St. Helens leads by 32 in third on way to 57-33 victory
by: John Brewington ON THE RUN—St. Helens’ Tanner Long takes the ball to the basket as Wilson’s Mo Idris challenges during last Tuesday’s game.

The St. Helens Lions went on a scoring rampage for a good portion of Tuesday's game against Wilson in a 57-33 win but couldn't get a handle on the ball in a loss to Lebanon on Friday night.

'The kids played hard,' St. Helens coach Jerry Allen said of the Wilson match-up. 'They moved the ball around and played defense against Wilson, but then we forgot what we did the (game) before and played like we were reading our press clippings against Lebanon. They saw that Liberty had beaten Lebanon pretty badly. Lebanon came out and played hard (against us) and they got a little full of themselves. It was a reality check. I think they see we need to continue to play hard for the entire game.'

St. Helens 57, Wilson 33

With eight players ranging from 6-foot, 2-inches to 6-9, it looked like Wilson should have been able to handle anything the St. Helens Lions basketball team threw at them Tuesday night. It didn't turn out that way.

The Lions were quicker, controlled the tempo, frequently stole the ball, and played a stingy defense in an easy 57-33 win over the visiting Trojans. Just three minutes into the third period, the Lions had an insurmountable 45-13 lead.

It seemed like it would be a back-and-forth game at the start. Wilson drew first blood and led by five in the early going.

Jake Ramiskey hit a three at the 2:38 mark of the first frame to put St. Helens on top for good. When Jared Bonney hit a three at the first-quarter buzzer it was a 15-10 game.

The Lions outsprinted Wilson in the second period, built a 10-point lead and just kept going. Wilson had only three points in the period, one field goal and one free throw shot. They were down 35-13 at halftime.

From Ramiskey's three in the first period until halfway through the third, the Lions outscored Wilson 37-3. That's more than a bit lopsided.

Nathan Hunter was the recipient of numerous assists inside and he led the Lions in scoring with 15. Tanner Long added 14 and Bonney was also in double figures with 11.

Lebanon 56, St. Helens 47

The Lions fell behind Lebanon, but made several runs to close the gap, but each time they made some inroads, Lebanon managed to pull away.

The Lions were down by four points after one period, but came out strong in the second and took the lead. Lebanon then went on an 11-0 run to finish off the half and led by nine.

St. Helens surged again in the third period, cutting the lead to one by midway, but Lebanon would up the margin again and it was a five-point game going into the final period.

St. Helens stayed within range, but couldn't get enough of a run to cut the gap to less than four.

Alex Albion, a Lebanon point guard, would lead all scorers in the game with 26 points. Nathan Hunter had 13 and Brandon Underwood 12 to pace the Lions.

St. Helens was at a tournament in North Marion for three days this week.


St. Helens 57, Wilson 33

Wilson 10 3 9 11-33

St. Helens 15 20 12 10-57

Wilson (33)-Matt Abere 8, Idris 5, Rubin 5, Stock 5, Finch 4, VanSisseren 3, Foster 2, Barton 1.

St. Helens (57)-Nathan Hunter 15, Tanner Long 14, Jared Bonney 11, Beisley 6, Ramiskey 4, Galvin 4, Underwood 2, Bumgardner 1, Loeks.

Lebanon 56, St. Helens 47

Lebanon 19 13 10 14-56

St. Helens 15 8 14 10-47

Lebanon (56)-Alex Albion 26, Larson 8, Hargis 7, Butler 6, Leopard 5, Hopkins 4, Maddox.

St. Helens (47)-Nathan Hunter 13, Brandon Underwood 12, Long 8, Ramiskey 8, Bonney 4, Macedo 2, Loeks, Beisley, Galvin.

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