Romain Sparkles In Xaverian's Win

Reporter Brian Towey outlines a big Xaverian victory at Hunter College today ...

Junior shooting guard Brandon Romain keyed a decisive 20-7 second half run with 10 points and Xaverian held off Campus Magnet 61-59 in the Big Apple Basketball Public League vs. Catholic League Challenge at Hunter College in Manhattan on Saturday.

Romain provided the offensive spark that was lacking early for Coach Jack Alesi's team, wending through traffic for finishes and leaking out on the break.

The Clippers were bogged down offensively in the first half against Magnet's 3-2 zone, unable to generate many scoring opportunities, and were out-toughed on the glass in the early going. 6-foot-5 senior swingman Malachi Peay gave Campus good energy in the first half, scoring 17 points and helping them to create some separation in the second quarter, taking a 34-29 lead going into the half.

Romain spearheaded a third quarter run with a pair of drives, a 16-footer, and a finish off of a feed from Vincent Council off of the break, while junior guard Joseph Ecock hit a pair of threes during the spurt. With Peay on the bench in foul trouble, Xaverian began to loosen up offensively and generate some points off of their defense.

Romain led Xaverian with 23 points, 16 in the second half. 6-foot-5 senior power forward Jamie Blanchard scored 12 points, and the junior point Council added eight.

Peay paced Campus with 21 points. 6-foot-6 senior C/PF Keith McAllister offered some physical play in the post and 18 points, while junior guard Nathaniel Wilson added nine.

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