The Ss. Peter & Paul boys sixth grade basketball team notched its first win of the season in the seventh place game in the Fayette Tournament by beating New Franklin by a score of 32-29.
In the opening game of the tournament, head coach Joe Green said his team played a good first quarter against Harrisburg and led 8-6 but eventually lost by a score of 33-12.
Green said the Bulldogs took control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back.
Jace Carr led the Bulldogs with 10 points.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Luke Green tossed in nine points and 11 rebounds while Memphis Waibel added three points and three rebounds. Austin Coleman had two rebounds while Avery Shaw, Royce Jeffries and Zane Watring chipped in one rebound each.
The Warriors also started slow in the second game against Salisbury and trailed 9-1 after first period’s end before eventually losing by a score of 29-18.
Green said the slow start cost the Warriors as every time they battled back to within three or four points, the Panthers would surge ahead again.
The Panthers were led by the trio of Hayward with nine points and Cobb and Brese each with eight.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Green had eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Memphis Waibel tallied seven points while Avery Shaw added two points and six rebounds and Austin Coleman and Zane Watring each with two rebounds.
As for the seventh place game against New Franklin, Green said it was a hard fought game that saw the Warriors trail the Bulldogs throughout the contest. He said the Warriors started slow but showed fight and resilience throughout the game as they overcame a seven-point deficit on multiple occasions.
New Franklin played with a balanced offensive and defensive attack and just missed a three-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime, Green said.
For the Bulldogs, they got great guard play from Tyler Jennings, Brett Boggs, who scored eight each, and Caleb Hull with seven. Cowens and Austin Sandbothe had six each, and Landon Belstle finished with two.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Green said it was a true team effort with key defensive stops, rebounding and timely scoring in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors outscored the Bulldogs 15-7 in the final period.
Green said Memphis Waibel played his best game of the year, as he handled the ball well, played good defense and led the offensive attack with 16 points and provided a much needed spark scoring 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Luke Green also had another solid game, as he chipped in 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Austin Coleman scored four points and pulled down five rebounds and had some key rebounding during the fourth quarter run. Royce Jeffries chipped in two points and had one rebound.