Salem boys basketball got the better of St. Clair for the second time this season.
The Bulldogs (5-19) concluded their regular season with a loss on the road to the Tigers (7-18), 64-54.
Salem previously defeated St. Clair in the consolation game of the Sullivan Tournament.
The Tigers led 30-22 at halftime.
Calvin Henry led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 points.
“He moved into the starting lineup at St James and is leading us offensively right now,” Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “As a sophomore he has really progressed throughout the year and continues to improve.”
Michael Hughes scored 12 points.
“Mike Hughes continues to play at a high level and is really playing well,” Isgrig said. “He scored a season high with 12 and also 7 rebounds. Mike is battling every night and is really improving. He plays with pride every day.”
Jayce Decker added seven points.
Clay Banderman finished with six points.
Pepper Stark netted five points, Kamalei Bursey four and Tyler Stark three.
Timmy Hoffman rounded out the St. Clair scoresheet with two points.
Hughes’ seven rebounds were a team high for the night.
Bursey, Tyler Stark and Pepper Stark all pulled down four rebounds apiece.
Hoffman recorded three rebounds, Banderman two and Henry and Decker one apiece.
Decker dealt out a team high of six assists.
Henry recorded three assists, Bursey two and Banderman one.
Pepper Stark and Henry each picked up two steals.
Bursey, Decker and Hughes all stole one.
“We can’t give up 64 points in a game,” Isgrig said. “Our identity is to be a tough defensive team and we have to get back to that and buy in more on defense. We have three days to practice for our Union game and it gives us the chance to clean some things up and prepare for districts. Our goal all season is to play our best basketball at districts and we are excited for the opportunity.”
St. Clair enters the Class 4 District 6 Tournament Saturday at Union as the No. 6 seed, taking on the No. 3 Wildcats, whom the Bulldogs went to overtime against just last week.