The Ste. Genevieve boys varsity basketball team raced out to a 23 point halftime lead in their first game of the MAAA Tournament and never looked back. Saturday, the #6 seeded Dragons defeated #11 Valley of Caledonia, 72-35, to advance to Tuesday’s quarterfinals. The win improves Ste. Genevieve’s record this season to 11-9.
“The kids played well,” head coach Rob Coleman noted. “It was a good start to the tournament. We moved and shared the ball really well, and we got a lot of good looks off our defense and transition. I was proud of our guys’ focus and determination, and I hope we keep that throughout the week.”
The Dragons shot 60 percent from the field and turned the ball over just six times. “We were hitting our shots and running the floor pretty well,” Chaytin Lea mentioned. Lea scored eight points and dished off four assists.
After taking a 15-8 lead in the first quarter, the Dragons outscored the Vikings, 30-14 in the second quarter to take a 45-22 lead into the locker room at halftime. SGHS was very balanced with Christian Boyer scoring nine points, Logan Trollinger, Aiden Boyer, and Ricky Hunter both with eight points, and Rudy Flieg with seven first half points. “We rebounded really well and played good fundamental defense,” Flieg pointed out. “And our shots were falling.”
Five different Dragons hit double figures on the night. Aiden Boyer (four assists) and Christian Boyer each hit for 13 points. Hunter (three steals) finished with 12 points, and Rudy Flieg (seven rebounds, two blocked shots) added 11 points. Trollinger did a little bit of everything, scoring ten points, collecting nine assists, and six steals.
Along with Lea’s eight points, Landon Rose chipped in with three points, and Logan Pfaff added two points. Coy Flieg also had two blocked shots.
The victory advances Ste. Gen to Tuesday’s quarterfinal game at Mineral Area College. The Dragons will meet #3 Arcadia Valley at 8:30 p.m. Ste. Genevieve certainly has a score to settle with the Tigers. SGHS lost to AV on December 27 by a 63-54 count, and then the Tigers won again on January 14 in a closer contest, 56-50. The Dragons have won four of their last five games and are playing some of their best basketball.