Basketball season has arrived and St. Paul’s and Karr tipped off their 2017-18 seasons Tuesday night time on the Cougars’ fitness center with a non-district matchup. Each groups are anticipated to be playoff contenders come March however the Wolves have been a bit extra cohesive as a unit in Tuesday’s opener.
St. Paul’s opened up a 32-15 lead by halftime and held Karr off down the stretch to wrap up a fifty eight-forty seven victory on the street. Senior guard Parker Edwards led all scorers with 26 factors and he did injury each in and out of doors the paint nailing three three-pointers.
“It feels good to lastly see all of the work we have been doing repay,” Edwards stated of enjoying within the first recreation of the season. “I feel we have been somewhat jittery at first however we settled in within the second quarter and performed rather well. We made some errors on the finish however we have been ok to get the win.”
St. Paul’s (1-zero) held a double-digit lead for a lot of the recreation however the Cougars made a run early within the fourth quarter to place some strain on the Wolves.
Karr (zero-1) senior guard Marc Bowie went coast-to-coast for a layup to finish the third quarter slicing the rating to forty seven-33 and the Cougars chipped away on the lead a bit extra within the fourth. Bowie put in one other bucket to start out the final interval, then despatched residence an enormous dunk off a Karr steal slicing the deficit to forty seven-37 with 5:25 to play.
“I feel we fell off with our depth just a little bit,” Wolves ahead Chandler Owenby stated. “We got here out actually robust within the second however we fell off once we ought to have picked it up.”
St. Paul’s coach Stephen Dale referred to as a timeout after Bowie’s dunk to thwart Karr’s momentum and the Wolves obtained again on monitor after the break. Edwards made a robust drive to the rim ending by means of contact for an and-one and sunk the free throw to place St. Paul’s again on prime 50-37.
The Cougars nonetheless tried to claw their means again within the recreation almost chopping the deficit to single digits however Devonte Allen put the sport away with St. Paul’s’ fourth and ultimate dunk of the night time for a fifty six-forty four benefit with 1:22 to play.
“I feel these (dunks) undoubtedly performed an element within the win,” stated Edwards, who additionally had a recreation-excessive eight rebounds along with his 26 factors. “We had some massive momentum swings and I’ve by no means seen Devonte (Allen, thirteen factors) dunk like that.”
Owenby had the opposite three slams for St. Paul’s, one among which was a candy alley-oop from level guard Invoice Leahy. The play was an ideal instance of the chemistry the Wolves have constructed over the offseason with a gaggle of gamers which might be all basketball on a regular basis.
“(Enjoying with one another via the summer time) undoubtedly helps us construct our chemistry,” stated Owenby, who completed with 9 factors, 5 rebounds and two blocks. “All of us turned actually shut in the course of the summer time in order that performs an enormous think about how we play. We’ll have three soccer gamers coming in they usually’ll deliver lots of athleticism to the staff so I feel that may assist out rather a lot.”
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