Monday, January 14, 2013
The St. John’s Christian Academy basketball team didn’t waste any time jumping into its basketball schedule, playing three games over the weekend in the Warhawk Invitation Pre-Season Tournament at Colleton Prep.
The Cavaliers finished with a 1-2 mark, downing Thomas Heyward Academy (57-47) and falling to Hilton Head Academy (53-47) and Laurence Manning Academy (74-56).
The Cavaliers entered the season a little banged up. With 10 out of the 13-man roster playing football more than a few players have been hampered by injuries since the football state championship game on Nov. 23.
Against Laurence Manning Saturday, the 2011 SCISA Class AAA state champion, the Cavaliers were out manned and outgunned.
With the score 16-16 at the end of the first quarter and the Cavs down by six at the half 39-33, Manning exploded out of the box to start the second half, going on a 12-0 run en route to a 24-9 third quarter to put the game away.
“This was a very good Laurence Manning team,” Winters said. “They jumped on us in the third quarter with the 12-0 run due mostly to our turnovers.”
SJCA had 19 turnovers on the night.
Greg Gamble led the Cavs offensive output for the second straight game with 16 points. Mike Lewis chipped in 13 points and Damian Hurta 10.
“We played without two key pieces to our rotation as Evan Hammond and Dan Glover were playing in the SCSA 8-Man All-Star game,” Winters said.
In addition the Cavs will be without 2011 leading scorer Rashae Bey who underwent shoulder surgery to repair a fracture suffered at the start of the football playoffs and will be out until mid-January.
The Cavs opened the tournament with a 57-47 win over Thomas Heyward Academy behind Lewis and Jalen Ward, who accounted for 45 of SJCA’s 57 points. Lewis showed no apparent ill effects from the neck injury sustained in the third quarter of the state championship game, pouring in 25 points to lead the Cavaliers. Ward added 20 points in the winning effort.
In the 53-47 loss to Hilton Head Gamble and Hurta led the scoring attack. Gamble knocked down 14 points and Hurta, 13 points to pace the Cavs.
SJCA was poised to host Palmetto Christian on Tuesday and then travel to Holly Hill Academy on Friday and Charleston Math and Science on Saturday.