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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Boys BB loses two games

  • The Saints hosted Truman Tuesday night, but fell to the visitors 87-77. The game was tied at 38 at the half, but the Saints couldn't hit enough shots to pull the game out.
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  • Saints fall to Truman 87-77
    The Saints hosted Truman Tuesday night, but fell to the visitors 87-77. The game was tied at 38 at the half, but the Saints couldn't hit enough shots to pull the game out.
    More than anything poor shooting did the Saints in. Let's go to the stats.
    SJA shot 37 percent from the floor, while Truman shot 51 percent. The Saints struggled from the free throw line. SJA shot 52 percent missing several front ends of one and ones. Truman hit 65 percent of their free throws.
    The Saints started out the game with a cold shooting streak. They have many open looks at the hoop, but the shots were just not dropping.
    This led to a Truman lead of 21-15 at the 8:40 mark of the first half, but the Saints came back to tie it at 22 all about two and a half minutes. Then the Saints rallied for a 28 to 24 lead.
    But it was a night where SJA played from behind most of the game. Truman took a three point lead in the last 20 seconds of the half, but Devon Schmitz hit a three pointer with one second left to lift the Saints to a 38 all tie at the half.
    Head Coach Steve Walker said, We played from behind all night,battle back, but then we were not able to string together any defensive stops when we needed to."
    The Saints did grab some small leads in the second half. SJA had a 61- 58 lead at the 6:30 mark, but couldn't keep Truman on the ropes.
    Once behind, the Saints would put the press on to try and get back into the game, but Truman had the skills to frequently break the press and score. Walker said, "We struggled to make stops on the defensive end."
    The junior juggernauts Zach Brandts and Walker Froehling once again led the Saints in scoring. Brandts had 32 and Froehling had 24. Joe Nelson had 11 for SJA.
    Froehling made it a double double with 13 rebounds. He also had three blocks.
    Walker summed it up, "We left too many points at the FT line. Truman played well and deserved to win the game. "
    Saints lose to New Ulm 88-84
    The Saints boys basketball team hit the road last Thursday and fell to New Ulm 88-84. It was a high scoring game most of the way, as New Ulm led 48 to 45 at the half.
    Saints got in a tough spot at the start of the second half as the Eagles scored the first seven points to lead 55-45.
    The Saints came back with a 14-5 run and trailed 60-59.
    Unfortunately for the Saints, New Ulm built another ten point 80-70 with about 2:15 to go in the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Saints rallied back to trail 80-77 with a three point shot from John Olsen and a score from Walker Froehling of a New Ulm turnover. But the Saints could get no closer.
    The shooting stats indicate why New Ulm prevailed. The Saints won the battle from beyond the arc going 8-23 for 35 percent. New Ulm only made three treys but only shot eight.
    The Eagles made it up in two point shots going 27 of 52 for 52 percent, while the Saints were 21 of 53 for 40 percent.
    The Saints only made 18 of 31 free throws, while New Ulm made 25 of 35. Both teams committed 26 fouls.
    The Saints held a 47 to 38 edge when it came to rebounds.
    Froehling and Zach Brandts each had double doubles for the Saints.
    Froehling had 24 points and 14 rebounds. Brandts had a team high 27 points and ten rebounds. Olsen was the third Saint in double figures with 11.
    Head Coach Steve Walker described it as, "A typical wild game at New Ulm. Both teams made shots on offense and both teams had a tough time stopping the other.
    "We got into foul trouble in the first half and it carried over into the second half. Zach, Sam Carlson and Ryan Menssen spent half of the 2nd half on the bench in foul trouble.
    "We had some kids come off the bench and play real well. Justin Stevens and John Olsen both had solid minutes for us."
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