St. John senior basketball boys pose for the camera just before the start of the regular season.
The #1 ranked St. John-Hudson Tigers ran their winning streak to nine as they defeated the Ellinwood Eagles 73-24 last night at St. John. Considering the Tigers win was so lop-sided, it “almost” seemed unfair that the Tigers had so much fire power at their disposal playing against the Eagles.
First there was St. John's junior post Dean Wade who is just a few millimeters shy of being 6'9”. Then there was Kade Kinnamon, his brother Cole Kinnamon, Gera Calleros and Zuriel Reyes who swished the net from long range and/or burned the Eagles going inside and also scoring on the fast break.
Starting out it was a little surprising that the Tigers were playing a zone, or at least for several minutes. Then after an Ellinwood time-out at 3:33, the Tigers went to a man-to-man.
Not only did Wade make two baskets underneath (one a 3-pointer the old fashioned way) and another free throw, freshmen guard Cole Kinnamon and junior guard Gera Calleros each canned a 3-pointer. Cole also had a basket and a free throw. Reyes made two layups, the Tigers leading after one quarter 19-9.
The Tigers scored 20 points and held the Eagles to three points in the second quarter. Gera Calleros continued having the hot hand making his 2nd and 3rd 3-pointers along with a basket. Kade Kinnamon canned a long 3-pointer and made a basket. Reyes had three points – a basket and free throw. Sophomore Jacob Milton made a basket and went 2-2 from the free throw line.
At the 5:30 mark, St. John's head coach Clint Kinnamon sent in his second string, then at 2:31 the starters went back in.
At the half the Tigers were leading 39-12.
The second half started out with Cole Kinnamon throwing the alley-oop to Wade who stuffed it to the Tiger fan's delight. Wade also made three more baskets(one, another dunk). Kade Kinnamon had two baskets while his brother Cole Kinnamon had a basket and free throw. 6'3” senior forward Trey Nelson, Reyes , 6'3” senior forward Jesus Alvarez and Gera Calleros each made a basket.
Coach Kinnamon sent in his second string in twice during the quarter.
Going into the fourth quarter had the Tigers leading 62-19.
With a running clock, St. John started out the fourth quarter with Kade Kinnamon making his second 3-pointer for the evening. With mostly the second string in, Milton and Jorge Calleros each made a basket.
At the 5:25 mark Kinnamon sent in his third string with St. John's Nathan Ward and Sammy Ramirez each making a basket.
St. John won the game 73-24.
Kade Kinnamon was named the Maxpreps “player of the game”. He was 5-8 from the floor, 2-4 from the three. He also head seven assists, seven steals and four rebounds in 16:30 minutes of playing time.
Scoring for St. John: Wade 14, Gera Calleros 13, Kade Kinnamon 12, Cole Kinnamon 9, Reyes 9, Milton 6, Alvarez 2, Nelson 2, Ward 2, Jorge Calleros 2, Ramirez 2.
Free throws made: 7/9 for 78 percent – Milton 2/2, Cole Kinnamon 2/2, Wade 2/3, Reyes 1/2.
Three point goals made: 6 (Gera Calleros 3, Kade Kinnamon 2, Cole Kinnamon 1.
Turnovers: St. John 9 – Ellinwood 23.
Rebounds: St. John 38 – Ellinwood 17.
Steals: St. John 19 – Ellinwood 4.
Assists: St. John 20, Ellinwood 7.
The Tigers made 67 percent of their 2-point shots while holding Ellinwood to 12 percent.