Five Saints scored in doubles digits as St. Peter boys basketball team won a key Big South Conference game 74-62 over host Fairmont on Friday.
“This was a tale of two halves,” St. Peter coach Sean Keating said. “In the first half we played very good defense, forced a lot of steals and made eight 3’s to take a 19-point half time advantage. However, Fairmont got hot early in the second half and went on a 19-2 run to close the game within 4 at 56-52 with 9:36 remaining. We would then go on a 8-2 run and never look back closing out the game by making some free throws.”
“This was one of our better defensive performances of the season. It doesn’t fully show up in the scoreboard since Fairmont had that hot stretch and finished the game shooting 8-14 from 3. However we had 16 steals and forced Fairmont into 30 turnovers.”
Wyatt Olson and Ethan Grant tied for the team lead with 16 points each. Olson also had 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Grant had two 3-point baskets, four assists and three steals.
Kaden Oeltjenbruns scored 14 points, including two 3-point baskets, and picked off three steals.
Josh Johnson and Bennett Olson scored 10 points apiece. Johnson made three 3’s and has three steals. Olson hit two 3’s.
Ethan Volk scored eight points with one 3-pointer.
Center Wyatt Frank led Fairmont with a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds.
“I think it was one of our more complete games of the season, and I’m excited to see how we do now with only one game this week (Thursday at New Ulm) and some time to practice and work on improving as we get ready for the 2nd half of the season,” Keating said. “We are 9-5 now, 3-1 in Big South Conference play and head to New Ulm Thursday. Of our last 12 games seven are at home.”
Fairmont fell to 5-4, 2-1.
St. Peter 47 27 74
Fairmont 28 34 62