(CRYSTAL CITY, Mo.) The Rolla “Duke” Herbert Championship is set as the number one seeded Saxony Lutheran Crusaders and number two seeded St. Vincent Indians clinched their birth in the title game for the second consecutive season.
Game one saw Saxony Lutheran (2-0) have full control over the Herculanuem Blackcats (1-2) from start to finish outscoring the Blackcats 30-8 in the first quarter alone finishing the quarter with perhaps their biggest highlight of the game…+++
Saxony Lutheran would continue to cruise en route to the 94-35 victory. Guard Paiton Miller scored 19 points and forward Austin Jarvis added 19 of his own to lead Saxony Lutheran in scoring. For the Blackcats, it was senior Matt Sales leading the way with 11 points marking his second straight night in double figures.+++
Herculaneum head coach Jason Jarvis thought his team was overmatched early…+++
Herculaneum will take on the Grandview Eagles in the third place game on Friday night.+++
St. Vincent (2-0) came out scorching hot in the first quarter of semifinal number two behind four three pointers by senior Evan Clifton. The Indians led Grandview (1-2) 37-19 propelling them to a 92-76 win. Clifton would finish with six three pointers including this one in the first quarter…+++
Clifton finished with a game high 23 points in the contest while guard Trevor Lukefahr scored 19 points to lead the Indians attack. The Indians finished with five players in double figures. For Grandview, it was once again senior Koby Klaus leading the scoring with 30 points. All stats are unofficial.+++
Despite leading for around 20 points for most of the game, the Eagles soared back in the fourth quarter bringing the game to within nine at one point after trailing by 22 at the start of the quarter. However, key free throws from Lukefahr down the stretch helped seal the game for St. Vincent.+++
St. Vincent head coach Bruce Valleroy said the key for them is to continue to play at a fast pace…+++
Grandview head coach Chris Miller thought the shooting performance of Clifton put them in an early hole…+++
Friday night the Rolla “Duke” Herbert Tournament will conclude at Crystal City High School. Consolation semifinals will be played Thursday night with Crystal City matching up against St. Paul High School, and Jefferson playing the St. Louis Patriots.+++
The third place game will feature Grandview and Herculaneum, while the championship will see Saxony Lutheran go for the three-peat against St. Vincent. Third place game coverage will begin Friday night at 6:45 p.m., with tip-off set for 7 p.m on KJFF.