Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The scoreboard said it all: Visitors 63, Home 61.
This was something St. John’s Cavaliers Coach Bob Winters hoped to correct from last year’s team, and so far, the results had been favorable.
Except against a tough SCISA Region 3-A rival Florence Christian team on Jan. 14, as the Cavs let one get away, 63-61.
According to Winters his team played well enough to win.
“It was a high quality, well played game that we could have easily won, but poor free throw shooting continued to haunt us,” he said.
SJCA went just 4-for-13 from the charity stripe.
Greg Gamble turned in his second triple-double of the season with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks to go with Jalen Ward’s 22 points for the Cavaliers, now 7-3 at the season’s midway point and 2-2 in region play.
SJCA had to battle back throughout most of the contest after falling behind 17-8 in the first quarter. The Cavs cut the lead to one 34-33 at the half but never held the lead.
Ward had 22 points, along with Gamble’s 16 to lead the Cavaliers. Damian Hurta added 11 points and Robby O’Dell chipped in nine.
Hitting the road on Jan. 11 to to take on Newberry Academy, SJCA came away with a hard fought road win.
“We played very well, doing everything we had to do to pull out a win at Newberry College’s Arena,” Winters said. “We made plays on the floor and nailed 6-of-8 free throws in the last three minutes.”
Jalen Ward continued, “playing like a man possessed” with 23 points to lead the way for the Cavaliers. Damian Hurta chipped in 19 and Greg Gamble continued to dominate inside with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks.
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