Tigers get a 69-36 victory over Norwich but fall to Central Plains Oilers in a 32-43 loss.
It wasn’t a good night for the St. John-Hudson Tigers as they went down to defeat against the Central Plains Oilers 32-43 last Friday night at Claflin.
The Tigers fell behind quickly starting out 11-17 in the first, part of that from a last second shot by the Oilers. St. John senior Quincy Smith was the man as he first made two baskets and then canned a 3-pointer. Tanner Halling made the first basket and Chase Fisher made the second.
Both teams played about even in the second as the Tigers scored nine to the Oilers ten. Once again, Fate must have been on the Oilers side. With 1.7 seconds left on the clock, the Oilers inbounded at the other end, threw a close-line almost the full length of the court as the buzzer sounded. Central plains added another three points to their score, the Tigers falling father behind at the half 20-27.
Scoring for the Tigers was Haling and Eddie Calleros each with a basket. Mase Osborne made a 3-pointer and Fisher went 2-2 from the line.
Too many missed shots in the final half doomed the Tigers, with St. John making six points in the third and six in the fourth.
Osborne and Fisher made all the points in the third. Osborne made a basket and a free throw, while Fisher did the same. This time in the fourth it was Witt and Fisher. Witt went 2-2 from the line, Fisher added two more baskets. The Tigers lose for the third time to the Oilers, 32-43.
Talking about contrasts. At Norwich a week ago last Tuesday, the Tigers defeated the Eagles 69-36. This is where the Tigers will be having their regionals later on this month, while much of the other teams in the CPL will wind up playing in 2A,
Scoring by quarters had the Tigers leading Norwich 17-2 after one, 39-8 going into the half, 62-15 after three, and of course getting a 69-26 win over the Eagles.
Next, the Tigers will be playing the Victoria Knights during Homecoming this Friday.
"I thought we competed really hard against Central Plains” said St. John’s head coach Clint Kinnamon. “Defensively we did a good job limiting their leading scorer 13 below his average. Q did a better job on Hickel this time. We took a shot at playing a little triangle and 2 and Menges hit a couple threes when we were in it, including one at the end of the first quarter. We wanted to try something to break their rhythm." "We got down early in the game after we scored the first basket. They're a tough team to play against from behind because they are so patient. We cut it to 4 with a little over a second left in the half and Devin hit the 75 footer to put em up 7."
He continued saying, "The second half we really guarded well and limited them getting many good looks. We were able to cut it to 2 but had a couple bad possessions when we did and they stretched it some and we never recovered. They have a very good team, in my opinion the best one they've had up there and there have been some good ones. I look for them to do very well in 2A. They are talented enough to win it if they stay healthy and out of foul trouble. We were hoping that the third opportunity to play them we would get them. It didn't happen, but it's not the ultimate goal for our guys. We have the most important part of the season coming up."