BOYS BASKETBALL: St. Marys moves on to tonight's Parkway tourney title game


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ROCKFORD — The shots aren’t falling yet for the St. Marys boys basketball team, but the Roughriders will sure take the wins while they wait for the breakthrough.

As has been the case lately this season and in Parkway’s holiday tournament over the past three years, St. Marys found a way to scratch out a win on Thursday.

St. Marys entered the fourth quarter down by a point before pulling away late for a 50-41 win over River Valley at the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament.

The Roughriders scored 14 of the game’s final 18 points. Until River Valley’s Trevor Calhoun knocked down a three-pointer with two seconds left in the game St. Marys had held the Vikings scoreless for the last two minutes of the game.

“We went to the basket and got to the free throw line and played good defense in the fourth quarter,” St. Marys head coach Dan Hegemier said.

St. Marys (3-4) will play for its third straight Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament title tonight in the  finale at Parkway High School tonight. They’ll face the hosts for the second straight year after the Panthers notched their first win of the season — a 51-47 win over Fairlawn in the nightcap.

St. Marys won its third out of last four games, and the Riders are doing it while their shooting has yet to heat up, Hegemier said.

St. Marys shot 17-for-48 from the floor (35.4 percent) and was just 3-of-14 from three-point range (21.4 percent.

“This team has a desire to win and I think it’s putting a little bit too much pressure on themselves,” Hegemier said. “We just have to relax and play. But we defend, we’re playing hard. It’s tough when the ball isn’t dropping. We’ve got kids who can shoot and the balls weren’t dropping.”

Garet Fledderjohann scored 17 points as he made eight trips to the free throw line.

J.D. Meyer added 15 points and six rebounds on a tidy 6-for-10 shooting.Meyer played strong in the middle, sending in two dunks and grabbing three offensive rebounds.

Rider forward Steven Elshoff led the team with seven rebounds.

The St. Marys defense mixed man-to-man and a 3-2 zone it pulled out after a time-out in the fourth quarter to hold the Vikings to 16-of-50 shooting from the floor (32 percent).

River Valley’s Kyle Mathey scored a game-high 18 points off the bench.