Judge stays hot with buzzer-beating win over Carroll

By Josh Verlin

Several weeks back, Father Judge coach Sean Tait brought a few certain players into his office at the school, where he also teaches social studies.

Not included were his seniors and leading scorers Marc Rodriguez, Mike Power and Matt O’Conner. Instead, Tait wanted to talk to his role players: starters junior Drew Riley and sophomore Shane Dooley, as well as a few underclassman reserves.

Mike Power (above) capped off a 14-point outing with a clutch 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

After Judge had begun Catholic League play with eye-opening wins over Archbishop Wood and St. Joseph’s Prep, the Crusaders hadn’t looked quite as steady in their next few games, and Tait knew his stars needed some support.

“I said ‘look guys, in those wins against (Wood and Prep), you did something special, you made a 3, stepped up, got a rebound,’” Tait said. “‘These last few games you’ve just stood around and watched Marc, Matt and Mike, and we need you to do a little extra.’”

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