ST. PAUL — St. Paul made 13 of 16 free-throw attempts Friday night against Scotus Central Catholic, and they all came in the fourth quarter to help the Wildcats hang on for a 60-52 home win.
Jayden Byabato scored a game-high 22 points, including five of the team's 11 3-pointers, to lead St. Paul (6-2) in the victory. He was 5 for 6 at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.
Wyatt Placke hit four 3-pointers, all in the first half, while adding 15 points for the Wildcats.
Telegram Super Senior Trevor Kaslon scored 20 points to pace the Shamrocks (1-6), who hung around all game but couldn't quite pull in front in the second half.
"We just didn't make the winning plays down the stretch that a winning team makes," Scotus head coach Tyler Swanson said. "We are really close to winning games like this right now, but we have a few bad possessions in a row and don't capitalize on possessions where we get defensive stops."
The Shamrocks led 15-11 after the first quarter, when Kaslon scored five points and Grant Shanle added four of his nine. St. Paul pulled in front by one at the break after hitting four 3-pointers during a 16-point second quarter.
"I thought we started off the game very well," Swanson said. "We were getting good shots on most of our possessions and, with the exception of a few 3s that we didn't close out on, we executed our game plan."
The Wildcats extended their advantage to 42-38 after a third quarter in which Byabato buried three treys and scored 11 points. He added eight points in the fourth quarter, including another 3-pointer.
Scotus, which got 10 points from Tyler Palmer and eight from Caden Pelan, was down just three with around two minutes remaining, but turned the ball over on an inbounds play.
"Little things like that are killing us right now," Swanson said, "and if we expect to turn the corner and win games, those are the kind of plays that need to stop happening."
The Shamrocks face Twin River on Thursday in the opening round of the Columbus Holiday Tournament, which is hosted by Scotus.
WEST POINT — David City Aquinas had little trouble putting away Guardian Angels Central Catholic on Friday night.
The Monarchs led by 21 at halftime and cruised to a 64-24 road win over the Bluejays.
Telegram Super Senior Tyler Vavrina and Zach Zavodny scored 16 points apiece on 6-for-9 shooting, including 4 of 6 from beyond the 3-point line.
Aquinas led 35-14 at the break and 53-19 after three quarters.
The Monarchs (5-2) play in the David City Holiday Tournament beginning Thursday.
Wood River 68,
Cross County 62
FAIRFIELD — Cross County couldn’t complete its comeback in a wild fourth quarter Friday in a 68-62 loss to Wood River to open play at the Sandy Creek Holiday Tournament.
The Cougars (4-3) entered the final period trailing 41-29, then poured in 33 points in the final eight minutes before falling 68-62.
Colton Beebe scored 17 points and Cael Lundstrom added 15 on five 3-pointers for Cross County.
Tanner Hermman scored a game-high 32 points for Wood River.
HUMPHREY — Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family wrapped up a stretch of five straight home games Thursday with a 57-38 victory over Pender.
The Class D-1, No. 4 Bulldogs (8-1) got 16 points each from Taya Beller and Allanah Beller while shooting an efficient 24 for 43 from the field. Taya Beller also grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked three shots and Allanah Beller had six rebounds and three steals.
Brittney Veik added 12 points for H/LHF, which led 24-14 at halftime and 44-28 after three quarters.
Faith Morris scored 12 points to lead Pender (3-6) and Ashley Ostrand chipped in 11.
The Bulldogs play in the Randolph Holiday Tournament starting Friday.
HUMPHREY — The Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family boys took full advantage of five straight games on their home court.
The Bulldogs, a ratings contender in Class D-1, won all five contests, including Thursday's 41-31 victory over Pender (4-3).
Ashton Dohmen scored 19 points, including hitting three of the team's five 3-pointers, as H/LHF improved to 6-2 on the season. Dohmen also grabbed six rebounds and had three of the team's 12 steals.
Bret Hanis added seven points and five steals for the Bulldogs, who outscored Pender 9-2 in the fourth quarter to seal the home win.
H/LHF plays in the Randolph Holiday Tournament beginning Friday.