Tigers close out 2021 with double digit win over St. Marys to stay perfect on 2021-2022 season
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VERSAILLES – The Versailles Tigers closed out 2021 with a 47-37 double digit non-conference win over the St. Marys Memorial Roughriders to take a perfect 7-0 record into 2022.
“Big victory for us because we had a lot of adversity in the game – a lot of foul trouble early on,” said Versailles coach, Travis Swank. “Connor picked up two quick ones in the first 70-seconds of the game and he’s a big piece for our team not only defensively but offensively as well – and then Ben had some foul trouble so all eight that played tonight really contributed and did well.”
Versailles had to adjust to the referees’ whistle in a game that kept the Tigers 6’7” post player, Connor Stonebraker on the bench for all but about 7-minutes of the game along with starting forward, Ben Ruhenkamp finding time on the bench.
“You take whatever they call and you try to be flexible and adjust as the game goes on,” Swank said. “You’re not out there making the calls even though you would like to so you just have to respect what they called and move on and trust the guys we threw in there tonight to do the job. They did it and we were able to come out of here with a victory even with all that foul adversity.”
The Roughriders jumped out to an early 8-2 first quarter lead with Versailles battling back to use a 15-4 scoring run to close out opening period play with a 17-12 advantage aided by a Jaydon Litten 3-pointer with 0:39 showing on the first quarter clock to close out first period scoring.
St. Marys stormed back with an 11-3 run to grab a 23-20 advantage with a minute remaining in second quarter play before the teams would settle for a Roughriders 23-21 advantage at the break with Versailles being limited to 4-pioints.
“They basically threw everything they had in their defensive playbook at us,” Swank noted. “I thought we executed for the most part fairly well.”
The Roughriders pushed its lead to 25-21 at 7:26 to open third quarter action. Versailles grabbed a 1-point 30-29 lead with 2:39 on the third quarter board. The teams battled to a 9-9 third quarter sending the game to the final period with St. Marys clinging to a 32-30 advantage.
Versailles knotted the score at 32-32 at 7:31 in the fourth and would not look back outscoring the visitors 17-5 in the fourth along with controlling the boards to earn the non-conference victory.
“We were fortunate enough to be around the basket and penetrate their zone, penetrate their man,” Coach Swank said. “We were able to get some easy ones there at the end.”
Caden and Cole Hamilton combined for 11-points off the bench while Stonebraker and Ruhenkamp were camped out on the bench much of the night.
“Both of them played their tails off all night long – played with a lot of energy,” Swank said of the Hamilton brothers. “If they can bring that every night to the table we’re going to be even more successful than we are already.”
Versailles came into the night shooting .73-percent from the charity stripe but would struggle at the line hitting just 6-15 for a subpar .40-percent.
“We shot poorly from the free throw line, we were one of 12 from the 3-point line at the end of the first half had two of our top three scorers in foul trouble in the first half and found a way to win,” Swank said. “That says a lot about our team and our players.”
Jaydon Litten led Versailles and all scorers with a game high 17-points. The Roughriders Austin Parks led St. Marys with 15-points.
VERSAILLES 47, ST. MARYS 37
VERSAILLES – J. Litten 17, B. Ruhenkamp 8, N. McEldowney 6, Caden Hamilton 6, Cole Hamilton 5, C. Stonebraker 4, E. McEldowney 1 – TOTALS 16 6-15 3 47
ST. MARYS – A. Parks 15, E. Angstmann 10, G. Reineke 5, J. Turner 4, A. Moore 3 – TOTALS 9 10-14 3
Versailles 3 (J. Litten 3)
St. Marys 3 (Andstmann 2, Moore 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
17-04-09-17 47 Versailles
12-11-09-05 37 St. Marys