The Ste. Genevieve boys varsity basketball team gave the Park Hills Central Rebels everything they could handle Friday night at home. Despite trailing by 17 heading into the final quarter, the Dragons never quit fighting, losing by just seven points, 70-63. The Dragons are now 9-9 on the season.
“I’m very proud of our guys,” head coach Rob Coleman said after the game. “This is the most energy and heart we have played with. Our offense was good all night. Our defense was good too, even though we gave up so many points in the first half, they were all contested. You have to tip your hat to McMullen because he hit a lot of tough shots.”
Coleman was speaking of the Rebels’ Breven McMullen who has now scored over 1500 points in his career, 36 coming Friday against the Dragons. If stopping one man was easy, he wouldn’t be sitting with so many points in his career. The fact that he scored over half of his team’s points speaks of his talent. But the fact that he scored 28 of those points in the first half, and was shut out in the fourth quarter, showed the grit and determination the home team possessed. “This game proved that when we get focused and work as a team, we can play to the greatest of our ability,” freshman Ricky Hunter stated.
Ste. Genevieve had a strong first quarter. Aiden Boyer and Christian Boyer both scored six points, and SGHS only trailed 24-20 after the first eight minutes. But by halftime, the Dragons couldn’t stop the Rebels, and their own offense faltered just slightly. At the buzzer, the visitors were up 48-34.
Logan Trollinger tried to keep the Dragons close with six points in the third quarter, but the Rebels inched ahead further, leading 61-44 with just the fourth quarter remaining.
Trollinger continued with the hot hand in the fourth quarter, scoring eight points and almost equaling the entire Central output of nine points. It just wasn’t enough on this particular night.
The Dragons shot 50 percent from beyond the arc Friday night, ripping the nets for 11 three-pointers. Both Trollinger and Hunter had four apiece, and Aiden Boyer notched three. Trollinger scored 23 points, and also added five assists. Hunter finished with 15 points, while Christian Boyer added 12 points. Aiden Boyer had nine points and five rebounds. Rudy Flieg and Josh Pelfrey both chipped in with two points. Flieg had two blocked shots, and teammate Anthony Nash collected five rebounds. SGHS also shot well from the line, hitting 14 of 17 free throws.
Ste. Gen will try to continue its strong play on Tuesday when it travels to Potosi for another conference matchup with the Trojans. Tip off should be around 7:30 p.m.