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Saint James rolls in opener

December 05, 2000

Saint James rolls in opener



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

St. James over Georgetown DayST. JAMES - Wayne Ridenour didn't wait until Christmas to make his wishes.

The St. James basketball team gave its coach everything he could have asked for - at least for one half - by hitting the boards and hitting them hard Monday to hand over a neatly gift wrapped 81-32 victory over Georgetown Day.

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There was no list for the Saints to check twice as Ridenour had one request entering the season opener.

"One of the things we talked about before the game was rebounding," Ridenour said. "We didn't do it too well during our scrimmages, so we wanted to make sure we hit the boards today. We did well in the first half."

In reality, St. James only had to put in the effort for the first 10 minutes of the game. After that, the only movement the offense really needed was on the game clock.

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St. James pulled down 10 offensive rebounds in a little over a quarter of play. The Saints' rebounding activity resulted in leads of 11-0 and 23-4 before settling for a 26-4 advantage after the first eight minutes. A 14-0 run to open the second quarter left Georgetown Day (0-4) in a daze.

Phillip Scott started the onslaught by scoring the first six points of the game en route to 22. Billy Keyes scored the first seven of the second quarter en route to his 22 points for the game.

"We took advantage of what we had and that was our big guys," Ridenour said. "They went after the ball. I'm a little surprised with the way the game went. They were missing a couple of their guys."

St. James went to a zone defense in the second half and turned passive. Georgetown Day ran off a 9-2 run to open the third quarter, but the Saints scored the final seven points of the period to maintain the 28-point bulge.

The Saints led by as much as 50 points in the fourth quarter before Georgetown Day closed with a 7-4 run to make it slightly respectable.

Brandon Monroe added 15 points, including three 3-point baskets, for the Saints. Jason Wise finished with 10 points for Georgetown before fouling out.

"I was really happy with our first half," Ridenour said. "We were sloppy in the second half, but I can't be disappointed. Thirty-point leads have the tendency to make teams sloppy."

St. James 81, G'town Day 32



GEORGETOWN DAY (32)

Weingarten 2 1-3 6, Caviness 3 0-0 7, Wise 4 0-1 10, Pijai 3 0-0 3, Zulfiguar 1 0-0 3, Talley 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 1-3 32.

ST. JAMES (81)

Scott 10 0-0 22, Keyes 8 5-7 22, Knotts 4 0-0 9, Monroe 6 0-0 15, Holzapfel 0 0-0 0, Screen 0 0-0 0, Twigg 2 0-0 4, Lucipski 1 1-4 4, O'Brien 2 0-0 4. Totals 33 6-11 81.

G'town Day47912-32

St. James26231923-81

Three-point goals - Georgetown Day 5 (Wise 2, Weingarten, Caviness, Zulfiguar), St. James 8 (Monroe 3, Scott 2, Keyes 2, Knotts, Lucipski)

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