The St. John Tigers held on to defeat the South Central Timberwolves by a score of 48 to 43.
The game was St. John's final home game of the regular season. Because of this, Collin Halling, a senior for the Tigers, got to start despite breaking his ankle around Christmas time. St. John won the opening tip and it went uncontested to Halling for a layup.
South Central scored a basket on their end to make it even.
Halling quickly subbed out and thanked his coaches and teammates.
Then the game got underway.
South Central built a six point lead. St. John chipped away at it to take a two point advantage with under thirty seconds to go. The Timberwolves found a late basket to tie the game up at 12 all to end the first quarter.
The Timberwolves broke the tie about a minute into the second quarter. They would put up a total of 12 points in the quarter to take a 24 to 20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
St. John battled back in the third quarter. They scored three treys in the quarter as they went from trailing by five points to leading by four. The Tigers never gave up the lead after that.
South Central made runs at it, but never could get closer that two points.
"If you could be proud of a loss, that is how you want to loose. Fighting, doing everything you can. The boys did well tonight, said South Central Head Coach Roe Macias.
"St. John has always been tough. Kinnamon does a great job coaching them and getting them ready."
"Games like that will help you down the stretch," said St. John Head Coach Clint Kinnamon. "It was a physical game. I think we did not adjust well to that in the first half. Second half we played strong with some rebounds. We got some nice finishes inside with contact and hit some outside shots. We were a lot better in the second half than the first."
South Central's Xavier Frazier led all scorers with 20 points.
St. John's Tanner Halling led his team with 16 points. Marshall Woolf scored 14 points and Joel Ortiz added 13 points.
South Central's record falls to 14 and 5 on the season. They will play their final home game Friday against Spearville.
St. John improves their record to 16 and 3. The Tigers will travel down Highway 50 to take on cross county rivals the Macksville Mustangs on Friday.