Leading big early, Tuesday’s win wasn’t in question after the first quarter for St. Clair.
The Bulldogs (4-12) jumped out to a 20-point advantage at the end of the first period at Cuba (4-16), ultimately winning handily by a 62-32 final score.
“We came out with a great start, 25-5 after one quarter,” Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “We were focused and mentally prepared to play. Noah hit two threes to start the game and we jumped out to a 10-0 lead. We pushed the ball and played very unselfish in the first quarter. Noah (Richardson) had 11 in the first quarter and really helped open up the floor for others.”
St. Clair pushed that lead up to 44-15 at halftime and 61-26 at the end of the third quarter.
“I was real proud of the effort we showed,” Isgrig said. “We came out good and played with a good killer instinct after halftime coming out hard and putting the game away. We were happy with our defense overall but our biggest bright spot from the night was offensively. We pushed the ball better and played together.”
Richardson and Pepper Stark led the Bulldogs with 14 points each.
“Pepper did a great job running the court and attacking the basket,” Isgrig said. “He scored a season high and knocked down his free throws.”
Calvin Henry also got into double figures scoring.
“Calvin is playing at a really high level right now,” Isgrig said. “He scored 10 points and shot with confidence but did a great job pushing the ball and finding open teammates.”
Next was Tyler Stark with seven points, followed by Michael Hughes with six and Kamalei Bursey with five.
Jayce Decker and Timmy Hoffman rounded out the scoring with three points each.
Bursey led the team in rebounding, pulling down eight boards.
“Our posts rebounded the ball well which allowed us to push the ball in transition,” Isgrig said. “Kamalei led in rebounds with eight and Mike did a good job finishing around the rim. Timmy was really active on the glass and is getting better every game.”
Richardson and Hoffman each had five rebounds.
Pepper Stark recorded three rebounds and Clay Banderman had down two.
Michael Hughes, Decker, Brendyn Stricker and Zach Walters all had one rebound.
Henry dished out a team high six assists.
Bursey was credited with three assists.
Richardson, Pepper Stark, Decker and Hoffman each had two assists.
Hughes recorded one assist.
Pepper Stark led the team in steals with three.
Henry, Hughes and Stricker grabbed two steals apiece.
Those with one steal included Richardson, Bursey, Hoffman, Banderman and Tyler Hall.
The Bulldogs host Four Rivers Conference rival Sullivan Friday in a girls-boys double header with proceeds going to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.