Tonawanda News


February 16, 2013

Crusaders complete regular-season sweep over St. Joe's

Tonawanda News — The St. Joe's basketball team, looking to be the first squad to knock off Canisius in Monsignor Martin play this season, centered its attention on Crusaders senior Adam Weir.

The Tonawanda product was the difference-maker in the first clash between the two large-school powers, and the Marauders knew they would have to slow Weir down to be successful.

They accomplished that goal through the first three periods, but Crusaders speedy point guard Aaron White picked up the slack, scoring all 19 of his points in the first 24 minutes. 

Weir took things from there and put on a show in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of his game-high 21 points to lead Canisius to a 72-60 win over St. Joe's in front of a sold out crowd at Canisius College's Koessler Athletic Center.

“(Weir) is the best player in Western New York,” said Canisius coach Kyle Husband. “He shows it game in and game out and he certainly showed it in the fourth quarter.”

Canisius proved early to be the dominant team as St. Joe’s spent most of the game playing catch up. The Marauders took their first lead since the opening minute on a Mark Cerza off balance layup mid-way through the third quarter, but that would be their final advantage.

White snapped a 15-6 St. Joe's run with a 3-pointer and then closed out the third quarter with a tough left-handed layup and drew the foul. He converted the free throw to put CHS up 55-51 after three periods.

In the fourth, it was Weir’s turn, who was forced to sit out much of the third due to foul trouble. He came alive after St. Joe's closed to 60-58, and led his team on a 12-2 run to finish the game.

Weir said Canisius lost its focus after a quick start but was happy with the way the team responded.

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