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Buckaroos play evenly in opening quarter before No. 4 Eagles run away with the win



1A Casco League Boys Basketball
Friday, Feb. 14 at Crosshill Christian High School

Team Score
Crosshill Christian
78
St. Paul
33


PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul senior T.J. Crawford scored the first five points of the game against No. 4 Crosshill Christian and finished with a team-high eight points in the Buckaroos' 78-33 loss.The St. Paul boys basketball team were able to slow one of the top offenses in the state for only so long, falling 78-33 to No. 4 Crosshill Christian in Salem in the final road game of the Buckaroos' Casco League schedule.

Taking on the third-best offense at the 1A level, the Buckaroos (9-14, 8-5 Casco) kept things slow in the opening half of the first quarter in an attempt to limit a Crosshill team averaging nearly 70 points a game.

Senior guard T.J. Crawford scored the first five points of the contest for the Bucks, who held an 8-2 lead after the first five minutes of play. But the floodgates eventually poured open for the Eagles, who went on an 8-0 run to end the quarter.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul junior Adam Cook scored all six of his points in the second quarter against Crosshill Christian.Crosshill (22-2, 14-0) continued its run in the second period, scoring the first eight points of the quarter to build a double digit advantage before junior forward Adam Cook scored to break a nine-minute scoreless streak for the Bucks and cut their deficit to 18-10.

Cook scored two more field goals in the quarter, but St. Paul was unable to halt the Eagles' offense, which put up 21 points in the quarter to take a 31-14 advantage heading into the break.

Coming out of halftime, Crosshill Christian continued to put its foot on the gas, connecting on five 3-pointers in the third quarter and outscoring the Bucks 31-7.

While the game was thoroughly out of reach in the fourth quarter, St. Paul was able to find some purchase on offense to end the game. Junior forward Broden Lear hit a pair of 3-pointers, and freshman Hunter Naumann came off the bench to score the final two field goals for the Bucks.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul junior Broden Lear scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers.Crawford led St. Paul with eight points, followed by six each from Lear and Cook and four from Naumann. Seniors Hayden Scott and Gianni Grasso each knocked down a 3 in the loss.

Junior Andrew Stoddard led the Eagles with 22 points, while senior post Evan Dallum followed with 18.

St. Paul wraps up the regular season with senior night on Tuesday against the Falls City Mountaineers (16-7, 9-4).

The two teams played in January, with the Mountaineers earning a 62-50 win.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul freshman Logan Connor and the Bucks will finish their regular season schedule at home against the Falls City Mountaineers on Tuesday.PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul forward Hayden Scott is one of six seniors who will be recognized on Senior Night on Tuesday, along with teammates Jacob Coleman, Taylor Faber, John Cacka, T.J. Crawford and Gianni Grasso.

ST. PAUL 8 6 7 12 — 33

CROSSHILL CHRISTIAN 10 21 31 16 — 78

POINTS

St. Paul — Crawford 7, Cook 6, Lear 6, Naumann 4, Coleman 4, Grasso 3, Scott 3

Crosshill Christian — Stoddard 22, Dallum 18, Hesse 8, Knox 8, Harris 7, Witham 7, Wolczak 3, Spoerhase 2, C. Spaulding 2, Schanz 1

3-POINTERS

St. Paul — Lear 2, Crawford 1, Grasso 1, Scott 1

Crosshill Christian — Dallum 5, Knox 2, Witham 1, Wolczak 1

FREE THROWS

St. Paul — 4/6

Crosshill Christian — 11/16


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