Gearing up for the South Callaway Tournament, the New Haven basketball Shamrocks returned to action Friday night in Phelps County.
In the Four Rivers Conference game, St. James (7-3, 1-1) topped New Haven (5-6, 0-2), 74-57.
“We turned it over too much and missed too many opportunities,” New Haven Head Coach Aaron Peirick said. “We had 26 turnovers and 12 missed layups.”
New Haven led 13-12 after one quarter, but St. James was up 40-26 at the half. It was 57-38 in favor of St. James after three quarters.
“We did everything good enough to win with the exception of handling the ball, especially after the first quarter,” Peirick said.
Peirick indicated the second quarter made the difference.
“We really imploded in the second quarter,” Peirick said. “Some of that was my fault. I put some guys in situations and positions that they weren’t ready for. We did play very well in the first quarter, when we controlled the pace.”
Four Tigers reached double digits in the game. Ryan Harlan and Tyler Recker tied for the scoring lead with 16 points apiece. Ivan Fuhring was next with 15 points and Bailey Terrill ended with 13 points.
Carter Keeney scored four points while Andrew Branson, Isaac Helterbrand, Mason Parker, Dante Poole and Tate Whitener scored two points apiece.
Keeney was the rebounding leader with six. Recker and Terrill each had four and Fuhring pulled down three rebounds. Harlan, Poole and Whitener had two rebounds apiece and Parker and Ty Uffmann each ended with one rebound.
Harlan and Keeney had three assists each. Parker and Uffmann each had two and Terrill and Whitener recorded one assist apiece.
Harlan recorded five steals. Keeney and Terrill each had three. Parker and Recker each posted two and Helterbrand and Whitener ended with one steal each.
St. James went 10-18 from the free-throw line. New Haven was 9-12 from the stripe.
Two Shamrocks reached double digits in scoring. John Fleer was the leader with 14 points. Kyle Brumels netted 10.
Abe Madden scored nine points. Joseph Rethemeyer posted eight points. Ethan Groner ended with seven. Martin Lewis scored three points.
Trent Kormeier, Levi Schroeder and Jay Eichelberger scored two points apiece.
Fleer hauled down eight rebounds. Madden, Groner and Rethemeyer each had four boards. Brumels, Kormeier and Eichelberger each recorded three rebounds and Lewis ended with two.
Eichelberger recorded three assists. Brumels and Groner had two assists apiece. Madden and Lewis each ended with one.
Brumels had two steals. Lewis and Eichelberger each had one.
Fleer and Schroeder blocked shots.
“Joseph Rethemeyer gave us great minutes off the bench,” said Peirick. “Abe Madden was finally aggressive again. That was nice to see.”
New Haven is the third seed in this week’s South Callaway Tournament. The Shamrocks open against the host school Tuesday night. The second round takes place Thursday and the final rounds are set for Friday (seventh and consolation) and Saturday (third and championship).