Connect with us

Basketball

WARRIORS HOLD OFF KNIGHTS FOR TITLE SPOT

The Warriors got a strong second half from the Knights in the semis, but St. Paul handled business to earn a spot in the 2019 title game.

By Robert Balajadia

The St. Paul Warriors are headed back to the IIAAG Girls Basketball Finals after defeating the St. John’s Knights 43-34 in the semifinals Wednesday evening at the UOG Calvo Field House.

St. Paul will face the Okkodo Bulldogs in the finals this coming Saturday evening after Okkodo defeated the Academy Cougars 46-39 in the other semifinals game.

It was anything but smooth sailing for the undefeated Warriors with the Knights keeping close all second half. After trailing 23-10 at halftime, St. John’s closed the 3rd on a 7-0 run to get within 33-30 to put some pressure on the two-time defending champs.

The Warriors relied on their stars as Jan Quintanilla, who was in foul trouble majority of the half, scored eight of her 12 points in the 4th quarter alone. Quintanilla kicked it in to high gear scoring four straight points on layups off steals to keep her team ahead.

St. John’s went cold from the field in the 4th with their only field goal coming in the final minute off a put back from forward Kaia Malakooti.

St. Paul’s Kirsten Silva led all scorers with 13 points and Quintanilla added 12. St. John’s Palomares had a team-high 12 points and Malakooti added 11 in the loss.

Breakdown

Both teams had to shake off early game nerves with neither team able to put up any points in the first three minutes. The Warriors got a bucket from Kim Santos to get on the board and Monica Giger added four in the quarter to put St. Paul ahead 9-4 after one.

Five different Warriors scored in the 2nd with Silva leading the way as St. Paul sat with a 23-10 halftime lead.

St. John’s opened the 3rd with a deep three from Malakooti. Palomares would score six points the quarter with the Knights showing signs of life to get within 33-30. Quintanilla would pick up her third foul early in the quarter which forced her to sit most of the period out.

Jan would break the ice on a scoreless quarter at the midway point, netting a layup in transition. She would follow up with a steal at mid-court that lead to a layup to put the Warriors up 37-31. Late game free throws from Silva and just one made field goals from the Knights all happened in the games final minutes.

PHOTO GALLERY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

January

February 2023

March
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
Events for January

1st

Events for February

2nd

Events for February

3rd

Events for February

4th

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for February

5th

Events for February

6th

Events for February

7th

Events for February

8th

Events for February

9th

Events for February

10th

Events for February

11th

12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for February

11th

No Events
Events for February

13th

Events for February

14th

Events for February

15th

Events for February

16th

Events for February

17th

Events for February

18th

19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for February

19th

Events for February

20th

Events for February

21st

Events for February

22nd

Events for February

23rd

Events for February

24th

Events for February

24th

No Events
26
27
28
1
2
3
4
Events for February

25th

No Events
Events for February

27th

Events for February

28th

COMING SOON …

QUICK HITS

Pro ballers: Japan pro basketball players Morgan Aiken and Takumi Simon meet up in Japan in between some of Simon’s games.
———————————————–
Dartmouth rugger Matias Calvo met up with pro Zach Pangelinan in Houston. Calvo is part of a college all-star team and the starting hooker of the NE Reds.

More in Basketball