EDGE INSIDER Vol. 6: Edge Begin Road Trip 2-1, Buddy The Puffin at Frosty Festival, Edge Welcome Windsor to Mile One Centre for First Time in 2019
St. John’s, NL — In this week’s edition of the Edge Insider, we review the road trip thus far, Buddy The Puffin sighting at Frosty Festival, and a preview of this weeks upcoming homestand against the Windsor Express.
Edge Begin Road Trip with Win Over Highlanders
The St. John’s Edge were looking to stick to their winning ways on the road as they faced the Cape Breton Highlanders on Monday night at Centre 200. The Edge were successful in their second trip to Cape Breton Island as they took down the Highlanders by a score of 105-100.
The pace was set early by Cape Breton as they tried a run and gun style offence to set the Edge back on their heels, but this was just the type of play the Edge were built for. In the early going it was Junior Cadougan and Glen Davis leading the way, the pair would combine for 14 of the team’s 24 points in the quarter. After one it was all tied up at 24.
Into the second the Edge got off to a quick start with a made lay-up followed by a Jared Nickens three that would put them up by 5 points. Just as the Edge looked to build on their lead, the Highlanders would climb back into this one. A pair of Carl English three-pointers would keep the Edge on top going into the half as they led by the narrow margin of 45-43.
Going into the third quarter the Edge found themselves in some foul trouble with Glen Davis, Junior Cadougan, and Obie Oleka having 3 fouls each. This would mean that Head Coach Doug Plumb would look to newcomer Olu Ashaolu to step up and play some big minutes in the second half. Olu got off to a good start scoring 9 points in the quarter and nailing a deep three-pointer to keep the Edge in the lead going into the fourth.
In the final quarter, the Edge held a single-digit lead with the Highlanders breathing down their necks. This would mean that Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis and Junior Cadougan would check back in to keep the offence rolling. The Edge would build a 7-point lead, but just as they had the momentum the Highlanders shooters would wake up and narrow the gap to just a single possession with about 6 minutes to go in the final frame. Down the stretch, Dez Lee would have a huge blocked shot, which turned into a Junior Cadougan layup to put the Edge back in the driver’s seat where they would remain on route to a 105-100 win over Cape Breton.
On the night the Edge were led by Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis who would notch 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in the win. Following suit, Junior Cadougan picked up 20 points on Monday night. Not to be outdone, Dez Lee kept it consistent as he has all year, dropping 18 points. The Edge also got a big double-double from Carl English who dropped 16 points and 10 rebounds in the hard-fought victory.
For the Highlanders, they were led in this one by Bruce Massey who dropped a game-high 36 points in the loss.
Edge Prevail in Overtime Against Island Storm
The St. John’s Edge faced the Island Storm in an overtime thriller Thursday night at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, PEI. The game was back and forth throughout, with the Edge pulling ahead late on the back of a Junior Cadougan layup to take the win by a score of 115-113.
It was a tough start for the Edge as the Island Storm got out to an early lead. The Edge would battle back to get within a single possession, but a very quiet 8-0 run for the Storm would force St. John’s to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, the Edge would put together a run of their own, draining 3 consecutive three-pointers capped off by newcomer Isaiah Tate II. With one quarter down, the Edge would trail 30-27.
Into the second the game would become more of a back and forth contest with both teams exchanging the lead early. The Edge would shoot the ball well from all over the floor in the second, with a healthy 8 point contribution down low from Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis. The match-up of Davis and Sampson Carter was a battle as both would be trying to figure out how to stop the other throughout most of the game. Late in the quarter, it was Diego Kapelan who would hit a big three to keep this one within a possession going into the break (56-54 Storm Lead at Half).
Coming out of the halftime the Edge looked to keep shooting the ball well from three-point range as they shot 10-for-17, good for 58.8% from beyond the arc in the first half. Much of the Edge offence in this quarter would run through Glen Davis who dropped 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field. The Island Storm would keep up their consistent defence forcing a handful of Edge turnovers and converting on open opportunities to force the Edge to play tough throughout. A last-second-falling away layup by Isaiah Tate II would tie the game at 80 going into the final 12 minutes of play.
