Big rumblings in IIAAG Boys High School Basketball over the weekend. After the JFK Islanders took down the Gadao Division leader the FD Friars by a score of 66-52 on Friday night. The other Leader in the Taga division, the defending champions the St. Paul Warriors escaped a close call with defeat at their home court at the hands St. John Knights. St. John’s Point Guard Michael Min, who time after time would come up with stunning 3pt shot’s in the second half, completed two free throws that gave STJ a four point lead 61-57 with 42 sec’s remaining in the game.
But the Warrior Defense would display tremendous pressure defense that would shut down the Knights for the remainder of the game. St. Paul’s Jason Diaz would drive to the lane and score to get the Warriors within a basket 61-59. St. John’s would turn the ball over on their next possession and Diaz would get fouled and hit two Free throws that tied the game 61-61. Another St. Johns turnover and foul would put Diaz back at the charity line. He would hit the first one but would miss the second that put the Warriors up by one 62-61 with 7 secs remaining. Knights Min would get one last attempt for a possible game winning shot but his three point shot attempt would fall just short. St Paul’s escapes by the hair of their chinney chin chin.
According to St. Paul’s Head coach Neil Pineda on why the game was close. “St. John’s always plays us tough. It’s because of their match ups. They play small ball and we play small ball. It’s a good match up and we’ll always have a good game against them. St. John’s Fred Peter’s is a great coach and he made adjustments based on the last game. And on top of that they have very talented players in Michael Min and Takumi Simon. They’re both outstanding and just great players. Michael Min is definitely one of the top candidates for the season MVP.”
Warriors Dangelo Gallardo led St. Paul’s with 17pts along with Jason Diaz 16pts & Josh Gatchalian 12pts. St. John’s Michael Min had a game high 31pts( 19 in the 2nd half)