Eustace falls to St. Anthony

Bishop Eustace's Flo DaSilva drives to the basket against St. Anthony's Markis McDuffle. DaSilva scored a team-high 10 points in the loss.
Bishop Eustace's Flo DaSilva drives to the basket against St. Anthony's Markis McDuffle. DaSilva scored a team-high 10 points in the loss. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer)
Posted: March 02, 2014

Bishop Eustace started to shoot around more than an hour before its boys' basketball game against Jersey City's St. Anthony on Friday.

With no junior-varsity game beforehand and a packed student section already in the building anticipating the matchup with one of the state's elite programs, the Crusaders tried to take advantage of the extra time.

The pregame work did not pay off, as Bishop Eustace suffered a 52-30 nonleague loss to St. Anthony, but the Crusaders will look to gain from the big-game experience with its Non-Public A playoff opener against Holy Cross on Wednesday.

"We know we have the state tournament coming up, and we know they're going to play aggressive," Eustace coach Bob Falconiero said. "That's one of the reasons we scheduled them at the end of the year. . . .

"They're a great team. They run a great offense, they're very patient, and they play very good pressure defense. That can only help kids get better. That's why they're on our schedule."

Bishop Eustace (18-8) trailed by two with three minutes left in the second quarter and by six in the third quarter, but Boston University recruit Cheddi Mosely knocked down four of his five three-pointers in the second half and the Friars (21-4) opened up the game.

"It's completely different from all the games we've played this season," said Flo DaSilva, who led Eustace with 10 points. "They're high-intensity, and they're the most disciplined team we've played. They didn't take a single bad shot today."

"This is state-tournament preparation," said St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley, one of three high school coaches in the Basketball Hall of Fame. "Both of us will gain from this.

"This was a very high-level game right before the states, and we both can go to practice and look at the film and build on what we saw today."

DaSilva noticed the hype for the game and wanted to bring his best in front of the big crowd. He scored seven points in the first half and drained a three early in the third quarter to cut his team's deficit to six, but he could not lead a comeback.

"This is definitely motivation," DaSilva said. "We had it pretty low in the third quarter, so we know we can hang around with any team come playoff time."

St. Anthony 13 9 14 16 - 52

Bishop Eustace 8 5 10 7 - 30

SA: Tarin Smith 12, Cheddi Mosely 19, Shaquille McFarlan 4, Jagan Mosely 7, Idris Joyner 8, Eddy Dominguez 2.

BE: Flo DaSilva 10, Conor McLaughlin 8, Isiaha Wingfield 2, Brandon Cazan 7, Eric Sobocinski 3.


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