TJ, Saints fall in SJIT openers
ST. JAMES - When things get down to the crunch in a boys basketball game, you don't want to be facing Thomas Johnson. The close games always seem to fall the Patriots' way, thanks to a crucial bucket, a key turnover, whatever they seem to need.
So to see them make the rare mistakes during Thursday's 73-60 loss to Newport Prep in the first round of the 28th Annual St. James Invitational Tournament ... well, that just wasn't what the Patriots expected to happen.
"Those were some crucial turnovers, and on plays that we're usually good at," TJ coach Tom Dickman said. "And not only the turnovers, but they're getting the ball and shooting layups off them."
A dismal start put the Patriots (13-3, No. 1 Herald-Mail poll) in a hole, and they trailed by 14 two minutes into the second half. Then they made their first eight shots of the second half to close the gap to 53-49 with the ball.