WESTERN BUREAU:Omar Wedderburn said he told his St Elizabeth Technical players to have fun and enjoy last evening’s FLOW Super Cup quarter-final match against Bridgeport High, and they did just that.They completed a deserved 2-0 victory to seal their spot in the semi-finals of the competition.Alex Thompson first fired STETHS into the lead after 18 minutes, and then Demar James completed the scoring with a calm finish in the 78th.Bridgeport did, however, have a chance to cut into STETHS’ lead, but watched as goalkeeper Kenroy Wallace saved brilliantly from a Shakeen Powell penalty kick in the 80th minute.ENJOY THE GAME”I just told them to enjoy the game; it was a quarter-final matchup and we knew that once we enjoyed ourselves, it would be hard to deny us the win,” said a confident Wedderburn.But while STETHS had the lion’s share of ball possession, Bridgeport did have a few good looks at goal, most notably in the 20th minute when Dante Green beat the offside trap. His shot, however, went high over the crossbar to end the first half.STETHS dominated the second half. James struck the upright with a powerful shot on the 60th minute as the rural area kingpins looked to increase their lead.His strike partner, Javoney Brown, also produced a thunderous effort off the dribble 35 yards out, but could only pick out the crossbar.”As seen here tonight, we played like a STETHS team on a mission. On another day, perhaps, we would have scored more, but it is good enough to get us into the semis,” Wedderburn said.Bridgeport’s head coach Garnet Lawrence said his team played well although failing to score.”We played good football tonight. We showed that we are a good team, but sometimes good teams lose,” said Lawrence.
“Nobody was screening and nobody was passing,” Smith said. “We just dribbled it around and never got in our offense. When you do that, you have no chance of winning.” Russell Robinson added 12 points and C.J. Giles added 10 for Kansas, which won its sixth straight, broke Kentucky’s four-game winning streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in three tries this season. The Jayhawks led 41-19 at halftime behind 16 points from Rush, and were up by as many as 32 points in the second half. Kentucky missed 17 of its first 20 shots, going 0 for 7 from outside the arc over that span, and didn’t break into double digits until Joe Crawford connected from the lane with just over 6 minutes left in the first half. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Freshman Brandon Rush had career highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds, his first double-double for Kansas (9-4). “I’ve been real guilty of laying back, taking days off and not playing to the best of my abilities,” Rush said. “This was a big game for us, so I had to turn it on.” It was the lowest-scoring game for Kentucky (10-4) since a 46-45 loss to Michigan State on Dec. 16, 2000. The Wildcats’ only other loss of more than 20 points under Smith came earlier this season, a 79-53 defeat at Indiana on Dec. 10. The Wildcats were 15 for 62 from the field on Saturday, missing their first 13 shots from long range and not recording an assist until Rajan Rondo fed Moss for Kentucky’s first 3-pointer with 14:20 left in the game. They finished with five assists, three by Rondo. This time, the Wildcats left town on the short end of the biggest defeat in Tubby Smith’s nine seasons as coach – a 73-46 loss in which they shot just 24 percent from the field and didn’t have an assist until the second half. “We just got outworked today,” guard Ravi Moss said. “We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and see if we have any heart. They beat us to loose balls. They were tougher than we were today.” LAWRENCE, Kan. – It might be another 16 seasons before Kentucky comes back to Allen Fieldhouse. Before Saturday, the Wildcats hadn’t visited Lawrence since getting blown out 150-95 on Dec. 9, 1989 – still a school scoring record for the Jayhawks and the second-worst loss in Kentucky’s history.