The St. James Area Saints suffered their first defeat of the season in heartbreaking fashion Friday night during a pulse-pounding overtime game against conference foe Fairmont. Fairmont, which consistently got open shots through their offensive execution all night, was able to score on a wide-open layup with five seconds left in overtime to take a 67-65 lead. As the Saints' Walker Froehling went up for a jumpshot at the buzzer, the ball was blocked, and--despite heavy contact--no foul was called, and the game ended. The Saints were practically incapable of grabbing a defensive rebound in the second half and during overtime, and it ultimately led to their demise. After Fairmont's Ben Abel missed a free throw, Mitch Pfingsten was able to pull down the offensive rebound, and Fairmont's coach, Jared Thompson, called a timeout--and out of that timeout came the game-winning layup. “All the second and third chances (for the Cardinals) lost the game for us,” said St. James head coach Steve Walker. “They were too good on the glass for us.” For the full story, please see the January 9 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.