BINGHAMTON,NY–Marcus Carr is coming off of his biggest game of the season last night with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. He did it all for St. Michael’s College as they took their first game in the Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic over Buffalo’s Nichols School by a score of 76-54.
As a high school freshman, Marcus Carr had a career high of 47 points. In last night’s win he was simply on fire from all angles, going 10-12 from the field and 6-8 from three point land.
Nelson Kaputo opened it up for SMC and Carr took off from there. Kaputo also had himself an excellent night registering a double-double that included 16 points, 10 assists to go with his four rebounds and five steals.
Carr commented on the team’s willingness to get all their pieces involved.
“We play for each other, there’s no selfish egos, when one guy get’s hot we ride with him and keep feeding him the ball and try to get him good looks. Nelson was able to do that for me and Nik tonight.”
The team is executing like never before. Even the guys coming off the bench are trusted by the starters which has instilled in confidence all around.
The SMC Blue Raiders have won over American fans as well. In a conversation with some of the other coaches in this tournament they voiced their sentiments toward Canada’s team as well.
“I prefer that all my guys come in and watch St. Michael’s not only because we may run into them in this tournament but also to watch their chemistry and accountability.”
Coaches from the NCAA rallied in to watch this game. Binghamton, Albany and Canisius are all interested in Nelson Kaputo, but the front-runner up until now has been St. Bonaventure, who has a history of recruiting in Canada.
In the game against Nichols, three guys were in double digit scoring; Carr, Kaputo and Nikola Paradina who had 17 points.
You never know who it’s going to be, but on any given night this team is sure to have two, three and sometimes four players in double figure scoring.
All that being said, one of the youngest on the team, Carr is not satisfied.
“I want to be able to affect the game at a high level on both ends of the floor and bring intensity. This year Coach wants to be more of a leader when Nelson is getting rest and I’m the guard on the floor.”
Carr continued, “This year we really evolved as a team, we’re not just a three point shooting team like most people think from the scouting report. We’re not the same team in the sense that we don’t overlook opponents like we did at OFSAA last year with Notre Dame; that was our mistake.”
The Blue Raiders are expected back at OFSAA, but before any of that they have some business to take care of tonight against a gritty Bishop Loughlin from Brooklyn, New York, who is going to be a much tougher opponent and has a lot of speed to counter SMC’s style.
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