Cavs survive “Stall Ball” tactic to win 35-28

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Once upon a time, the only way some teams could try and defeat basketball giants like John Wooden’s UCLA was to slow down the pace of the game.

Slow it down to a crawl, in fact.

The stall was popularized by North Carolina Tarheels Coach Dean Smith, who once held the ball for the final 12 minutes of a game against the University of Virginia to win 47-45.

The up tempo offense of the St. John’s Cavaliers got a little taste of that slowdown offense in the opening round of the SCISA 3A state tournament against Wardlaw.

“Wardlaw tried to employ the old fashioned stall-ball offense against us, but we were able to hold on for a 35-28 win,” said Coach Bob Winters.

Jalen Ward had 18 points to lead all scorers and Damian Hurta added 13 points to help lead the Cavaliers. On defense, Greg Gamble dominated the boards, hauling down 14 rebounds and blocking seven shots.

The Cavaliers play Faith Christian for the fourth time this season on Tuesday. So far, the Knights behind Theron Reddy have run the table against SJCA, winning their previous three encounters.

Winters said his team needs to find a way to stop Faith’s big scorer.

“We need to reevaluate our defensive strategy and find a way to neutralize Theron Reddy, both in his scoring, his drive, and his kick. We have a couple of surprises in store and are banking on them being successfully executed by our players.

Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m. at Orangeburg Prep.

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