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St. Joseph’s hopes for this season likely rest with a talented pair of sophomore guards, Glynn Watson and Jordan Ash. That’s not any team’s favorite recipe for success, but the pair passed their first test Monday in St. Charles, helping the No. 7 Chargers to a 49-38 win over No. 24 Schaumburg at the St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament.
Watson’s drive through the lane with 2:16 to play turned the momentum the Chargers’ way for good. Schaumburg had pulled within four points, but Watson’s nifty move and basket seemed to deflate the Saxons.
“Absolutely,” St. Joseph 6-8 senior AJ Patty said. “It showed he had the composure we are going to need from him in close games this season.”
Watson, the younger brother of former St. Joseph and Illinois star Demetri McCamey, finished with 15 points. Patty had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
“I knew at that moment that I had to just slow down the game and try to take control back for us,” Watson said. “I’m trying to be a leader.”
Schaumburg shot 1-for-14 from three-point range in the game, which made it difficult for the Saxons to create much offense against the longer, more athletic Chargers. St. Joe’s outrebounded Schaumburg 30-18.
“Last year they burned us on the three, so we played to that,” St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore said. “That’s a tough team to play your first game against. We had a lot of trouble with [Schaumburg senior Kyle] Bolger. He’s a really good player.”
Bolger scored a game-high 18 points and Cole Reyes added seven for the Saxons (0-1).“Schaumburg is a rough team to play,” Watson said. “They set a lot of screens and reverse the ball wall. We just had to keep fighting through those screens.”
Ash added 11 points for St. Joseph (1-0).
“I’m totally comfortable playing the sophomores,” Pingatore said. “At one point we had three on the court.”