St. John's (Shrewsbury) 55, St. Peter-Marian 48

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Shrewsbury

– For the first 16 minutes of Friday night's game against St. Peter-Marian High, St. John's High's Adham Floyd looked like any other freshman playing against a rival team in front of a huge crowd. In the second half, however, Floyd looked like a player on his way to becoming one of the best to ever play for the Pioneers. Floyd scored all of his game-high 17 points in the second half as the No.3 Pioneers overcame an 11-point deficit to beat the visiting Guardians, 55-48, at Coaches Pavilion. ‘‘In the first half, I was really nervous,'' Floyd said. ‘‘Just looking around the gym and knowing that all my family and friends were there. In the second half, I just got my composure and just started playing within myself, and things turned around.'' Floyd, a 6-foot-1 guard, made the game's decisive play with a minute remaining. With his team trailing, 47-46, Floyd came up with a steal at halfcourt, gathered the loose ball and headed to the rim, where he made a right-handed layup and drew a foul. Floyd calmly stepped to the line and buried the free throw to put St. John's ahead to stay. ‘‘We were down eight (Tuesday) against Fitchburg,'' said St. Johns coach Bob Foley, whose team improved to 9-3. ‘‘Both games, these kids found a way to scratch their way back in and get a win.''

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:12 a.m.

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