10:20 AM EST, December 6, 2013
During the school year, Varsity Letters will periodically ask student-athletes from various sports to step in as guest bloggers. They will share their personal thoughts during pivotal stretches of a given season.
This week's guest is Phil Booth, an All-Metro first team senior guard on the Mount St. Joseph basketball team who has committed to play at Villanova.
After a 4-0 start, the No. 1 Gaels fell to rival and No. 3 St. Frances, 60-51, on Wednesday night. In the first half, Booth suffered a nasty cut above his eye that would require eight stitches the following day. Despite the injury, he quickly returned to the floor and finished with a team-high 15 points.
Hey, this is Phil Booth from Mt. Saint Joseph High School. I am excited to write my first blog for The Baltimore Sun. We started off our season 4-0, but we knew our first test would be against a good St. Frances team lead by Dwayne Morgan. Dwayne and I played together at the Lebron James Camp and NBA Top 100 Camp this summer, so I knew how tough it would be.
MSJ and St. Frances have a long history of great high school basketball games in Baltimore. The game was going to be intense and hard fought. -- #1 ranked MSJ vs. #3 ranked St. Francis. It was a great game, St. Frances came out on top.
Unfortunately, I took an elbow to the eye and had to get eight stitches. My Coach (Pat Clatchey) called my dad to the bench to see the cut, and my dad asked the trainer to put a Band-Aid on it until he saw it, and then he said I looked like Rocky.
My teammates really stepped up when I got hurt. I am really proud of them. My best medicine was when I came home I saw that my No. 14 ranked Villanova Wildcats had won another game.
Proud of the way my team battled on the road and look forward to rebounding the next game. We were back in the gym trying to get better the next day. There's nothing like Baltimore basketball.