St. Paul boys fall 78-33 to hot-shooting Crosshill Christian Eagles
1A Casco League Boys Basketball
Friday, Feb. 14 at Crosshill Christian High School
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.
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.
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.
ST. PAUL 8 6 7 12 — 33
CROSSHILL CHRISTIAN 10 21 31 16 — 78
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
St. Paul — Lear 2, Crawford 1, Grasso 1, Scott 1
Crosshill Christian — Dallum 5, Knox 2, Witham 1, Wolczak 1
St. Paul — 4/6
Crosshill Christian — 11/16
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