Anthony and Williams combine for 37 points.
By Carlos Ferrand
Both the St. Philip’s Tigers and the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals started their contest with similar strategies Wednesday in the health and fitness center at St. Philip’s.
The strategy was to score far beyond the arch and get ahead early. When the strategy broke down for both sides, it was the Tigers who changed to attacking the post and secured a 74-64 victory.
In the first half, neither team stood out as the dominant squad. The Cardinals maintained a lead through most of the first half but never led by more than 8 points.
When Incarnate Word sank a big basket, St. Philip’s would answer with a big basket of their own. At the half, the score remained close with the Cardinals holding a slight edge 38-35.
Criminal justice sophomore Mark Anthony played a major role in the Tigers close, scoring 10-points in the first half.
Anthony finished with 21 points.
In the second half, the Tigers came out more aggressive and increased the tempo of the game.
Instead of taking low percentage shots from outside, St. Philip’s started charging into the paint.
Criminal justice sophomore J.J. Williams drove through defenders again and again during the second half. Williams scored 10 points in the second half with four points coming from the free throw line.
Williams finished with 16 points.
With less than 11 minutes left in the game, the Tigers finished the Cardinals by applying pressure and forcing turnovers and bad shots.
“We tried to put a little more pressure on them,” St. Philip’s coach Jimmy Alcala said. “We started making them force the ball.”
St. Philip’s took the lead with an 8-0 run and never looked back.
“Our game is uptempo and putting pressure on the ball,” Alcala said. “In the end, it was the pressure and turnovers that helped us takeover the second half and win the game.”
St. Philip’s improved its standing to 5-3 for the season.
The Tigers will take on the Palo Alto College Palominos at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the wellness gym at Palo Alto.