Recap: St. X 66 Collegiate 27

Junior point guard Connor McKim gets in a defensive stance. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

Junior point guard Connor McKim gets in a defensive stance. | Photo by Jacob Hayslip

On Tuesday night, The Tigers drubbed the Collegiate Titans from start to finish. Connor McKim and C.J. Shanklin shined, but it was an overall team effort, as 14 players saw action. Keep in mind, starting guard Ashanti Burgess was unavailable with a bruised calf. The final score was 66-27; let’s see how it got there.

Stats of the Game

1. Connor McKim had a game high 16 points going 6-7 on field goals and 4-5 from the charity stripe.

2. C.J. Shanklin had a game high 6 rebounds and pulled them down with force; 4 of the 6 were offensive and Shanklin took them right back up and turned them into points.

3. The Tiger Defense forced 26 turnovers. Twenty of them came in the first half. Outstanding.

4. McKim had 5 assists to zero turnovers. If that continues, we are in for a treat this year. This junior point guard is special.

5. Six reserves logged minutes against Collegiate. It’s never too early to get the young bench players some varsity experience.

Pivotal Moments

1. Early in the first quarter Will Olsen had back-to-back layups off steals to build an early 6-0 lead.

2. At one point in the first half, the defense recorded three consecutive steals off the Titan inbound pass, converting all of them into six easy points.

3. Billy Basham hit a three at the halftime buzzer to extend the lead to 46-12.

There were very few “pivotal” moments in this game. It was all Tigers, all night.

Handling the Opponent

St. X handled the opponent. Literally. There’s not much to say here. Pure domination on defense and good execution on offense. The Titans shot 33% from the field to the Tigers’ 58%.

Game Ball

This game ball has to go to McKim. He was all over the place and ran the fast break beautifully on several occasions Tuesday night. He touched nearly every column of the stat sheet and did not turn the ball over. He more than made up for the absence of Burgess who should be ready to go for the next Friday’s clash with Cincinnati St. Xavier.

Tweets of the Game

What a beautiful pass it was. The Tigers had 14 assists on the night.

 

It was undoubtedly a stellar outing by the Green and Gold.

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About Evan Heichelbech

Game Production Correspondent and Basketball Beat Writer for WSTX Sports.

Posted on December 5, 2014, in Tiger Basketball and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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