The USAO Drovers pushed past Our Lady of the Lake University Saints, 123-92. After this statement victory the Drovers jump to 4-1 on the season and have won 4 games in a row. The Saints fell to 1-4 after the loss.
In the first half the Drovers found themselves in a hole early as the Saints scored the first 10 points of the game behind 8 points from Ethan White, including a three-pointer. The Drovers would quickly respond and not look back as they would go on a 14-3 run of there own to make the score 14-13. This run was commanded by Geno Artison as he would score 7 during the run. At the end of the 1st half the Drovers would have a commanding lead of 60-44, led Clay Long and Dedrian Parmer who would both have 10 at the end of the half. The biggest difference in the half was proven to be the points in the paint as the Drovers dominated this category 31-4. The Drovers shot 57% from the floor as the Saints would shoot 42% in the first half.
In the second half the Drovers would come strong again as Tre’veon Ellis would connect for 10 points in the half and would finish the night with 13 points. Marquise Williams and Artison would both tack on 8 points in the second half. The Saints would be led by Xavier Woodington as he would score 14 during the half and would finish the night with 19 points. The Drovers would yet again monopolize the points in the paint as they would score 41 and hold the Saints to 17. The Drovers would outshoot the Saints, 65%- 40% from the field.
The Drovers got a great game from Artison and Williams. Artison scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Williams connected for 15 points, 7 rebound and 4 assists. Cameron Hines finished the night with 14 points on 5-6 shooting from the floor. The Drovers highlight performance was from Ellis, as the Freshman would score 13 points and 5 assists. The Saints would get a good game from Woodington as he finished with 19 points and 3 rebounds on the night. Joseph would finish the night with 18 points on 5-15 shooting from the floor. The Drovers would finish the game shooting 61% from the floor, compared to 41% from the Saints.
Freshman Tre’veon Ellis said “We played well today! We came out kinda sluggish in the first half but we fixed it and finished the half strong. Which ultimately led to us winning the game. I feel I played ok, my teammates and coaches helped put me in position to score and makes plays for others. We can improve on starting out games stronger, but all and all great team win!”
Senior Clay Long said “Despite a few missed q’s we came to protect what’s ours, home court. It’s more work to be done.”