The Aquinas boys basketball team dropped a home game to C1 No.4 Wahoo Bishop Neuman Dec. 12. The Cavaliers used physical play inside and relentless pressure on defense to pull away 67-53.

“Their pressure is always very good, and they really make you take care of the ball,” Aquinas coach Kyle Eller said. “We did okay with it at times but other times we let it get the best of us.”

The Monarchs took the early 8-2 lead. Dan Stara knocked down two three-pointers, one with 20 seconds left to give Aquinas the 14-10 lead to start the second quarter.

Neumann heated up in the second quarter. Eli Vedral’s three-pointer tied the game at 22 with three minutes left. The Cavaliers went on a 10-4 run in the final two minutes, to lead 32-26 at the half.

Neumann pulled away with a steal and layup by Vedral and a three by Kobey Simons. The Cavaliers outscored the Monarchs 15-10 for a 47-36 lead to start the fourth quarter.

Stara’s three cut the deficit to single digits at 47-39 with 7 minutes left. Isaac Woita answered with a layup to push the lead back out to ten at 50-40 with 6:48.

Foul trouble doomed Aquinas. The Cavaliers went 15-22 from the line, while the Monarchs only attempted 10 free throws.

“Neumann shot free throws extraordinarily well down the stretch in the fourth quarter,” Eller said. “It really prevented us from getting too close to them late in the game.”

Vavrina led all scorers with 17 points and five rebounds. Stara added 11 points for the Monarchs, hitting 3 of 5 three pointers.

Vedral scored 15 points to lead Neumann, followed by Zach Meduna with 14 points.

December 12 at Aquinas

Aquinas (3-2)-14, 12, 10, 17- 53

Neumann (2-3)-10, 22, 15, 20- 67

Scoring- Aquinas: Vavrina 17, Stara 11, Smith 9, Nadrchal 6, Ruth 5, Rech 3, Zavodny 2

Neumann- Meduna 14, Vedral 15, Ahrens 12, Simons 11, Pospisil 5, Fisher 5, Woita 4

Rebounding- Aquinas: Stara 7, Vavrina 5, Smith 4, Nadrchal 2, Ruth 2, Reiter 1, Rech 1

Neumann: Ahrens 6, Meduna 6, Fisher 4, McGuigan 3, Vedral 2, Woita 1, Simons 1, Pospisil 1

Assist: Aquinas: Vavrina 5, Nadrchal 3, Smith 2, Stara 1, Zavodny 1

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