Balanced scoring and perimeter shooting have become staples of the St. Clairsville Red Devils during the first portion of this season.
Tuesday evening's game against Edison was no different as the Red Devils had three players reach twin figures and buried 11 three-point goals en route to a 70-43 victory against the Wildcats.
Despite the balance and strong shooting, Red Devils' veteran Kim Clifford found plenty to critique inside his office.
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"I didn't think we played real hard in the first half and gave up a lot of layups off of our press," Clifford said. "We weren't sprinting to where we were supposed to and I attribute that to lack of effort. We kind of knew where (Edison) was trying to go with the ball, but we didn't get to where we were supposed to go. We had a little discussion about effort at halftime and I thought we did a better job in the second half."
Clifford's halftime talk probably had something to do with the fact that the Red Devils led by two at the end of one quarter and just six midway through the second chapter as Edison was getting easy opportunities on the interior.
It took a 11-3 spurt to end the first half for the Red Devils to stretch the margin to 36-22 at the break.
"St. Clairsville has the spurtability to where it can take a close game and before you know it, you're down 10," said Edison head coach Todd English. "They shot the ball well and we didn't get out on their shooters."
St. Clairsville put its foot on the gas pedal more in the third quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 19-9 in the period. Splendid sophomore Dan Monteroso scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the period as the Belmont Countians stretched their lead to 55-31 after three, setting up a fourth period, which saw both teams' reserves enter the game.
"We're always talking about this game, the next game and down the road games and we're trying to get better," Clifford said. "In the first half, we didn't get better. We played well enough in the second half to make the score lopsided, but we didn't do enough to get better. Maybe over the course of 20 games you're not going to do that every night."
The Red Devils had six different players mesh a triple. Senior Allen Derosa, who was held primarily in check, finished with 10. Senior Mackenzie Koehler was able to avoid foul trouble and finished with 11 markers.
Sophomore Riley Carlton turned in a solid floor game and meshed two treys. Senior Jared Clovis once again provided a spark. He finished with six points, but had six rebounds and two steals.
"The coaches and the players have high expectations and I told them we've got to be relentless and give good effort all the time," Clifford said.
Edison was led by Austen Abdalla who had 11 points. Jordan Hanchin and Mark Smyth each had 10 for the Wildcats.
"I was pleased with our offensive patience at times early (in the game) and we got some good looks," English said. "When it got away from us, we didn't have the offensive punch to get back in it and a lot of that has to do with how well (St. Clairsville) shot the ball."
St. Clairsville completed the sweep with a victory in the reserve game by a 71-26 score.
EDISON (43) - Hanchin 5, 0-0 10; Hilt 0, 1-2 1; Abdalla 5, 1-4 11; Smyth 4, 2-4 10; Louk 2, 2-2 7; Marcus 0, 0-0 0; Jones 2, 0-0 4; Howell 0, 0-0 0; Chase 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 18, 6-12 43. ST. CLAIRSVILLE (70) - Monteroso 9, 4-6 25; Derosa 3, 3-4 10; Koehler 4, 1-1 11; Carlton 2, 0-0 6; Yudasz 2, 0-0 4; Clovis 3, 0-0 6; Ferns 1, 0-0 2; Stiles 0, 0-0 0; Sandhu 0, 0-0 0; Kozel 1, 0-0 3; Marhefka 1, 0-0 3; Jeffries 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 26, 8-11 70.
Three-Point Goals: Ed - Louk. St. C. - Monteroso (3), Carlton (3), Koehler (2), Derosa, Kozel, Jeffries.
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