The St. Philip Tigers recovered from a slow start to take down Jackson Christian 53-47 at home on Thursday night.
Jackson Christian started the game with an 18-2 advantage, but the Tigers stormed back in the second quarter, outscoring Jackson Christian 19-8 in the frame to only trail by one at the half.
“Our defense finally kicked in in the second quarter,” St. Philip head coach Dino English said. “Brayden Darr came in the game in the second quarter and got on the boards for us and got us going for that 19-point quarter.”
The Tigers outscored Jackson Christian 28-21 in the second half to improve their overall record to 11-8.
“It was Senior Night and Jon Niland, our senior point guard, controlled the tempo of the game and really did a nice job for us,” English said. “It was a good win at home and hopefully we can capitalize on it with another home win (tonight).”
St. Philip will finish out its regular season with a makeup game at home against Pittsford on Friday night.
Niland finished with 14 points and seven assists. Brent Debree led the Tigers with 18 points and Tyler Hubbard-Neilhad nine points, 12 boards, four steals and three assists.
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Battle Creek Central 56, (at) Benton Harbor 42: The Bearcats had four players in double figures as they finished out an impressive 17-2 regular season with a win. Trevin Alexander led BCC with 19 points and 15 rebounds while Mafiaion Joyner scored 13, Mohammed Albagami scored 12 and Joseph Bowser added 10.
(At) P-Northern 58, Lakeview 51: Tyreace Frederick netted 20 points and had three steals in the Spartans’ setback. Lakeview (9-10) — which plays at home tonight against Lakeshore –also received eight points and six rebounds from Donnie Ernsberger and eight points from Russell Mathiak.
Homer 78, (at) Reading 46: Homer (17-3, 13-1) clinched an outright Big Eight title. The Trojans’ Zack Fleming started off the game with three consecutive 3-pointers and went on to score 19 points with nine rebounds in the win. Homer’s Jon VanMeter recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards and Jared Warsop added 11 points.
Bellevue 55, (at) Hillsdale Academy 52: Honorable mention Class D Bellevue (16-4) was led by Zach Webb’s 32 points and seven steals. Cole Madry grabbed 16 rebounds and scored nine.
Delton Kellogg 40, (at) Olivet 37 (OT): Zach Leinaar had 16 points and eight rebounds as Delton Kellogg (4-15) picked up its second straight overtime road victory. Colton Tobias had eight points and nine boards and Jeff Minehart added seven points in the Panthers’ winning effort. Olivet (8-11) was led by Nick Coolidge’s 13 points and Quintan Harris’ 10 points.
(At) Climax-Scotts 71, North Adams-Jerome 18: The Class D No. 4-ranked Panthers ended their regular season with a nearly-perfect 19-1 record with this blowout win. Malachai Satterlee led Climax-Scotts with 19 points and eight rebounds. Aaron Cook scored 17 points with six boards and Kirk Gibson chipped in 10 points.
(At) Pittsford 71, Tekonsha 30: Tekonsha (2-18) got 10 points from Jeremy Sheerer and nine from Saby Ghotra in the loss. Chyene Wiescholek added five assists for the Indians. Pittsford’s Kylar Lee scored 41 points.
(At) Quincy 55, Jonesville 53 (OT): Quincy improved to 9-11 with this overtime win. Mike Tesch led the Orioles with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Logan Miller had 15 points, six boards and six assists and Ashton Diotte added 11 points and four assists in the win.
(At) Maple Valley 53, K-Hackett 52: Austin Gonser scored a basket with .4 seconds left to lift the Lions to the KVA victory. Maple Valley (13-7) was led by Micah Bromley’s 13 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Gonser had 12 points and seven rebounds.
(At) Springport 71, Union City 57: Emmett Fraley had 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five blocks in the Chargers’ Big Eight loss. Also for Union City (6-14, 6-8), Nick Austin had 13 points and eight rebounds, Brady Johnson had 13 points and five boards, and Josh Holton had nine points and three steals.