The Prep powers past Germantown Academy

On Tuesday night, St. Joe's Prep raced out to a 31-14 halftime lead over Germantown Academy and never looked back. The Prep got a game-high 31 points from senior St. Joe's commit Chris Clover. A full break-down of The Prep's win, and how Clover looked, is inside.

Over recent years, under the direction of head coach Speedy Morris, St. Joe's Prep has been a powerhouse in the Philadelphia Catholic League. Just two years ago, The Prep sent two players to the ACC when Miles Overton committed to Wake Forest and Steve Vasturia to Notre Dame. This year's Prep team has a much different look in terms of personnel. On Tuesday night, despite possibly being at a slight disadvantage personnel-wise, Speedy's team decisively handled Germantown Academy.

St. Joe's Prep took a 31-14 lead into the locker room at halftime and saw that lead expand to 41-20 early in the third quarter. To their credit, GA battled to the end and made the final score of 66-52 look respectable. The truth of the matter is that the game wasn't nearly that close though.

GA was led by junior point guard Devon Goodman's 15 points. The diminutive lead guard has some flash to his game and wowed the crowd on several occasions. Senior shooting guard Timmy Guers poured in 14 and Colgate commit Sam Lindgren had a quiet 8 for Jim Fennerty's squad.

For St. Joe's Prep, it all began and ended with 6'4 shooting guard Chris Clover. Clover, who committed to St. Joe's back in August, was terrific on Tuesday night. He had an efficient, dare I say quiet, 31 points for the night. He was unselfish, looked for his teammates, helped break the press, and was lights-out from the charity stripe.

Clover got going in the first half with an and-one attack of the basket. Moments later, he caught the ball at the top of the key, hit his defender with a jab step, and elevated, knocking down a deep, contested three-pointer. Clover went on to score 16 first-half points, with a number coming from the free throw line, where he went 14-15 on the night.

After a quiet third quarter, Clover had a play of the night in the fourth, when he caught an inbound pass streaking down the right sideline. He drove it the length of the court before dunking all over a Germantown Academy defender for another and-one. This play brought the crowd at Philadelphia University to their feet. Clover finished with 10 in the fourth, and an incredibly efficient 31 for the game.

A handful of things stood out about Clover's game on Tuesday night while, admittedly, he was not going up against any other higher-level division one players. Clover, at 6'4, has a great frame with a college-ready build. He is strong, athletic, and after four years of playing for Speedy Morris, has a great feel for the game. He played extremely unselfishly, despite being hands-down the best player on the court. Clover went 1-2 from three and 14-15 from the free throw line. Next year at St. Joe's, he will bring an ability to come in and knock down perimeter shots, and subsequently, knock down free throws when he gets to the line. That's something missing from this year's Hawk team.

Defensively, he may not have that freakish lateral foot speed like James Demery or DeAndre Bembry, but he is an above-average athlete and really understands angles and how to position himself defensively. He does a great job squaring up his body and keeping his defender in front of him. Timmy Guers is one of the best shooters in the city, and Clover locked him up, limiting him to just one three on the night.

All in all, it was a great night for Chris Clover and St. Joe's Prep. SJU is getting a player in Chris Clover who will be able to come in next year with the physical and mental make-up to make a positive impact from day one.

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