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No. 3 Buffalo tops St. Joe

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 07:14 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington St. Joe was up on Class A boys basketball No. 3-rated Buffalo, 9-4, Tuesday night before the undefeated Bison (9-0) ripped off a 20-0 run that fueled a 77-64 victory.

That run set the tone for the game, with Buffalo ahead and St. Joe constantly clawing back into the contest, but never quite reaching the top of the hill.

The Irish held Buffalo scoreless in the second quarter, cutting the lead to seven points, until the Bison went on an 11-1 run to close out the first half.

"I told them at the half that for about five-and-a-half minutes we played the best basketball we've played all year," said St. Joe head coach Ross Scaggs. "But then we took four bad shots in a row, which are just like turnovers.

"Every team gives up a four- or six-point run, but with us, you turn your head and it's 10 or 12 points. And that's what we've got to learn to do, is cut that off."

The Irish (1-10) had a huge night from Anthony Rabel, who scored 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter, mostly from the post, keeping St. Joe within striking distance.

"Anthony plays extremely hard," Skaggs said. "He's undersized (on the blocks), but he never gives up and when he has a night like he did tonight the other guys just feed off of it."

Rabel fouled out in the fourth quarter with about 2:19 to go, right after Buffalo's Joseph Good hit a back-breaking 3-pointer to put the Bison up 66-53.

After that, the Irish would only get as close as 11 as Buffalo hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the game.

Good led the Bison with 25 points while Levi Jordan and Dylan Rich both netted 11.

St. Joe had Michael Mayes scoring 16 followed by Travis McNeil with 12.

But for an ailing, depleted St. Joe team, Scaggs said he'll take the effort against one of the best Class A teams in West Virginia.

"I really do think if we play the way we did in spurts tonight, we can compete with people," Scaggs said. "I saw a lot of things I liked, and I'm very happy with their effort tonight."

BUFFALO 27 11 13 26 -- 77: Good 25, Jordan 11, Rich 11, Robinson 9, Lewis 4, Moore 8, Harris 9.

HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 11 10 19 24 -- 64: Rabel 17, Mayes 16, Dransfeld 8, McNeil 12, Pratt 4, Goheen 5, Jenkins 2, Adkins 3.