College Sports

New-look Southwestern Illinois College routs Missouri Baptist JV

The Southwestern Illinois College guard trio of Edwards, Edwards and McMurray may sound like a law firm. But on Tuesday, Darrius Edwards, Trey Edwards and De’Antae McMurray played the roles of judge, jury and executioner to perfection.

Making their college debuts, Trey Edwards and Darrius Edwards combined for 30 points in the first half as a swarming Blue Storm rolled out to a 73-24 lead and went on for a season-opening 134-70 win over the Missouri Baptist University junior-varsity.

A first-team all state selection a year ago in Kentucky, Trey Edwards sliced and diced his way through an over-matched Missouri Baptist defense for 19 first half points — including three straight dunks.

The dunks, which came on three straight possessions were part of a 24-2 scoring spurt as SWIC broke the game open.

Edwards finished the game with 21 points, tying former Kankakee High School standout Joseph Jones for team scoring honors with 21 points each. Sophomore Quan Poindexter added 14 points and Darrius Edwards chipped in with 13 points for SWIC.

“The Edwards kids are both very good players and I also thought De’Antae (McMurray) played very well considering how much time he has missed. It was good for him to play and shake off some of the rust,’’ Blue Storm coach Jay Harrington said. “Overall , I thought we played well for an opener.

“Quan (Poindexter) really did some good things out there and I thought it was important that we got La’Royce (Eason) involved tonight.’’

A de’pressing’ night for Missouri Baptist

With the Edwards’ duo, Poindexter and McMurray creating havoc with their quickness, the new-look full-court pressure defense of SWIC forced 39 turnovers — including 24 in the second half as the Missouri Baptist guards eventually wore down against the nonstop harassment they faced for 40 minutes.

“That’s the way we’re going to play this year. We’re going to cone at teams for 40 minutes and with our depth at the guard spots, I think we’re going to be able to cause some problems for some teams,’’ Harrington said. “We’ve still got some work to do and we’ll get tested in the next couple of games by bigger and quicker teams. But tonight was a good start.’’

Missing pieces

The Blue Storm’s effort was even more impressive when considering that four key players did not play on Tuesday. Justin Diecker and Kyle Lemons are currently injured while sophomores Bo Burkhart and Chris Galbreath were serving a one game suspension for violating team rules.

JJ shines

With perhaps its best two perimeter shooters — Burkhart and Lemons — unavailable on Tuesday, SWIC got a huge contribution from freshman Joseph Jones, who had seven 3-point baskets — six coming in the second half.

“We knew that Joseph could shoot and we’ve got other good shooters as well,’’ Harrington said. “But you never have enough shooters. He (Jones) will really help us.’’

Next up

SWIC will host Planet Athletes Prep School from Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.

Dean Criddle: 618-239-2661, @CriddleDean