The St. James boys basketball team opened their District Tournament with a matchup against Hermann on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The Tigers fought off some early foul trouble to dominate the contest on their way to a 70-46 win.
St. James instantly found themselves in foul trouble on Tuesday night, as four starters picked up two fouls in the opening quarter. Despite the fouls, St. James was able to hold onto a slim 10-8 lead with four points coming from Ivan Fuhring, while Ty Uffmann and Bailey Terrill each added three.
The Tigers punched it into overdrive in the second despite the foul trouble, scoring 27 points in the quarter. Tyler Recker scored nine points off the bench to lead the charge, but Ryan Harlan also added eight points of his own and Carter Keeney chipped in another five. Hermann couldn't keep pace, scoring 15 points, as the Tigers stretched their lead out to 37-23 at the half.
St. James didn't slow down in the second half thanks to some hot shooting from Harlan. The Tiger senior knocked down two threes in the quarter, leading St. James with eight points. Keeney added another four points, as St. James went into the final quarter with a 54-32 lead.
With a big lead, the Tigers just needed to hold on for the first round victory. St. James kept firing in the fourth, hitting two more threes in the final frame. The Tigers scored 16 more points in the fourth with a total of six players contributing to the offense, outscoring Hermann by two points in the quarter to put a cherry on top of their 70-46 victory.
Harlan led St. James with 19 points in the win. Recker wasn't far behind with 15 points off the bench, while Keeney added another 12. Fuhring chipped in eight points, as well. A total of eight Tigers scored in the first round win.
St. James will face off against Southern Boon in the Tournament Semi-final on Thursday, Feb. 22. The winner of that game will play the winner between Blair Oaks and Father Tolton for the District Championship.