St. Joseph's Prep advances with win over Abington

St. Joseph's Prep's Steve Vasturia , who finished with27 points, is fouled by Kendall Stewart. CHARLES FOX / Staff
St. Joseph's Prep's Steve Vasturia , who finished with27 points, is fouled by Kendall Stewart. CHARLES FOX / Staff
Posted: March 10, 2013

St. Joseph's Prep will need some fine-tuning on offense. But its matchup zone defense appears to be in peak form.

Abington found that out in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA state boys' basketball playoffs Saturday. Keeping the Ghosts from finding any semblance of rhythm with the ball, Steve Vasturia and the Hawks easily triumphed, 48-33, at William Tennent.

"Overall, I think we did a good job on defense," Prep coach Speedy Morris said. "We kept them from getting out in transition. In their half-court sets, we didn't give them many good looks."

In losing in the first round of states for the second straight year, Abington shot 10 for 34 from the field, including 3 for 17 from beyond the arc, and committed 15 turnovers.

"We got after them pretty good," said Vasturia, who spurred the Hawks with 27 points and seven rebounds. "Our coaches had them scouted well. We knew what their tendencies were."

Excluding Vasturia, the Prep didn't exactly shoot the lights out. The Hawks converted 14 of 38 attempts. District 12's third-place finisher was 4 for 16 from three-point range.

The Notre Dame-bound Vasturia shot 7 for 12 from the field (4 for 5 on threes) and 9 for 11 from the line. He dished out two assists.

"We threw a couple of different guys at him," Abington coach Charles Grasty said. "He made some tough shots."

The Ghosts, who placed third in District 1, were led by Anthony Lee's 13 points. They were without senior guard Jordan Simmons, who was suspended earlier in the week for a violation of team rules.

Next for the Prep (22-5) is a second-round matchup Wednesday, at a neutral site and time to be determined, against District 3 runner-up York (24-3), a first-round winner over Methacton.

Hawks senior lead guard P.J. Kelly, who sat out most of the last week because of the flu, crammed all 10 of his points into the second half. Senior guard Miles Overton managed only four points on 1-for-7 shooting, but had four rebounds and three assists.

Vasturia scored 11 points, including two treys, in the second quarter. His driving layup put the Hawks in front, 22-13, at intermission.

Abington (22-6) rallied in the third quarter and cut the gap to 30-29 on Anthony Durham's two free throws early in the fourth. Vasturia's two foul shots, Kelly's right-wing trey, and Vasturia's step-back three put the Hawks back in control.

St. Joseph's Prep 9 13 8 18 - 48

Abington 8 5 14 6 - 33

SJP: P.J. Kelly 10, Steve Vasturia 27, Chris Clover 3, Kyle Thompson 2, Miles Overton 4, Dan Sherry 2.

A: Anthony Durham 10, Jiere Morrisey 4, Khalid Gibson 2, Matt Penecale 4, Anthony Lee 13.


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