Roundup of area high school boys basketball games for Thursday, Jan. 29
Solid free-throw shooting helped St. Mary’s to another victory Thursday.
The Trojans (6-8) rallied from down 8-0 early in the game to build a late lead and held on for a 60-52 win at Immaculata in Leavenworth (Kan.).
“We finally started playing better with ball movement and player movement,” Trojans coach Byron Jones said. “The next thing we know, we have the opportunity to take the lead. We got some momentm going. We were up 12 points in the second half and they got it down to three. But we held them off with some big free throws.”
Bret Scassaletti led the way with 15 points off the bench, while Michael Monteleone and Kolbie Acree each added 11.
The Trojans JV also won, 41-29, to improve to 11-2 on the season.
STALEY 63, OAK GROVE 47: Early foul trouble hurt Oak Grove and eliminated the Panthers from the Grain Valley Eagle Sonic Showdown Thursday night.
The Panthers fell behind early and had a pair of starters foul out in the loss.
“We got in foul trouble early,” Panthers coach Jerry Girdner said. “We struggled to find good chemistry and our defense was not productive.”
Tim O’Hare (5-11) led the Panthers with 13 points, while Ethan Sticken added 10.
CREST RIDGE 56, VAN HORN 50: A sluggish start sent Van Horn to a seventh-place finish in the Clinton Invitational Thursday.
There are only seven teams in the tournament, so no seventh-place game will be played.
“We didn’t do anything particularly bad,” Falcons coach Mickey Murray said. “But we didn’t do anything really well either. P.J. Kapono played an aggressive game.”
Kapono led all scorers with 22 points, as the Falcons fell to 2-11.