The St. Joseph Pilot Grove boys junior high basketball team closed out the season on a winning note by placing third in the St. Peters of Marshall with a 41-11 win over the host team.
In the opening round on Friday, the Cougars defeated Holy Rosary out of Clinton by a score of 49-11.
In that game, St. Joseph Pilot Grove led 18-5 after one, 27-9 at the half and 45-11 after three quarters of play.
St. Joseph Pilot Grove coach Jeff Wessing said the boys did a better job of running their offense in this game and at protecting the ball. “We will need to be much stronger both offensively and defensively on Saturday when we play Immanuel Lutheran out of Higginsville,” Wessing said.
Parker Schuster had the team-high for St. Joseph Pilot Grove with 17 points along with nine rebounds and three steals.
Brady Rentel finished the game with 15 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots while Jared Schupp added six points, six rebounds and two steals, Layne Wessing with six points and two rebounds, Anderson Twenter with three points, one rebound and one steal, Layton Streck with two points and Kale Day with four rebounds.
The Cougars also hit on 9 of 18 shots from the foul line for 50 percent.
In the second game against Immanuel Lutheran, the St. Joseph Pilot Grove boys fell by a score of 35-22.
Wessing said the Cougars never got their game going. “We had no energy and just couldn’t get anything going offensively or defensively,” Wessing said. “This is one game that we let get away from us that we should have won.”
Peyton King had the high game for Immanuel Lutheran with 12 points.
For St. Joseph Pilot Grove, Brady Rentel had 12 points, five blocked shots, four rebounds and one steal while Parker Schuster chipped in four points, nine rebounds and one steal, Layne Wessing with three points, Anderson Twenter with two points, one rebound and one steal, Layton Streck with one points, Kale Day with three rebounds and one steal and Jared Schupp with two rebounds.
In the third-place game against St. Peterson, the Cougars led 15-5 at the half and then outscored the Marshall team 14-5 in the second half for the victory.
Wessing said this was their final game for the year. “I’m glad the last game for our eighth graders was a win,” Wessing said. “Brady, Parker, Layne and Jared all played the final quarter to end their last junior high game together and win third place.”
Parker Schuster also finished the game with a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds along with three steals.
Brady Rentel had 15 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal while Anderson Twenter added three points, three rebounds and one steal, Layne Wessing with three points, Kale Day with two points, two rebounds and one steal, Jared Schupp with one point and two rebounds and Layton Streck with two rebounds.