"It's All About The Game"

Maret answers






Ron Bailey, Publisher

Every St. James charge was met.

February 6, 2015 - At its Northwest D.C campus Tuesday, Maret repelled St. James (MD) 74-63. The Frogs found answers throughout.

The first question was senior guard Justin Robinson. A scorer of 28 points, Robinson dropped 15 points in the first half, only missing two shots then - a before-intermission rushed jumper and a free throw. The future Virginia Tech guard was on fire.

Max Stein, spliting a trap.

Maret responded to his work. Though the Saints did have some success with a 2-3 zone scheme, sophomore center Luka Garza was the difference, screening for others and presenting himself for shots. Afterward Garza said of Maret's offensive attack "It was just everybody; bring them out with our shooters, our senior leadership, setting good screens down low and I was just finding people open. They really couldn't stop the high-low today". He had 18 points in the first half, 28 points overall.

After being down 33-28 at intermission, SJ got to within 43-42 at the third quarter's 2:10 mark, only for Maret to lead 51-44 at period's end after senior swingman Austin Vereen's two free throws, attempts awarded while being fouled during a three point shot. That 8-2 run was another Maret response.

The Frog's answering didn't stop; up only three with 5:50 remaining in regulation, a little more than two minutes later Maret led by 10. Senior guard Max Stein helped pad his team's lead with a three pointer and two free throws, putting the Frogs up 70-58 with just under two minutes to play. The win was sealed.

"We were up and down the whole game" said Stein of Maret's finish. The team was told "it was going to be a fourth quarter game...We knew if we stuck to what we were doing, we would wear them down and come out on top. And that's exactly what we did".

Stein, who finished with 11 points is headed to Colby next year. His team is now 18-3 overall and 9-3 in Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference play and hosted Georgetown Day (a 56-44 win) Friday, also received 18 points from Vereen, a future VMI Keydet .

Freshman forward Bryce Golden followed Robinson in SJ scoring, contributing nine points. The Saints (13-7) next welcomed Potomac School, also a Friday date, where they won 68-65.

Recruiting Update:

Luka Garza, 6'9.5, 230 pound sophomore forward, Maret - Colleges are starting to descend on Maret, chasing Garza. "I have an offer from DePaul, GW and Binghamton. But I'm getting looks from Maryland, Virginia and some other schools like Stanford, and Davidson".

He's a big man with good footwork and finishing touch, going over either shoulder. Garza has a good feel for the offensive paint game and will battle inside.

Defensively he uses his size well, but must become quicker on both sides of the floor. Added explosion is also necessary, as Garza is an under the rim guy, which of course demands becoming stronger as well.

Luka added of his needed development, "I definitely need to get better at triple team and double team (reactions), because they are doing that a lot to me. Getting out there, passing it out. Getting a lower base, so I can get even better post position. I can do everything better honestly" including outside shooting.

Garza hit the travel circuit with Mid-Atlantic Select last season, and could return to that top notched organization, of which he noted "I really love that program, so that's one of my top choices".

Garza is tracking upward indeed.

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