The Ste. Genevieve boys junior varsity basketball team won for the eighth time in nine tries Tuesday, taking down the Arcadia Valley Tigers, 64-43, on the road. Nine players scored in the contest for Ste. Genevieve.
The Dragons were in control the entire contest, leading 17-11 after one period, and 30-20 at halftime. Despite the lead being reduced to nine points in the third quarter, JV coach Jon Robinson noted the team was more focused in the final 16 minutes. “The second half we did a much better job on the boards and getting to the 50-50 balls,” he said. “We put them on the free throw line too many times, but hopefully our guys stay hungry and continue to find ways to get better.”
The fourth quarter was completely dominated by Ste. Gen, outscoring the Tigers, 20-8. “We did an awesome job of knocking down free throws in the fourth quarter to close out the game,” Coach Robinson pointed out. The Dragons were 16-of-24 from the line for the game. Thomas O’Brien, who was 0-for-4 from the charity stripe in the first half, drained all six of his charity tosses in the fourth quarter. “During the halftime break, the coaches made it clear that it is more a team effort, than it is individually,” O’Brien noted. “I adapted to my own style of play and corrected a few mistakes that I was making. I saw that if we moved the ball around more, our percentage of making our shots would increase. The second half was a totally different ball game.”
Blake Morganthaler was the only Dragon to hit double figures as he finished the night with 14 points. He knocked down three shots from beyond the arc. He said the message was clear at halftime. “In the locker room at halftime, Coach said that we needed to pick up the defense, aggressiveness, and rebounding, so we came out and did that. When we play good defense as a team and all go to rebound, we play much better and build big leads.”
Other scorers included O’Brien with nine points, and Nick Plati, along with Quentin Wittkopf each scoring eight points. Carter Klump added seven points, and Kaden Buatte chipped in with six. Both Klayton Squires and Kaden Flye netted five points, while Collin Alford rounded out the scoring with two points.
The Dragons will compete against the Fredericktown Blackcats on Friday at home. Tip off time for the game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.