Orfan life of Saints' party

January 25, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |

ST. JAMES — Saint James had a coming-out party of sorts on Tuesday.

The Saints were there and so was Emmett Orfan, but the Hancock boys basketball team misplaced its invitation.

Saint James found a long-missing offense to score the game’s first 22 points — 13 coming from Orfan — as the Saints made the Panthers feel like wallflowers in a 83-42 rout.

It allowed the Saints (8-5) to break out the balloons early.

“We were desperate for a win tonight,” said Saint James coach Aaron Wilmore. “We had lost four straight and hoped we could break out here. We just did what we have been practicing.”

If practice included steals out of a trapping 2-1-2 zone and breaking free for easy baskets, Saint James followed it to a T.

The floor opened up for Orfan, who switched sides on the zone and was in the middle of much of the havoc to reap benefits. Orfan’s switch was made because starting point guard Alec Wheeler was out of the lineup due to illness.

Orfan had 19 of his 22 points in the first half, including the 13 in the opening 5:02 of the game. He nailed three of his four 3-pointers in the early stretch and finished with drives on a pair of steals. Two other steals led to scores.

“We had been on a losing streak, so this is pretty nice,” Orfan said. “Nothing was set for me and I was playing my normal position on offense, it just kind of happened. I got the ball and I started hitting.”

Orfan’s outburst was an added present for Wilmore.

“Emmett has the potential to score a lot, but being able and getting him motivated to do it are two different things,” Wilmore said. “It was great to get him going and hopefully he will keep it going.”

Hancock (2-10) trailed 28-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers missed their first eight shots before Jarrod McCoy hit a foul shot at the 2:24 mark and a 15-footer with 1:38 left in the period to get on the scoreboard.

The Panthers were at a disadvantage from the start as they played without leading scorer Spencer Heller, who was out with an illness. Hancock played a day after attending the funeral of Tom Kratz, a Hancock graduate and former basketball player who died in a weekend auto accident.

“It was a combination of things,” said Hancock coach Jeff Spielman. “Spencer was sick and they were looking for a bust-out game against us. We did this the other day at Faith, falling behind 12-0.”

The only saving grace for Hancock was the play of McCoy, who scored 30 of the Panthers’ 42 points, including six 3s.

“I’m proud of the way that Jarrod and Eli Souders stepped up,” Spielman said. “Jarrod scored and Eli did a lot of other things. We aren’t very sound fundamentally and it shows up against good teams.”

Saint James scored the first eight points of the second quarter and started to substitute liberally. The Saints led 47-13 at the half and 63-31 after three quarters.

Avery Wilmore added 16 points for the Saints.

“We have been holding opponents to 48 points per game but have had trouble scoring,” Aaron Wilmore said. “I hope we can mirror this for the rest of the season.”

Saint James 83, Hancock 42
HANCOCK (2-10)

O’Brien 1 1-2 3, Wiles 1 0-0 2, Souders 1 0-0 2, Ray 1 0-0 2, McCoy 10 4-6 30, Martin 1 0-0 3. Totals 15 5-8 42.
Ludwick 2 1-2 5, Wilmore 8 0-0 16, Louderback 2 1-1 6, McCormack 1 0-0 2, Wagner 3 1-2 7, Livingston 2 2-4 6, Orfan 9 0-0 22, Beckel 4 1-1 11, Cook 1 0-0 2, Walker 0 1-2 1, Mo. Townes 2 0-1 4. Totals 34 7-12 83.
Hancock    6    7    18    11    —    42
Saint James    28    19    16    19    —    83

3-point goals — Hancock 7 (McCoy 7, Martin), Saint James 7 (Orfan 4, Bechel 2, Louderback).

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