St. John's pounds St. Maria Goretti, 81-39

December 05, 1996


Staff Correspondent

FREDERICK, Md. - Stu Vetter is quick to share credit for the many wins and successful seasons he has enjoyed in 22 years of coaching.

Wednesday night, after his St. John's at Prospect Hall team blasted St. Maria Goretti, 81-39, at Frederick Community College for his 500th win, Vetter was again generous with his praise.

"The number is just a reminder of fond memories of outstanding players in the past," said Vetter, who coached Flint Hill and Harker Prep before joining the Vikings five years ago. "We've always had great players and a great staff. In all 22 years, I haven't scored a point yet."


Jason Capel led St. John's (1-0) with 25 points, scoring from nearly every part of the floor. In the first half alone, the junior hit a pair of 3-pointers, a jumper from the top of the key, a turnaround jumper from 12 feet and a two-handed breakaway slam that gave the Vikings a 46-22 lead at the half.

The closest Goretti (2-2) would get in the game was when a Kyle Logan putback evened the score at 2. A 3-pointer by Capel on the Vikings' next trip downcourt quickly broke the tie.

"We were very well outmanned," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "Any chance we might have had they eliminated early when they started hitting those threes. From there, it was `sayonara.'"

St. John's led 22-12 after one and scored the first nine points of the second to pull ahead by 19 before a layup by Logan broke the streak.

The Gaels had a difficult time dealing with the constant pressure that St. John's put on the ball, something that Vetter was afraid his team might not be able to do with his best defender, Jason Harris, on the bench with an injury. The Vikings forced 15 Goretti turnovers and turned them into 26 points.

Damien Wilkens had 16 points and Josh Merkel added 12 on four 3-pointers for St. John's, which hit 11 treys in the game.

John Thomas had nine points and Logan had eight points and five blocked shots for Goretti.

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