While the St. Edward boys basketball team has some depth this season, Adrian Ponce knows he needs to stay on the court.
The senior, one of only three seniors on the roster, missed several minutes of the second quarter and most of the third Monday because of foul trouble. The Green Wave got a big lift from Danny Favela in Ponce's absence in its 58-36 victory over Harvest Christian in the opening game of the 6th annual Westminster Christian Thanksgiving Classic.
"I learned my lesson today," Ponce said.
Ponce scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Green Wave (1-0) took a 15-7 lead after the opening 8 minutes. He scored just 2 points combined in the second and third quarters. He then scored 7 points in the fourth to finish with a game-high 19 points and 9 rebounds.
"We were pressing and we know he's going to get some fouls doing that," St. Edward coach P.J. White said. "When you come into the game and have three fouls you have to be smart. But I don't want to stop his aggressiveness."
Favela scored 10 of his 11 points and grabbed 5 of his 6 rebounds in the middle two quarters. Nick Duffy also chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Austin Murray grabbed 8 rebounds, all in the middle two quarters, to help St. Edward to a 41-36 rebounding advantage.
"We have a lot of depth this year inside," White said. "When Adrian does get into foul trouble we have some other guys who can come into the game."
The Lions (0-1) had trouble with the Green Wave's pressure. Harvest Christian turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter and 26 times total.
John Vislisel led the Lions with 17 points. The junior also had 7 rebounds. Noah Fox added 8 points. Stuart Wolffe had 5 points and 9 rebounds.
"First time with new coaches. First time running the offense. They got a little jittery," first-year Harvest Christian coach Jeff Boldog said. "We're working out the bugs. The one thing I was impressed is they played hard. They never quit."