Its a new year for St. Paul
High school sports round-up The Bucks put their five-game losing streak behind them by winning their first two games of the 2014 campaign
After beginning its campaign with five consecutive losses in December, the St. Paul High School boys basketball team couldnt be happier now that 2013 is in the rear view mirror.
St. Paul has turned that losing streak on its head so far in 2014, winning both games theyve played in this young year, including a 55-41 home victory over City Christian Friday night.
It was nice to get that December taste out of your mouth because it wasnt good there for a little bit, said head coach Vince Drago.
Weve still got a ways to go, but were going in the right direction.
St. Paul began the new year with a 38-31 victory over Condon/Wheeler Jan. 3 and was more focused and energized, especially on defense and on the glass, Friday versus the Lions.
We got out and tried to generate and make things happen rather than just seeing if they will happen, Drago said. The energy level and our focus the last couple three games has been good. That kind of fits in with the rebounding piece, too, if kids have energy and go for the ball.
The Bucks held a slim 22-19 lead at halftime, but exploded for 21 points in the third quarter to pull ahead 43-30 and saw the game out from there.
Cody Southerland led the offense with 18 points and seven assists, while Joe Hiller and Cody Faber had excellent games on the interior, each recording a double-double. Hiller compiled 15 points and 10 rebounds, with Faber adding 10 points and 11 boards.
St. Paul resumed league play at home Tuesday versus Falls City (results unavailable at press time) and will travel to perennial league champion Country Christian Friday.
I think we have a little bit better mind set right now and the league is going to be pretty competitive, Drago said. There are a fair number of teams that are reasonably equal. Its going to be an interesting six weeks.
City Christian 47, St. Paul 43 The Bucks could not capitalize on a solid second quarter against the visiting Lions Friday night and went on to their third consecutive loss. St. Paul (4-6, 2-0 Casco) outscored the City Christian (5-4, 3-0 Valley 10) by seven points in the second quarter to take a 20-14 lead heading into the half, but the Lions came out strong after the break, exploding for 22 points to take a 36-32 lead into the fourth.
Sara Pierson got her team to within 46-43 after getting fouled on a made basket with 55 seconds left, but didnt connect on the free throw and the Lions drew an offensive foul to seal the victory. Pierson led the Bucks with 18 points, while Remy Brentano finished with 17.
C.S. Lewis Academy 62, Portland Waldorf 33 Evan Hager poured in 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the non-conference rout. The Watchmen smothered the Wolfpack with a full-court press, nabbing 15 steals among 22 total turnovers for the game. CSLA rode their press to a 40-15 halftime lead, then called it off for the final two quarters. Matt Martin added 12 points and Tony Kowalski seven for the Watchmen (6-4), who play at Jewell Friday night.
Carey Larsen Memorial Tournament The Tigers placed second with 188 points, trailing only host Sandy (243) and outdistancing third-place Tualatin by 56 points. Senior Dakota Church won the heavyweight bracket, winning three of his four matches by fall, while Aerie Baxter captured the 106-pound title by besting Lake Oswegos Edin Zepeda 4-3 in the championship round. Patrick Boulanger (113 pounds), Matthew McCarthy, (152) Zane Burgess (160) all placed second for Newberg, with Thomas Myers (120), Tim Lane (132), Jack Kerwin (170) and Will Fox (195) placing fourth.