Three Saints combine for 63 points in victory over MHS

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Thursday, Dec. 19 —Nonconference — Marshall HS
SPLHS 70
Marshall 49

The Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints boys basketball team had no problem finding the bottom of the net in their nonconference matchup with Marshall HS, extending a late lead with a magnificent fourth quarter to cement a 70-49 victory.

Based on the final score, it’s hard imagining the Saints trailing at any point in the game. That’s exactly where they found themselves after one quarter, however, down 17-13 despite six points from Marko Susa and five from junior Justin Griffith.

The Saints got back right in the second quarter, though, as they limited Owls scorers to just eight points en route to a narrow 27-25 halftime. Junior Vlado Vretenicic aided in the effort with eight points of his own.

As they have so many times over the years, the Saints left the locker room after the halftime intermission with a new gameplan and they executed it flawlessly, limiting the Owls to 10 points and 14 points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. The stout second-half defensive performance accompanied by two excellent offensive quarters (15 points scored in the third quarter, 28 points scored in the fourth quarter) was more than enough to bring a victory home to Concordia, 70-49.

Two Saints cracked 20 points (Griffith — 23; Susa — 22), while Vretenicic fell one basket short with 19 points. The three studs combined for a whopping 63 of their team’s 70 points.

The Saints knocked down 11/15 free throw attempts as a squad.

SPLHS moves to 3-2 (0-0) with the victory over their Class 4 opponent, Marshall (2-5). Interestingly, the Saints and Owls have one mutual opponent they’ve played thus far: Sacred Heart HS, who defeated the Saints by 11 to start their season. The Owls played them over a week later and won 69-68.

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