City Sports Report

St. John’s Red Storm Continue to Roll by Derrel Jazz Johnson

The St. John’s Red Storm have won six in a row after a win over the Butler Bulldogs Tuesday evening. With a record of 18-9 overall and 8-6 in the Big East, they are playing their best basketball in quite some time, and a strong finish in their remaining four games would more than likely lead to an NCAA Tournament bid. The most impressive win of the season for the Red Storm came earlier this month, when they defeated Creighton, currently ranked #11 in the top 25.

The Red Storm are led on the court by leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison, who is averaging 18.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in his Junior year at St. John’s. Having a player that can create his own shot will be crucial if they make it to the big tournament. Sophomore JaKarr Sampson is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.3 points while adding a team-leading 6.1 rebounds per game. One of the more impressive players on the team is Chris Obekpa, also a sophomore, who led the nation in blocked shots a year ago and currently averages 3.2 per contest.

With a talented cast and an experienced head coach in Steve Lavin, the Red Storm have a talented, well-balanced team that could give top teams a lot of trouble if they make it to the biggest of March Madness events. The buzz around St. John’s is beginning to grow, and as the wins pile up, the fans will pay attention to see if the team can do something special.

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