In the first game of the 47th annual Washington Boys Tournament, the top seed ended the first half with a bang.
The Pirates got a half-court three-pointer at the buzzer from leading scorer Cameron Teson to end the half with a huge wave of momentum.
St. Charles (9-5) led St. Clair (2-8) at the end of the first quarter, 11-7. A little more than two minutes into the second quarter, St. Clair held a 14-13 lead, which would be its last lead of the game. St. Charles outscored the Bulldogs 28-12 in the rest of the half, culminating with Teson’s buzzer beater.
St. Clair cut the Pirates’ lead to nine, 48-39, at the end of the third quarter, but could not get any closer than six points in the final period.
“We came out OK defensively and they went on a run there at the end of the second quarter when we had two guys with three fouls and maybe more with two fouls,” St. Clair Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “We had all sorts of foul trouble in the first half and then that three at the buzzer ... the other night it was a three-quarter shot at the buzzer. Tonight, it was a half-courter at the buzzer. We’ve been on the wrong end of a couple of those lately.”
The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Tyler Stark, who posted 14 points with one rebound and three assists.
Next was Noah Richardson with nine points, adding one rebound and one assist.
Jayce Decker scored seven points, Kamalei Bursey six, Calvin Henry four, Timmy Hoffman and Pepper Stark three each and Clay Banderman and Mike Hughes two apiece.
Hoffman led the team on the boards with five rebounds. He added one assist and three steals.
“I thought in the third quarter, Tim Hoffman, he played pretty well,” Isgrig said. “We went from down 17 and cut it all the way to six in the fourth quarter, which showed a lot of character and heart from us, but it was the way we played on the defensive end. We took four charges in the second half, which shows we’re actually helping each other. In the first half, those same plays were layups for them. In the second half, we were getting over and helping and taking charges on the play. So, that’s the way we have to play all the time.”
Hughes posted four rebounds with three assists and one steal.
Pepper Stark grabbed two rebounds with one assist.
Henry and Bursey each recorded one rebound and one steal. Henry was also credited with one assist.
Decker added two assists and one steal.
Teson’s 22 points for the Pirates led all scorers.
Braden Wiggs put through the next highest tally with 18 points for St. Charles.
The remainder of the Pirates scoring came from Dominic Pointer (nine points), David Roberts (seven), Cartiese Luster (four), Sam Adams (two), Courtney Anderson (two) and Caleb Irons (two).