The St. James boys basketball team (11-4) traveled to Hermann for their tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The Tigers opened the tournament against Bourbon and used two big quarters to cruise to a 78-57 win.
St. James got out to a sluggish start on Tuesday night, trailing 5-0 two and a half minutes into the game. After that, it was all St. James. The Tigers went on a 23-7 run to finish out the first and never trailed for the rest of the game.
The Tigers slowed down a little bit in the second, outscoring Bourbon 16-13. That still gave St. James a comfortable 39-25 lead at the half, before they ran away with things in the third. The Tigers had their best offensive quarter in the third with 26 points, while still playing solid defense to only allow 14 points.
St. James led 65-39 going into the fourth, where the Tigers just had to maintain that lead in the fourth quarter. Bourbon managed to win the fourth 18-13, but the St. James lead was far too large for a comeback. The Tigers won the game 78-57.
Ryan Harlan led all scorers with 23 points, while adding a team high five seals and four assists. St. James had a total of 23 steals in the game, a team high for the season. Bailey Terrill was second on the team in scoring with 16 points and fell just short of his second double-double of the season with nine rebounds. Tyler Recker added 10 points, while Ivan Fuhring chipped in another eight points.
St. James will face off against Warrenton, who beat Hermann on Tuesday, in the semi-finals of the tournament on Thursday, Jan. 25.