Middletown, RI 02842
Trailing by double digits for most of the game, St. George’s mounted a furious second-half comeback that fell just short as the home team dropped a 36-32 decision to ISL foe Thayer Academy on Wednesday afternoon in Middletown. The Dragons trailed 9-0 and 13-2 in the early going before freshman guard Declan Rhatigan (a team-high 13 points) drained a pair of threes to start the offense rolling. Despite the best efforts of Trent Lamar (7 rebounds), Oscar King (3 points, 4 boards), and Nayan Sapers (5 points, 4 steals, 5 rebounds, 3 assists), St. George’s was on the wrong end of a 29-17 score halfway through the second half. But a deep three from NBA distance by Garrett Gray (8 points, 10 rebounds) and a tenacious full-court press helped start the SG rally. David Lee grabbed rebounds on four consecutive possessions down the stretch, Henry DiRico snagged 4 steals and sank a nifty layup, Gray, Sapers, and Rhatigan all made baskets, and suddenly the Dragons were down by just 36-32 with under a minute remaining. It wasn’t until Thayer stole an inbounds pass with 16 seconds left that the game was decided. Tyler Boone, Owen Snyder, and Pablo Troop played well on defense for SG, and William Kim and Nikhil Sharma (1 steal, 2 rebounds) each contributed big plays.
The Dragons are now 4-2 on the season. They play next on Wednesday at home against the Prout School Crusaders.
— Coach Doug Lewis