St. John boys basketball team conquers three teams in three outings padding their win-loss record going into post-season play.
It has been a long and prosperous week for the St. John-Hudson Tigers, defeating the Victoria Knights 60-45 at Victoria last Friday, defeating the La Crosse Leopards 49-19 at La Crosse earlier on Tuesday , and getting their third win, defeating the Cimarron Bluebirds 60- 26 at home on Monday.
The Tigers now stand 14-4 overall and 5-1 in league play.
In the first quarter at Victoria, Tanner Halling had seven points, three baskets and went 1-2 from the line, Mase Osborne, one basket and a 3-point- er, and Marshall Woolf and Trey Fisher, each having a basket. The Tigers lead 16- 8 after one.
Halling had 6 points in the second, a basket, 1-2 from the line, and made an old fashioned three. Eddie Calleros also had 6 points, two baskets, and going 2- 2 from the line. Osborne had 4 points, and made two baskets. Woolf had 2 points, a basket. The score at the half, with the Tigers leading, was 34-21.
So far, most of Victoria’s point came from long distance with the Knights not having much luck inside the paint.
The Tigers slowed things down a bit in the third, making just 11 points, with most of that coming from Halling who made 9, three baskets and an old fashioned three. Osborne had 2 points, a basket.
Victoria continued making long 3-pointers and some free throws which kept them in the game.
Woolf led with five points in the fourth, a 3- pointer, and going 2-2 from the line. Halling had 3 points, a basket and going 1-2 from the line. Cashe McVey also had 3 points, a 3 pointer. Osborne had 2 points, a basket, and Fisher had 2 points, going 2-2 from the line. The Tigers defeat the Knights 60-45.
Also in league play against the La Crosse Leopards, the Tigers lead 16-5 after one, scored just six points in the second and still led 22-11. The Tigers played much better ball in the third, allowing the Leopards just 2 points. St. John goes into the fourth leading 36-13. The Tigers get the win 49-19.
On Monday at home, the Tigers led the Cimarron Bluejays 15-7 in the first, were leading 31-12 going into the half, 55-17 after three, and won the game 60-26.
"Cimarron was an athletic team, with some decent perimeter shooters” said St. John-Hudson’s head basketball coach Clint Kinnamon. “We had a good defensive game and we're able to keep guys in front of us on defense and made them take some tough shots. It was a solid win against a capable team."
Kinnamon continued saying "Lacrosse was somewhat undersized and we did a good job taking advantage of that by pounding it inside. We were fairly efficient offen- sively and ended up shoot- ing a high FG percentage. They were quite a bit more patient on offense than what we had seen and that limited the possessions and the number of shots both teams were able to get.
"It's never easy to play at Victoria. After having 2 games already earlier in the week, I was nervous about how we might play. The guys came out well at the start and we scored the ball well. They're a fairly long and athletic team. We didn't get to some shooters and they ended up hitting 7 threes for the game. That's something we need to do a better job of in future games. We at- tacked really well and shot another very good percentage. Our guys are continuing to make strides and hopefully we will playing our best basketball here down the stretch.”