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Hoops: Overton, Prep down Carroll

ST. JOSEPH'S PREP 52, ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 46

Hoops: Overton, Prep down Carroll

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St. Joseph's Prep senior guard Miles Overton netted 11 points, seven assists, and six rebounds in a 52-46 win over visiting Archbishop Carroll on Friday. (Betsy Lucas, Scholastic Play-by-Play Network)

ST. JOSEPH'S PREP 52, ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 46

Fortunately for St. Joseph's Prep, Miles Overton is not making a late dash at padding his career points total.

"I've been trying to a do lot more than just score," the Wake Forest commit said. "I want to do all the little things to help this team win."

Friday afternoon, with Overton collecting seven assists and six rebounds to go along with his 11 points, the host Hawks rallied from 11 points down to beat Catholic League rival Archbishop Carroll, 52-46, at 17th and Girard.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior wing guard is the son of former Dobbins High and La Salle University standout Doug Overton, now an assistant coach with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.

"He has come to two games this season," Miles Overton said. "When he's here, the only thing he really cares about is me smiling and enjoying myself. There's no pressure from him to perform in a certain way."

In the first half against the Patriots, Overton notched four assists, including a nifty give-and-go to reserve Dan Sherry that put the Prep ahead by 15-10.

"Miles is a very unselfish player," said Hawks boss Speedy Morris, who coached Doug Overton at La Salle. "He sometimes turns down shots that he should take. He's a team player, very positive."

For the season, Overton is averaging 16.3 points, a team-high 3.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He has drilled 31 three-pointers.

Midway through the third quarter, Joe Mostardi's back-to-back treys gave Carroll a 32-21 advantage. "Our defense wasn't too good up to that point," Overton said. "Carroll is hard to match up against because they're big and athletic."

Following Mostardi's two bombs, the Hawks scrapped their mix of zone defenses (2-3, 3-2, 1-3-1) in favor of a man-to-man scheme. That resulted in a 23-8 burst and a 44-40 edge.

For the Prep, which improved to 14-3 overall and 7-1 in Catholic League play, enior guard Steve Vasturia (17) and sophomore swingman Chris Clover (16) and s combined for 33 points.

With the hosts down by 40-36, Clover (14 second-half points, nine boards) nailed a trey from up top. That was followed by Kyle Thompson's driving bucket and Vasturia's three-point play.

The Notre Dame-bound Vasturia (six boards) went 7 for 7 from the line in the fourth stanza and 9 for 9 overall.

Yosef Yacob, a Binghamton commit, paced Carroll (13-4, 5-3) with 18 points; Nick Jones was next in line with nine; and sophomores Ernest Aflakpui (6-foot-9) and Derrick Jones (6-6) combined for 19 point boards, including nine on offense.

Archbishop Carroll 8 15 14 9-46

St. Joseph's Prep 7 12 13 20-52

AC: Yosef Yacob 18, Nick Jones 9, Ernest Aflakpui 6, Derrick Jones 7, Joe Mostardi 6.

SJP: Steve Vasturia 17, Miles Overton 11, Chris Clover 16, Kyle Thompson 4, Dan Sherry 4

Rick O'Brien Inquirer Columnist
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