Monday Maverick Make: Shoot-outs, Blow-outs, Buzzer Beaters

Sam Chambers
From tip-offs to shoot-outs, St. John's finds a way to finish and pull away at the start of the winter sports season.

Mavericks swimmers swept the SJS Quad by pulling away from Lamar, Awty and DeBakey, while wrestling put the hammer on Mayde Creek early in the week.

Friday's contests went down to the wire starting off with boys' 7th grade soccer's shootout win over Kinkaid.  Boys' and Girls' Varsity Basketball won the block party against the Redskins of Lamar by playing the old-fashioned way with defense.

"I was proud of how well we played defense," said Head Coach Harold Baber.  "The offensive part of our game needs some work."

Girls' Varsity Soccer took home hardware from the St. Mary's Hall tournament by winning the silver division bracket.

Arguably the most exciting performance of the weekend went to the boys' 8th grade soccer team.  Down by a goal with time running down, Stephen Spears ('15), was moved from his goalie position to the offensive third of the field by Head Coach Jim Murphy ('83).   Andrew Jing ('15), found Spears inside the 18 for a shot that tied the game with only 8 seconds on the clock.  Both Jing and Spears factored in the shootout moments later as Jing scored and Spears saved the final shots of the game.