St. Joseph’s closed the first half on 13-5 run to take their first lead of the game and hold a one-point lead at half, but the Bears were plagued by 2-of-16 shooting over the first 15 minutes of the second stanza that allowed the Panthers jump out to a 15-point lead.
Senior Jamir Archer led all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He added eight boards and one rejection, while sophomore Alec Willis nailed 3-of-10 from downtown in a 13-point effort.
Senior Michael Megafu flirted with another double-double, recording nine points, seven caroms and four assists. Named to the All-Skyline Second Team, he concludes his outstanding four-year career with 1,614 points, 1,110 rebounds and 134 blocks, second all-time in the latter two categories.
Matt O’Neill added five points, six rebounds, four assists, three thefts and one rejection in a losing effort. Named to the All-Skyline First Team yesterday, the senior concludes his career with 1,416 points, 497 rebounds and the all-time leader in steals with 315 thefts.
Old Westbury collects its second Skyline Conference title and first since 2004. The Bears finished the season with a 10-10 record in league play, going 15-13 overall on the season.
Women fall in first round
Old Westbury was also the downfall of the St. Joseph’s women, who despite a 35-point fourth quarter outburst and sophomore Destiny Marino’s 20-point, 12-rebound double-double, succumbed 82-72 to Old Westbury in the opening round of the Skyline Conference Championship.
The Lady Bears rattled off nine straight points to gain their first advantage of the game midway through the second period and appeared to head into the lockers deadlocked, but the Panthers ran off seven points in the final 34 seconds of the half and scored the first seven points of the third period and kept the lead in double digits the rest of the way.
Freshman Victoria Porcasi contributed 18, finishing 3-of-8 from three-point range, and added three caroms and a pair of thefts. Freshman Kellie O’Neill dropped 14, one shy of her career-best, in just 14 minutes off the bench thanks to a 4-of-6 performance from behind-the-arc.
Senior Erica Eddy scored 12 and distributed a game-high five dimes, finishing her career with 467 points in a Lady Bears uniform, and junior Kristen Candelaria controlled nine rebounds and added five points.
Despite the season-ending loss, the Lady Bears (7-19, 6-10) will look to build on a Skyline Championship berth in their inaugural season in the conference.