It took almost all 32 minutes for St. Andrew’s School’s boys basketball team to put away St. Georges Tech, but the Saints never had a reason to fear.
Benjamin Bentil scored a game-high 29 points and Austin Tilghman added 22 as St. Andrews closed the game with an 8-2 run to take a 64-52 win Thursday night, Improving their record to 14-2 on the season.
“When they look at a good team, they usually say ‘well, he’s a good coach,’ but those guys really make me look good,” Saints coach Terell Myers said of his team. “It’s really the players.”
“Give St. Andrew’s credit,” Hawks coach John French said. “The big guy [Bentil] played well, but we weren’t afraid of his height. We had to worry about Tilghman and he got away from us a few times.”
St Georges (11-4 on the season) led 15-14 after one quarter of play, but after the 6-foot-9 Bentil scored eight points in the first quarter, Tilghman took over the Saints and scored nine in the second, including a long three-point shot to beat the second quarter buzzer and give St. Andrew’s a 31-24 lead.
St. Georges, led by Raymond Anderson’s 16 points, kept coming and got to within six (56-50) with 90 seconds remaining in the game. But Bentil and Tilghman scored six of the Saints’ last eight points and came away with the win.
“St. Georges is a good team with three seniors who’ve been in a system for four years and they played really well,” Myers said. “Fortunately we were able to come out of here with a win tonight.”
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