Martinsburg bedevils St. James

January 28, 1997


Staff Correspondent

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It wasn't the loss that frustrated St. James coach Wayne Ridenour, it was the way his club played.

According to Ridenour, the Saints played one of their worst games of the year in absorbing an 81-63 trouncing at the hands of No. 5 Martinsburg in a non-league game Monday night.

The Bulldogs (8-1) established the early lead using pressure defense to force nine first-quarter St. James turnovers, and never looked back.


But, according to Ridenour, it wasn't the quickness of the Martinsburg defense that caused problems.

"We knew what was coming," said Ridenour. "We've played quicker teams than that. It wasn't (Martinsburg's) quickness, it was us. We dug ourselves a hole in the first quarter. I don't know what it was, but for the first five minutes of the game, we weren't here. Then we go down 15, and that's the game."

Holding a 10-4 advantage with 2:13 left, Martinsburg went on a 10-2 run to end the period, paced by seven points from freshman Michael Wright.

Three straight 3s from James Franklin pushed the Bulldogs' margin to 20 points at the 2:51 mark of the second quarter. St. James top scorers Danny Brewington and Larry Scott outscored Martinsburg, 10-2, the rest of the frame to close the gap to 33-21 at intermission. Brewington and Scott accounted for all but eight of the Saints' points for the game.

"We have been getting off to quick starts this year, and that's been good," said Bulldogs' coach Vic Holmes. "It helps us set the tone a little bit. We wanted to get (St. James) to play from behind, tonight, and get them out of their game plan early in the ball game. We wanted to get on top early, and pressure them as much as we could."

A pair of 3-pointers from Scott and one by Brewington pulled St. James (5-8) to within nine with 2:46 left in the third period, but a 9-2 burst to end the quarter gave Martinsburg a comfortable 52-36 edge.

Brewington led St. James with 28 points. Scott had 27. Martinsburg was led by Franklin's 17 points, followed by Jason Dirting with 12, and Wright and Tim Washington with 11 each.

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