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The Others - St. James pulls surprise for victory

January 09, 2002

The Others - St. James pulls surprise for victory



By DAN SPEARS
dans@herald-mail.com
St. James 61
No. 7 Musselman 52

MUSSELMAN (52)

Woolum 19, Jefferson 2, Saunders 8, Michael 13, Houser 10. Totals 22-48 3-8 52.

ST. JAMES (61)

Holzapfel 2, Knotts 35, Monroe 20, Lelchitski 4. Totals 23-52 10-16 61.

Musselman227167-52

St. James14221411-61

Three-point goals-Musselman 5 (Woolum 4, Michael), St. James 5 (Knotts 4, Monroe).



ST. JAMES - St. James' dynamic duo of Brandon Monroe and Jared Knotts combined for 55 points on Tuesday night as the Saints pulled off a 61-52 upset of previously undefeated No. 7 Musselman, but the two weren't the story of the game.

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The Saints won despite an 18-day layoff, and Knotts scored his 1,000th career point in the game - just added bonuses to the team's true find of the night.

St. James learned it has more than just Monroe and Knotts, as its role players had starring parts in the team's biggest win of the season.

"It's not that those kids don't want to shoot, but they know if we get one more pass, we can get a quality shot for Jared and Brandon," St. James coach Wayne Ridenour said. "They're all incredibly unselfish out there. There's no egos at all, they all just want to win."

The "Forgotten Five" - Jamie Holzapfel, Brock Twigg, Mike Lelchitski, Andrew Dewey and Matt Bond - made sure Musselman (7-1) would remember them for quite a while. They combined for just five shots in the game, but made play after play after play in crucial situations.

"Dewey and Bond gave us good minutes," Ridenour said. "And Matt just learned everything in a day. He absorbed so much at practice; I'm so proud of him and his effort."

The Saints (4-3) got all of their points in the first half from Knotts and Monroe, but took control with a 9-1 run to close the first half - sparked by Holzapfel's diving steal and save.

"It's almost like we all got juiced off that play," Ridenour said. "We got aggressive on the glass, we got aggressive on defense after that."

Musselman tied the game at 45-45, but Knotts hit three free throws and Lelchitski hit a circus shot at the third-quarter buzzer for a five-point lead. The Applemen never got within one possession the rest of the way.

"We didn't react real well defensively in the first half," Musselman coach Rich Lyons said. "When a team has two outstanding players like that, we've got to be more consistent defensively."

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