SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND -- Taking a look at the roster of St. Andrew's, one can draw the conclusion that the best days are ahead for head coach Mike Hart's squad. But today was a bad day either for St. Andrew's. Demetrius Nichols scored 18 points and Abdi Lidonde netted 17 to lift the young and talented St. Andrew's team over a tough Brunswick School, 70-48.
What won this game was defense. A swarming defensive gameplan installed by Hart helped St. Andrew's suffocate any offensive chances for Brunswick School. Milos Mirkovic got his team off to a quick start by driving past Akin Akingbala for three quick hoops.
By the time Lidonde's three-pointer swished the nets with 6:07 left in the first half, St. Andrew's had a 20-4 lead. A Nichols layup followed by another Demetrius jam spun the game out of control. St. Andrew's led 28-4 with 3:40 left in the first half.
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It got worse for Brunswick. The half concluded with St. Andrew's holding a 34-7 lead. Brunswick battled back to within 19 points, mainly on the inside play of Akingbala, the agile athlete who will play at Clemson next season.
Akin finished the game with 27 points and he did an excellent job in trying to rally his teammates. Brunswick never quit. They dove on the floor for loose balls though the score had to be discouraging.
Scott Weston chipped in 10 points for Brunswick. Talented sophomore guard Emery Outland also had eight points for the winners.