Cathedral boys down St. Aloysius

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NATCHEZ — It took nearly a whole quarter, but the Cathedral Green Wave was able to find its rhythm Monday night against St. Al and down the Flashes 60-35 to earn their first win of the season.

“First game, first win, I’ll take it,” Cathedral head coach Peter Arnold said. “We’ve got a lot of potential.”

Both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket early in the game, with the score tied at just four with nearly a whole quarter complete.

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However, the Green Wave would close the first quarter on an 8-0 run, to give them a 12-4 lead.

“It was big to go up there,” Arnold said. “We were getting some shots with time and knew we would eventually hit them.”

However, Arnold was quick to realize it wasn’t the smoothest of games.

“It was the typical first game,” he said. “Really ugly. We were so impatient early, just rushing everything. We were wanting to run and trying to go to fast, forcing us to make bad decisions.”

Despite what might have been a sloppy first half offensively, Cathedral made up ground on the defensive end, limiting St. Al to just 14 first half points.

Only three St. Al players would score in the game, with Joshua Brown scoring a game-high 16 points. Jayun Whitaker added 12, and Rhett Verhine chipped in with seven.

“I didn’t feel like they would score a lot on us,” Arnold said. “I knew if kept playing good defense, we would be OK.”

Offensively for the Green Wave, scoring was spread around, as William Doss and DJ Batieste led the team with 12 points. Nine other Green Wave players would get on the score sheet in the contest.