Tough as Iron

By Mattura, Greg | The Record (Bergen County, NJ), January 4, 2015 | Go to article overview

Tough as Iron


Mattura, Greg, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


RAMSEY - Don Bosco certainly has the defense to challenge for the Bergen Jamboree title and the final No. 1 ranking in The Record boys basketball Top 25.

The Ironmen, No. 6 in The Record preseason rankings, held No. 5 St. Joseph scoreless for two long stretches and pulled away to a 66- 53 victory Saturday night in a Big North United Division contest.

"Our defense has definitely been ahead of our offense at this point in the season," said Don Bosco senior guard Matt Stranzl, "so that's something we've been priding ourselves on."

Don Bosco (5-1) held St. Joseph (4-2) without a point for the game's first 4 minutes and 9 seconds, and also held its rival scoreless for more than a 6:30 stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters. The Ironmen played strong man-to-man and zone defenses, limiting St. Joseph's open shots.

"We went through two big droughts with scoring and you're not going to beat good teams with that happening," St. Joseph coach Mike Doherty said.

"We work hard defensively in practice and it translates to the games, and our kids know for us to win games, it's something we have to do," Don Bosco coach Kevin Diverio said. "I was very happy with the way we located shooters, contained their ball handlers for the most part, and we at least battled them on the glass."

The Ironmen have size, speed and depth and pulled away in the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run to extend their lead to 52-39. The Green Knights did not score in the final quarter until senior guard Andrew McGuire made two free throws with 4:19 remaining. …

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