Saints boys successful during busy week
A week with back-to-back nonconference games were followed by an I-70 Conference matchup for the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints girls and boys basketball teams resulted in a successful week for the squads. The boys squad stuck to their winning ways en route to a clean week of victories.
Monday, Jan. 28
La Monte 44
Saint Paul 69
The Saints got in their grove early against La Monte High School in a nonconference matchup, kicking their week off with a resounding victory, 69-44.
Despite La Monte being able to hang around, the Saints had no problem turning it on when they wanted to, scoring 19 points in the first quarter, 18 in the third quarter, and 20 in the fourth.
Elijah Muehler led the team in scoring, as the senior collected 22 points with five rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Junior Dominic Alicea also found net to the tune of double digit scoring, knocking down three three-point field goals en route to 13 points.
Senior Micah Lemmons collected nine points and six assists.
The win moved the Saints to 16-1 (3-0) with the victory.
La Monte falls to 4-18 with the loss.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Saint Paul 63
In their second game of the week, the Saints caught some resistance from Versailles
High School. Regardless, however, the Saints trudged through it, pulling away late en route to the victory, 63-54.
Despite a solid performance from the Tigers, the Saints took a 35-28 lead into the halftime intermission.
Rough waters found the Saints in the third quarter, as Versailles would pile the points on to the tune of a 20-13 third quarter advantage, moving the game into a tie heading to the fourth.
Per usual, though, the Saints got it done in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Tigers 15-6 and would pull away, winning 63-54.
Senior Micah Lemmons’ double-double (15 points, 15 rebounds, four assists) helped the Saints get it done on both sides of the ball, while he also got notable performances from senior Elijah Muehler (17 points, two blocks) and sophomore Vlado Vretenicic, who pulled in a double-double as well (16 points, 12 rebounds).
With the victory, the Saints move to 17-1 (3-0) with the win.
Versailles falls to 9-13.
Friday, Feb. 1
Saint Paul 54
While some might argue that no specific part of a game is more important than any other, the Saints were able to set the tone early and finish out strong en route to an I-70 Conference victory over the Wellington-Napoleon High School Tigers, 54-43.
The Saints pulled away a bit in the early part of the game, moving to 14-6 after one quarter. The second and third quarters were much more even, combining for a 24-23 WNHS advantage and moving the score to 34-31 to start the final frame.
The fourth quarter went as well as it needed to go for the Saints, though, as they would outscore the Tigers, 17-13, and hold on en route to the victory, 54-43.
Muehler’s double-double (23 points, 11 rebounds) helped carry the Saints to victory. He carried most of the offensive weight in the matchup. Fellow senior Lemmons also capped off the night with 10 points.
Sophomore Vlado Vretenicic made his presence felt inside, collecting six points and nine assists.
The Saints extend their winning streak to 18 games after a season-opening loss. They move to 18-1 (4-0) with the victory.
The Tigers likely needed to knock the Saints off to keep their chances of an I-70 Conference regular season championship alive. They fell to 11-8 (1-2) with the loss.