Saints go distance in win over Maret

January 22, 1997


Staff Correspondent

ST. JAMES - It's amazing what players will do sometimes for the good of the team.

On Wednesday, the starters for the St. James boys' basketball team played all 32 minutes of their game with Maret.

And they withstood the endurance test well, beating the Frogs, 50-44, in a Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference game.

"That took a lot of guts," St. James coach Wayne Ridenour said. "That was pretty tough playing that physical of a game every minute. There were a lot of bodies that were being banged around out there."

One of St. James' regular starters, Juwuane Sandridge, is suffering from a major chest cold, Ridenour said.

"At times, we were pretty good on defense," Ridenour said. "We were using a zone defense exclusively for the first time this year. We had to go with the zone defense, since we only used five players."


Midway through the third quarter, St. James (5-6) led by five when sophomore Larry Scott made a basket and two free throws and Charles Barton scored to extend the lead to 35-24.

Scott led St. James with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Barton added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

During the first 41/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, the Saints outscored the Frogs 12-5 to increase their advantage to 47-29, their biggest lead of the night.

Maret (1-7) outscored St. James 15-3 the rest of the way to cut the final margin to six.

"Our guys sucked it up and they did a nice job out there," Ridenour said. "I thought that we did some good things. It was tough getting that monkey off of our backs. We have played some good games that we lost, so it was nice to get that win. We really needed it."

Sophomore point guard Danny Brewington had 11 points and six assists for the Saints. Pete Webb grabbed six rebounds for St. James.

"We were able to take advantage of some scoring opportunities that we had," Ridenour added. "We played hard and that is all that I can ask."

Center Jonah Hamilton was the top scorer for Maret with 13 points. Tony Dobbins added 12 points and Jake Greenspan had 10 for the Frogs.

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