AURORA | The first game out of winter break often makes basketball coaches cringe, but Regis Jesuit’s Ken Shaw was pleased with what he saw from his team Friday night against visiting Grandview.
A two-point game through two quarters turned one-sided in the second half, as the Raiders ran the floor at will on their way to a 72-50 non-league victory over the Wolves in front of a full house at Regis Jesuit High School.
Junior Josh Perkins led the way for Regis Jesuit with 18 points, while senior Eric Stemper added 13 and junior Devin Kadillak 12 as the Raiders improved to 7-3 overall and avenged an eight-point loss at Grandview last season.
Grandview (6-3) played for the first time since a 3-1 performance at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic in San Luis Obispo, Calif., prior to winter break.
Coach Gary Childress’ Wolves were paced by a game-high 20 points from junior Akram Imam, while senior Branden Cosby-Lee added eight and junior Devon Brown 7.
Leading scorer Eric Garcia, who came in with an average of 18.8 points per game, picked up two fouls in the first 2:30 of the opening quarter and sat for much of the half.
The Wofford University commitment made his first field goal midway through the third quarter and finished with six points.
For the first two quarters, it looked like the inside efforts of Imam and Cosby-Lee would put Grandview in good position, as the duo combined for 11 points in the first quarter and 19 in the half.
The Wolves geared their defense to try to contain Perkins — who came in as the second-leading scorer in Class 5A at 26.1 points per game — so the other Raiders needed to get going in the game.
Kadillak did just that in the second period, as he scored eight of Regis Jesuit’s 15 points in the quarter. Trailing 25-20, Kadillak made a 3-pointer followed by a bank shot and a lay-in for a 27-25 lead at the break.
Stemper took it from there, opening the third quarter with back-to-back buckets and later hitting consecutive 3-pointers as the lead grew to double figures.
The Raiders outscored Grandview 24-12 in the third period as Stemper finished with 12 in the quarter. He also tapped the ball ahead to Perkins for a monster breakaway dunk later in the period that brought the crowd out of its seats.
Regis Jesuit pulled away in the fourth quarter with a variety of transition baskets, including back-to-back lay-ins by Zach Smith that pushed the margin as high as 22 points.
Shaw enjoyed his team’s performance, but spent most of it sitting down after he was whistled for a rare technical foul in the first half after a charging call on Perkins. The reserved Shaw said it was just his third technical he’d been given in 38 years.
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REGIS JESUIT 72, GRANDVIEW 50
Score by quarters:
Grandview 17 8 12 15 — 50
Regis Jesuit 12 15 24 21 — 72
Eric Garcia 2 1-1 6, Tanner Gentry 2 0-0 4, Devon Brown 2 3-4 7, Branden Cosby-Lee 4 0-4 8, Akram Imam 8 4-6 20, Aaron Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Blake Weeks 0 1-4 1, Jameson Cusworth 1 0-0 3, Jarred Burr 0 1-2 1, JR Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 10-21 50.
REGIS JESUIT (72)
Josh Perkins 5 7-8 18, Eric Stemper 4 3-4 13, Bryan Staerkel 0 0-0 0, Devin Kadillak 5 1-1 12, Kip Boryla 3 0-0 6, Elijah Sanford 3 2-2 8, Zach Smith 4 0-2 10, Vaughn Samson 0 0-0 0, Cam Beards 1 0-0 2, George Kyriazi 0 0-1 0, Tim Przybyslawski 1 0-0 3, Taylor Kallsen 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 13-18 72.
3-point field goals — Grandview (2): Jameson Cusworth, Eric Garcia; Regis Jesuit (7): Eric Stemper 2, Zach Smith 2, Devin Kadillak, Josh Perkins, Tim Przybyslawski. Total fouls — Grandview 19, Regis Jesuit 17. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — Grandview: Aaron Montgomery; Regis Jesuit: Perkins, Coach Ken Shaw.