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St. Joseph defeats visiting East Bernard, 66-39

By BY CLAY WHITTINGTON - CWHITTINGTON@VICAD.COM
Jan. 17, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2012 at 7:18 p.m.

St. Joseph senior guard Patrick Sohrt shoots an undefended layup on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at St. Joseph High School. St. Joseph blew past East Bernard High School, beating them 66-39.Jonathan Hinderliter/ VICTORIA ADVOCATE

Dean Vanek and Cody Janak are use to scoring.

They just are not accustomed to doing so from beyond the 3-point arc.

Entering Tuesday evening's nondistrict game against East Bernard, St. Joseph's pair of 6-foot-4 posts were a combined 1 for 3 shooting 3-pointers.

But against the Brahmas, each player doubled their season totals as the Flyers cruised to a 66-39 victory at home.

Vanek hit his second 3-pointer of the season during an 11-point, second-quarter outburst, and sophomore Janak made the first 3-pointer of his high school career in the opening period.

"It was very surprising," point guard Kion Wells said of the shots. "(Sometimes) they do it in practice just to do it, but to do it in a game was a great confidence booster."

The Flyers had plenty of reasons to be confident, however, especially in the first half, when they made 14 of 29 field goal attempts, including 5 of 11 3-pointers.

"We try to go inside a lot in order to open up the outside," St. Joseph head coach Abraham Garcia said. "That is what helps us out in our shooting, we have a presence inside from our big guys."

Led by junior guard Jerry Vasquez's two 3-pointers, St. Joseph (20-8 overall, 1-0 TAPPS District 4-5A) connected on 7 of 18 shots from beyond the arc. The percentage could have been even higher if two half-court shots were not hoisted in an attempt to beat quarter-ending buzzers.

Vanek finished with a team-high 13 points and game-high tying seven rebounds, while Janak scored 12 points to match Wells' offensive output. Vasquez scored 10 points to give the Flyers four players with double-digit totals.

Wells was the only player in the quartet to not make a 3-pointer, but he made up for it in other ways.

The senior point guard was responsible for eight of the team's 18 assists and four of the team's 13 steals.

"He was all over the court, he played hard, and I can't say enough about how well he played today," Garcia said.

Over half of Wells production came in the first quarter as he scored seven points, helping his team to a slim 16-13 advantage.

In the second quarter, Vanek took over, making all five of his shot attempts, including the 3-pointer, to account for 11 of the Flyers' 18 points.

"Once they started falling, I just wanted to keep on shooting, and they kept going through," Vanek said.

St. Joseph led by nine points, 34-25, at halftime and extended its advantage to 37-25 early in the third quarter before the Brahmas cut the deficit to 37-29.

But they would not get any closer.

The Flyers scored 11 unanswered points to pull away, never looking back as they outscored East Bernard (10-11, 2-3 District 28-2A) 32-14 in the second half.

"I am not very happy with the way we played," East Bernard head coach Shannon Taylor said. "I thought we could have hustled a little better, but (the Flyers) are a good team.

"We just needed to put out a little more effort and play a little smarter to have a chance against them."

The Brahmas, who were missing starting guard Justin McGuire and 6-foot-5 defensive standout Trevor Long to the flu, committed 23 turnovers and made just 15 of 45 field goal attempts, including a five-of-21 showing in the second half.

Aaron Francis led East Bernard offensively with a game-high 15 points, while teammate Quinton Farris finished with nine points and seven rebounds.

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