PCA blows past Cathedral in season opener
The Palmetto Christian Academy Eagles jumpstarted their season with a 52-38 opening-night win over the Cathedral Academy Generals Friday in Charleston.
PCA (1-0) entered the game without all-state point guard J.T. Waters and lost all-state shooting guard Joseph Siegwald to injury five seconds in. Down both stars, the Eagles still powered to a 14-point lead in the opening quarter with a 16-2 run built off of nine first-quarter points from Will Tuchfarber.
The Eagles defense forced the Generals into tough shot attempts most of the night, limiting them to 7 percent shooting in the first quarter and just 18 percent for the game.
Tuchfarber led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting and added seven rebounds. Filing in for Siegwald, in his first varsity start, Chris DeMarco pulled down 17 rebounds -- 11 in the first half -- and turned in eight points and three steals.
“It was a little bit of a grind at times but I was proud of the way they came to play, especially in the first quarter,” PCA head coach Brian Stanley said. “We got a little tired as the game went on and maybe lost a little bit of intensity and focus jumping out to the big lead.”
Cathedral (0-1) trimmed the lead down to eight midway though the second quarter and stayed within 10 through the third while PCA struggled through its own 17-percent shooting slump. Christian Rogers scored nine in the second quarter as part of an 18-point Cathedral team high.
PCA regained its stroke in the fourth quarter, opening with a 15-4 run through the first five minutes to build a 21-point lead. Sam Iriart scored seven of his 12 points in the fourth and added seven rebounds on the night.
“We really tried to challenge ourselves in the fourth quarter to cherish every possession,” Stanley said. “We started to finish stronger, got back in the flow and got back our focus.
“Overall, I was pleased. We got up above 20. We were able to get everybody in. We have a long ways to go but mission accomplished for tonight.”
PCA returns to the court Dec. 3 on the road against Pinewood Prep in Summerville at 7:30 p.m.
Lady Eagles roll
The PCA Lady Eagles had little trouble coasting to a 43-12 win in the night’s opening game.
PCA (1-0) held Cathedral (0-1) to just 2-of-19 shooting while building a 29-4 lead through the first half.
Corey Caulder led all scorers with 13 points, Lizzie Wilson added seven and Annie Pascutti six. Nine different Lady Eagles turned in at least two points.
Cathedral never came within 20 points of PCA in the second half.
The Lady Eagles will face Pinewood at 6:00 p.m. Dec. 3.