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Offensive woes doom Flyers in district opener

By MIKE FORMAN
Jan. 12, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.


St. Joseph's problem against Austin Hyde Park was obvious.

The Flyers went 11 minutes and 28 seconds in the first half without scoring, and scored only 11 points in the other 4:32.

The second half wasn't much more productive for the Flyers (12-11) and the result was a 51-31 loss in the TAPPS District 3-4A opener on Saturday at the St. Joseph gym.

"We struggled on the offensive end a lot today," said St. Joseph coach Abraham Garcia. "Usually shots that fall for us didn't fall today and we just didn't do a good job of trying to do different things to shoot out of it. We do have a lot of shooters on our team and sometimes the best medicine for a shooting slump is to shoot your way out of it and sometimes it's something different."

The Panthers (11-13) frustrated St. Joseph with a match-up zone on defense.

Aaron Kovar scored the first four points of the game, but the Flyers made consecutive baskets only twice more the rest of the way.

"We came out with a plan to try and be patient with the zone," Garcia said. "I don't think we attacked the zone as much as we should have. I would like for us to throw the ball inside a little more and try to break the zone down a little bit. We did settle for jump shots."

St. Joseph converted only one 3-pointer and had trouble getting the ball inside to post Cody Janak, who scored seven of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.

J.T. Lopez-Roeper scored 16 points for Hyde Park, which held a double-digit lead from the 8:58 mark of the second quarter.

"You always hate losing the first district game," Garcia said. "It's not the way we wanted to start, but it's like I told the guys it's early and it's not over. The goal is to make the district tournament and be playing better ball by the time we get there."



Hyde Park 51, Lady Flyers 50

Kensey Marshall scored 19 points and Chloe Shoemake scored 10 for St. Joseph in its district opener.

The Lady Flyers dropped to 16-10 on season.

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