Glen Davis was back in action Wednesday night and that — and a clutch play by Junior Cadougan in the waning seconds — proved just enough to give the St. John’s Edge a 101-97 victory over the K-W Titans in National Basketball League of Canada play at Mile One Centre.
Davis, who hadn’t played in the Edge’s 123-109 loss to the Titans at Mile One Tuesday, had a game-high 33 points in Wednesday’s rematch, rounding out a double-double with 14 rebounds, also more than any other player on the night.
But even with the big man in the St. John’s lineup, this one was a nailbiter.
In the game’s final minute, Cadougan missed a jump shot and the Titans took the ball the other way, getting a Derek Hall layup, making the score a nervous — for the home side at least — 98-97 in St. John’s favour.
K-W then fouled Cadougan, who missed one of two resulting free throw shots. With 24 seconds left, andnow trailing by two poins, that provided K-W the opportunity to tie or win the win game in the final possession.
But Cadougan came up with a big steal and after the turnover, when the Titans fouled him again, the Canadian point guard made both tosses from the charity line, sealing the deal with three seconds left.
Cadougan had 18 points, Dez Lee (12 points, 11 rebounds) joined Davis in the double-double club, and Olu Ashaolu also registered a dozen points for St. John’s (20-16), which maintained at least a share of first place in the NBLC’s Central Division and is just one win (or one Titans loss) away from clinching a playoff spot.
Ed Horton (26 points) and Akeem Ellis (18 points, 10 rebounds) topped the Kitchener, Ont.-based Titan (16-20).
The Edge, who played with Canadian forward Murphy Burnatowski Wednesday, enter the second half of their regular season-ending, eight-game homestand, when they host the Saint John Riptide Friday night and Sunday afternoon at Mile One.