Saint Paul boys get the best of Concordia in Jan. 25 conference contest

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Two of the top scorers in their respective schoolsí history face off for the last time on the hardwood, as Saint Paul Lutheran High School senior Elijah Muehler (left) picks up and guards Concordia High School senior Matthew Gatewood all the way near the half-court line. The two did not disappoint, as both led their teams in points: Muehler finished with 25, and Gatewood ended with 20.
Rocco Scarcello/The Concordian

Saint Paul 64
Concordia 52

The two teams didnít separate themselves until late, but the Saints rallied behind a big fourth quarter to secure a victory on the road, knocking off the Orioles, 64-52.

The first quarter played itself out rather evenly, as two hot offenses played to an 18-15 first quarter, with the Orioles taking the lead into the second. Their lead would hold into the intermission, but had been whittled to nearly nothing, as a 15-13 Saints advantage in the second quarter lowered the Concordia High School lead to just one point with the 31-30 halftime score.

The Saints ended the third quarter with their first end-of-quarter lead, a 46-43 Saints advantage after playing the third quarter to a 16-12 result.

Heading into the final frame, the Saints dug deep and ó as they have been known to do ó put it all together in the final frame, doubling up on the Orioles (18-9 fourth-quarter score) en route to a 64-52 win.

Despite not having to score as much this season as he had in the past, senior Elijah Muehler put up another memorable game for the Saints, as the Saintsí second-leading all-time scorer (see sidebar) put in 25 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Fellow seniors Micah Lemmons (15 points, nine rebounds, five assists) and Dobrivoj Andrejic (10 points, seven rebounds, three assists) played large roles in securing the victory, and the normal cast of younger talent also got involved ó sophomores Vlado Vretenicic and Justin Griffith each had six points, while junior Dominic Alicea finished with two points and five assists. Junior Aaron Kirby contributed with five rebounds, two steals and a block despite not finding the bucket on his only attempt.

Senior Matthew Gatewood led the Oís in scoring, collecting 20 points and four assists, along with five steals. Fellow seniors Tad Deatherage (11 points, eight rebounds), Lane Mueller (nine points, eight rebounds) and Cameron Kelly (eight points, three rebounds) also contributed to the teamís scorebook. Junior Colby Stein didnít put the ball in the hoop himself, but collected five assists, while sophomore Troy Brandt finished with four points.

With the victory, the Saints advance to 15-1 (3-0).

The Orioles fall to 10-7 (1-1) with the loss.

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