The Ss. Peter & Paul boys sixth grade basketball team finished second in the St. Pius X Tournament over the weekend in Moberly.
While finishing the tournament with a record of 2-2, the Warriors won their opening round game against Mary Immaculate 32-10 back on March 5th. Then, after dropping a one-point decision against Higbee in the second round 30-29 on March 7th, Ss. Peter & Paul came back and defeated St. Pius X 24-22 in an eliminate game on March 8th to reach the championship game. However, in the championship game, the Warriors fell again against Higbee by a score of 32-23.
Of course to get to the title game, Ss. Peter & Paul had a battle on its hands in the previous game while playing St. Pius X to a 2-2 tie after one and a 6-6 tie at the half. However, in the third quarter, the Warriors outscored St. Pius X 7-4 to extend the lead to 15-12. But even then the game was up for grabs as St. Pius X rallied back with a 10-9 advantage in the final period to cut the lead back to two.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Daren Jeffries said for the second game in a row, the boys got off to a slow start offensively but so did St. Pius X.
“The game was close throughout, tied at the end of the first quarter and at half,” Jeffries said. “We took a three point lead into the fourth quarter, but St. Pius X fought back to go up by one in the fourth. Levi Jeffries scored five of his nine points in the final period to help propel us to the win. The boys played aggressive on defense resulting in several steals and fastbreaks. They also passed the ball very well and rebounded well even though St. Pius X had us out-sized. By winning this close game, the boys earned a rematch with Higbee for the championship.”
Levi Jeffries led all scorers for Ss. Peter & Paul with nine points along with four steals, two assists and one rebound.
Rhodes Leonard finished the game with six points, three rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot while Henry Rohrbach added five points, five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Ben Lutz two points, five rebounds and one steal, Ross Brackman two points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Kennedy Griffy one blocked shot and Luis Green and Ryder Comegys each with one rebound.
For St. Pius X, Mason Swartz had 12, Dillen Wilhite six and Brady Hollman with four.
In the championship game, Ss. Peter & Paul led Higbee 6-2 after one and 13-11 at the break but was outscored 21-10 in the second half to suffer the loss.
Jeffries said the Warriors were able to get off to a better offensive start in this game, led by Henry Rohrbach, who had nine of the team’s 13 first half points.
“We also played very good defense early on, holding Higbee to two points in the first quarter and holding their high school from our first meeting scoreless in the first half,” Jeffries said. “We had a two-point lead at half, but then had a rough third quarter on both sides of the ball and found ourselves down by nine going into the fourth. In the fourth, we drove the ball to the basket and were able to cut into their lead. Late in the fourth we had to start fouling, and Higbee was able to hit their free throws to preserve the win. The boys played in three very competitive games in this tournament. They finished the season at 8-8 with a second place finish at St. Pius X. I am happy with the progress and improvement this group of 13 boys showed this season.”
Henry Rohrbach finished the game with 13 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists for Ss. Peter & Paul.
Levi Jeffries chipped in six points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists while Ben Lutz tallied two points and one steal, Rhodes Leonard one point and three rebounds, Luis Green one point and one rebound, Ross Brackman one rebound and one steal and Chase Amos with one rebound.
For Higbee, Derek Rockett had 16, Will Spilman 11 and Jaxon Hudson with five.