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King, Booker miss St. V-M boys basketball games due to injuries

By Michael Beaven Published: December 16, 2013

St. Vincent-St. Mary sophomore basketball player V.J. King injured his left wrist this past Tuesday during a practice.

King played briefly in the first half Friday of St. V-M’s 72-59 loss to host Lakewood St. Edward on and then sat out Saturday’s 53-52 loss to visiting Cleveland Central Catholic. St. V-M is 1-2 this season.

“X-rays didn’t show anything,” St. V-M coach Dru Joyce II said. “He had a pretty bad sprain and it swelled up. . . . He is kind of day-to-day. It depends on how the swelling goes. Doctors want him to play with a brace. He tried to play with the brace but it is restrictive and kind of uncomfortable.”

King went up for a dunk and fell awkwardly after a teammate attempted to take a charge.

Irish senior Dante Booker Jr. also has not play yet due to tendonitis in his left knee.

“I am not sure when or if he will be back,” Joyce said. “There is a chance he will come back and play. I appreciate the football guys coming out. They don’t need basketball. He has that [U.S. Army All-American Bowl] All-Star game coming up right after Christmas [at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex. on Jan. 4]. His thoughts are more on that all-star game. He has jumper’s knee. He is working on stretching his hamstrings and quads.”

St. V-M will play three games in the 41st City of Palms Classic at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. The Irish open with nationally ranked Chicago Whitney Young Friday and then will play opponents to be determined Saturday and Monday.

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