The St. Clair Bulldogs pitched a shutout in the third quarter en route to a win Saturday.
St. Clair (6-7) outscored Belle (3-6), 25-0 in the third period on their way to a 68-31 win in the third-place game at the Owensville Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Bulldogs led slightly, 12-11, over Belle after the first quarter and extended the lead to 38-27 at halftime. After the third-quarter shutout, St. Clair took a 63-27 advantage into the fourth quarter.
“We got out and pushed the ball in transition and got some easy baskets,” St. Clair Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “We weren’t happy with our defense in the first half and challenged the kids at halftime to guard the ball better. They responded well and we went on a big run in the third quarter.”
Calvin Henry’s 14 points led a ball-sharing effort that landed four Bulldogs in double figures in the contest. Henry also dished out eight assists with three rebounds.
Justin Hoffman and Michael Hughes each netted 13 points and Pepper Stark scored 10.
Timmy Hoffman led the team in rebounds with 10 and grabbed three steals to go with his five points.
“Timmy had 10 rebounds for the second game in a row,” Isgrig said. “Calvin had eight assists. Mike was in double figures all three games of the tournament and Justin Hoffman is shooting the ball well for us. He was a big spark for us off the bench and had 13 points in the semis and third-place game. Justin was chosen as the sixth man award (recipient) for the tournament and Mike Hughes was first team all-tournament. This was a good tournament for us. We played three good games and got better. We wanted to win the tournament but we liked the way we competed.”
Kamalei Bursey finished with eight points in the contest. Tyler Stark scored three and Johnny Kindel two.
Hughes grabbed seven rebounds and Bursey six. Bursey also made three assists and two steals.
Brendyn Stricker pulled down three rebounds.
Pepper Stark and Tyler Stark both grabbed two rebounds. Pepper added two assists and Tyler made one steal.
Justin Hoffman notched two assists, one steal and one rebound.
Nick Dierking recorded a rebound and Kindel one assist.
The Bulldogs hosted Festus Monday and next play Tuesday, Jan. 15, at home against Hillsboro at 7 p.m.