St. Raymond's Youth Impressive At SJU

Reporter Mike Sullivan had a chance to watch the impressive young talent of St. Raymond's High School yesterday at St. John's University ...

JAMAICA, NEW YORK -- Don't feel sorry for the St. Raymond's basketball program. Despite losing high profile senior talent in Kevin Parrom and Omari Lawrence, Oliver Antigua's team has plenty of young talent ready to step in and cause many opponent's a hard night's work.

Behind several underclassmen, St. Raymond's defeated a gritty Campus Magnet team, 70-64, in the Big Apple Classic held inside Carnesecca Arena on the campus of St. John's University.

The Ravens blasted out to a 20-10 advantage after the first eight minutes of play on junior guard Harold McBride's three-pointer at the buzzer.

The lead stretched to 39-23 heading into the third quarter as junior guard Steve Whittingham's perimeter skills (three three-pointers in first two quarters).

But Campus Magnet battled back. Sasha Clarida (20 points in game), Chad Coachman (18 points), and Kelvin Lewis (11 points) all made contributions for Campus Magnet as it cut the deficit to 51-45 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

But the inside work of sophomore forward Sidiki Johnson (15 points) and guard play of Jatone Pierce-Bias (nine points) helped produce the win for the CHSAA school over its public school opponent.

St. Raymond's has three sophomores, five juniors, and one freshman on its roster. This will be a real interesting team to watch by the time the playoffs roll around next March.

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