The St. Pius X basketball Golden Lions improved to 10-4 Friday night with their 78-38 blowout of the Lovett School.
Friday was the first and only meeting between Lovett and St. Pius, and was used by the Golden Lions to gain non-conference momentum.
Teams such as Cedar Grove, Blessed Trinity and Woodward will challenge St. Pius in the region standings, with the region champion likely be one of those three teams.
St. Pius and Lovett began the game rather even, in a low scoring 14-10 first quarter in favor of the Lions.
The Golden Lions separated themselves in the second quarter, outscoring Lovett 22-6. St. Pius used their second quarter run as momentum for the second half.
St. Pius took a 36-16 halftime lead into the locker room.
The team played outstanding defense throughout the game, holding Lovett’s leading scorer on the night, sophomore Jack Barnes to just seven points.
The second half consisted of much of the same for the Golden Lions, outscoring Lovett 22-13 in the third quarter, to take a commanding 58-29 lead into the fourth.
Not surprisingly, the Golden Lions dominated yet another quarter, and won the game 78-38.
The St. Pius girls team did not play last weekend, but are also looking very strong this season.
They are currently sporting a 10-3 (3-0 region) record, and both boys’ and girls’ teams faced off against Woodward Tuesday after The Crier’s print deadline.
The Woodward boys’ team is 10-2 on the year, and will look to end the Golden Lions undefeated record at home of 5-0.
Next Friday, the McNair high school boys and girls teams will play at St. Pius.
For the St. Pius boys’ team, they are off to one of their best starts in years and look to keep up the good play. St. Pius has an excellent shot at winning the region championship and making a playoff run and certainly are looking to do so.