The St. John-Hudson Tigers outscored Centralia 81 to 48 to capture third in state basketball.

The St. John-Hudson Tigers showed the large crowd at Fort Hays State University’s Gross Coliseum that the St. John Tigers were for real, as they defeated the Centralia Panthers 81-48, for third place in the Kansas State 1A High School Basketball Finals last Saturday.

Going up against the #1 seeded South Gray Rebels in the second round last Friday was one of the better games the Tigers have had, but that just wasn’t enough as the Tigers fall to the Rebels 37-43.

In the first round on Wednesday, the Tigers defeated the Southern Coffey County Titans 49-35. (Southern Coffey was a team that upset the second seeded, 21-2 Osborne Bulldogs in overtime 74-73 in the first round. Barely lost in overtime to second place Hanover 73-74.)

Playing against Centralia, St. John’s Chase Fisher stared things out with a basket and later nailed a 3-pointer. Quincy Smith led all scorers with eight points, two baskets, one an old fashion three and three free throws. Eddy Calleros and Eddy Ibarra each made a basket and Mason Osborne made a free throw, the score after one, the Tigers leading Centralia 18-4.

The Panthers finally started added points, but so did the Tigers. St. John leads at the half 36-15. Tanner Halling made two baskets, Osborne a free throw, Calleros and Fisher nailed 3-pointers. Fisher also made a basket.

Going into the third, Halling made a basket, Fisher nailed his second 3-pointer, made two baskets and went 2-2 from the line. Osborne and Witt both made two free throws. Witt and Calleros both made baskets, the Tigers going into the fourth leading 55-30

Fisher made another basket and went 2/2 from the line. He also nailed his third 3-pointer, going 3/3 for the day. Hollings made two free throws and two baskets. Calleros made a basket, Osborne made two free throws, and Ibarra made a basket and free throw. T.J. Miller made a basket, Cashe McVey made two free throws, and Persie Guo made a basket. The Tigers walk away with an 81-48 win and the 2018 Kansas High School Third Place State Plague.

High point scorers were Fisher with 25 points, and Smith with 14. Other scorers were Halling 6, Osborne 5, Witt 2, T.J. Miller 2 and Persie Guo 2.

Against South Gray, Fisher made two free throws, Smith three baskets, the score 10-7 after one. The Tigers fell behind 17-22 at the half, almost tied things up in the third 28-30, and lost a hard fought battle against the Rebels, 37-43.

Scoring for the Tigers: Fisher with 15 points Halling 8, Smith 6, Osborne 5, Calleros 2, and Witt 1.

In the Tigers 49-35 win over Southern Coffey County, the score was tied 10-10 after one, 26-16 at the half, 34-30 after three, the Tigers burn the Titans in the fourth 49-35.

“We competed really hard and defended very well against South Gray” said St. John’s head coach Cline Kinnamon. “Chase and Tanner did a solid job on Gilbert Peters. He is so big and athletic inside, but also has the ability to step out and shoot it. He's a tough cover. Mason, Quincy and Eddy defended Clifton Miller great. He was their leading scorer and they limited him to 1 FG for the game."

"Chase hit some mid-range jumpers. Problem was we struggled from 3 and with Peters inside it made it tough to get shots at the rim. The guys did their best and we took a lot of pride in how we played. The semis was more or less the Championship game and we just came up a little short."

Against Centralia: "The guys are all tremendous competitors. I knew that they would bring the energy and effort it takes to win a game after a disappointing loss. That says something about their make up. We played loose and free. We shot the best we have from both the three point line and the FT line. All but two guys scored and those two had some pretty good chances. It was a fun way for our seniors to go out. Eddy Ibarra, Quincy Smith, Braden Witt and Chase Fisher have left their mark here at St. John. Alexis Moss has been a manager since she was a freshman. She has done a spectacular job for four years. Roger Ramirez came out as a player, having not played since JH. He was fun to have around. All of them will be successful."

"Our community support was amazing. Thanks to all who donated money, took pictures, wrote newspaper articles, played in the pep band, drove a bus, cheered as cheerleaders, came as fans, helped with scouting and everything else. What an awesome support system we have here in St. John. Thanks a bunch!"