The St. John’s Edge got off on the right foot of a five-game road trip Monday night, scoring a 100-105 win over the Cape Breton Highlanders in Sydney, N.S.
Glen Davis led the winners with 26 points and Junior Cadougan scored 20. Dez Lee had 18 and Carl English netted 16 and pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Edge led 45-43 at halftime, and didn’t trail throughout the second half. The Highlanders, however, were within a point with 30 seconds to go, however the Edge pulled away, thanks in part to clutch free throw shooting by Carougan and Lee.
Newcomer Olu Ashaolu picked in 11 points in 10 minutes of work.
Ashaolu, from Toronto, played three years at Louisiana Tech University, then transferred to the University of Oregon for his senior season.
After turning pro, Ashaolu played in Spain, Japan and, most recently, the Philippines.
He has nine years of experience with the Canadian national team program, primarily with the junior national team.
The Edge made another move Monday, their third transaction in four days, signing former Moncton Magic player Isaiah Tate. A product of the NCAA’s George Mason University, Tate appeared in 20 games with the Magic, avering 10.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
He was released by the Magic last week.
Meantime, don’t expect to see Russell Byrd in an Edge uniform any time soon. Byrd, whose rights were acquired by the Edge last Friday for Maurice Jones, is now playing in Qatar.
Jones, in the meantime, has returned home to Saginaw, Mich.
The Edge improve to 14-8, and are in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Thursday to play the Island Storm.
The Edge won’t be home a lot this month as nine of their 11 games will be played away from Mile One Centre.