Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Facing their first real test of the early 2013-14 season, the St. John’s Cavaliers came up a little short, falling 58-45 to region rivals Faith Christian on Dec 10.
But the Cavs didn’t let their first loss of the season get them down as SJCA rallied to win a 76-50 decisoin on Friday night over Cathedral.
A 23-7 fourth quarter rally helped the Knights overcome a three-point third quarter deficit to put the game away for Faith Christian.
“They just played better down the stretch than we did and their guard Therron Reddy was outstanding on both offense and defense,” said SJCA Coach Bob Winters. “I like to give credit where credit is due and he was very simply the difference in the outcome.”
Reddy finished with a game-high 19 points to lead Faith Christian to the win.
After three frames the Cavaliers held on to a slim 38-35 lead to start the fourth quarter before the wheels came off the wagon.
“We stuck to our game plan almost perfectly through three quarters and gave the game away in the fourth quarter by allowing Faith to hit uncontested three’s,” Winters said. “Once they got the lead, we had to foul them and they made their free throws to ice the game.”
The loss puts SJCA in a precarious position relevant to winning the region. The two teams go at it for Round Two on Jan. 21 in Summerville.
Josh Rogers chipped in 11 points and Caleb Rogers and Austin Pfoff each added 10 points to help pace the Knights.
For the Cavs, Jalen Ward’s 17 points led the SJCA attack. Greg Gamble added 11 points, Damian Hurta tossed in nine points and Dustin Parsons chipped in eight points to round out the St. John’s scoring.
Hosting Cathedral Academy on Friday the 13th, the unlucky day proved to be lucky for SJCA as the Cavaliers posted three players in double figures in the 75-50 win over Cathedral.
After knotting it up at 16 at the end of the game’s first eight minutes, the Cavaliers began to pull away, taking a seven-point, 34-27 lead into the locker room at the half.
SJCA increased the lead to 12 points by the end of the third quarter.
Hurta’s 24 points led SJCA. Gamble followed with 20 points, Ward 14 and Parsons 8 points to lead the Cavs.
Christian Rogers led Cathedral with 19 points.
St. John’s improved to 5-1 on the season with a 62-59 win over visiting Newberry Academy on Saturday. Bob Winters said his team played solid, intelligent basketball over the game’s final four minutes to shut out Newberry and overcome a 59-53 deficit to win the game.
“We went to a man-to-man defense and held them scoreless,” Winters said. “Coach Allen has been working hard with the guys on man defense and it paid off for us. We were led by seniors Jalen Ward, Greg Gamble and Damian Hurta.”
Ward led the Cavs with 22 points. Gamble added 17 points and Hurta 13 points in the win.
SJCA will host Myrtle Beach Christian on Friday at home. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.