Brea and Bailey carry Scanlan past Iona Prep

February 25, 2020

Boys Basketball 1 2 3 4 Final
Msgr. Scanlan 13 23 16 26 78
Iona Prep 20 18 10 21 69
Box Score

Koby Brea scored 24 points and DJ Bailey scored 21, as Monsignor Scanlan grinded out a 78-69 win over Iona Prep in the CHSAA Archdiocese Tournament Quarterfinals on Sunday.

The Gaels sprinted out of the gate, opening the game on a 10-0 run before Scanlan called a timeout and Brea finally got the Crusaders on the board with a 3-pointer. RJ Greene, Marquis Dukes and Aidan Hilderbrand led a balanced offensive attack for Iona Prep in the early going, as the Gaels stretched their lead to 16-5 before taking a 20-13 advantage into the second quarter.

Scanlan defended their way back into it, cutting Iona Prep's point production in half over the next 8:00 and getting an offensive boost on triples from Ray Glasgow and Kesean Tracey, eventually turning a 7 point first quarter deficit into a 36-30 lead at the intermission.

Bailey scored 16 points in the second half, including a banked 3-pointer from beyond half-court that just beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter, giving Scanlan a 52-48 lead after three.

Iona Prep took the lead back in the fourth, but Scanlan cashed in from the free throw line, going a perfect 14-for-14 from the stripe in the final frame. Brea (11-11) and Bailey (12-13) were a combined 23-24 from the line in the game.

The Crusaders got to the stripe 37 times, connecting on 30 (81%), while Iona Prep shot 83% from the line, but only got there 18 times, sinking 15.

Scanlan will face top-seeded St. Raymond in the semifinals on Tuesday night. The Crusaders were responsible for one of the Ravens' two league losses during the regular season, a 70-69 home triumph on February 9th, a game in which Brea hit the game-winner.

Keeshawn Jones scored 17 points and Greene scored 16 for Iona Prep.

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