The St. John-Hudson Tigers earned an important CPL victory beating Ness City on their home court and leading the entire game for a 50-46 victory.
Waiting in anticipation, the St. John-Hudson Tigers were finally up to full strength and ready to go up against the Ness City Eagles on Ness’s home court last Friday night. No matter that the large Ness City crowd roughly outnumbered the Tiger fans 4/1, the St. John fans and cheerleaders did their part as the Tigers led in all four quarters and came home with a very important CPL win 50-46.
While St. John’s Quincy Smith made the first basket going through a small opening in Ness’s defense (he also made a free throw later on), Chase Fisher led the way going 2/2 on free throws and made a three pointer the old fashioned way, in all scoring five points. St. John’s 6’7” sophomore Tanner Halling had company going up against the Eagles 6’7” senior, but still made two baskets. Braden Witt made a layup.
The end of one had the Tigers leading 14-8.
The Tigers started pulling away in the second as they led 27-18 at the half.
Witt made the first basket, followed by Fisher making a 3-pointer from the left side of the key, then he made another basket. The score at 3:35 had the Tigers leading 21- 11. Both teams traded points as Smith made two baskets (one, an almost impossible layup), and Halling made a basket.
Neither team did much scoring in the third. With almost two minutes in, the Tigers were scoreless, the score 27-20. St. John’s big men made all of the Tigers points.
Halling made two baskets, and Fisher made a free throw and a basket, the score going into the fourth with the Tigers leading 34-29.
The scores in the fourth were (7:33) 34-31, (3:51) 43-36, (1:04) 46-38, (35.5 sec.) 48-43, (23.6 sec.) 48- 46, (2.6 sec.) 49-46, the Tigers defeat Ness 50-46.
High scorer in the forth - Halling scored nine points, one basket, an old fashioned three and five free throws.
“It was our best defensive game this season” said coach Kinnamon. “Our team and on-ball defense was awfully good. Quincy did an excellent job on Pfannenstiel, holding him to 3-15 shooting. He came in averaging 22. Eddy, Braden and Mason did a nice job with their on ball and help against Ness City's length inside.
“It was nice to have Chase back close to 100 percent. He didn't play his best, but having him on the floor and scoring 16 makes a difference. Tanner had a great rebounding game, grabbing 18 boards. He also scored it well going 6-10 from the field. Eddy was second in rebounding for us and played well. Mason and Q both handled and attacked the rim pretty well. I liked the aggressiveness that Braden had. When he plays that way, it makes it so much harder for teams to guard us. The only negative was our free throw shooting. We could have really put it away early, but missed too many at the line. We will keep working on everything and trying to get better every day,” Kinnamon said.