The Pirates knocked off the Paul Harris led Niagara Falls (NY) High School, defending Garden State and HSBC champ St. Anthony's and perennial North Jersey parochial power St. Patrick H.S. en route to a slot in this weekend's High School Basketball Championship in Philadelphia.
The Pirates got off to a strong start, streaking to an 18-11 lead midway through the first half. However, St. Pat's closed the half on a 18-10 run take a 29-28 advantage at the intermission.
Seton Hall Prep wrested control of the game early in the second half. A 14-4 Pirate surge out of the gate yielded a 42-33 advantage. Andrews, whose shooting and ball handling were key factors in the win, capped the burst with a midrange jumper at the 10:28 mark.
"I worked on my offense a lot over the spring," Andrews said. "I didn't score versus St. Augustine in the state playoffs, and I am looking to score more to take pressure off Andrew [Pusar] and Brandon [Costner]."
The Celtics mounted a final challenge, pulling within 47-45 on a three-pointer by Tyrone Cook with 6:07 remaining. But back to back baskets from forward Alex Wujciak and a basket inside by center Brandon Costner pushed the lead back to 55-47 with 2:43 remaining.
St. Pat's, which elected not to foul down the stretch, was led by forward Andre Davis' 23 points. Rising sophomore point guard Corey Fisher, who came off the bench for the Celts, tallied 10 points in defeat.
Costner had some big games to help Seton Hall Prep into the final. His high post passing to cutting teammates was very effective too. Brandon showed he has the ability to play with the big bodies in the low post. When Costner moves over to his AAU team, the Playaz, he switches positions and competes at the combo forward slots.
This only makes Costner a more attractive recruit too. By showing he has the physical skills to score inside and pass from the high post with his high school team only gives college coaches and scouts he can do more than drain a jumper from the perimeter.