SJ-O opens Leader Classic with win
In boys’ basketball
■ SJ-O 77, Fisher 44. Fisher coach Ron Ragle said after the game he knew the run was coming.
After Kyle Williams made an and-1 with 5:03 left in the third quarter to cut Fisher’s deficit to 44-38, St. Joseph-Ogden went on a 12-4 run to end the quarter up 56-42. The Spartans saved their best run for the fourth quarter — a 21-2 spurt — en route to a victory against the Bunnies.
“St. Joe’s a team of runs,” Ragle said. “We were just waiting for them to wake up. They’re like a sleeping giant.”
The Spartans led 21-6 after the first quarter and were up 38-26 at halftime.
“I was pleased with our effort,” SJ-O coach Brian Brooks said.
Hunter Hart and Brent Schluter each finished with 19 points, and Nate Michael added 17 points.
“Those three really provided a big offensive presence,” Brooks said.
Williams led the Bunnies with 17 points, and Grant Pointer added 15.
■ PBL 53, A-P 36. After digging through the snowstorm that occurred in its area the previous night and morning, Paxton-Buckley-Loda warmed up with a 17-2 run in the first half en route to a Leader Classic-opening win against Armstrong-Potomac at St. Joseph-Ogden High School.
It took a while, though, said Panthers coach Scot Vogel, whose team originally was scheduled to face the Trojans at 9:30 a.m. instead of 3 p.m.
“The weather did change things a little bit. I think some of our guys slept in a little bit,” Vogel said.
With the score tied at 4 in the first quarter, Weston Weber scored on a fast-break layup off a steal to start the big run. He scored six points in the first quarter, while Jeremy Walder and Drew Schrodt had five and three first-quarter points, respectively, to help PBL end the quarter up 14-6.
“In that spurt, Weston gave us a lot of energy,” Vogel said. “He got some steals for us that led to a lot of points.”
Schrodt and Johnny Walder tallied seven and six points in the second quarter, respectively, to give the Panthers a 27-10 halftime lead.
For A-P (1-6), Shawn Johnson scored all 10 of the team’s first-half points, as PBL (6-2) held the Trojans to single-digit points in every quarter except the fourth, when — led by two three-pointers from Dentler Loschen — A-P outscored the Panthers 20-14.
“We did some things well at times defensively,” Vogel said. “There were things we still need to improve on.”
Weber finished with eight points, as did Axl Denault, who played in his first game of the season after recovering from injury. Schrodt led PBL with 10 points, and Jeremy Walder added nine points.
Johnson led A-P with 18 points.
■ Cissna Park 49, Chrisman 44. With less than 20 seconds remaining, Chrisman had the ball trailing Cissna Park 47-44.
Who better to take the potential game-tying three-pointer for the Cardinals than Ty Bolen? After all, he made five three-pointers up to that point, including four in the fourth quarter to help his team rally from a 40-28 deficit.
However, Bolen lost possession of the ball with 10.9 seconds left. The Timberwolves held on for the victory.
“Put that all on me,” Bolen said. “The coach and I had a mix-up on the play. I’ve just got to get better next game.”
Bolen finished with a game-high – and tournament high at that point – 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Cardinals’ defense held Cissna Park to nine points in the final quarter.
“I credit my teammates,” Bolen said. “They set good screens and know I was hot, so they found me, but we didn’t get the win. Winning’s all that matters, and we didn’t get it done.”
The Timberwolves opened the game with 14 consecutive points, as Tyson Rogers scored eight and Tyler Schuldt the other six. Cissna Park ended the first quarter with a 16-4 lead as Bolen scored the first two points for Chrisman with a little more than 21/2 minutes left in the quarter.
Along with six points from Bolen, the Cardinals’ John Porter helped his team close its deficit to 28-21 heading into halftime with seven points, including two three-pointers. Schuldt and Jacob Marquez, meanwhile, each had four points in the second quarter.
The Timberwolves’ defense held Chrisman to seven points in the third quarter, while Rogers had five points in the quarter to lead his team.
Rogers finished with 15 points to lead Cissna Park. Schuldt added 13 points.
Chrisman will face PBL at 8 p.m. Monday.
“That’s a good team,” Bolen said. “We’ve got to play better Monday than we did (Saturday night).”
■ Westville 57, Stanford Olympia 55. Westville’s Jeffery Thompson finished with 22 points, the last five of which put the Tigers over the top.
He sank a three-pointer to tie the game at 55 with 12.8 seconds left, then beat the buzzer with a layup to give Westville the win in a game in which it trailed by as many as nine points.
“We needed a shot,” Thompson said. “We were behind the whole time, and I was just trying to make something happen.”
Thompson made the game-winning layup on a cross-court inbound pass from Dalton Hilligoss.
“I had an opening, and thankfully it went in,” Thompson said.
Prior to the game-winning layup, Olympia’s Drew Stribling was called for traveling. Westville coach Jeff Millis said that was a tribute to the Tigers’ defense.
“The defense forced him to drag his foot,” Millis said.
Jordan Romo (14 points) scored six of Westville’s 10 points in the first quarter and six more in the third quarter. Kyle Brazas contributed eight points.