St. James boys no match for Hogan Prep
Kansas City, Mo. St. James Academy coach Mark Huppe knew his young and inexperienced boys basketball team would have its hands full with a veteran bunch from Hogan Prep (Mo.), and it took less than two minutes for Huppe’s concerns to be validated.
The Rams led by eight after just 1:44 had elapsed, and they led by as many as 19 in the opening quarter. St. James regrouped for a bit, but the Rams’ lead never was in danger as they rolled to a 63-38 victory Saturday at the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University.
The Rams scored on four of their first six possessions and led 8-0 less than two minutes into the game. Hogan Prep’s Maurice Mason tipped the opening jump ball to Broderick Newbill who scored on a layup just five seconds into the game. Newbill made another layup 25 seconds later. Then Amaad Wainright scored on a put-back and Jonathan Hawkins made a layup to give the Rams an 8-0 lead.
The lead grew to 10-0 at the four-minute mark of the quarter on a jumper by Wainright.
St. James finally got on the board with a power post move by Clint McCullough with 3:48 to go, but Hogan rattled off the next 11 points before a McCullough 3-pointer at the buzzer brought the Thunder back within 21-5.
Hogan Prep extended its lead to 20 points twice during the second quarter, but the Rams lacked the same defensive fury that they’d possessed in the first quarter. St. James cut the deficit to 15 late in the quarter before Hogan Prep stretched its lead out to 33-16 at halftime.
Hogan Prep won almost every statistical category during the half, outrebounding St. James 20-11, forcing 10 turnovers while committing just five, and dishing 10 assists to only four for the Thunder. The Rams also shot 46.9 percent compared to 29.4 for St. James.
After seizing control of the game during the first half, the Rams piled on the style points during the third quarter. They threw down three dunks, one by Wainright on a breakaway and the other two when Mason tossed alley-oops to Newbill and Hawkins.
From there, it was just a matter of time until the clock ran out.
Newbill led all scorers with 24 points, Wainright had 12 and Mason added 10 for the Rams.
McCullough led St. James with 21 points, and Stephen Leimbach and Tom Huppe added six apiece.
St. James (0-4) closes out its December schedule Monday at Sumner Academy.