No. 5 Mercersburg tops No. 8 St. James

December 12, 2000

No. 5 Mercersburg tops No. 8 St. James

By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Mercersburg over St. JamesST. JAMES - When the colonists of Boston prepared for the coming British invasion in 1775, their warning system of lights - one if by land, two if by sea - was simple. Needless to say, if England had had an air force back then, the colonists would have been forced to scramble.


In a way, that's what St. James' boys basketball team had to deal with against Mercersburg Academy's aerial raid. The Saints had few options, and none of them worked.

The No. 5 Blue Devils made 10 3-pointers, four coming in the first quarter, and jumped on the No. 8 Saints from the opening tip for an impressive 81-68 victory on Monday that gave Mercersburg its first win of the season.


"They have a few too many weapons for us right now," St. James coach Wayne Ridenour said. "They (had) good ball movement, and they were knocking it down. It wasn't just one guy."

No, but one guy - Greg Kinsey - led the way for the Blue Devils (1-1), nailing a 3 off the opening tip. He'd hit three more treys before going to work inside, finishing with a game-high 32 points.

"This being our second game, we wanted to come out, hit some big shots and be aggressive," Kinsey said. "St. James, they saw the 3-ball going in for me ... and that opened up things for us inside, where we wanted to go."

Antoine McGee added 20 points for Mercersburg, hitting three 3-pointers, while Carlos Campos came off the bench and scored nine points, all on 3s.

"We were hoping to get the ball inside more, but if they're shooting the ball well, we're gonna let it fly," Mercersburg coach Mark Cubit said. "Greg and Antoine are going to work well together. If you focus on one of them, the other will burn you."

The Blue Devils broke out to leads of 11-3 and 16-8 in the first quarter before St. James (1-2) closed to within one, 19-18, late in the quarter. But Kinsey scored the last five points of the quarter, and Mercersburg built its lead back to as many as 13 points before going into halftime up, 42-32.

The Saints closed to within seven early in the second half, but Mercersburg slowly pulled away, at one point leading 74-53 after hitting consecutive 3s to open the fourth quarter.

"It's unbelievable how good we cam be," Kinsey said. "Right now, we're just showing everyone the tip of the iceberg."

Billy Keyes led St. James with 26 points, while Philip Scott added 18.

Mercersburg 81, St. James 68


Kinsey 32, Legler 8, Hughes 2, McGee 20, Balaban 10, Campos 9. Totals 32 7-14 81.

ST. JAMES (68)

Twigg 9, Keyes 26, Monroe 8, Knotts 6, Scott 18, O'Brien 1. Totals 25 12-19 68.


St. James18142115-68

Three-point goals - Mercersburg 10 (Kinsey 4, McGee 3, Campos 3), St. James 6 (Keyes 2, Monroe 2, Scott 2). Records - Mercersburg 1-1, St. James 1-2.

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