St. John’s drops Shrewsbury in boys basketball rivalry clash


St. John’s drops Shrewsbury in boys basketball rivalry clash
St. John’s Anthony Perron drives against a Shrewsbury defender during his team’s game against Shrewsbury on Saturday. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

SHREWSBURY – A raucous crowd watched the St. John’s boys basketball team come back to beat their rivals, Shrewsbury, at Shrewsbury High School (SHS) on Saturday night. 

The win snapped a three game losing streak for the Pioneers and left visiting fans feeling happy as they exited the SHS Field House.

Shrewsbury opened strong in this game, taking a 15-8 lead in the first quarter. 

St. John’s answered though, stalling the Colonials offense in the second quarter to even the score at 20-20 heading into halftime. 

The Pioneers kept the pressure on, taking the lead in the third quarter before building to an eventual 54-44 win. 

Nick Barnes, Anthony Perron and Noah Basgaard all cracked double digits on the score sheet for St. John’s against their cross-town rivals. 

Perron specifically led the way with 17 points while Basgaard and Barnes followed with 15 and 11 points respectively. 

On the other side of the court, Andrew Bricher led Shrewsbury offensively, with 14 points. He scored 12 of those in the fourth quarter alone.

St. John’s now moves into a busy week of play with games against St. Paul on Monday and St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers on Tuesday. 

The Pioneers will then take on North High School on Thursday in their third game in this coming week. 

Shrewsbury, meanwhile, will next be in action on Tuesday against Shepherd Hill.

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