Crosby boys use guard depth to down St. Paul

The Crosby boys basketball team has been defined by its guard play this season. The Bulldogs are deep at the guard position, with players that can run the point or play on the wing.

Crosby showed that depth on Tuesday night in a 69-56 win over St. Paul at The Crosby Palace. The Bulldogs improved to 10-2 while the Falcons fell to 6-3. Offensively, senior star Jonathan Rivera had a tough night shooting, but got plenty of support from junior standout Jason Robinson (game-high 24 points) and senior reserve Chris Spears (18 points, five 3-pointers).

On defense, Crosby used its guard depth to contain St. Paul junior star Jamie Leggett, who had just nine points. Senior reserve John Gaffney led the Falcons with 11 points while senior Ben Bocchichio added 10 points.

Crosby won its sixth straight game by forcing turnovers and turning them into transition baskets, including a two-handed slam by Robinson. The Bulldogs also did well on the offensive and defensive glass. The first basket of the game came on a Robinson layup after he grabbed an offensive rebound. On one possession in the fourth quarter, Robinson grabbed two offensive rebounds. Robinson finished with seven rebounds and two steals while Rivera had seven rebounds, nine assists and six steals. Junior Kahlif Willard tallied seven assists and two steals while sophomore Khani Glenn added six rebounds.

Photo caption: St. Paul’s John Gaffney of goes up for a shot against Crosby’s Jason Robinson during Tuesday night’s game at The Crosby Palace. The Bulldogs won the game, 69-56. Robinson led all scorers with 24 points while Gaffney paced the Falcons with 11 points.

GALLERY: Here are my photos from Tuesday night’s game.