NEW BREMEN — Things started clicking for the St. Marys Roughriders during the second quarter of Saturday night’s game at New Bremen. St. Marys got its hands in the passing lanes, started draining shots and eventually opened up a double-digit second-half lead that it nursed through the fourth quarter for a 50-39 win over the Cardinals.
St. Marys’ ended its three-game opening gauntlet against top Midwest Athletic Conference teams with a win — and a double-digit victory at that.
“We clogged the middle up and we rebounded very well,” St. Marys head coach Dan Hegemier said. “Bremen had a really tough game last night against Versailles and we had a tough one against St. Henry. I didn’t like our attitude last night in the third quarter. We talked about it this morning, told them to strap it up and play hard and we did and we guarded really well.”
New Bremen dropped its third straight game after winning its opener against Allen East. Losses to Troy Christian, Versailles and St. Marys have the Cardinals at 1-3 heading into Friday’s MAC contest at Parkway. The Cardinals gave the defending Division III Versailles Tigers all they could handle on Friday. On Saturday, New Bremen couldn’t muster the same kind of effort.
“That’s not who we are,” New Bremen head coach Adam Dougherty said. “Give St. Marys a lot of credit for that. They were tough, they were solid. They were the exact opposite of us tonight. If you see us last night against Versailles and tonight, you’d think that’s two completely different teams.”
“You can’t point the finger at any one person or one thing,” Dougherty said. “It’s just we were pretty bad tonight. We just couldn’t pass and catch the basketball.”
Junior Tyler Sullivan led St. Marys with 14 points and sparked the Roughriders in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Nathan Wilker added 12 points for the Roughriders. Isaac Fitzgerald and Marquis Wilson both scored nine points.
New Bremen leading scorer Carson Manger, who came into the night averaging 20 points per game, led the Cardinals with 16 points. Ben Schwieterman and Deion Hoehne adding nine points apiece.