St. John-Hudson boys took a 64-56 victory over the Ness City Eagles.

If you went to last Friday’s basketball game pitting the 5th ranked in 1A St. John-Hudson Tigers verses the 3rd ranked in 2A Ness City Eagles, you came to the right place to start the New Year with the Tigers taking the Eagles 64-56 in an exciting and emotional game held on St. John’s court.

Starting out in the first, both teams defense limited the others scoring with St. John’s points coming from inside or heading towards it. St. John senior guard Mase Osborn scored first, dribbling inward and made a short jump shot. St. John junior Collin Halling was next in line and made a basket. 6’7” Tanner Halling fought a bevy of Eagles and made his first basket with a little over four minutes to go, followed by an old-fashion three and then another basket.

The score after one had the Tigers leading 11-10.

Scoring for the Tigers in the second had St. John guard Marshall Woolf making his first points in the second going 2-2 from the line and making a basket.

Tanner Halling then made two baskets with 5:55 left before the half and the Tigers leading 19- 10. Then a minute later, the score was 19-15, and St. John’s head coach Clint Kinnamon called a timeout. Osborne then scored his second basket, while the Eagles scored six points making the score 21-21.

The scoring to the end of the second had Eddy Calleros nailing a 3-pointer and went 2-2 from the line. Halling made another basket, and Collin Halling nailed a 3-pointer.

The Tigers barely lead at the half 30-29.

The Tigers outscored the Eagles 19-10 and led going into the final quarter 49-40.

In the third, the Eagles used a sagging man-man trying to prevent St. John’s big man from getting the ball. That left St. John’s guards with a little wiggle room to spare. Most of the Tigers scoring came from the guards.

Osborne made two baskets and went 1-2 from the line. Halling was 2-2 from the line and made a basket. Marshall Woolf made a basket, Collin Halling made a basket and went 2-2 from the line. Osborne’s moved his third quarter tally to nine after scoring two more baskets.

Osborne made the first basket in the fourth, followed by Halling making a basket. With 5:20 left, the Tigers lead 53-47.

Calleros, Halling and Marshall Woolf each made a basket. With the time cut in half, the Ness city faithful started to worry as the Tigers continued to use up the clock. After a St. John timeout with 2:55 minutes left, the Tigers lead 57-52. After Osborne made two more baskets, the Tigers now lead 61-54 with 1:43 on the clock forcing Ness to call a timeout.

The scoring stayed about the same with Marshal Woolf making the last basket.

The Tigers defeat the Eagles 64-56.

"It was a good high level and very physical high school basketball game” Kinnamon said. “Ness has an athletic and talented team that can score the ball at all three levels. Rios, Pfannenstiel and Reinhardt especially can score it awfully well. I thought we did a pretty good job on all three of them off the most part. We wanted to make all of their shots be contested ones and the guys did that pretty well."

"Offensively, our spacing is continuing to get better. That is really helping open up guys for open shots as well as opening up inside opportunities for Tanner, Collin, and Trey. Marshall is beginning to be more comfortable with our stuff. Eddy was back to Eddy. He was really in a funk before Christmas and had some good practices over break. Was good to see him play well. Cashe always gives us good defense and competes so hard for us. Mason got 2 quick early fouls so played limited minutes the first half, but I thought he was really good the second half. He's finishing floaters like he's capable now."

"We are making improvement each day and will keep working to try and get where we need to be."