With 12 minutes left in this one, the Edge would get the upper hand early converting on free-throws and continuing the sharp shooting from three-point land. As the quarter progressed to the later stages, the Island Storm would regain the lead and keep the Edge offence at bay. With the score 100-98 for the Storm, Glen Davis would find Olu Ashalu underneath for a bucket through contact to tie the game at triple-digits. After former Edge forward Guillaume Boucard hit two free-throws, the Edge would get the ball to Junior Cadougan on a drive to draw the foul. He would hit both free-throws and send this one to an extra frame.
In overtime, reigning MVP Carl English would step-up and score 6 of his 14 points on the night to buoy the St. John’s offence. With the Edge up by 3 with around 20 seconds left, the Storm would get a gratuitous bounce off the rim and tie the game. After the Edge called a timeout, they looked to non-other than Junior Cadougan to close this one. With 3 seconds left on the clock, Cadougan drove through the lane and dropped the tough layup to give the Edge the 115-113 win.
On the night the Edge shot an impressive 50% from the field (40-for-80) and 50% from three-point range (14-for-28), they would out-rebound the Storm 53-39. Offensively the Edge were led once again by Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis who dropped a game-high 29 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in this one. Diego Kapelan scored 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting from three-point land. Obie Oleka would pick up another double-double to add to his totals in this one scoring 11 points and ripping down 13 rebounds. Carl English would round out the offence with 14 points, 6 of which were scored in overtime.
For the Island Storm, they were led by Sampson Carter who dropped 23 points in the overtime loss.
Edge Drop Matinee to Hurricanes
The St. John’s Edge dropped their first game on their 5-game road trip on Sunday afternoon to the Halifax Hurricanes by a score of 104-98.
The Edge got off to a quick start in this one, they went on an 8-0 run with just under 10 minutes left in the first quarter. The story in the first was the inside play of Obie Oleka who scored 6 quick points early on and forced the Hurricanes to change it up defensively. After a Halifax timeout, the tide shifted in favour of the Hurricanes as they got themselves back into this one tying it up at 13. This one would go back and forth until the end of the quarter, but Edge would come out of the first with the lead at 27-25.
Into the second quarter, the back and forth continued. The Edge kept pouring on the offence early, they got contributions out of several players to keep their lead. The Hurricanes would look to Mike Poole to get them back in the driver’s seat, as he would drop 11 points in the quarter. In the last few minutes of the half, the Edge would be stopped on a couple of possessions and see the Hurricanes convert at the other end. Going into the break it was Halifax ahead 52-43.
After the half-time break, the Edge refocused and got off to another quick start. Dez Lee and Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis would get the scoring going and play some big minutes in the quarter to keep the game close. With less than 5 minutes left in the quarter, Diego Kapelan would be fouled from behind the three-point line and convert on all attempts to make it a one-point game in favour of the Hurricanes. A 7-0 run at around the 3-minute mark would vault the Hurricanes back into the lead. Going into the final quarter it was Halifax back up 76-67.
With just 12 minutes left the Edge looked to regain their composure and climb back into this one. Throughout the quarter, Dez Lee and Junior Cadougan were finding their way to the rim and through contact to convert to keep the game close. As the game drew to a close, both teams were trying to find a way to score. Late in this one, a turnover by the Hurricanes led to a quick Junior Cadougan layup, but it was too late as Halifax would close this one out and take the game by a score of 104-98.
On the afternoon the Edge shot 47.3% from the floor (35-for-74) and won the battle in the paint outscoring the Hurricanes 50-32. There were 7 ties and 12 lead changes in this one as it was back and forth throughout.
Offensively for the Edge, all five starters finished in double-digits with Glen Davis leading the way with 22 points, his fourth game in a row with 20 or more. Behind Davis was Junior Cadougan who had another 20 point performance and racked up 8 assists. Diego Kapelan also had another impressive game with 19 points on 4-for-9 shooting from three-point range. Dez Lee contributed 15 points and Obie Oleka dropped 14 points and pulled down 14 boards for the double-double.
