St. James knocks off SJPH

January 24, 2000

St. James over St. John's PHBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

ST. JAMES - No, St. John's-Prospect Hall isn't the powerhouse team it had been in the mid-1990s but a win over them is still a little bit sweeter.

And thanks to a trio of scorers and some clutch free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter, St. James got to taste the sweetness after defending its home gym against SJPH 70-63 on Monday.

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"This was a good win for us against an athletic team," Saints coach Wayne Ridenour said.

Phillip Scott and Billy Keyes both finished with 18 points, while Jared Knotts scored a team-high 20 to lead St. James.


The Saints led 36-30 at halftime behind a strong second quarter in which they made five 3-pointers, three coming from Scott.

But Keyes also picked up his third foul in the quarter, and sat through most of the third. St. James suffered, as SJPH rallied to tie the game at 47-47 at the end of the third. But they didn't fold shop.

"We wanted to get through the third quarter with a chance to win and get Billy back in the game with only three fouls," Ridenour said. "I really liked where we were at the end of the quarter."

After Jami Green made a layup for SJPH, the Saints went on a 12-4 run, keyed by Knotts' six points, to take a 59-52 lead. Knotts battled inside for several offensive rebounds and put two back for baskets.

"He attacked the glass better tonight than he has all year," Ridenour said. "He got a lot of second chance points, went to the rim, stuck it, got fouled ... he played exceptionally well on the offensive rim."

Foul shooting kept the Saints ahead the rest of the way, as they made 9 of 10 in the final four minutes. Keyes was 8 of 8 in the final quarter from the line.

"That's what you've got to do to win close games," Ridenour said. "We're a good foul-shooting team, and tonight was just icing on the cake. This is what we've been waiting to see, to get a close game and be smart enough and tough enough to win."

Adama Diggs led all players with 25 points for SJPH, connecting on three 3-pointers. But he was held to four points in the fourth thanks to a zone defense and the play of Chris Johnson.

"We made a little adjustment in the fourth quarter just to make sure we knew where he was," Ridenour said.

St. James 70, SJPH 63


Green 10, Clemmence 4, Tabor-Fritz 3, Diggs 25, Martinez 7, Lambert 12, Lawrence 2. Totals 25 7-11 63.

ST. JAMES (70)

Scott 18, Keyes 18, Knotts 20, Johnson 6, Monroe 8. Totals 22 17-21 70.


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Three-point goals - SJPH 6 (Green 2, Tabor-Fritz, Diggs 3), St. James 7 (Scott 4, Keyes 2, Monroe).

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