LITTLE RIVER, Kan. (CIK) Class 1A or 2A has made no difference for the St. John boys in the past. In the Dean Wade era, the Tigers posted their state-record 63-straight wins in a span that included state championships in both classifications. With a 58-25 win over Central Christian Friday night in Little River, the Tigers are one step closer to another 1A state berth.
St. John capitalized on five Cougar turnovers in less than four minutes to jump out to an 8-0 lead. Tiger senior Mason Osborne opened scoring at the 5:43 mark with a bucket and foul, and he capped the run less than two minutes later.
"(Defensive pressure) helped us a lot," Osborne said. "We were able to get some on-ball turnovers and turn them into buckets."
St. John led just 10-4 after one quarter but quickly turned that to a 15-4 advantage with a 3-pointer from Toby Woolf. Late in the half, Tiger big man Tanner Halling converted his own miss, then Sead Pepic popped a trey to send the Tigers to the half with a 29-14 lead.
Osborne broke things wide open with an 8-point third quarter. He took advantage of two turnovers for a pair of and-ones. He took his own steal the distance to cap his own 8-0 run. Pepic swished another three in the final 10 seconds of the third to set up a running clock in the fourth.
Central Christian junior Adam Hall paced the Cougars with seven points. Sophomore Adreono Ibarra added six points, and junior Caleb Lambert finished with five points.
Osborne led all players with 16 points and had his hand in several Cougar turnovers. Pepic finished with 12 points, and Halling added eight points and seven rebounds.