Spartans remain undefeated, deal Trojans first loss
OLINDA – Jaxson Stinger has scored 30 points before, but never quite like this.
“Thirty?” the 6-foot-4 Stinger said after he led the Seabury Hall boys basketball team to a 72-47 win over St. Anthony on Friday night. “Maybe in my video games.”
Stinger also grabbed 12 rebounds, five of them on the offensive end, in front of a crowd of about 300 at the Erdman Athletic Center.
“Coach told me before the game, ‘Every single rebound you are going up and you are getting it,’ ” Stinger said. “So, that was my mindset. Putbacks, that’s my thing. My shot’s not very good, so I have got to step it up on the boards.”
The game was close for 2 1/2 quarters until the Trojans started to feel the burden of foul trouble. Seabury (3-0) led 31-28 at halftime, and 40-38 after Colby Tam sank a long jumper for St. Anthony (2-1) with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.
“I think they matched up with us pretty well, but I think our intensity team-wide stepped up,” Stinger said. “And we just played basketball, we played good team basketball.”
The Trojans’ Nick Asuncion committed his fourth foul with 3:00 left in the third and Mike Fernandez did likewise just over a minute later.
“That was our big thing, when we got in foul trouble we didn’t have those players who we could just count on to go in,” said St. Anthony coach Scott Davenport.
Cameron King added 18 points for the Spartans, 13 in the first quarter. Stinger had 15 in the third quarter and King had the other five for the Spartans as they outscored the Trojans 20-10 in the period.
“We’ve got a couple guys, Jaxson and Cameron, who can step it up,” Seabury coach Louis Turbeville said. “Jaxson really played aggressive tonight going after the boards. That kind of helped us control the second and play defense.”
The two teams are to meet again tonight at War Memorial Gym in Wailuku.
“They’re good, they’re going to be dangerous,” Turbeville said of the Trojans, who won one league game a season ago while the Spartans won a fourth straight MIL D-II title.
Preston Masanda scored 16 points for St. Anthony, 12 in the first quarter when he hit three 3-pointers. Fernandez added 14 points.
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ST. ANTHONY (47)
Kailen Pacheco 0, Nick Asuncion 0, Colby Tam 4, Kekaha Souza 6, Chaz Fernandez 0, Mike Fernandez 14, Hamilton Ioanis 0, Sam Wyner 7, Grayson Nolette 0, Micah VanAlstine 0, Preston Masanda 16, Travis DeLima 0.
SEABURY HALL (72)
Duncan Harrison 6, Fletcher Prouty 2, Nyck Yashiro 2, Cameron King 18, Jordan Haylor 6, Michael Chasen 2, Rip Pahukoa 6, Bryce Barbier 0, Jaxson Stinger 30.
St. Anthony …….. 17 ….. 11 ….. 10 ….. 11-47
Seabury Hall ….. 18 ….. 13 ….. 20 ….. 21-72