The St. James boys basketball team (12-5) faced off against Warrenton in the semi-final of the Hermann Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 25. St. James ran into foul trouble, but still managed to make a second half comeback that fell short in a 61-55 loss.
The Tigers had a rough first half defensively, allowing Warrenton to jump out to a 40-25 lead at the half. The Wildcats hit five threes in the opening half and St. James just couldn't keep up. The Tigers had the issues of running into some foul trouble, which hurt their efforts on both sides of the ball. Ryan Harlan, St. James' leading scorer, was called for his fourth foul of the game in the second quarter and their second leading scorer, Ivan Fuhring, was called for a technical foul just before the half and spent the rest of the game on the bench.
While St. James had a lot of ground to make up without two of their top scorers, but they never backed down. Harlan fouled out midway through the third quarter, but Tyler Recker kept the Tigers in the game. After hitting a three in the third quarter, Recker scored 10 points in the fourth as St. James worked their way back into the game, but the Warrenton lead was tough to overcome. St. James held Warrenton to just six points in the third to help close the gap, but Warrenton hit just enough of their free throws in the fourth to finish off a 61-55 win.
Bailey Terrill led St. James with 17 points, as he was their only consistent scoring threat in the opening half with 10. Recker added 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Harlan and Carter Keeney each chipped in another seven points in the loss.
St. James will face Wright City in the third place game on Saturday, Jan. 27.