The St. James boys basketball team (16-7, 3-2 FRC) traveled to Sullivan on Friday, Feb. 9 for a Four Rivers Conference matchup. The Tigers used a big first quarter to get a lead and held onto it for a 60-54 win.
The Tigers were out for revenge against Sullivan, after falling to the Eagles 54-52 in the championship of the Sullivan Tournament. They came out of the gates wanting to prove a point and they did on both sides of the ball. The Tigers got out to a 16-7 lead through a quarter of play thanks to five points from both Tyler Recker and Ty Uffmann, with another four points from Bailey Terrill.
Uffmann continued to come up big in the second quarter with eight more points, bringing his first half total to 13. He made three three-pointers in the opening half. That play was made more important by the fact that Ivan Fuhring and Carter Keeney had to spend a good deal of time on the bench in foul trouble. The defense again held strong and St. James went into the half with a 31-19 lead.
While Uffmann was big in the first half, it was Terrill leading the way in the second. He scored six points in the third quarter, before adding another six in the fourth. Sullivan won both the third and fourth quarters, but they couldn't quite close the gap. The Tigers held onto a 46-36 lead heading into the fourth, where Sullivan made things interesting. The Eagles got within two points late, bringing the score to 56-54, but St. James closed out the game on a 4-0 run to seal a 60-54 win.
Terrill was a beast for St. James, leading the way in points and rebounds steals and assists. He scored 16 points and grabbed 13 board for a double-double to go along with five steals and three assists. Terrill had a perfect shooting night, going 7-7 from the field and 2-2 from the charity stripe. Uffmann and Recker each added 13 points, while Ryan Harlan chipped in another 12.
The JV also won on Friday night, taking the contest 54-44. Austin Ridenour led the way with 15 points, Logan Chick scored 13 and Andrew Branson scored 12 in the win.
The Tigers will remain in the Four Rivers Conference with a trip to Hermann on Tuesday, Feb. 13.