Hermon's Isaac Varney (rear) gets up high for a shot over John Bapst defenders Nick Lakenan (20) and James Butler during the varsity boys game at the Cross Center on Friday night. Hermon won the game 57-48. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Hermon took a 20-7 lead to open the game and held a 30-21 halftime advantage. In the third quarter, Bapst battled hard, outscoring the Hawks 15-8 to close the deficit to 2-points, 38-36, heading into the final stanza.
John Bapst battled back to take a 40-38 lead with 4.24 left in the game before the Hawkes took over the game with a 19-8 run to close out the contest.
Scoreboard at the Cross Insurance Center (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Scoring for Hermon was, Varney with a game-high 16 points; Keenan Marseille 13; Jordan Bishop 11; Garrett Trask nine; Cody Hawes four; and Kent Johnson and McKinlee Sickles two each.
Hermon shot a very impressive 21-of-23 (91 percent) from the free throw line. They knocked down two 3-point baskets, one each from Marseille and Trask.
Hermon's Cody Hawes passes the ball during the first quarter. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Hermon's Keenan Marseille (23) gets some hang time to put up a shot between three John Bapst defenders. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Hermon's Kent Johnson goes up for a layup. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
For John Bapst, Noah Tomah led the Crusaders with 13 points; Darren Hanscom and Alex Mooney nine each; J.J. Higgins seven; Nick Lakeman six; and Nate Galinski and Isaac Wardwell two each.
The Crusaders were 15-of-25 (60 percent)from the foul line and they had one 3-pointer from Hanscom.
John Bapst's JJ Higgins goes up for a layup good for two points after a steal at mid-court. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
Hermon goes to 6-1 on the season with the win while John Bapst falls to 2-6.