Cavs close out December with blowout wins
The St. John’s Cavaliers have caught fire.
After struggling with a 1-3 start, the Cavs have ripped off five straight wins to post a 6-3 mark with one game remaining before the Christmas break.
The Cavaliers blew out Holly Hill 78-33 on Saturday night, posting five players in double figures, after downing Ridge Christian 84-16 on Friday.
“We are probably a win behind what I expected at this juncture,” said Coach Bob Winters. “We are coming together and developing a team chemistry that is conducive to winning.”
Against Ridge Christian, the Cavaliers rode a 38-3 first quarter to coast over the visiting Paladins.
Mike Lewis poured in 25 points to lead SJCA in the win over Holly Hill, the Cavaliers’ second big blowout win against the Raiders. Earlier in the month St. John’s downed Holly Hill 74-49 on the road. Lewis pumped in 24 points in the win.
“Mike is becoming an efficient score as he is making better decisions on what shots to take and what ones to pass on,” Winters said.
In addition to Lewis’ 25 points, Bobby Winters, Greg Gamble and Jalen Ward each chipped in 13 points and Damian Hurta added 10 points.
With Winters shaking off a few nagging bumps and bruises from football, his assist totals are beginning to climb. Winters had eight assists against Holly Hill and 18 for the two-game weekend, and Gamble beginning to assert his dominance under the boards with 19 rebounds and six blocked shots against the Raiders.
“Bobby is beginning to find his game again and seems to be shaking off the football cobwebs and injury,” Winters said, “And Greg Gamble is becoming a dominant rebounder and shot blocker.”
SJCA’s depth is what separates the Cavaliers from most Class A SCISA schools, Winters added.
“We continue to get solid scoring and rebounding from Jalen Ward and Damian Hurta,” the coach said. “We get good performances from our bench from Evan Hammond, Joe Denton, Dan Glover and Britt Pipkin.”
The last loss suffered by SJCA was at the hands of Palmetto Christian on Dec. 4.
Against Palmetto Christian the Cavaliers fell 54-44 after a horrendous first quarter. SJCA could not get on track and fell behind 25-7 after eight minutes of play, which included a 20-2 run by the Eagles. The Cavs rallied back with an 18-7 second quarter to pull within seven points at the half 32-25, but ran out of gas in the second half.
Ward led the offensive attack in that contest with 26 points. He was the only player to post double figure points. Hurta chipped in nine points.
After Friday’s game against Beaufort Academy, SJCA will resume play against Region 3 rival Faith Christian on Jan. 4, 2013.
There will be no girls’ game as the Lady Cavs are playing in the Porter-Gaud tournament. The JV boys game will begin at 4 p.m. with the JV girls tipping off at 5 p.m. and the varsity boys game following the conclusion of the JV girls game at approximately 6:15 p.m.
“We have a good shot at going home for Christmas 7-3, with a six-game winning streak going into a shoot-out with Faith Christian in January,” Winters said. “This will be a battle for Region 3A supremacy.”