Riverton • Thirty-two points allowed in the first half is not good enough for a team that prides itself on defensive effort. Sixteen points allowed in the second half … that is something to hang your hat on.
The Juan Diego Soaring boys’ basketball team defeated Murray 56-48 on Friday at the Riverton Holiday Tournament with a relentless defensive attack that saw the Spartans go cold for several stretches, especially in the second half.
“We have a goal to keep teams under a certain amount of points, and the first half we weren’t doing it, so our coaches made an emphasis to really get after them,” Juan Diego guard Gabe Colosimo said. “I think that over time we really got on them [defensively].”
The Soaring Eagle made an emphasis on press defense in the second half after they could tell it was wearing Murray down. As for the Spartans, no matter what they tried, they had no answer for Colosimo, who finished with a game-high 28 points.
“We just tried to get me to attack, [to] try and dish, so I just kind of played my game,” Colosimo said. “I felt comfortable, and our coaches just wanted to get me involved, so it was nice being able to dish off to some guys making layups. Overall, it was just a good [team] performance.”
While Colosimo was humble about his performance, Juan Diego coach Drew Trost was full of praise, going as far as calling him one of the best point guards in the state.
“The guys are fortunate to be able to play with somebody who averages 20 points, but also seven assists,” Trost said. “He’s totally not a selfish guy, which is awesome. He does a good job of finding the open people, but also scoring when he needs to.”
AJ Hodges led the Spartans with 16 points, but the sophomore encountered early foul trouble after a hot start. The only other player on either team to reach double figures was Murray’s Sam Pascua with 10 points.