St. Joseph Flashes Crush St. Francis Wolves in Boys Hoops Matchup

By Scarlett Cooney and Shailey Klein

In Thursday night’s boys high school basketball matchup, the St. Joseph Academy Flashes dominated the St. Francis Catholic Academy Wolves, winning 57-19.  The Wolves are plagued with young and inexperienced players, making the Flashes’ veteran squad a matchup nightmare. Wolves Head coach Emanuel Torres commented that out of 19 junior varsity and varsity players, 15 are freshmen or sophomores in the St. Francis boys basketball program.

Defensive Battle

St. Francis and St. Joseph both started slow offensively in the first quarter, only putting up nine points apiece. The low-scoring first quarter can be credited to stellar defense by both squads. Wolves sophomore guard Ty Powell closed out the quarter with a layup to tie the score.

With a burst of energy in the second quarter, the Flashes began their reign over the Wolves, with junior center Larry Mitchell making a layup to extend the Flashes’ lead 20-12. Mitchell was a force to be reckoned with, relentlessly crashing the glass on every shot. In addition to having a dynamic offense, the Flashes’ lockdown defense forced back-to-back turnovers for St. Francis with just under two minutes left in the half. Flashes junior forward Andy Gonzalez closed out the half with a jump shot, resulting in a 26-14 score over the Wolves going into the break.

Wolves Can’t Buy a Bucket

The Wolves struggled offensively in the second half, putting up zero points in the third quarter, resulting in Torres calling a timeout in an effort to break their shooting slump. The Flashes had no such trouble, as Mitchell stepped in and dropped eight points in the third quarter, extending the Flashes’ lead to 47-14.

As the game came to a close, St. Joseph’s sophomore guard Josh Wolff came off the bench to score his second three of the night. The Flashes dominated both sides of the ball, with a final score of 57-19. According to the Flashes’ leading scorer, Larry Mitchell, the team entered tonight’s matchup focused on pulling out the victory.

Making Adjustments

Despite the Flashes’ focus, St. Joseph head coach Marcus Perez still believes his team can improve.

Although the Wolves struggle with competing against older and more experienced squads, Torres is calling on his team to step up.

“It comes down to them playing above their years. Nobody cares if they’re freshmen or sophomores, they’re playing varsity basketball so they have to play to that level or get left behind.” –  St. Francis Head Coach Emanuel Torres

Coach Torres also knows that his team will need to fight for all 32 minutes of the game if they hope to win their upcoming games.

About Scarlett Cooney

Scarlett Cooney is a third-year journalism student specializing in sports and media.

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