edge ring in new year with win over highlanders
St. John’s, NL – New year, the same mentality for the St. John’s Edge as they defeated the Cape Breton Highlanders by a score of 102-95 on Tuesday night at Centre 200 in Cape Breton, NS.
Looking to get back to business after suffering a loss to the Halifax Hurricanes on Sunday, the St. John’s Edge were looking to get another streak started where it began in Cape Breton. In the first quarter, both teams seemed to be trying to find their shooting stroke, with the first basket of the game coming at the 10-minute mark. From that point on the Edge would start to find their way to the hoop and create some open shots, while on the other side of the ball some hot shooting by Deshaunt Walker would keep the Highlanders in the game and give them a one-point advantage going into the second quarter. Unlike the slow start in the first quarter, the Edge were determined to grab a lead and try to pull away with the game. The Edge would pull ahead by as many as 10 points, but a late quarter surge by the Highlanders would send the game into the break all tied up at 51 a piece.
The third quarter was all Edge as they would hold the lead through the entire 12 minutes, Maurice Jones Sr. and Junior Cadougan would cause problems at the point for the Highlander guards. Into the fourth, the Edge held a 5-point lead (78-73), where they would build on it throughout. Cape Breton were able to bring it within a single point, but the consistent play and relentless defence of the Edge would shut the door and cap off the teams first win in 2019.
Some keys to the game for the Edge were their ability to outrebound the Highlanders in the game 46-43, they also held the advantage in the paint outscoring Cape Breton 42-28 down low. On the night the Edge were 37-for-73 from the field for 47.9% shooting, while only managing to go 8-for-27 from three-point range for 29.6% from beyond the arc.
Maurice Jones Sr. dropped a game-high 26 points for the Edge depositing 6 three’s in the process, most of which came from well behind the three-point line. Dez Lee continued to make his season point average climb, the 6’5” guard scored 23 points making it six games in a row where he has scored more than 20 points. Junior Cadougan had another great night for the Edge spearheading the offence and picking up 18 points for his efforts. Finally, on the low block, Obie Oleka recorded another double-double grabbing 13 rebounds and dropping 10 points on the night, while his counterpart Keith Wright Jr. also had 12 points with 7 boards.
In the loss, the Highlanders were led by Deshaunt Walker with 24 points and Chris Johnson who had 19 points on the night.
St. John’s will now have a day off as they head to Saint John to battle the Riptide in the two teams first meeting of the season. Game time is slated for 7:30 pm NLT on Thursday night, this will be the first of two meetings on this road trip. You can catch the game on the Saint John live stream by visiting www.sjedge.ca and clicking the WATCH LIVE tab.
The next home-stand for the Edge is January 19th and 20th as the London Lightning return to St. John’s for the first time since their Divisional Finals match-up in the playoffs last season. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 576-7657, at the Mile One Centre box office, or by visiting www.mileonecentre.com
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