The St. John-Hudson Tigers finished their regular seasons with wins over the Cimarron Bluejays 61-42 and over the Otis-Bison Cougars 71-32.
The St. John-Hudson Tigers finished their regular season play by defeating the Cimarron Bluejays last Thursday 61-42. Then, earlier on Tuesday, the Tigers got their second win against the Otis-Bison Cougars 71-32.
Against Cimarron, the game was very close as the Bluejays were ahead 13-14. Scoring for the Tigers were St. John’s Chase Fisher with ten points, first making two baskets, a free throw, another basket and a long buzzer beater. Tanner Halling went 2/2 from the line, and Eddie Carlleros made a basket.
Mason Osborne made a basket, Fisher kept on scoring with four baskets. Halling made two baskets underneath, Quincy Smith nailed a 3-pointer and a basket, the score at the half with the Tigers head 32-30.
Nothing was easy butting heads with the Bluejays, that is nothing until their 6’7” senior was whistled with his fourth foul and had to go to the bench midway through.
Scoring for the Tigers were Halling making a basket and a free throw, Braden Witt, Osborne and Fisher (an alley oop), each made a basket, the score going into the fourth with the Tigers leading 44-39.
When their big man fouled out early in the fourth, that created problems for the Bluebirds. St. John’s layups had a field day, out-scoring the Bluebirds 17-3. The Tigers get the win 61-42.
Scoring for the Tigers had Calleros making two baskets, Halling an old fashion three and a basket, Osborne a basket and free throw, Fisher a basket, and Smith a basket a free throw.
Earlier on Tuesday against Otis-Bison, the Tigers led 35-10 / 52-19 / 71-26 / and 77-33.
"Cimarron shot the ball incredibly well in the first half, hitting several contested jump shots” said St. John’s head coach Clint Kinnamon. “That kept it tight through about 2 1/2 quarters. It wasn't that our defense was really bad, although we missed a couple contests, they just made some shots. They were 13-19 from the field the first half. The second half we didn't allow any open looks and we were able to make them go 5-22 the second half."
Kinnamon continued saying "Against Cimarron our offense was pretty solid. We got really good shots and Chase had a nice attacking game. They're really big inside with Pickle being 6'7" 280 he can change the game a little on defense."
"It was good to have an athletic team as our last opponent going into post season"
"We did an excellent job of pressuring Otis-Bison on Tuesday and turning them over. Several of those were the first half and led to live ball turnovers and scores. We kept our focus and our energy level remained high throughout. It was a good win."
Coming up in the Division I in Sub-State at Norwich, the Tigers received a bye. They will play Burrton at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. Burrton earlier defeated Fairfield 73-37.