Washington, DC – Two high powered, well coached teams in the WCAC met this past Monday night. The Gonzaga Eagles are coached by Steve Turner and the St John’s Cadets are coached by Sean Mccloan.
St Johns started the first quarter hot by making a lot of shots and displaying good ball movement. Tre Campbell was running his team well, as the Cadets held a 20-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Things changed during the second quarter. Chris Lykes, a Gonzaga Freshman, started to score and made some difficult shots for his team to get back into the game. Bradley Jacks was doing a lot of work in the post and made a few jump shots as well.
St John’s offense was not as efficient as it was in the first quarter because they struggled to increase the lead. At the end of the first half Gonzaga rallied to take a 29-26 lead. Coach McAloon addressed the situation and how he looked at it.
“It was only 3-0, thats the way I looked at it. We talked about the same sence of urgency that got us the lead. Defensive rebounding, so we could push the ball.”
The game stayed close throughout the remainder of the game. Sam Miller came through big for the Eagles during the third quarter, working the defensive glass and knocking down mid-range shots. For the Cadets, Anthony Cowan hit a three and then Mike Morsell got a huge block which led to a James Mitchell three.
The Cadets made a run that changed the momentum to start the fourth quarter. Coach McAloon said “We played a good 8 minutes of our basketball.” In the fourth quarter, everyone contributed for the Cadets. Darian Bryant took a huge charge for his team in the final 2 minutes of the game. St Johns closed out the game with another run.
Chris Lykes led the Eagles with 15 points and Bradley Jacks finished with 11 points. Although Darian Bryant only finished with 9 points, he made some big defensive plays down the stretch. Tre Campbell finished the game with 30 points and 12 assists to help his team get the win. Every member of the Cadets stepped up their level of play.
This game was a must-win for the Cadets because they would’ve fallen to 0-2 in the WCAC, thanks to an early season loss against the PVI Panthers. Tre Campbell described the loss as a humbling experience and a wakeup call.
Campbell talked about his relationship with the players that are going to Georgetown with him.
“I have a great relationship with all players that are coming in. I feel really good about it.”
A Georgetown Hoyas assistant described his performance as “exceptional and is doing a good job.” When the future Hoya is on campus he will add another dimension in part to his versatility as a point guard. His game will only compliment those around him.