Flyers flip the script with blowout victory
Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 2, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.
Twenty-four hours before facing Rockport-Fulton on the court Thursday night, the Flyers of St. Joseph suffered a 24-point blowout loss.
On their own court Thursday, the Flyers (11-10) turned in a blowout victory of their own with a 63-34 win over Rockport.
"I just told them that you're going to have nights like last night," said St. Joseph coach Abe Garcia. "You're going to make mistakes, but you just have to shake it off and lace it back up for the next game. I think we had more fun tonight than last night."
Junior Cody Janak exploded for 23 points after scoring 14 against San Marcos Homeschool Wednesday night. He also grabbed five rebounds and three steals.
"Cody played great for us tonight," Garcia said. "He was able to get down low and we were able to get ball and put him in a position where he could help us."
It was Janak who got the Flyers off to a hot start, scoring the first five points and helping his team build a 7-0 lead before Rockport made an appearance on the scoreboard.
"Anytime you can come out and jump on a team that always helps," Garcia said. "If helps when you play with the lead."
Senior Jerry Vasquez drained two three-pointers in the final minute and a half against Rockport that gave the Flyers a double-digit advantage that would never be threatened.
Vasquez finished the night with 14 points and also had four steals and two assists. Junior Adam Konarik came off the bench for St. Joseph to post a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
While the offense was scoring plenty of points, St. Joseph's defense showed Garcia drastic improvements. The Flyers' defense held Rockport to less than 10 points in a quarter all but once.
"Our defensive intensity was the biggest thing we did tonight," Garica said. "And we took care of the ball. We came out and had a lot more intensity. Guys were getting after it, putting their hands in the passing lane and that led to more shots for us, which was something we didn't have last night."
The second quarter saw St. Joseph's defense at its best, allowing only seven points to the visitors, with five of those points coming from the charity stripe. The Flyers' also recorded 17 steals while turning the ball over 13 times.
St. Joseph built a 33-15 halftime lead thanks to junior Adam Konarik's six points and another three-pointer by Vasquez in the final seconds before halftime.
If Rockport held any hopes of a second half comeback, those hopes were extinguished in the beginning of the second half when St. Joseph went on an 11-0 run that lasted over four minutes.
However, Rockport was able to go on a long run of its own, outscoring the Flyers 9-3 over the final 3:50 of the third quarter.
"We didn't give up a lot of buckets, but we gave up some easy ones," Garcia said. "you have to fix that if you want to be competitive."
The Flyers continued their dominant performance in the fourth quarter, doubling the amount of points scored by Rockport for the 63-34 final score.
After playing back-to-back home games, the Flyers won't return to action until Tuesday when they travel to Shiner. Tip-off is currently set for 6:30 p.m.