The St. James boys basketball team (14-7, 1-2 FRC) traveled to Pacific for a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Friday, Jan. 2. The Tigers struggled to jumpstart their offense in a 58-44 loss to the top dog in the conference.
St. James was able to stay close in the first half, as the Tigers were able to hold Pacific to just 24 points in the first two quarters. St. James couldn't get the offense going, however, scoring just nine points in each of the first two quarters. St. James was able to keep things close, but Pacific went into the half with a 24-18 lead.
The Tiger defense couldn't slow Pacific down forever and the Indians broke through in the third quarter. Pacific scored 18 points in the quarter, while holding St. James to just nine to extend their lead to 42-25 heading into the fourth.
St. James woke up in the fourth to the tune of 19 points, but it wasn't enough to dig them out of that huge hole. Pacific managed to add another 16 points to finish off a 58-44 win.
The Tigers were able to slow down Cameron VanLeer, the Indian's leading scorer. VanLeer was held to 14 points, but Pacific had three players scoring in double figures to pull off the win.
St. James also had three players in double figures in the loss. Ryan Harlan led St. James with 12 points, Bailey Terrill added another 11 points and eight boards, while Tyler Recker chipped in with 10 off the bench. Carter Keeney had a solid all-around game with seven points and a team-high five assists.
Pacific also won the JV contest 50-38.
The Tigers will return to their home court on Tuesday, Feb. 6 when they host Owensville for another Four Rivers Conference matchup. St. James' final four games will all come against conference teams.