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Manley trailed St. Joseph before the game even started. It only got worse from there.
St. Joseph sophomore guard Glynn Watson split two free throws after Manley was assessed a technical foul for not completing the proper paperwork on its starting lineup 10 minutes before the start of the game.
The Chargers scored the game’s opening 15 points and limited the Wildcats to just one first half basket as they thrashed Manley 70-21 in a first-round Proviso West Holiday tournament game Wednesday night in Hillside.
St. Joseph advances to meet Public League power Bogan in the second round Thursday night.
Jordan Ash scored a game-high 11 points. He threw down two monster dunks and Watson (eight points) scored at will as St. Joseph (7-4) led 19-2 after the first quarter and 38-4 at the break. Eight different Chargers played in the first half.
Loren Horton contributed nine points and A.J. Patty had eight points.
The lead stretched to 57-12 after three quarters.
Former Crane coach Anthony Longstreet took control of the Wildcats’ program just before the start of November preseason practice. He is the third coach in the last three years for the once-proud program that had previously reached a semifinal with former star Luther Head.
Against St. Joseph, Manley (3-7) had more turnovers (16) than shot attempts (12) in the first half. James Cotton’s basket was the Wildcats’ only field goal of the first half. Manley did not break double-figures until 3:37 remained in the third quarter.
St. Joseph shot 62 percent (16-for-26) in the first half as eight different players scored.
Marcelis Thomas and Demetrius Thomas scored five points apiece for the Wildcats.