The Ss. Peter & Paul boys seventh and eighth grade basketball teams had a rough start to the 2019 season Thursday night on the road against Lange.
While dropping the seventh grade game against Lange 45-7, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys eighth grade team also finished on the losing end by a score of 52-31.
In the seventh grade game, Lange led Ss. Peter & Paul 19-2 after first period’s end, 29-5 at the half and 37-5 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Lange outscored the Warriors 45-7.
Despite the loss, Ss. Peter & Paul coach Evan Oswald said he has to give his kids credit. “We have played many eighth grade teams this year and not once have we not gave good effort,” Oswald said. “This wasn’t any different. We were tremendously outmatched this game, but we fought hard until the final buzzer.”
Eli Stock had the team high for Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 2-7 on the season, with four points. Henry Rohrbach chipped in two while Luis Green had one.
In the eighth grade game, Lange led Ss. Peter & Paul 13-6 after one period and 30-18 at the half. Meanwhile, in the second half, Lange outscored the Warriors 10-9 in the third quarter and 12-4 in the fourth to win the game by 21.
Oswald said the boys played another good Columbia team. “You never know what to expect coming off a two week layoff,” Oswald said. “I thought we played very hard throughout the game. We missed a few too many open shots, but sometimes that’s just the way the ball bounces. We shot very well from the free throw line, so I was pleased with that. We will look to build off some of the positives and get ready for our next game.”
Owen Armentrout had 10 points, two assists and two steals to lead Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 5-6 on the season. Colby Caton finished the game with nine points, five rebounds and three assists while Max Eckerle added four points, Aaron Vossler with two points and two rebounds, Bryson Wessing and Isaac Marriott each with two points and Carter Rowlett with four rebounds.
The Warriors also finished the game hitting 13 of 15 shots from the foul line for 87 percent.