It was over almost as soon as it began.
The St. Clair High School boys basketball team got off to a torrid start Friday against Croswell-Lexington en route to a 68-26 victory in the opening game of the Ed Peltz Holiday Tournament.
Ben Davidson paced the Saints (3-2) with 16 points, and Eric Williams and Clarke Lamb each added 12.
Mario Mattson scored 11 points for St. Clair, and Buddy Brosky scored seven.
Matt Kettlewell scored 15 to lead the Pioneers.
“We have stressed bringing some intensity out of the locker room moreso than X’s and O’s,” St. Clair coach Shawn Sharrow said. “Tonight the energy level was good, and that first four or five minutes ended up rolling into 16 minutes that we played pretty hard.”
The Saints never trailed or lacked energy Friday. They were hot from the 3-point line and shared the ball well to make 12 on the night.
“We came out hard, and I thought we played as a team,” Williams said. “It was a great team win.”
“We all love each other and want to see each other be successful,” Lamb added. “We like sharing the ball with each other. No one on this team is selfish.”
The Saints scored 18 of the first 19 points of the game. By the time the second quarter rolled around, the game was already in hand with the Saints up 18-2.
In the second quarter the situation would only grow more dire for the Pioneers. St. Clair trapped the Pioneers into turnovers, and they fell behind 42-9.
“We missed layups and open 3s and it’s hard to stay in the game,” Cros-Lex coach Mike Krnnealy said.
“We have to come back (today) with a game plan and execute it and hopefully make some shots this time.”
The Saints earned their way into tonight’s 6:30 p.m. championship game against the winner of Port Huron and Port Huron Northern.
The Pioneers will play in the consolation game at 5 p.m.
They will be looking to win their second straight Peltz Tournament.
“I don’t have to worry about these guys playing back-to-back nights because they all love the game,” coach Sharrow said. “We will be ready to play.”
Big Reds hold off Huskies, 59-57
It was everything a rivalry game should be.
There were big shots and plenty of back and forth action in the second game of the Ed Peltz Holiday Tournament at Port Huron Northern.
After trading baskets with their rivals, Port Huron High pulled away late for a 59-57 win over Port Huron Northern.
Port Huron will face St. Clair in the championship game of the tournament at 6:30 p.m.
The Huskies will face Croswell-Lexington in the third place game at 5 p.m.
Geryd Welsh scored 26 points for Northern. Jovon Thomason had 20 points for Port Huron. Northern won the rebounding advantage 30-18.
“We made some good plays down the stretch but our defense and rebounding weren’t what it should have been tonight,” Port Huron coach Kevin Landshoot said.
“We didn’t play to the best of our potential, but we stepped it up to get the win,” Thomason added.
Port Huron (2-0) seized the lead early in the forth quarter and led 45-43 after a layup from Tremaine Lee.
Malik Mason gave the Big Reds a 58-51 lead after a 3-pointer with less than 2 minutes to play, and the Big Reds went on for the win.
But it wasn’t easy. Northern (0-2) led 15-13 after the first quarter and 26-25 at halftime.
The Huskies also took a 43-41 lead into the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold onto it there.
Northern pulled within 58-54 with 27 seconds left. They had a chance to tie it from the free throw line on an extra attempt with 9 seconds left after a Port Huron lane violation and an opportunity for the go ahead score before with only four seconds on the clock before dropping the ball.
Their final chance came on a last ditch jumper that was missed by Welsh as time expired.
“It was just simple mistakes,” Welsh said. “In the clutch we didn’t take care of the ball and we fell apart at the end.”
“Offensively we were playing a little too fast,” Northern coach Brian Jamison said. “I thought we executed our sets but we played faster than what we wanted to play.”
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