The Saint Mary’s boys’ basketball team followed girls’ action Tuesday night for the opening of district play. After only having one win in pre-district action, the Tigers came out of quarantine shooting well and being scrappy on the floor for a 40-28 win.
Saint Mary’s won the tip and apparently a 20-day hiatus didn’t affect them. Maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder and the Tigers must have really missed the hardwood. They controlled tempo and led from the start. Logansport is usually tough competition for St. Mary’s, and they proved to be so again but struggled at the free throw line. Logansport utilized a zone defense for most of the contest and SMH worked their offense patiently to find shooting opportunities.
A pair of freshmen made significant contributions to the win. Mixon Bankston ran the point guard position well and tallied up 11 points. He also had 4 assists and 4 steals. Payne Williams was the other young Tiger making noise, knocking down 10 points and battled in the paint for 6 boards.
D.J. Ridley got plenty of earned playing time too and is hoping to help in the low post. Saint Mary’s will need all that and more when they lace up their sneakers Thursday on the road against Northwood-Lena and again on Friday at Montgomery.
The back-to-back games were necessary as make ups for the missed games last week. On the victory coach DeAndre Benton said, “Wherever work is done, victory is attained. Our boys sure worked hard tonight.”
Coach is right, the boys did work hard. When asked about the upcoming action and facing Northwood-Lena who may be the top dog in district, he said “We are going to play hard, play together and we’re going to make sure and have some fun! We can live with the results if we do those things.”
Good luck Tigers as district action is heating up. Tickets for home games at Saint Mary’s are limited and priority is given to families of players. Coach Benton urged fans to still try and come out to games by calling the school office at 352-8394 for available tickets. A set number of tickets go to visiting schools but there is the possibility that tickets may be available for any given game.