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Terriers Keep Scanlan at Bay

FRESH MEADOWS, NY – The #6 Monsignor Scanlan Crusaders are a team on the come-up. A win on the road against the #5 ranked St. Francis Prep Terriers on Sunday would have propelled the Bronx squad into top five status.

The Crusaders hounded the Terriers for four quarters and came within inches of a victory, but St. Francis Prep beat back Scanlan en route to a narrow 53 – 52 win.

The Terriers established their dominance early with a balance scoring attack led by 5’11” Troy Fason ‘26. Scanlon countered with offense spearheaded by 6’3” Eric Fagin ‘25 and 6’6” Nasir Rodriguez ‘24.

6'8" Oesoemana Sacko scored a double-double vs Scanlan
6'8" Oesoemana Sacko scored a double-double vs Scanlan (M. Wingate)

6’8” Oesoemana Sacko ‘26, scoring mid-range firepower and, in the paint, joined Fason in the second quarter and at the half, SFP led 33 – 21..

To the Crusaders credit, they made a concerted effort in the third and fourth quarters to close the gap. This was due to stellar three-point shooting from 6’5” Nevion Legree ‘25 along with increased defensive pressure.

With 2:30 left to play, Scanlan’s deficit was a mere 2 points. A free-throw by Rodriquez narrowed St. Francis Prep’s advantage to one point. A minute remained and the Crusaders had possession but lock down defense by the Terriers forced Scanlan to eat two time outs without getting off another shot. Game, set, match: St. Francis Prep wins.

Fason led St. Francis Prep with 18 points with Sacko scoring a double-double that included 13 points. Legree paced Scanlan with 14 points.