On Friday night, Jim Mace '14 and the Mavericks evened the score against All Saints in the SPC semi-final. On Saturday St. John's went on to win the SPC championship game 42-39 vs. Kinkaid.
St. John’s struggled early against All Saints in the SPC Division 1 semi-final. The Saints jumped to a 4-0 lead and built it to 8-5 forcing the Mavericks to call a time out late in the first quarter. When they returned to the court, J.T. Trauber ’14 sunk a three and Justise Winslow ’14 put the Mavericks up 11-8 on a lay-up and one. Nevertheless, the Saints would not go away. With 1:30 to go in the first quarter, All Saints stalled until making the final shot, leaving the Mavericks with a 11-10 lead.
Leading 13-10 early in the second quarter, Jim Mace’14 entered the game. When he returned to the bench with a couple of minutes left in the half, the Mavericks were up 20-13. In that span, Mace collected six different stats in the score book: first a steal, then a foul, a three pointer, a rebound, and a drawn foul on a three point shot, followed by a made free throw. The momentum was all Mavericks for the rest of the game. When Mace entered the game in the second period he was shut off. 5’ 8” and 145 lb, Mace fills in the spaces vacated by 6’ 6” Winslow and the rest of the team.
“He is tough as nails,” said Head St. John’s Basketball Coach Harold Baber. “He will do whatever it takes for the team to be successful. He leads by example and keeps everyone focused in practice…the type of player every coach loves to coach.”
“We were excited to play and get back at All Saints whose football team defeated us in the fall SPC playoffs,” said Mace. “The football guys on our team were fired up to compete against some of their football-basketball players including their quarterback-forward.”
The Saints ended the Mavericks 2013 football season 49-27, the same amount of points as in the Maverick basketball victory (57-35). Mace and the Mavericks did their part to even the score and will need to do the same to defeat Kinkaid in the SPC final at 4:00 p.m. today at Houston Christian High School.