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Saints' Dewey drops 24 on Highland View

December 04, 2002|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Andrew Dewey is just too mild-mannered to create havoc anywhere.

Of course, Highland View Academy boys basketball coach Randy Nomura will likely have a different opinion.

It was Dewey's presence inside - not to mention his 24 points - that baffled the Tartans and sparked St. James to a 63-44 victory at the Alumni Center Tuesday night.

Only a gimmick defense slowed the Saints' sophomore, and it wasn't until late in the game when the outcome was all but decided.

"When we went to a box-and-1, that helped," said Nomura. But (Dewey) took it to us today. We couldn't contain him."

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The defensive trickery kept St. James off the scoreboard for the first 4 minutes, 34 seconds of the fourth quarter, with the Tartans trailing by 17. But Highland View failed to take advantage, scoring just four points in that span.

Finally, the Saints solved the riddle, scored nine straight points, and coasted to the win.

"We were pretty surprised that somebody ran a box-and-1 on us," said first-year St. James coach Pat Gahan, "But we'll figure it out. One of the things a young team can't do is lose their composure when they see something new."

Dewey had things going his way during the first three periods, consistently getting the ball inside, and scoring on a variety of moves under the hoop.

"(Highland View) seemed to be keying on the ball," said Dewey. "It was open inside all night, and our guards were finding the holes all night, too."

Half of Dewey's points came in the first period as the Saints established a 14-6 edge after eight minutes. That lead ballooned to 21-8 two minutes into the second quarter with Dewey adding four more points before leaving the game for the remainder of the half.

Jordan Ottley and Kellen Seligman took up the slack, combining for nine points through the end of the half, as St. James took a 34-21 lead into the intermission.

The Tartans (0-1) stayed close until St. James reeled off seven straight points in just 70 seconds for a 52-31 margin.

Eddy Martins provided the offensive spark for Highland View with 10 eight, eight of which came in the first half.

St. James 63, HVA 44

Highland View (44)

Turpen 8, Boone 8, Caniness 5, Miles 2, Martins 10, Greenleaf 8, McAllister 3, Totals 20 3-9 44.

St. James (63)

Ottley 8, Gahan 2, Dewey 24, Thomas 6, Douglas 5, McCormick 2, Olanrewaju 2, Seligman 5, Lelchitski 6, Twigg 3, Totals 25 13-19 63.

Highland View 6 15 14 9-44

St. James 14 20 18 11-63

Three-point goals - Highland View 1 (McAllister).

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