By SEVE COUSINS
Special to ZAGSBLOG
SPARTA, N.J. — Jermaine Lawrence had to wait more than a month for his senior year debut.
When it finally came, he made the most of it.
After missing the first half of the season with a hand injury, Lawrence took the floor with his Pope John XXIII teammates at the 5:27 mark of the first period and helped his team easily defeat Morris Hills, 58-36, in a Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference game.
Lawrence did not appear rusty in notching 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in front of St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin and assistant Tony Chiles, who were coming off a 72-60 victory at Rutgers Wednesday night.