Chaminade coach Bob Paul called the Flyers’ 20-point win over St. Anthony’s earlier this season fool’s gold. He couldn’t have been more right.
Paul tried to prepare his undefeated Flyers for a different kind of Friars team Friday night in South Huntington, not the one that played without senior point guard Jonathan Harewood in the first meeting of these two CHSAA powerhouses.
And it’s a whole different ballgame when Harewood is on the hardwood.
He led a suffocating defense as St. Anthony’s used a 17-0 third-quarter run to wipe out a 10-point halftime deficit in a 54-47 win before a packed house. The loss dropped Chaminade to 7-1 in the CHSAA and tightened things up a bit as St. Anthony’s and Holy Trinity now are tied for second at 5-2.
“We shut them down defensively,” Friars coach Sal Lagano said. “They are the premier team in our league. Having Harewood out there and playing that strong defense will get it done.”
“I missed that first game with Chaminade and I couldn’t wait for the rematch,” said Harewood, who had 23 points. “It’s probably one of the last big games that I put on this Friars jersey. I’m proud of the way we bounced back from that loss. We showed such heart and played at a high level.”
The infusion of Harewood on offense also made a big difference. After Chaminade took a 15-7 first-quarter lead, Harewood had nine points in a frenetic second quarter in which St. Anthony’s climbed within two points on four occasions. But another strong finish to close the quarter kept Chaminade comfortably ahead. After Harewood hit a driving layup with 2:36 left, the Flyers went on a 10-2 run and led 32-22 at the half.
The third quarter belonged to the Friars, though. They went on a 17-0 run in a span of 5:39 for a 39-34 lead. “We guard very well and forced some turnovers,” Lagano said. “And we found our offense.”
During the run, Harewood and Tyrone Lyons Jr. scored four points each and guard Makhai Murphy had five. The Friars led 41-38 after three quarters.
Chaminade forged a 42-41 lead in the fourth before St. Anthony’s used a 13-5 outburst to close it.
The Friars’ Tony Lopez grabbed two defensive rebounds on the Flyers’ final two possessions and made all four of his free throws for a 54-47 lead.
“Those were clutch free throws,” Lagano said. “We really came through tonight as a team.”