BOSTON -- Turnovers and missed layups cost the St. Joseph’s boys basketball team in Saturday’s season opener.
The defending Western Mass. Division III champs fell 61-59 to Archbishop Williams in a physical game. St. Joe’s (0-1) led in the final 30 seconds but a turnover and two misses sealed the Crusaders’ fate.
"Overall, I’m happy with the effort," said St. Joe’s coach Paul Brindle. "This is a very good Eastern Massachusetts team. They’re a strong team. It’s good for us to have that for our first game. Just too many turnovers, just the fact that we missed so many layups."
Michael Carpenter had a double-double with 21 points and 12 boards while Tank Roberson added 17 points and nine assists in the loss.
Four Archbishop Williams players were in double figures and St. Joe’s scored just eight points in the final quarter. Brindle said his team was without Lavante Wiggins, who is recovering from a injury suffered during football season.
"They were just so physical," Brindle said. "We just don’t have the muscle and the strength that this team has. If we had Lavante, it would have made a difference."