Darian Anderson’s (St. Johns) Buzzer Beater Sinks DeMatha – St. John’s Quietly Having a Huge Season 2/1/2013
After Gonzaga and O’Connell if you were asked who has the third best record in the WCAC most of you probably wouldn’t say St. Johns. In fact the Cadets are in third place and after Darian Anderson’s buzzer-beater versus DeMatha on Friday night some teams may start circling their calendars when St. Johns comes in to town.
St. Johns improved to 9-3 in the WCAC with Friday night’s big time win over DeMatha. Darian Anderson hit one of St. John’s biggest shots of the season and you could tell that Cadet players and coaches alike were just glowing with confidence after the big win. Personel wise St. Johns is loaded, they’ve got four or five guards who can beat you off the dribble and shoot the deep ball and three athletic wings who can shoot, slash, and defend. Unfortunately they are also being called on to play the interior post and while they certainly dont have the size to match up with the BeeJay Anya’s, Junior Etou’s, and Quadree Smith’s of the world they are certainly holding their own. If big man Leonard Freemen hadn’t transferred to Oak Hill the WCAC would probably be a three team race between Gonzaga, O’Connell and St. Johns. But the Cadets don’t think about what could of been. They are doing just fine with the hand they were dealt.
DeMatha finally got prized freshman Joe Hampton back from an injury he sustained in DeMatha’s second game of the season. Now that they are finally healthy, and some of the younger players are gaining invaluable experience it’s just about time for DeMatha to gel and go on a run. They couln’t get it going on Friday, but they did show some spurts. Except DeMatha to come out real hungry versus Gonzaga on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday Darian Anderson broke a tie game with a spinning floater that broke the tie and sent the gym into a frenzy. The refs would put 1.6 seconds back on the clock but it was to no avail.
Darian Bryant led all scorers with 17. Guards Tre Campbell and Darian Anderson scored 15 and 13 respectively. The Cadets connected on nine triples on the night but finished only 1-6 from the charity stripe.
DeMatha was led early by isaiah Buck who scored 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter. He would finish with 12. Jairus Lyles and BeeJay Anya scored 13 and 12 respectively. Anya had a couple MAJOR dunks that you will certainly see on a few different Capitol Hoops highlight tapes.
Super Bowl Sunday begins at 2:30PM as Gonzaga travels to DeMatha in perhaps the area’s greatest rivalry. Gonzaga had its way with DeMatha on January 17th.