Tonawanda News — The St. Joe's boys basketball team knows its identity and every time the Marauders step onto the court they don't try to be anything but themselves.
That philosophy helped coach Mark Simon's squad improve to 8-1 on Friday night in a 85-58 blowout victory over Cheektowaga in the championship game of the St. Joe's holiday tournament.
Simon said when the Marauders (8-1) get out in transition and look to score in the paint they're a tough team to beat.
"We were able to get some transition going," he said. "On offense we really attacked the basket instead of settling for jump shots. When we did that we were good and once in a while we'd get stubborn and somebody would want to shoot from three or 15 feet, but every time we put it on the floor and drove to the basket we got easy baskets."
Junior forward Justin Hollins earned tournament MVP honors after scoring a game-high 22 points against the Warriors. He also grabbed six rebounds and was especially effective on the offensive boards.
Simon was thrilled with Hollins' play and said when you combine his athletic ability and willingness to do the little things, only good things are bound to happen.
"He's such a tremendous athlete and tonight you could see what he can do on the boards," Simon said. "He's got great leaping ability and timing. Guys that want to run and get from end to end quickly are going to get baskets. He wants to do that."
Hollins was proud of the way his team competed and ran the floor for 32 minutes.
"We played good and we did good in transition and got a bunch of points," Hollins said. "I just go hard every play and try to get the ball into the lane and get two points. We got a good record."