The Ste. Genevieve boys varsity basketball team improved its season record to 10-9 and 2-3 in the MAAA with a win at Potosi on Tuesday. The Dragons built a 15 point halftime lead and went on to defeat the Trojans, 57-51.
“We played well from the start on both ends of the floor,” head coach Rob Coleman said. The team jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter. Christian Boyer had the hot hand, hitting for six points. Then, in the second quarter, the Ste. Gen offense produced its most effective offensive output, scoring 19 points to take a 36-21 halftime lead. Aiden Boyer hit for ten first half points, and Anthony Nash knocked down six points in the second quarter to help SGHS build a fairly comfortable lead.
“We came out a little flat in the third quarter,” Coach Coleman admitted. Potosi was able to outscore the Dragons, 12-9 and cut into the lead a bit. And then the Trojans finally got the offense going in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 points. “Turnovers in the second half hurt us from keeping a bigger lead,” Coleman said. “We also struggled some from the three point line. But I thought we did a good job on their bigs inside and rebounding. We out-rebounded them 29-17, and only gave up two second chance points.”
Aiden Boyer had a very strong night, hitting for 17 points and collecting three steals. Boyer was very consistent, scoring five points in the first, second, and fourth quarters. Christian Boyer had a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing ten rebounds. He started and finished strong, scoring six points in the first and fourth quarters. He was also strong on the offensive boards, cleaning the glass for five rebounds on that end.
“Anthony Nash did a great job coming off the bench and giving us some offense in the first half,” Coach Coleman said. Nash finished with eight points, all in the first half. He also dished off four assists. Other players figuring in the scoring were Ricky Hunter with seven points, Logan Trollinger with five (eight assists/five steals), Coy Flieg with four points, and Rudy Flieg with two points (seven rebounds).
Ste. Gen will start play in the MAAA Tournament beginning on Saturday. The Dragons were selected as the #6 seed and will play at 3:30 p.m. at West County High School against Valley, the #11 seed. For a look at the complete bracket, follow this link: 2020 MAAA Basketball Tournament Boys Bracket