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Cavs declaw Wildcats 78-14 in opener

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dan Brown/Independent Damian Hurta led the Cavaliers with 23 points in SJCA’s 78-14 win over Lowcountry.

The St. John’s Christian Academy Cavaliers look to be good this 2013-2014 season.

But this good?

In their home season opener, the Cavs blew the doors off the barn, downing the Lowcountry Wildcats 78-14.

“We won against a weaker than expected opponent,” said Coach Bob Winters. “We played without Greg Gamble (concussion) but were able to pressure them into numerous turnovers resulting in easy scoring opportunities.”

Gamble missed the opener after suffering a concussion following a head-on collision with teammate Damian Hurta during a scrimmage the week before.

The Cavs’ one-two punch of Hurta and Jalen Ward provided the offense, with the duo tossing down 23 points each. The Cavaliers dressed out just seven players for the game and everybody scored at least 4 points, according to Winters.

New point guard Robbie O’Dell, taking over for Bobby Winters, played his first varsity game and had 7 assists to go with 8 points.

Winters said Dustin Parsons and Connor Thornton both rebounded and the entire team gave a good effort and held the Wildcats to just 2 points in the second half.

Winters expected a little better competition than what the Wildcats offered, but such is the nature of the beast with small schools.

“The last time we played them we were behind at half time,” he said. “Regardless, we started the season the way you are supposed to with a good team effort at home resulting in a lopsided win.”

SJCA were to play Patrick Henry on Monday before taking the rest of the week off for Thanksgiving. The Cavaliers return to the court on Dec. 3 to take on Andrew Jackson Academy at home. JV play begins at 5 p.m. with girls and boys varsity following.

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