St. Mary’s guard David Brown Jr. blocks a layup attempt from St. John’s Prep guard Jack Perry in the fourth quarter of a win Sunday afternoon. (Item Photo: Jakob Menendez)

St. Mary’s boys basketball rides defensive effort to win over St. John’s Prep

DANVERS — The St. Mary's boys basketball team may not have had its offense clicking on all cylinders, but the Spartans made up for that on the defensive end in a 52-42 win over St. John's Prep in a non-league bout at Pat Connaughton Court Sunday afternoon. 

"Anytime you can hold a team like the Prep to 42 points, that's a great defensive effort," said St. Mary's coach Dave Brown. "We didn't shoot well at all out there, but if we come with that kind of a defensive effort then we'll always be in the game."

Derick Coulanges led the Spartans with 13 points and two rebounds, while Omri Merryman added 10 points and six rebounds. Henri Miraka had a solid game with nine points and seven rebounds, while Anthony D'Itria and N…

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