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Charleston posts 20th victory

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

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Joshua Strayhorn
CHARLESTON - The Charleston Bluejays got back on the winning track Tuesday night with an 84-62 win over the depleted Cape Central Tigers. The win was the 20th of the season for Charleston. They have lost only twice.

It was the final home game for the Bluejay seniors and they made the most of the occasion.

The three senior starters combined for 44 of the 84 points the Bluejays scored in the contest.

Joshua Strayhorn garnered 19 points to lead the 'Jays in scoring. Teammates Marcus Biles and Trentez Lane added 15 and 10, respectively.

In the opening frame Strayhorn got the Bluejays off to a fast start with a 3-pointer and a two-point bucket and Charleston grabbed a lead that they did not relinquish for the remainder of the contest.

Tigers Ryan Delph and Tyrone Reece put up some resistance in the early going and cut the Blujay lead to 13-11 late in the quarter, but Ashton Farmer got a bucket just before the buzzer sounded to increase the lead to 19-13 to end the quarter.

A 14-2 Charleston run to open the second quarter gave the Bluejays a commanding lead. The Bluejays led by as much as 20 before half.

Jake Knepp, who was the Tigers' leading scorer with 19 points, enjoyed a good effort with 10 of his points in the period, to keep the score respectable, but Biles and Strayhorn were not to be denied, and Charleston led by a 44-28 score at the half.

Charleston's Ashton Farmer opened the scoring in the third quarter with a resounding slam dunk at the seven minute mark of the period.

With back-to-back dunks three and a half minutes later, Farmer put his team up by a 57-32 count.

Cape's Delph answered with two consecutive slams to end the period and the Tigers trailed by a 64-43 score going into the final eight minutes.

The two teams played evenly in the final quarter with Charleston collecting 20 while Cape got 19.

Delph joined Knepp in double figures 18 points to lead Central.

"It was not our best game, but it was a better game than last time. We were fired up and ready to play," said Charleston coach Danny Farmer. "It was seniors' night and I felt they were ready to play tonight."

Charleston won the jayvee tilt by a 51-37 score.

The Bluejays will travel to Poplar Bluff Friday night to take on the Mules.