The third time wasn’t a charm as the Saints fell to the Fairmont Cardinals in boys Class 3AA basketball on Saturday night by an 89 to 71 score.
For the Saints the season ended with a record of 3-22. The Saints lost twice to the Cardinals in regular season SCC play.
In those games SJA played them close at home and lost big the first time SJA played them on the road.
The Saints played Fairmont better on the road Saturday night. However, the effort wasn’t enough to beat the top seeded Fairmont team which is ranked in the top ten in the state and was the SCC regular season team.
Four Saints were in double figures. Senior Sam Carlson went out on a high note in the sense he scored an all time career high on his last game as a Saint. He had 14 points.
Head Coach Steve Walker said, “Sam had a terrific game with a career high in points and he also had five assists and six rebounds.”
Zach Brandts led the Saints with 28 points. Walker Froehling had a baker’s dozen and Ryan Menssen tossed in another dozen points. Froehling also led the team in rebounds with nine and had the team’s only two blocks.
Coach Walker also said, “I thought we played really hard and competed against the top seed and the SCC champ.
“In the last game at Fairmont we did not handle their pressure at all.
“This time we did a nice job against their press. We only had 13 turnovers for the game.” Fairmont had the same number of turnovers.
The rebounding margin was close with Fairmont out boarding the Saints 31-28.
The big difference in the game was overall team shooting. The Saints shot 39 percent from the field hitting 23 of 59 attempts.
Fairmont took only two more shots than SJA, but hit 52 percent from the floor when they dropped in 32 of 61 attempts.
Fairmont was 9-20 from three point land, while the Saints were 5-19 from beyond the arc.
Coach Walker said, “I’m real proud of our effort and performance.”
Talking about Joe Nelson, his other senior playing his last game, Walker said, “Joe did a good job defensively.
I’m real proud of those two seniors for the leadership they provided for our team in this game and throughout the season.”