Saints boys finish regular season in style with a trio of victories
Three games in four days can take their toll, but the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints boys made it look easy as they rolled to three straight wins with victories in Concordia over Orrick High School and Sweet Springs High School, then travelling to Crest Ridge High School where they would take down the Cougars.
Monday, Feb. 11—I-70 Conference
A huge first quarter lead was all it took for the Saints to get ahead against the Orrick High School Bearcats, winning 68-44 in their I-70 Conference matchup. Per usual, the Saints had no problem finding the bottom of the net in the first quarter, jumping way ahead to a 22-4 advantage. Both teams put up 22 points in the quarter, but that still left Orrick down 18, trailing 44-26.
A slow fourth quarter for both teams was preceded by yet another big quarter offensively for the Saints, putting up 16 points while holding Orrick to just nine.
Junior Dominic Alicea and sophomore Vlado Vretenicic each finished with 14 points and two steals, while Vretenicic also grabbed seven rebounds. Senior Dominic Andrejic was also busy on the boards, securing 11 for the Saints while also putting in 13 points.
Senior Elijah Muehler and sophomore Justin Griffith each put in nine points, while Micah Lemmons put up four points and five rebounds and assists apiece.
The Saints advanced to 20-1 (5-0) with the big victory.
Orrick fell to 7-14 (2-4) with the loss.
Wednesday, Feb. 13—I-70 Conference
Sweet Springs 27
Saint Paul Lutheran was lights-out in their second matchup of the week, handily taking care of Sweet Springs High School, 59-27.
After starting their prior game ahead 22-4, the Saints somehow managed to one-up themselves, moving ahead 23-2 after one quarter of action. They went into the halftime break ahead 33-10.
The deficit would grow a bit in the second half, as well, as the Saints would outscore the Greyhounds 26-17 in the second half to complete the big victory, 59-27.
Seniors Elijah Muehler (11 points) and Dobrivoj Andrejic (10 points) led the way offensively. Andrejic and sophomore Vlado Vretenicic each secured six rebounds, with Andrejic collecting two blocks and Vretinicic collecting eight points and three blocks. Trey Beerman had a good game, as the junior dropped seven points in the victory.
Saint Paul moves to 21-1 (6-0).
Sweet Springs continued their skid, falling to 3-20 (0-7) on the season.
Thursday, Feb. 14—I-70 Conference
Crest Ridge 57
Four Saints scored in double-digits to lead the brigade past the Crest Ridge High School Cougars, winning 57-37 to wrap-up the I-70 Conference regular season championship.
The gameplay was a bit different for the Saints early on in their third matchup of the week. Crest Ridge got hot early to take a 17-10 lead into the second quarter, but Saint Paul clamped down on defense in the second quarter, moving the halftime score to 22-20 in favor of the Cougars.
The second half was more reminiscent of the Saint Paul Lutheran squad fans had become accustomed to, as they would hang 19 points up in the third quarter and 18 more in the fourth while holding their opponents to under 10 points in each frame. It would be more than enough to help the Saints conclude the game — and undefeated I-70 Conference slate.
The Saints got it done behind Micah Lemmons’ 16 points and six rebounds. Fellow seniors Dobrivoj Andrejic (12 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks) and Elijah Muehler (10 points, six rebounds, four assists) were joined by sophomore Vlado Vretenicic (10 points, 10 assists) in double digits. Dominic Alicea also chipped in nine points and three assists.
It was an unusual offensive performance for the Saints in terms of how many players got on the scoreboard (five), but it was an efficient showing, as they would finish with an effective field goal percentage of 48 percent.
The victory moved Saint Pauls win streak to 22 games after suffering their only loss in the season’s inaugural matchup. They move to 22-1 (7-0) on the season after the I-70 Conference regular season championship-clinching performance.
Crest Ridge put up a fight, but fell to 16-7 (4-3) with the loss.