Patrick Massaroni’s Varsity basketball team advanced to the Finals of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. Stepinac, playing its third game in as many days, took an early 10-0 lead and led wire-to-wire to beat St. Edward (OH), 78-63, Friday night. At one point, Stepinac was ahead by 21 points in the fourth quarter but allowed St. Edward back into the game. Ahead by just 12 points with just over three minutes left to play, St. Edwards scrapped and clawed back to make it interesting but not as close as the actual final score.
Alan Griffin and R.J. Davis each had 21 points for the Stepinac Crusaders and Eduard Minaya added 13.
The Crusaders from White Plains, NY beat St. Thomas (TX), Piedmont Classical (NC) and St Edward(OH) to reach the National Final against Bishop O’Connell (VA) to be played Saturday night at 8:35pm on the campus of Torrey Pines High School