The battle for third place at the Pete wasn’t much of a battle after all as the Islanders controlled the game from the tip despite early foul trouble. The Islanders defense clamped down the Riptide while running out to a 30-10 lead at the half, and cruised to a 50-29 victory. The Islanders used 9 steals and 3 blocks to pressure the Riptide to their lowest scoring output of the year. The Islanders also assisted 7 baskets as a team and collected 37 rebounds.
Tyler Durham led the team in scoring with 11 points on 4-10 shooting and was 2-2 from the free throw line. Tyrus Richardson added 10 points, and Patrick Washington scored 9 on 4-6 shooting from the field. Tyler Durham also got 10 rebounds, Kenny Thomas and AJ Fraser had 8 a piece, and Kam Smiley earned 6 rebounds from the guard spot. The reserve players received some much earned playing time in the second half and they more than held their own finishing the big win.
The Islanders(11-11, 8-3 region) will now prepare for their last home game of the year on Wednesday night versus Palmetto Scholars (3-8 in region) at 7:30 PM. The Islanders defeated the Phoenix in January 67-43, and will be looking for the season sweep. The Phoenix will be playing for the last playoff spot in the region and are currently a half game back of Military Magnet. On Wednesday night, ST Johns will honor the Seniors during the game in their last home game. Kam Smiley, Mikey Thomas, Kenny Thomas and AJ Fraser. Please come out and support the Islanders and let those Seniors know how much they’re appreciated. We will surely miss these guys and will be losing a lot of experience when they go.
SCORING: T. Durham 11. T. Richardson 10, P. Washington 9, K. Thomas 7, M. Thomas 5, K. Smiley 4, AJ Fraser 4.
REBOUNDING: T. Durham 10, K. Thomas 8, AJ Fraser 8, K. Smiley 6, D. Roby 4, T. Richardson 1.
STEALS: M. Thomas 2, K. Smiley 2, K. Thomas 2, T. Richardson 1, AJ Fraser 1, P. Washington 1.
TURNOVERS: T. Richardson 2, D. Roby 2, K. Thomas 2, T. Durham 1, M. Thomas 1, P. Washington 1.
ASSISTS: T. Richardson 3, K. Smiley 2, T. Durham 1, AJ Fraser 1.
BLOCKS: AJ Fraser 1, T. Durham 1, K. Thomas 1.
FG 20-61 33% 3 PT 5-22 23% FT 5-11 46%