The number one ranked St. John Tigers continued their winning ways, Friday, defeating the Cunningham Wildcats 90-46 after a 57-40 win over the Central Plains Oilers on Tuesday.
"We were very efficient on offense, especially the first half where we scored on 26 of 33 possessions," said Tiger head coach Clint Kinnamon. "The guys came out and had the kind of shooting night I have been waiting for them to have all season."
The Tigers left the gate at a sprint hitting 34 points in the first eight minutes of play. The Tigers shot 11-15 in the first half ended the game with 14-23 with 25 assists and six different Tigers hitting at least one basket from beyond the line.
Spencer Nusser had another big night hitting 25 points shooting 10 of 12 with half coming from three-point range.
Zuriel Reyes had a 17-point night hitting 7-10 shots with three treys. Kade Kinnamon had 15 points hitting 6-10 with five three-pointers. Dean Wade scored 10 with 4-9, and two from beyond the line.
Kinnamon was picked as the player of the game with just short of a triple-double in 20 minutes hitting15 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds.
"We have very good shooters, but had not been at the percentage that I thought we should be at," Coach Kinnamon said. "Spencer and Kade had huge games. Dean played well scoring and rebounding it as well as blocking or altering so many shots inside.
"Zuriel shot it well and guarded better than what he has been scoring 17. Ethan defended very well. Trey played probably his best overall game. Omar was 3-3 off the bench and Cisco had a price floor game too. It was great because we're able to play all 12 at least 7 minutes each."
By halftime the Tigers we up 62-28 after a 28 point second quarter. By the end of the break, the Tigers were going to the bench heavily. The Tigers scored another 17 in the third and 11 in the final quarter with Cunningham picking up 11 and 13 for the final 90-46 win.
"The guys are starting to understand possessions and how each one is critical," Kinnamon said. "We talk about playing one basket games for the entire game. And they are doing a much better job. We still have a lot of room for improvement, but I do like the strides we are making.
Against Central Plains on Tuesday, Nusser picked up the player of the game nod with 27 points and 13 rebounds and 9-11 free throws for 27 points.
"Spencer had a monster game inside, finishing," Kinnamon said. "He used his body really well and got to the FT line 11 times and hit 9 of them. Dean was pretty good as well, going 5-9 and getting 8 boards. Ethan had a career high 6 assists and had zero turnovers.
Page 2 of 2 - "It was good for our guys to have to go on the road and play in front of a hostile crowd. We got in a little foul trouble and did not defend very well in the first half. We gave up 26 and only led by four at the half. We really got after them the second half and held them to 14 points."
The Tigers host Kinsley Tuesday and then go into the winter break with no more games until Jan. 4