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Balanced St. Edward takes down Marian Central

12/04/2012, 10:19pm CST
By Erik Jacobsenejacobsen@stmedianetwork.com

St. Edward had four players score in double figures Tuesday night as it went on the road and knocked off Marian Central 64-51. Davontae Elam tallied 17 points and four steals to lead the Green Wave.


Davontae Elam

St. Edward’s boys basketball team continues to spread the wealth and pile up wins.

The Green Wave had four players score in double figures Tuesday night as it went on the road and knocked off Marian Central 64-51 for a Suburban Christian Gold victory.

Junior guard Davontae Elam came off the bench to lead St. Edward (8-1, 1-0) with 17 points and four steals. Sophomore Danny Favela (14 points, 11 rebounds, four steals), sophomore Nick Duffy (13 points) and senior Adrian Ponce (10 points, eight rebounds) also had productive outings as the Green Wave ran its winning streak to three.

“We try not to be selfish and just get everyone the ball,” Elam said. “We have a lot of offensive players who can put the ball in the hole.”

The long trip to Woodstock didn’t seem to do St. Edward any favors as it trudged to an 8-7 lead after the first quarter and a 25-22 advantage by halftime. The second half was a much different story, though, as the Green Wave picked up the pace and pulled away.

A 12-5 run during the third quarter helped St. Edward turn a five-point lead into a 45-33 cushion. The Green Wave led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter as the Hurricanes never threatened.

“The first half we were struggling with turnovers and boxing out,” Favela said. “The second half we picked up the intensity. We started running on them and they couldn’t keep up.”

Marian Central (1-5, 0-2) had 10 players enter the scoring column, with sophomore Wyatt Lindell leading the way with 12 points.

The Hurricanes struggled to get into any kind of an offensive rhythm, committing 25 turnovers while making only 16-of-55 shots (29.1 percent) from the field. In contrast, St. Edward connected on 26-of-55 field-goal attempts (47.3 percent) and didn’t make a single three-pointer while piling up its second-highest scoring total of the year.

“If we can get to the basket, let’s get to the basket,” St. Edward coach P.J. White said. “We talk about having higher percentage shots. If I’m taking a 14-footer but there’s a guy two feet from the basket that’s wide open, let’s dump it down to him. We’re unselfish enough to do that.”

ST. EDWARD 64, MARIAN CENTRAL 51

St. Edward (8-1, 1-0)

Elam 7 3-5 17, Favela 6 2-4 14, Duffy 6 1-2 13, Ponce 3 4-5 10, Domel 3 0-0 6, Murray 1 0-2 2, J. Butzow 0 2-2 2. Totals 26 12-20 64.

Marian Central (1-5, 0-2)

Lindell 3 4-4 12, Waytula 3 1-6 8, Caldez 2 3-4 7, Lindquist 3 0-0 6, Haley 1 2-2 4, Schneph 1 0-0 3, Yuk 0 3-4 3, Brooks 1 0-0 3, Lee 1 1-2 3, Buettner 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 14-22 51.

SE      8      17      20      19      --      64

MC      7      15      13      16      --      51

Three-point goals – SE: None. MC: 5 (Lindell 2, Schneph, Waytula, Brooks). Fouled out – SE: Ponce. MC: None.

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