ST. JOHN, Kan. The Central Plains Oilers defeated the St. John Tigers by a score of 55 to 35.
Central Plains Oiler #4 Myles Menges looks for a teammate to pass the ball to in the third quarter. The Central Plains Oilers faced the St. John Tigers at St. John High School outside of St. John, Kansas on February 1, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
The two teams matched up for the third time this season. This time it counted as a Central Prairie League game.
The game started with both sides trying to set the tone. Central Plains scored early and extended the lead to almost ten. St. John found a rhythm late in the quarter and cut the lead to 12 to 7 at the horn.
As is the norm when these to teams lock horns, the game was physical. Several fouls were called. St. John Coach Clint Kinnamon voiced his opinion early with the officials about how the calls were being made. By late in the second quarter, the officials had enough and gave him a technical foul.
At halftime, Central Plains led 27 to 19.
The third quarter would be the decisive period of the game. St. John's defense stepped up and started creating some stops. They narrowed the lead down to four at one point.
Then with about three and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter, St. John's Trey Fisher fouled a Central Plains player under the basket. The foul would be his fourth personal foul. After being called for the foul, he made a comment that a ref took as disputing the call. The official gave him a technical foul. The technical also counted as his fifth foul taking him out of the game.
Central Plains would make all of their free throws after that sequence. From that moment on, the Oilers controlled the game.
Eddy Calleros for St. John would also end the night fouling out. Central Plains did not lose a player to fouls, but two players ended the night with four fouls.
Central Plains ended the game with three players in double figures. Brett Liebl lead all scorers with 20 points. Alex Hickel scored 15 points. Devon Ryan added 10 points on the night.
As a team, the Oilers only missed four of the 30 free throws they attempted.
For St. John, Tanner Halling lead all scorers with 18 points on the night.
"It was a hard fought game as it always is," said Central Plains Head Coach Brett Rolfs. "Both teams got into early foul trouble. Our defense held their own. For three games now we've held them to lower thirties."
Central Plains will have to get their rest as they travel to Concordia Saturday afternoon for a matchup with the Panthers.
The win by the Oilers continues their perfect season and is their 41st consecutive victory.
St. John's record falls to 11 and 4.