Mendon pushed the ball up and down the court, creating plenty of fast break opportunities en route to its 63-35 victory over St. Philip on Tuesday at Sheila Guerra Gymnasium.
St. Philip (8-6), still playing short-handed, just wasn’t able to get anything going on the night.
“We can’t worry about the kids we don’t have. Those days are over,” said St. Philip head coach Dino English. “We’ve had enough time to get this team together and play quality basketball. Tonight was not good basketball.
“We didn’t hustle, they beat us back, we played lackadaisical on defense – probably the worst defense we’ve played all year. Give credit to Mendon, they are a good team.”
The Tigers took an early 5-2 lead, but after a 12-2 run from the visiting Hornets (14-1), they never looked back.
Mendon, honorable mention in Class D, pressed St. Philip all game, forcing ill-advised passes and overall sloppy basketball.
The Tigers worked the ball inside, as they had a mismatch in the post. They just didn’t capitalize.
“We worked the ball in good; we got it where we wanted to,” English said. “We got easy looks down low but we just weren’t putting them in. Then they’d come down and score and next thing you know, we’re in a hole.”
St. Philip just couldn’t find the right defense to play against the Hornets, trying a few zone options. Mendon was just simply able create opportunities.
Eric Batten led all scorers with 14 points for Mendon. Joe Gales and Marcus Craft also chipped in 13 points and 10 points respectively for the Hornets.
Mendon struggled at the line for most of the game, going 1-7 for the first three quarters. This was the only negative aspect of the night for them, however. They finished 8-15
St. Philip was led by Cody Boggio, who had 11 points on the night. Dreyson English added 10 points for the Tigers. Tyler Hubbard-Neil chipped in seven as well.