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Van Vleck beats St. Joseph

By aalvarado
Dec. 18, 2010 at 6:18 a.m.


The post matchup of St. Joseph's Dean Vanek and Van Vleck's Kalvin Singletary lived up to expectations.

Unfortunately for St. Joseph, Singletary had more help as nine different Leopards scored to help Van Vleck down the Flyers 65-45 on Saturday at the St. Joseph gym.

"It was fun watching those two go to battle," said St. Joseph coach Abraham Garcia.

After an initial feeling out period the Leopards took control of the game late in the first quarter.

With St. Joseph leading 12-9 at the 2-minute mark, Terrance Alliniece's drive to the basket sparked a 15-2 run that helped Van Vleck take a 10-point lead less than 2 minutes into the second quarter.

St. Joseph committed four turnovers in the second quarter and the Leopards scored 18 points.

"They brought their pressure full court and made us play a little bit out of our comfort zone," Garcia said.

After digging themselves into a 34-25 halftime hole, the Flyers made things harder on themselves with four more turnovers in the third quarter combined with only four field goals.

"We just didn't come out with the same intensity that we started the game with," Garcia said. "They stepped up their game a little bit and we had trouble matching their intensity."

The Flyers were without Patrick Sohrt who will be out for a month with a broken arm. Sohrt first sustained the injury playing for the St. Joseph football team.

Vanek led the Flyers with 14 points and Ryan Longoria chipped in 11.

Alliniece also scored in double figures for Van Vleck with 14 points.

The loss drops the Flyers to 7-7, the same mark as Van Vleck.

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