By Jimmy Durkin
Thursday, November 29th, 2007 at 2:29 pm in Basketball.
If you saw the box score from Wednesday night’s St. Elizabeth-Liberty Baptist game from the Redwood Christian Tournament, you might’ve thought you needed to get your eyes checked. Nope, the score was right. The Mustangs, playing without two starters — including their starting point guard — led 64-5 at halftime before taking the foot slightly off the gas pedal in the season-opening 106-11 win.
Chioke Walker led the way with 22 points and 15 rebounds and Jevon Flowers added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Ed Thomas had 8 points and 13 rebounds. Four other players also scored in double digits for St. Liz — whose football team plays St. Vincent in the North Coast Section Class B title Saturday at 7 p.m. and features starting point guard Dave Douglas at running back and fellow starter Charles Johnson at wide receiver.
For those that think the Mustangs ran up the score, take some solace in the fact that the scoring went down each quarter, from 36 points in the first, 28 in the second, 26 in the third to 16 in the fourth.
St. Liz — which lost in the NCS semifinals last year — is looking to end Branson’s four-year reign as NCS champions and earn its first title since 1996. But it has a little more on its mind.
“It’s state title or bust this year,” coach Torrence Spencer said.
We’ll see, but with the football team’s success and this kind of start for the basketball team, this could be the year of the Mustangs.