After some rough sailing start to their 2019-20 National Basketball League of Canada season, the St. John’s Edge are back on an even keel.
Jesse Jones delivered 18 points off the bench as one of a half-dozen Edge players to score in double figures as St. John’s defeated the KW Titans 100-86 Wednesday night at Mile One Centre.
What was a fourth consecutive victory for the Edge — and their second in as many nights over Titans — brings them to a .500 record; the team had lost its first four games as part of a season-opening road trip, but closed out the trek with wins in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Halifax before returning to St. John’s for this week’s home-opening contests.
Before an announced crowd of 2,240, Karrington Ward had 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Edge, while Cane Broome, Tyrone Watson and Ryan Richardson each contributed a dozen points towards the winning cause. Junior Cadougan added 10 points, eight rebounds and a game-high six assists for St. John’s, which outscored the visitors in every quarter.
For a second straight night, former Edge guard Jaren Nickens, now with KW (1-5), led all scorers in the game with 27 points. But overall, the Titans were let down by their shooting accuracy.
The visitors hit just 35.7 per cent of their shots from the field, which was actually less than the 36 per cent St. John’s registered on its three-points shots. What’s more, the Edge outrebounded the visitors 48-37.
The two matchups against KW kicked off what will be an eight-game homestand for St. John’s, but what has to be seen as a quirky schedule means the Edge won’t play again for nearly two weeks; they resume their campaign on Jan. 21, when they host the Sudbury Five at Mile One.