ST. MARYS — St. Marys found space on the perimeter and came out of the gate firing from long distance.
By the end of the first quarter against Perry’s Commodores the Riders put up 11 three-pointers — hitting on six of them.
The Roughriders scored a season-high in points in their best offensive display of the season in a 72-61 win over Lima Perry on Saturday night at Murotech Court.
The Roughriders’ first six made shots came from beyond the three-point arc. The Riders drained 11 three-pointers in the game, shooting the long-distance shots at a 44-percent clip for the night.
It’s likely what St. Marys head coach Dan Hegemier envisioned for this team when he put together a roster of perimeter players to surround his inside presence in J.D. Meyer.
On Saturday, the shots finally started falling.
“We’ve got some kids who can shoot,” Hegemier said.
The win was St. Marys’ first of the new year after three straight losses to begin 2012. The Riders had gotten to .500 for the season with a win on Dec. 30, but losses to Elida, Spencerville and Bath had St. Marys 0-for-January until the offensive perked up on Saturday night.
The Roughrider attack put five players in double figures. D.J. Manning led the way with 18 points. Dustin Fisher drained four 3-pointers and scored 15 points. Garet Fledderjohann hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points. J.D. Meyer added 12 points, and Austin James hit for 10 points with three treys.
“It’s great,” Hegemier said. “That’s when you know when you’re playing good basketball.”
Kevontae Steele tried to keep things interesting. The skilled point guard scored 33 points on 14-of-26 shooting, pestering St. Marys’ offense in the passing lanes and finishing difficult shots near the basket.
“Steele put on a show,” Hegemier said. “We were guarding him. I mean, we threw everything we had at him. He’s a nice player.”
New Bremen 67, Covington 46
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Cardinals finished off a 2-0 weekend with a 67-46 romp over Covington on Saturday night.
Elliott Westerbeck led New Bremen with a season-high 21 points and he added eight rebounds.
Derek Bornhorst added 10 points for the Cardinals, who upped their record to 7-3 after wins over New Knoxville and the Buccs on the weekend.
Jackson Center 51, New Knoxville 32
NEW KNOXVILLE — State-ranked Jackson Center jumped out to a 30-12 first-half lead and coasted to a 51-32 win over New Knoxville on Saturday night at The Barn.
Lucas Leffel led New Knoxville with nine points. Jake Allen added seven points.
Hoying led the way with 14 points.
Ft. Loramie 38, Minster 35
FT. LORAMIE — Inconsistency was the downfall for the Minster Wildcats Saturday night as the Ft. Loramie Redskins held on for a 38-35 victory in a non-league game at Ft. Loramie.
“It was a game where we knew going in that there was going to be limited possessions by both teams,” Minster head coach Mike Lee said. “Both teams predominately got after it offensively the whole game and the five point lead that we had at halftime seemed like it would be larger than that, but I give credit to Ft. Loramie because they kept fighting and battling along with our team.”
The Wildcats had two chances to tie or take the lead, but couldn’t convert and Luebke hit a free throw with 1.3 seconds left for the 38-35 victory.
“They hit a couple of big shots at the end,” Lee said. “That is a situation where we didn’t do that down the stretch. We had a couple of decent looks in the last 45 seconds but couldn’t knock the shot down.”