Hudson Catholic fends off DeMatha
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – BeeJay Anya was mighty big, but the sum of Hudson Catholic’s parts turned out to be far more imposing.
Reggie Cameron scored a game-high 20 points and the Hawks, ranked third in MSG Varsity’s New Jersey poll, did a sufficient job containing DeMatha Catholic’s star center in their 59-56 victory at the 2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic on Monday evening.
Adam Traore, Jared Hall and Nassir Barrino combined for 24 points off the bench and Robert Morris-bound point guard Kavon Stewart contributed seven points, six rebounds, eight assists and three steals for Hudson Catholic, which improved to 16-1 and extended its winning streak to nine.
Anya, the D.C. powerhouse’s 6-foot-9, 280-pound North Carolina State commit, was held to just 12 points and six rebounds and couldn’t help his team’s sputtering offense come up with a much-needed basket inside the final minutes of the tight fourth quarter.
“I thought they did a good job on fronting him,” Hawks coach Nick Mariniello said of his post players. “He’s obviously a terrific player, and I’m impressed with his agility for 300 pounds… but our guys felt comfortable and they did a good job.”
After DeMatha’s Jairus Lyles converted a lay-up with nine seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 58-56, Stewart connected on a free throw and then aided an all-hands-on-deck defensive stop before the buzzer sounded.
“The kids focused on the game plan,” Mariniello said. “My seniors, I’m at a point with coaching this team that I let my seniors make decisions on the floor and I’m OK with that.”
Hudson Catholic completed a successful trip for New Jersey schools at the highly magnified national event, during which St. Benedict’s and St. Anthony also won their games.
“Hopefully,” Mariniello said, “this makes the three-hour bus ride back home easier.”
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