By Don DiFrancesco
Kennedy Catholic (PA) 11 19 16 13 = 59
St. Edward 12 14 14 28 = 68
Play-by-Play Classic at Elyria Catholic
ELYRIA, OHIO – It was Eagles vs. Eagles as St. Edward took on the Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles from Hermitage, PA on Sunday afternoon. Through the first three quarters, St. Ed’s did a nice job of penetrating Kennedy Catholic’s 2-3 zone defense and keeping things close despite a height disadvantage.
Trailing by six entering the fourth period, the local Eagles went on a scoring blitz. With 5:55 remaining in the game, Demetrius Terry converted a 3-point play to give St. Edward their first lead (48-46) since early in the second quarter.
They proceeded to overwhelm Kennedy Catholic 28-13 in the final 8:00 to come up with a well-deserved victory.
For the game, the Golden Eagles from Pennsylvania had a 34-28 rebounding edge. But their shooting accuracy fell off dramatically in the fourth quarter—just when St. Ed’s was heating up. Kennedy Catholic shot 39% (22 for 57) overall, but only 27% (4 for 15) in the fourth. St. Edward, paced by Devontae Blanton (23 points), Demetrius Terry (19), and Grant Huffman (10) shot 47% on the afternoon (25 for 53).
It was pretty close to a perfect finish for the Eagles from Lakewood as they accumulated these fourth quarter numbers: 67% shooting (8 for 12), 83% free throw shooting (10 for 12), a 9-7 rebounding advantage, and zero turnovers.
Kennedy Catholic was paced by guard Maceo Austin with 23 points and forward Oscar Tshiebwe with 22.