(CRYSTAL CITY, Mo.) The Rolla “Duke” Herbert Classic boy’s basketball tournament is officially in the books as the top seeded Saxony Lutheran Crusaders come away champions for the third year in a row after they defeated the second seeded St. Vincent Indians 96-65 Friday night with all the action being carried on AM 1400 KJFF.
Starting off, things were neck-to-neck for both teams with Saxony only coming out three points ahead, 19-16 at the end of the first. However, that would change drastically in the second as Saxony was able to conjure 35 points to go on top 54-26 at the half…+++
The break at the half proved to be what St. Vincent needed as they generated a third quarter comeback to stay in the game. Although, in the 4th it was Saxony hitting their shots and going 20-15 over the Indians to seal the deal.+++
Crusaders head coach coach Kevin Williams said once they figured out they had the size advantage they were able to play their game…+++
Indians coach Bruce Valleroy was proud of the effort despite the loss…+++
The Crusaders were lead in scoring by Trey Robinson and Austin Jarvis who both tied with 19 points. The Indians were lead by Evan Clifton with 23 points and Trevor Lukefahr with 14. With the win Saxony remains undefeated at 3-0 while St. Vincent takes their first loss of year and sits at 2-1.+++
In the third place game of the same tournament, Grandview claimed the win 51-45 over Herculaneum with all the hardwood play-by-play on KJFF. After a rather close first quarter with Grandview only leading by three, 11-8, the Eagles opened the flood gates in the second, outscoring the Blackcats 22-6…+++
However, the Blackcats were able to cut the deficit in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 10-3 in which they were able to push that momentum in the fourth coming as close as 5 points…+++
It was Eagles Colton McAnally leading the way for his team with 15 points on the board to make sure Grandview sealed the deal in the fourth…+++
Herculaneum’s Jordan Duncan and Austin Stepp were tied for lead scores as both netted in 12 points.+++
Eagles coach Chris Miller said their second quarter offensive run made all the difference…+++
Grandview improves to 3-1 as Herculaneum falls to 1-3 on the season.+++
Taking the 5th place spot in the Rolla “Duke” Herbert Classic was Crystal City with their win over Jefferson 59-53. Hornets head coach Sean Breeze is pleased with how things are congealing this early with his team…+++
St. Paul of Farmington finished in eighth place and the St. Louis Patriots finished in sixth place to finish the tournament.