The Bulldogs are winless no more.
St. Clair’s boys basketball team (1-6, 1-1) notched its first win of the season, 56-30, at home against Four Rivers Conference opponent Hermann (2-5, 0-1) Friday.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-8 lead after the first quarter and had doubled up the Bearcats, 29-14, by halftime. St. Clair held a 41-22 lead after three periods.
“We had two really good practices on Wednesday and Thursday and came out faster than we have been all year,” Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “We were more focused and disciplined early in the game, which helped set the tone for the night.”
The Bulldogs were led by a quartet of scorers in double digits — Noah Richardson with 11 points, and Jayce Decker, Pepper Stark and Calvin Henry all with 10 points each.
“Noah shot with more confidence going 3-6 on threes,” Isgrig said. “Calvin Henry has been shooting with confidence lately and gave us good minutes in the third quarter when Jayce was in foul trouble. Jayce played steady for us at point guard and played his best game of the year. He played better defensively and did a good job running the point and getting us into offense. Pepper Stark scored a season high and set the tone with his energy early. He had three steals in the first and it led to some transition points for us.”
Other St. Clair scorers were TJ Griffith with five points, Kamalei Bursey with four and two each from Tyler Stark, Clay Banderman and Timmy Hoffman.
Hoffman pulled down a team high of nine rebounds with two assists and two steals.
“Timmy Hoffman led us with nine rebounds and was a huge spark for us,” Isgrig said. “He gave us really good minutes in the second quarter and was a big reason we outscored them 17-6. He only scored two points but was everywhere for us.”
Pepper Stark added to his three steals with seven rebounds and one assist.
The Bulldogs’ other contributions on the boards included four rebounds from Bursey, three from Mike Hughes, two each from Richardson, Tyler Stark and Decker and one from Griffith.
Decker dished out three assists. Banderman recorded two assists and Bursey, Griffith, Hughes, Richardson and Tyler Stark each had one.
Richardson also grabbed two steals and Decker, Henry and Tyler Stark each snatched one.
Isgrig credited his defenders in the post for being able to hold Hermann center Trent Anderson to just two points in the contest. Anderson had dropped 29 points on South Calloway just three days before.
“Overall it was our best effort of the year,” Isgrig said. “Hermann is a well-coached and disciplined team. We defended really well holding them to 30 points. We played four quarters and a big key was that we got off to a good start early.”
The Bulldogs will attempt to turn the momentum into a winning streak Thursday when they host Windsor for St. Clair’s courtwarming game.