Ager-Lamar’s addition energizes Cadets

St. Joseph's Arkel Ager-Lamar, right, dribbles around a defender in a 79-66 win over Harding on Friday. (Photo by Christian Abraham)

St. Joseph’s Arkel Ager-Lamar, right, dribbles around a defender in a 79-66 win over Harding on Friday. (Photo by Christian Abraham)

With a blue-chip prospect in the fold, St. Joseph is suddenly back in the mix. Arkel Ager-Lamar’s 26 points paced St. Joseph to its second straight win on Friday, 79-66, over Harding.

The transfer from Shaker Heights, Ohio, notched 14 points in his debut on Thursday, a 76-70 overtime win over Danbury, to help the Cadets end a five-game skid.

With only five practices under his belt at St. Joseph, the junior swingman said he’s still trying to find his rhythm.

“I haven’t really played basketball in a while,” Ager-Lamar said. “I’m just trying to get back active, get back with it, just do what I’ve got to do to help my team.”

St. Joseph coach Chris Watts added: “He hadn’t been able to practice with us, so the cardio’s not there. But he’s getting better. In practices he’s getting better. Tonight I think he played a little bit better.

“The good thing is, his ceiling is so high.”

Along with giving the Cadets (4-6) a game-changer on both ends of the floor, Ager-Lamar has allowed them to better balance their lineup.

“That kid puts everybody back in their natural position,” Harding coach Charles Clemons said. “He’s a hell of a player.”

St. Joseph forward Erick Langston said that Ager-Lamar’s given the team an emotional lift as well.

“He gets us going,” he said.

Despite leading 52-51 early in the fourth quarter, the Presidents (7-4) saw the game turn on an 11-0 St. Joseph run. Clemons wasn’t pleased with his team’s intensity.

“You’ve got to find a chip on your shoulder,” he said. “If you don’t have a chip on your shoulder, you’ve got to make a chip. Basketball, you’ve got to take it personal. We didn’t take it personal tonight. Until you take things personal, you’re not going to be where you want to be.”

2 Responses

  1. Curious? says:

    Why was this young man allowed to play with a different colored under shirt than the uniform top? Are the rules different for transfers or is this “turning a blind eye” left over from days gone by?

  2. Toys R Us says:

    Congratulations to the St. Joes’ recruiting staff. But they will never beat Trinity in that department (Bronx and Africa – Chuckwu), Greenwich for the two 21 year old’s from Mozambique, and now Prep (Chuckwu with a brief stop at Trinity). Which school’s scholarship fund paid Chucwu’s air fare?

    Seriously….it is time for the Catholic Schools to have their own tournament at years end.