The Ss. Peter & Paul boys seventh grade basketball team didn’t get the results they were looking for over the weekend in the Sedalia Sacred Heart Tournament.
But if you consider the Warriors played their seventh grade against mainly eighth grade teams, head coach Joe Herzog said you could see the players starting to grow together as a team.
Ss. Peter & Paul could have easily been 2-1 instead of 0-3 in the tournament after dropping the opener earlier in the week to Stover 39-36. Then, in the game against Northwest on Friday, the Warriors fell in another tight game by a score of 42-40 in overtime. Meanwhile, in the final game against Sacred Heart, the Warriors finished on the short end by a score of 42-21.
In the game against Northwest, the Warriors trailed 24-14 at the half before rallying back with a 25-15 advantage in the second half to tie the game at 39-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, Northwest outscored Ss. Peter & Paul 3-1 for the victory.
Herzog said the boys started out lacking aggressiveness on defense and standing on offense. “Not a good combination as we started the second half down by 10,” Herzog said. “We went into a pick and roll offense that made the boys move and good things started happening. Defensively we picked up on their shooters and made them take shots elsewhere. We were able to tie it up and end of the game but in overtime we just couldn’t get the ball in the basket. Again, we were much smaller and were beat up on the boards where they took multiple shots under their basket.”
Colby Caton had 23 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal for Ss. Peter & Paul. Aaron Vossler finished with five points, one rebound, one assist and one steal while Tyson Frederick added four points and one assist, Owen Armentrout three points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal, Max Eckerle three points and six rebounds, Carter Rowlett two points, two steals and one rebound and Isaac Marriott with two rebounds and one assist.
In the game against Sacred Heart, the Warriors trailed 25-5 at the break and 36-18 after three quarters of play.
Herzog said going into this game he knew it was be tough to stay with Sacred Heart. “They were a talented, tall, quick team,” Herzog said. “They pushed the ball up the floor and we struggled to stop ball. We had contested shots and their physical defense made us passive at best on offense. They were just better. Playing in this eighth grade tournament was a very good test for this seventh grade team. We played with two of the three teams and very well could have came out 2-1 if we had made a couple more free throws. Boxing out was a key factor as well.”
Caton had 12 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals for SS. Peter & Paul. Bryson Wessing added three points and two rebounds while Frederick had two points, two rebounds and one assist, Austin Rice and Eckerle each with two points, Armentrout with five rebounds, Marriott with three rebounds and two assists, Rowlett three rebounds, Cooper Kopine two rebounds and Vossler with two assists.