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Express slams Benedictine, 81-40

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Huntington Prep finished the final leg of its three-day Ohio trip strong, earning an 81-40 win over Cleveland Benedictine at the Dunk4Diabetes at Walsh University on Sunday.

Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said the effort was what he was looking for in the third game in three days.

"I wanted to challenge our guys on long weekends because if we are going to win the ESPN Rise tournament, we'll have to do that," Fulford said. "I was worried about our energy level because we were in a dogfight last night. That's why we went to a press early - to get our guys moving."

The Express jumped out to a 13-4 lead on account of the pressure and never looked back, outscoring Cleveland Benedictine by at least nine in each quarter to earn an easy win.

Andrew Wiggins continued where he left off from Saturday, hitting 10 of 13 shots from the floor to finish with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He scored 10 of the team's first 13 points in the third quarter as the Express blew the game open early.

Wiggins started the second half catching a lob from Xavier Rathan-Mayes for a dunk then he followed with an and-1 opportunity before pulling up for back-to-back 3-pointers.

After starting Saturday's contest 1-of-7, Wiggins has now hit 22 of his last 27 shots from the floor.

The Express got a complete effort in the win with the guards pushing the tempo and distributing the ball well while the post players also played to their strengths inside.

After a near-triple-double on Saturday, Moses Kingsley was named the team's MVP for the contest, finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes.

Dominic Woodson also came off the bench with a spark. The Baylor signee finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.

"As good as our guards are, our bigs dominated the weekend -- particularly Moses, who dominated all three games," Fulford said. "We haven't played Dom as much lately because he's been learning some life lessons that he'll take with him into college.

"Tonight, he came in with good energy and had seven points and 11 rebounds in limited time. Points from those guys are bonuses for our team."

Out front, Rathan-Mayes was the offensive catalyst in transition, getting the ball up the court quickly and putting the ball in scoring areas. He finished with nine assists.

The Express now will rest up this week before serving as host for the Tri-State Hoops Classic this weekend at Spring Valley High School.

Huntington Prep's host tournament starts with three games on Friday before five games on Saturday. Local boys teams involved include Huntington Prep, Ironton, Huntington High, Tolsia and Chesapeake while Huntington St. Joe's top-ranked girls team also plays a pair of games.

BENEDICTINE 12 7 13 8 -- 40: Layne 4, Jones 5, Poole 2, Parr 5, Powell 4, Steele 11, Meek 5, Pope 2, Funches 2.

HUNTINGTON PREP 21 18 23 19 -- 81: Gill-Caesar 7, Landry 4, Rathan-Mayes 3, Wiggins 24, Kingsley 12, Grandstaff 7, Woodson 7, Strake 8, Arroyo 5, Gabriel 4.