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St. Clair Claims Seventh-Place Game Over Crystal City

February 12, 2014
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A big third quarter was the difference for St. Clair in Saturday’s seventh-place game at the Union Boys Basketball Tournament.

Trailing by one point at halftime, the sixth-seeded Bulldogs outscored eighth-seeded Crystal City 15-4 in the third quarter and pulled away late in the game for a 52-41 victory.

“We needed to win a close game for some confidence. We’ve battled all year long,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “Our third quarter was one of the best quarters we’ve played all season.”

St. Clair (4-13) turned things around after trailing 11-9 after one quarter and 26-25 at halftime.

“The commitment to defense made a big difference. We were able to adjust on the fly and that hasn’t happened a lot this year. We’re learning some things,” Korn said. “We went with a junk defense and adjusted to a scouting report. We got rebounds and wanted to play defense. To be a good basketball team, you have to do those things.

“I feel that our team can beat somebody on any given night the way we can shoot the basketball. If we got hot, we can be scary. But if the shots aren’t going in, you have to play defense to stay in those games.”

The Bulldogs held a 40-30 lead after three quarters.

Crystal City made the score 40-36 with 4:30 remaining in the fourth quarter and 42-39 with 3:02 left, but got no closer.

“We got a little timid there. We had a couple of turnovers and missed a couple of layups,” Korn said. “When it got tough, our defense made some plays. We forced some turnovers and made them take some tough shots. That was the key to stop their run.”

Damon Arnold led St. Clair in the scoring column with 23 points, going 4-6 from three-point range.

Reno Jones, who was named to the all-tournament team, finished the game with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Kyler Waldo chipped in with nine points and two steals.

Keola Bursey and Darrell Martin both scored three points. Bursey added five rebounds. Terrance Stahlman added two points. Harley Love had one point and five rebounds.

Also playing were Wyatt Wachter and Josh Bozada. Kevin Cox missed the game due to an injury.

“Terrance Stahlman did a great job playing defense in the first half when we were in some foul trouble,” Korn said. “When Keola wants to score, he can do it. When he gets some confidence, he’s really going to help our team.”

St. Clair (1-1 in the Four Rivers Conference) hosts Sullivan in a boys and girls doubleheader Friday. The varsity girls game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity boys at 7 p.m.

“Our tournaments are tough. We were hoping to go 2-1 at Union if we didn’t win it. We were unable to do that with the loss to Northwest, but we were able to get one win and now it’s conference season,” Korn said. “You know your opponents a little better. There are more rivalry games, which makes it fun. It’s back to two games a week, which will allow us to practice a little more and work on some things.”


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