Saturday, December 15, 2012

Obekpa becoming block machine as St. John's gets past SFC

By Jason Schott - Daly Dose of Hoops Contributor - @JESchott19
The St. John's Red Storm beat Brooklyn's St. Francis Terriers 77-60 in the Winter Festival on Saturday night, led by Chris Obekpa, who is establishing himself as a block machine.
Obekpa had nine blocks, nearly matching the 11 he had againt Fordham last Saturday, which is a St. John's record. Obekpa now has 58 blocks on the season in 11 games.
JaKarr Sampson (14) putting up a shot and Chris Obekpa (12) boxing out down low. Photo by @JESchott19.
He also had four points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
St. Francis jumped out to a 16-9 in the first six minutes, and the Red Storm rebounded with a 20-6 run in the next six minutes to lead 29-22.
They never looked back, and a Phil Greene jumper made it 40-31 St. John's with 2:59 left in the first. They took a 45-35 lead into the half.
They pulled away in the second half, and opened up a 68-51 lead with 7:26 left on a JaKarr Sampson jumper.
D'Angelo Harrison led St. John's in scoring again, with 25 points on 9-for-17 from the field and four 3-pointers. He also had six rebounds and five assists.
JaKarr Sampson had 21 points on 9-for-20 shooting with 12 rebounds.

WATCH St. John's Head Coach Steve Lavin talk about Chris Obekpa:  

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