JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Judging a player by the scoring column on the stat sheet can be a misleading indicator.
A case in point was superb 6-7 Bergen Catholic junior small forward Sean Banks, who scored 10 points in the Crusaders' 60-50 victory over Paterson Catholic for the North Jersey Parochial A crown.
Banks came out and struggled from the field in the first half and flirted with foul trouble in the third quarter, but by the end of the game, he had made some money plays to allow Bergen Catholic to advance.
Banks sat out the final 3:26 of the third quarter after fouling Paterson Catholic's Darryl Watkins and picking up his third infraction.
But in the fourth quarter, he nailed a three pointer with 4:16 to play that deadlocked the game at 39, and forced a steal that led to a Joey Sandberg lay-in with 1:09 that gave the Crusaders a 50-41 lead.
"This game is not about statistics tonight, it's about winning," quipped Bergen Catholic Head Coach Joe Dionisio. "There's a lot of great players on the floor, and I don't think any of them really cared about how many points they scored, I think they were worried about winning the game."
And with Banks and a cast that goes eight deep on his side, Dionisio has a great chance to do that every time the refs roll the ball out.