Photo Credit: Mickey Zheng Photography


Photo Credit: Mickey Zheng Photography

In a challenging playoff encounter, the St. John Heralds battled against the Maplewood Rockets but ultimately fell short with a final score of 52-81. Despite a valiant effort from standout player Vin Narducci, the Heralds struggled to contain the Rockets’ offensive onslaught throughout the game.

St. John Heralds: 9 | 19 | 14 | 10 = 52
Maplewood Rockets: 26 | 25 | 16 | 14 = 81

St. John Heralds Total Points:

  • Vin Narducci: 26
  • Anthony Severino: 9
  • Aaron Wychock: 7
  • AJ Henslee: 4
  • Donald Crawford: 2

Maplewood Rockets Total Points:

  • Alex Donaldson: 31
  • Brandon Hoffstetter: 16
  • Andrew Barnett: 12
  • Seth Roper: 7
  • Brighton Roper: 4
  • Andrew Donaldson: 3
  • Jimmy Stander: 3
  • Tom Dahman: 3
  • Ethan Nevinski: 2

Despite facing a significant deficit, Vin Narducci led the charge for the Heralds with an impressive 26 points, showcasing his offensive prowess and determination on the court. However, the Rockets’ strong defensive efforts limited the Heralds’ scoring opportunities throughout the game.

For the Rockets, Alex Donaldson delivered a standout performance with an impressive 31 points, leading his team to victory. Brandon Hoffstetter added 16 points, while Andrew Barnett contributed 12 points, highlighting the Rockets’ balanced offensive attack.

With this loss, the St. John Heralds conclude their season with a final record of 3-19. Although their playoff journey has come to an end, the Heralds can take pride in their efforts throughout the season and look to build upon their success in the future.

As for the Maplewood Rockets, they advance to the next round of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face the Warren JFK Eagles in the sectional final on 3/1/24. With their dominant performance against the Heralds, the Rockets will look to carry their momentum forward and make a statement in the postseason.

Although the outcome may not have been what the Heralds had hoped for, they showcased determination and resilience throughout the game. As they reflect on their season, the Heralds will look to learn and grow from their experiences, setting the stage for future success on the court.