The Ss. Peter & Paul boys sixth grade basketball team captured the championship in the St. Peters of Marshall Tournament by beating Santa Fe 29-2.
The Warriors, 4-0 on the season, opened the tournament on Thursday by beating Trinity 38-23. Then, after beating CCA in the second game 26-15, Ss. Peter & Paul came back to lead Santa Fe from start to finish for its third straight win in the tournament.
In the opening game against Trinity, the Warriors led 26-11 at the half and then matched its opponent with 12 points in the second half.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Blake Oswald the boys started off strong in the first half and tapered off in the second half. “Defensively, we played aggressive and anticipated most passes,” Oswald said. “One top of not allowing second chance shots. Clayton Schuster set the tone on both sides of the ball, having his first double-double of the season. I am happy with the team’s play as a whole. Everyone played a piece in the game to finish it with a win.”
Clayton Schuster had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ss. Peter & Paul. He also finished the game with three steals.
Brayden Viertel chipped in seven points, four steals and one rebound while Cash Leonard added six points, five rebounds and two steals, Wade Frederick two points and five rebounds, Lucas Schuster five rebounds and one steal and Grayson Esser with three rebounds and one steal.
In the second game against CCA, the Warriors led by just three (12-9) at the half but outscored its opponent 14-6 in the second half.
Oswald said this was the toughest game so far this season. “CCA played with us in the first half and gave us some problems in the beginning,” Oswald said. “During the third quarter, we got some separation due to playing more aggressive and anticipated a lot of CCA’s passes and was able to maintain CCA offensively.”
Viertel finished the game with eight points, three steals and one rebound for Ss. Peter & Paul.
Clayton Schuster had six points, four rebounds and three steals while Leonard added six points, three rebounds and three steals, Aden Rapp four points, two steals and one rebound, Lucas Schuster two points and one rebound, Frederick one rebound and Esser with one steal.
In the championship game, Ss. Peter & Paul jumped out to stay against Santa Fe while leading 24-2 at the half and 26-2 after three.
Oswald said this was a very good game offensively and defensively. “It was a great way to end the tournament,” Oswald said. “We started off very strong in the first quarter and set the tone defensively for the rest of the game. Santa Fe had a difficult time running their plays and tried to force passes. This team is special. It took everyone of them to make it to this game and it took all of them to secure the win. I couldn’t be happier and prouder for their accomplishment.”
Viertel and Clayton Schuster tied for the game high for Ss. Peter & Paul with nine points. Schuster also had seven rebounds and four steals while Viertel added five steals and one rebound.
Leonard added six points, two rebounds and two steals while Lucas Schuster contributed two points, four rebounds and one steal, Esser two points, two steals and one rebound, Frederick one point and four rebounds and Rapp with two rebounds and two steals.