The St. James Area boys basketball team was very busy this last week with two regularly scheduled games against Blue Earth Area and Windom, as well as a rescheduled game with New Ulm.
Blue Earth Area
On Friday night the Saints prepared to take on the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers for the first time this year in Blue Earth. Coming into the game the Bucs had a record of 3-5 but had just recently come off a win in St. Peter. The Saints were able to control the game early in the first half, building up a 32-21 halftime lead. “It was a good team win. Blue Earth Area had been playing well lately and beat some good teams so to go in and control the entire game was nice to see,” said head coach Alex Hein.
In the second half St. James Area was able to keep the Bucs at bay finishing with a 60-49 victory.
On Saturday the Saints prepared to play thier second game in as many days. This game was rescheduled from December 16 due to a snow storm.
The Saints hit the ground running, jumping out to a 21-7 lead in the opening moments of the game. New Ulm was able to fight back and score 9 unanswered points to cut the lead to 21-16, but were not able to get any closer the rest of the half, St. James took a 41-31 lead into the locker room for half time.
The Saints were able to keep their lead hovering around the 10 point mark for the entire second half. The final score of the contest was 68-53 in favor of St. James Area.
Stevens tallied his fourth double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The scoring attack for the Saints was very balanced, Jones led the team with 16, Skow added 14, Lucas Fredin chipped in with 10, and Kobe Mohwinkel added 13.
The boys and girls basketball teams were supposed to play in a double header in Windom on Tuesday night but the game was postponed due to snow and wind conditions.
Next up for the Saints will be another team that calls themselves the Saints on Friday, St. Peter. St. Peter started the year off hot winning their first 5 games of the year, but lost their next 5. This will be a big game for either team as they jostle for position in the Big South East.
For more information please see the January 12 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.