The St. James boys basketball (15-9, 3-3 Four Rivers) hosted Hermann for Senior Night on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Tigers got out to a great start, but Hermann used a big second quarter to win a high scoring contest 82-72. Hermann also got revenge on St. James, who beat them in overtime during the Hermann Invitational earlier this year.
The Tigers got out to a phenomenal start against Hermann, jumping out to a 10-0 lead out of the gate. Hermann then started slashing to the basket and St. James couldn't slow them down. Even after Hermann got going, the Tigers were able to maintain their lead, finishing the first quarter out in front 22-15.
Things went sour for St. James in the second. The offense dropped off in the quarter, as St. James managed just eight points. Hermann, meanwhile, kept firing on all cylinders. The Bearcats dropped 21 points in the second and took their first lead of the game, finishing the half with a 36-30 lead.
St. James tried to claw their way back into the game in the second half, but they couldn't find a way to slow down the Bearcat offense. Hermann added another 20 points in the third quarter, extending their lead out to 56-45.
The Tigers made a great offensive push in the fourth, scoring 27 points in the quarter to try to make a comeback and was eventually able to cut the score to 70-67 with about two minutes left, but Hermann's offense picked back up to finish off the game. The Bearcats scored 26 points of their own in the quarter and finished off an 82-72 win.
The St. James seniors all played extremely well, but needed some more help from the underclassmen. Seniors Kam Barber and Trey Marshall combined to hit 13 threes and scored 51 total points. Marshall hit eight of those threes and scored 26 points, while Barber hit five threes and scored 25. Fellow senior Tyler Davis didn't have a big night on the scoreboard, but he grabbed nine rebounds and stole five passes to go along with five points. Another senior in Aaron Robinson also had one of his highest scoring efforts of the season with seven points off the bench.
St. James won the JV game 51-48. The scoring was extremely balanced with Andrew Branson leading the way with 10 points and another nine points from Tyler Recker.
The Tigers will finish off their regular season with a doubleheader with the girls basketball team against St. Clair on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Marshall - 26 pts; Barber - 25 pts; Robinson - 7 pts; Harlan - 7pts; Davis - 5 pts, 9 rebs, 5 stls; Terrill - 2 pts