LeBorious teaches Vikings language of basketball

January 24, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

FREDERICK, Md. - The No. 3 St. John's-Prospect Hall Vikings fulfilled their second-language requirements on Thursday.

But instead of learning Latin or French, the Vikings got a lesson in Mercersburg. They found out, the hard way, what LeBorious means for every question that arose on the court.

"LeBorious ... he was the answer anytime they needed it," said St. John's coach Bruce Kelly after Mercersburg Academy laid a 78-64 decision on the Vikings for their fifth straight loss. "We have had some trouble defending some of the bigger guys on the inside."

The Blue Storm started out quickly and aggressively on offense to establish leads and then sustained it with the pivot play of LeBorious, who scored 26 points, passed the ball for assists out of the high post and muscled in the middle for layups and rebounds to pace Mercersburg.


"Chris was the difference," Mercersburg coach Mark Cubit said. "He passed the ball well."

Mercersburg took control of the game out of the gate with an early 13-4 lead, built on a pair of 3s by Ramone Penny and a third one by Carlos Campos. LeBorious added a couple nice give-and-go assists for added measure.

Then the Blue Storm moved LeBorious on the block and allowed him to work power moves in the paint for five points and a 23-10 advantage after the first quarter.

"Chris took advantage of things and the kids worked with him. Campos and Penny hit shots," Cubit said.

St. John's had problems finding the range early, which was only compounded by Mercersburg's success.

"That's been the trend for us lately," Kelly said. "We have been going through some scoring droughts. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don't. They made their shots, so we had to face their set defense. If they miss, we are more comfortable playing against a more open court."

St. John's made a run as Guyvans Richard scored 12 of his 14 first-half points in the second quarter. LeBorious balanced it out with Mercersburg's final four baskets - all inside - of the half to supply the Storm with a 40-31 halftime advantage.

Mercersburg got another quick start in the second half and was never challenged thereafter.

Richard was held to just two points in the second half while Jered Lyons scored 15 of his team-high 21 in the second half for the Vikings (11-7). LeBorious was helped by Mercersburg's balanced attack as Penny finished with 17 points while Sean Christiansen added 14 and Campos had 13.

"Prospect Hall is a good team," Cubit said. "I'm happy with the win. We have had two good games in two nights (Mercersburg lost to St. Maria Goretti on Wednesday). These kids all respond (to back-to-back games) and they have no excuses."

Mercersburg Academy 78 No. 3 St. John's-Prospect Hall 64


Penny 17, LeBorious 26, Campos 13, Calic 3, Christiansen 14, Rahauser 5. Totals 30 12-15 78.


Monroe 11, Lyons 21, Richard 11, Dorsey 6, Griffin 2, Blizzard 2, Ellis 6. Totals 28 3-6 64.

Mercersburg 23 17 20 18 - 78

St. John's-PH 10 21 16 16 - 64

Three-point goals - Mercersburg Academy 6 (Penny 3, Campos, Calic, Christiansen), St. John's-PH 5 (Monroe 2, Lyons 2, Richard).

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