St. Mary’s Seniors Bryce Bramscher and Travis Danielson combined for 28 points and 30 rebounds en route to a 57-37 Southern Cascade League win against Illinois Valley on Friday night, 2/3/2017.
Sophomore Gavin Rajagopal added 11 points and made a long 3-point buzzer beater before halftime giving the Crusaders (10-11, 5-2 SCL) a 28-22 lead.
The Crusaders extended their lead in the 3rd quarter to double-digits by using their size advantage and a stifling defense.
Juniors Justin Silsbee and Jakab Bowling scored 6 points each on slashing drives to the basket; and Carson Sue, playing his first varsity game, scored on a drive to the basket on an assist from senior PG Joe Johnson. Johnson had 4 assists and 4 points.
The victory secured a 2nd place SCL position and a home league playoff game.
According to Head Coach Tam Vu, ” Our boys are really embracing out team concept and executed to finish the way we expected. IV played hard, but we were able to dominate inside with Bryce and Travis. The both posted double-doubles with each getting career highs in rebounds. Joe got us into offense and distributed the ball like the leader he is, and it was great to see Jakab and Justin attack the basket. Carson earned his first varsity appearance with all the hard work he has put in at practice and during JV games. This was our most solid performance of the year.”
Following Game, Coach Vu, Kevin Dixon, and senior players Joe Johnson, Bryce Bramscher, and Thys Kuitert appeared on TV Channel 10 Friday Night Fastbreak High School Recap show.
(Video can be viewed at link below):
St. Mary’s JV team won in come from behind fashion; erasing a 14 point halftime deficit beat Illinois Valley JV Squad in a game played at Lorna Byrne Middle School.
ST. MARY’S (57): Bramscher 17, Rajagopal 11, Danielson 11, Silsbee 6, Bowling 6, Johnson 4, Sue 2, Reynolds 0, Dexter 0, Grant 0, Mayer 0. Totals: 24 7-10 57.
ILLINOIS VALLEY (37): S. McLanahan 13, Bruner 8, Hess 6, Polk 6, Box 2, Davis 0, Thornhill 0, Lindell 0, I. McLanahan 0. Totals: 13 10-14 37.
3-point goals – St. Mary’s 2 (Rajagopal 1, Danielson 1), Illinois Valley 1 (S. McLanahan).