose balls.
The score was tied at 13 after one quarter of play.
There were three ties and seven lead changes in the third quarter as both teams settled into their offenses in the second half.
St Joe opened the second half by scoring the first seven points to push the lead to 34-27 with 3:46 remaining in third.
DSA answered back in a 10-0 run 2:45 with 36-35 led by forward Terry Carpenter and point guard D J Alston.
After a Kaleb Lockett three pointer to put St. Joe up by one to open the third quarter it looked like St. Joe might have started to take control in the early stages of the third.
DSA led 41-39 after three quarters of play. Johnson led the Irish with 24 followed by Benson with 13.
Terry Carpenter led DSA with 26 followed by Alston with 14.