BLOOMINGTON -- When two teams take the floor with a combined 27-6 record, you might expect a memorable night in the making.
The St. Edward boys basketball team would prefer to forget Saturday night's proceedings altogether.
The Green Wave missed its first seven shots and saw Bloomington Central Catholic score the game's first 11 points on the way to an 84-48 drubbing in the final game of the sixth annual Boys Catholic Shootout.
Playing short-handed, St. Edward (15-4) suffered consecutive losses this weekend. The Green Wave was missing starting guard DaVontae Elam, an all-state running back who was on a football recruiting trip to Northern Michigan. Key reserve Gino Domel was out with chickenpox.
The Saints (13-3) raced to a 19-4 lead and had a step on the Green Wave all night.
"They just played at a different speed than we did," St. Edward coach P.J. White said. "I don't think we anticipated being out-hustled like that at every position and almost every possession."
Saints senior guard Nick Norton, who had committed to Creighton as a junior but has since begun the recruiting process over, dominated the first half. He had 5 of his 7 steals in the second quarter as Central Catholic mounted a 46-21 halftime lead. Norton finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds before leaving the game late in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
"That's why we're playing teams like this so we can make our program better," White said. "It takes a game like this to realize how fast you have to play to be a state-caliber team."
St. Edward shot just 28 percent from the field (15 of 54) and committed 16 turnovers, including 10 in the first half.
"I don't think we took a lot of bad shots, we just didn't make any," White said.
Senior guard John Butzow warmed up after halftime, scoring 11 points in the third quarter to lead the Green Wave with 20, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Junior Nick Duffy added 10 points and a team-high 6 rebounds.
"We're a much better shooting team than we showed tonight," Butzow said. "We expected to play a little better than we did tonight. We're 15-4 now; we know we're still a good team."
The Saints outrebounded St. Edward 41-20 and had five players in double figures, led by Jake Rinehart's 24 points and 10 boards.
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