January 14, 2017
St. John’s (DC) 53
Providence Day School (NC) 42
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Day one of the annual Music City Classic came to a close with the St. John’s Cadets besting the Providence Day School Chargers 53-42.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair. Providence Day jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the early going powered by two three-pointers from Devon Dotson and another by Isaac Suffren. St. John’s turned the scoring around through the remainder of the first period, going on a 9-2 run to take a one-point advantage into the second quarter.
The Cadets improved upon their lead in the second stanza. Both teams traded buckets in the early going of the second quarter, but again St. John’s put together a run to close the half. The Cadets reeled of an 8-1 run capped by four straight points from Qwanzi Samuels to grab a 36-26 lead at the half.
Defense was the story for both squads in the second half. St. John’s won the third quarter 11-7, but could only manage six points in the final frame. However, the large lead built through the first three periods would prove to hold up as the Cadets held on to win.
St. John’s was led in scoring by Reese Mona’s 14 points, while Richard Njoku tallied nine rebounds. Providence Day was paced by Dotson’s 16 points and seven boards.