Daryl Bryant, St. Raymond's Upends Farrell

Reporter Brian Towey was in Staten Island to watch a game between St. Raymond's and Monsignor Farrell ...

Staten Island, N.Y. _ Fueled by a late three-point play by junior guard Daryl Bryant, St. Raymond's outlasted defending Staten Island champion Monsignor Farrell 75-65 on Sunday.

Bryant wound through traffic, lofting up a shot over the outstretched arms of Farrell center Ryan Rossiter that caught the iron and fell through, and was fouled in the process. The free throw opened up Ray's lead to 56-49 with 4:18 to play, and effectively closed the door on a sound and stubborn Farrell team.

The shot took the luster off of a third quarter Farrell run that saw the Lions climb back from a 33-24 halftime deficit, led by senior point guard James Hett. The Monmouth commit stuck a pair of threes during the 9-0 burst, sandwiched between a possession where he drove right and found the 6-foot-7 Rossiter for the in-close bucket, giving Farrell a 36-35 lead with 4:48 to play in the third quarter.

Ultimately, St. Raymond's wore Farrell down with their depth, length, and team quickness. Sophomore wing Omari Lawrence turned in two timely baskets off of slashing drives in the final four minutes to help put Farrell away. He scored all 14 of his points after the half.

The Ravens played without starting guard Gerald Colds, who was out with an ankle injury.

Bryant led St. Raymond's with 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. He shot 7-for-8 from the line, and was effective shooting the ball from mid-range, which seems to be his comfort zone.

Daryl converted a couple of difficult shots in the second half, including a 14-footer off glass, and was pretty consistent with his mid-range pull-up. With "Truck" one of the keys is exercising discretion with his shot selection and scoring within the flow of the game, and he did a pretty good job of it on Sunday.

6-foot-5 sophomore forward Kevin Parrom was again impressive on the offensive end. He did most of his damage early, scoring 13 of his 17 points in the first half and collecting six rebounds. He showed the ability to shoot it from a number of spots on the floor, connecting on a baseline turnaround, a turnaround from nine feet, and a 15-footer, and doing some damage in transition. He continues to impress with his face-up game in an increased role as a sophomore.

Rossiter was brilliant at times for Farrell, scoring 28 points (19 in the second half) with 10 rebounds. He showed the type of versatility and offensive polish that should make him a valuable contributor at Siena next year, connecting on a pair of three-pointers, working the baselines, and scoring on the low block. He did a solid job on the boards, ran the floor, and showed some toughness.

Hett (18 points, four assists) was the team's catalyst as usual, valuable as a caretaker of the ball, distributor, facilitator of the offense and feisty competitor. One area that he looks to have made improvement in is shooting off of the bounce and creating his shot. He shot 3-for-6 from deep, and has really improved that dimension of his game.

Hett doesn't get the recognition, but at the point, he is one of the city's best.


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