For the Hurricanes they were led all afternoon by Mike Poole who scored a game-high 31 points in the win.
Buddy The Puffin In The Community – Frosty Festival
On Sunday, February 10th Buddy the Puffin joined “Frosty” at MAX Arts, Athletics, and Wellness in Mount Pearl for their Active-ity Day.
With over 200 people trying different activities including, bouncy castles, martial arts, basketball, ball hockey, and building stations the day was a success. The most exciting part of the day for the majority of the families who attended this free event, was the appearance of Buddy the Puffin!
Buddy spent the first part of the day down in the gym teaching the kids what he has learned in his first year as the Edge mascot, he taught them how to shoot, dribble, and pass. Of course, there was ample time for pictures, high fives and hugs.
As the day continued, Buddy was joined by the Frosty Festival mascot “Frosty” who decided that he and Buddy should try their hand at some martial arts. The two worked on their kicks and punches, then proceeded to break out into the floss.
The St. John’s Edge would like to thank the organizers of the event and wish them success with the rest of the Frosty Festival.
Your St. John’s Edge are continuing their road trip this week, with a game versus the Moncton Magic on Tuesday night and then heading to Saint John to face the Riptide on Wednesday night. The team will then fly back to the capital city on Thursday to prepare for a 2-game series against the Windsor Express at Mile One Centre.
We set you up for all things you need to know for this upcoming series at home. Including what players to keep an eye on and some keys to the series. This will be just the second and third time these two teams have met all season, with the Edge leading the season series 1-0.
Preview vs Windsor Express – Feb 15 and Feb 17 at Mile One Centre
When the Windsor Express were visitors last season in the first round of the NBL Canada Playoffs, they came up against an Edge team that were putting it all on the line to prove that an expansion franchise could make waves in the league. Now with one year under our belts and another for Windsor, it seems as though these two teams could be on a path to meet again in the playoffs and we will see the narrative begin this weekend at Mile One Centre.
Windsor, like most teams this season have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. They began the season 0-3 and were win/loss/win/loss for a stretch, then in January they went 7-0 and propelled themselves into second place in the Central Division behind your St. John’s Edge. Since that stretch they have gone 2-4 with wins over London and Cape Breton, but also losing two to London in the process. One of those London losses was in double-overtime by a score of 147-144, which set a couple of NBL Canada records.
Windsor have shown all season that they can score and that they can be efficient with their scoring. Currently, they lead the league in FG%, shooting the ball with a 46.8% success rate. They also sit 2nd in the league in three-point percentage at 36.8%.
In their only meeting of the season, the Edge handed Windsor a big loss by score of 113-86. To that point it was the first win of the season for the Edge. In this game it was the Edge who outran the Express and took apart the defense piece by piece with a fast-paced offence. Since that game, both teams have seen some changes to their lineup, especially the Edge who have released and added players including Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis who Windsor are yet to face.
From a personnel standpoint, Windsor are led offensively by Juan Pattillo who is averaging 20.7 points per game, good enough for 4th in league scoring. Pattillo is also averaging 9 rebounds per contest, which is good for third in the league behind top rebounder Obie Oleka. Expect that it will be a battle down low to see who controls the boards between these two, mix that with Pattillo having to match-up with Glen Davis and we may not be seeing those same numbers put up in the paint on Friday and Sunday.
This is a battle of the first and second place teams in the Central Division. We have said it in the past about high-scoring games and then the games tend to be low scoring (in comparison to other games in the NBL Canada), but this series has the making of two games where both teams land in triple-digits. Be sure to watch for Glen Davis doing his thing in the post, while the Edge try and stop Windsor on the defensive end. With just over a month and a half left in the regular season, this could be a measuring stick of what to expect in the playoffs in the Central Division.
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The NBL Canada Transaction deadline is on the horizon, so watch for teams around the league to make some last-minute moves as they try and set their rosters for a run into the playoffs.
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