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St. Catharine College coach J.T. Burton has coached four games at the collegiate level. And the first year mentor of the Patriots is still looking for that initial win.
But it hasn’t been for lack of effort by the Patriots but instead a tough early schedule that has Burton’s team looking for win number one. After falling to Lambuth, a perennial NAIA power (see last week’s Sun), the Patriots dropped a 78-67 decision to an equally tough Cumberland University (Tenn.) team at home Tuesday. Then last weekend the Patriots fell 79-59 against Martin Methodist and 79-68 at Bethel.
“Martin Methodist is 20th in the nation and I can see why,” said Burton of the game that was played at Bethel University. “Against Bethel we are down just three points with two minutes to go but then they make a three and never looked back.”
The schedule will ease very little next week for Burton’s bunch. Monday they have a rematch against Lambuth in Jackson, Tenn. and Wednesday they travel to Alice Lloyd College. Saturday the Patriots visit Berea. They will not be back at home until Dec. 19 when they host Alice Lloyd.
“This will test your patience, but we will be alright,” added Burton. “We just have to play better defense. We are allowing about 80 points a game, which won’t win many for you. And we are averaging just six assists a game to 16 turnovers, which is not good. But we get some players eligible after the first semester which will help a lot.”
Through the first four games Victor Garcia is leading the team in scoring at 21 points a game. Arthur Latham is averaging 14 points a contest and Brian Jonson has an 11-point-per-game average.