On Tuesday the last winter sport got underway for the Saints. Boys basketball took on a very tough team, Jackson County Central. JCC was 25-6 last year and made it all the way to the State Finals in Class AA and lost to Braham.

Tuesday night the Saints travelled to Jackson County Central to start their season. At halftime the Saints were down 40-46. In the second half St. James Area attempted to come back, outscoring JCC in the second half by three, but ultimately falling short by three points, 90-93.

Brady Stevens lead the team with 23 points off of a 11-14 shooting night, he also added 15 rebounds. Sandin Skow also played well adding 19 points and seven assists.

As a team the Saints were 34 for 61 for a 56% shooting percentage, compared to JCC’s 35 for 65 for 54%. St. James Area also outrebounded JCC 32 to 28. One of the biggest stats of the game was turnovers. Both teams took care of the ball relatively well. St. James ended up with 12 team turnovers, compared to just eight for JCC.

The Saints were able to bounce back with a win against Martin County West with a 63-31 victory.

For more information please see the December 15 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.