Wellington nails down perfect I-70 season
For the second time in three seasons, the Wellington Tigers have claimed the I-70 Conference basketball regular-season crown. And the Tigers did it in style, polishing off a perfect regular-season campaign in the league by whipping Saint Paul 68-37 in front of the Wellington fans Friday. They also were unbeaten in 2007- 08.
"Wellington beat us in every aspect of the game," SPLHS head coach Monte Pitsch said. "They outrebounded us over 2 to 1. They outhustled us, and they shot better than us."
The Saints hung around for a quarter, trailing just 12-8. And even at the half, the deficit was only 28-17, certainly not an insurmountable hurdle.
But Wellington never wavered, continuing to play better and better as the game progressed, jumping the lead to 49-30 by the end of the third quarter.
Todd Shannon's team never took its foot off the accelerator, at least on the scoreboard, scoring 19 fourth-quarter points.
Kent Hendrix shined all night for the Tigers, scoring a game-high 25 points. Blake Seitz chipped in 14 points and Brandon Davis 12.
Jordan Bredehoeft had a fine game for the Saints with 20 points and two steals.
Brandon Haake added eight points and two steals. No other SPLHS player had more than four points.
The Tigers barely were tested throughout their conference schedule. They sent a message when they beat Santa Fe 73-21 for the I-70 Conference Tournament crown Dec. 12 and never let up.
They won every regular season conference game by at least 20 points, the closest wins being 65-45 at Sweet Springs Jan. 12 and 66-46 at Santa Fe Feb. 11.
The Tigers were as impressive defensively as offensively.
They averaged 67.6 points per game while giving up 36 PPG.