The St. John-Hudson Tigers mauled the Kinsley Coyotes in a 71-18 victory.

It was another one of those easy wins as the St. John-Hudson Tigers defeated the Kinsley Coyotes 71-18 at Kinsley last Tuesday, as St. John’s senior guard Quincy Smith makes 26 points in St. John’s last game before Christmas break.

A little over three minutes in, the Tigers were leading the Coyotes 11-2, and 19-4 at the quarter. Most of St. John’s points were in transition, with Chase Fisher going in for two layups. Mason Osborne and Braden Witt both made one. Quincy Smith canned a nice, long jumper for three points, forcing the Coyotes to call a timeout. Then it was Halling’s height making two easy baskets. Witt made another basket and was 1/2 from the line.

On defense, several times Halling swatted anything close to the basket. St. John’s guards kept on trapping the Coyotes along the sidelines, causing a number of Kinsley turnovers, making it a long night for the Coyotes.

Fisher once again made the first basket starting the second. Osborne made one too, along with a 3-pointer. Smith made four straight fast break layups. Cashe McVey also made a basket, the Tigers lead at the half 37-5.

After the break, Smith just wouldn’t stop as he made his 26th point in the third, a 3-pointer, three baskets and a free throw.  Halling added three baskets, Fisher and Eddie Calleros each making a basket, and Witt going 2/2 from the line. The score going into the fourth, St. John 59 – Kinsley 11.

With a running clock in the fourth, Eddie Calleros and Collin Halling both made baskets. Trey Fisher made two baskets.

The Tigers defeat the Coyotes 71-18.

“It was good to see us make shots against Kinsley going 7-15 from three’s” said St. John’s head basketball coach Clint Kinnamon. “We’ve been shooting it pretty well all year in practices and it was good to see it carry over to the game. Chase (Fisher) is getting closer to being healthy as he is probably 80 percent now. Hopefully over break he can get back to 100 percent.”

Looking ahead in January, things are definitely changing when the Tigers take on the Ness City Eagles away, then the Ellinwood Eagles the following week at home. An Extremely competitive lineup of seven teams await the Tigers in the St. John Lions Club Mid-Winter Classic starting on the 16th