COLUMBUS — Trevor Kaslon did all he could Saturday afternoon, but his monster offensive performance wasn't enough for Scotus Central Catholic to keep pace with Class B, No. 9 Crete.
The Telegram Super Senior knocked down five of his team's eight 3-pointers and poured in a game-high 30 points as the Shamrocks fell 76-55 at Dowd Activity Center.
The rest of the Shamrocks combined for 25 points, including six from Colson Kosch, as Scotus struggled early against Crete's 1-3-1 zone defense.
"We did not handle their length very well early in the game and that got us in a 10-point hole from the start," Scotus head coach Tyler Swanson said. "You can't be battling back against a good team like Crete from the get-go."
Crete (5-1) led 19-11 after the opening quarter as Carson Deisley scored nine of his team-best 18 points in the period. He hit three of the Cardinals' eight 3-pointers in the game.
The lead ballooned to 40-24 at halftime after Klay Uher hit a couple of 3-pointers and scored seven of his 17 points in the second quarter. The Cardinals had five treys in the period, including two from Logan Adam and one from Ethan Mach, who finished with nine points.
Graham Newton added 17 points for the Cardinals.
Scotus got its offense going in the second half, when Kaslon scored half his points and Kosch hit both his 3-pointers, but the Shamrocks couldn't get the deficit back to single digits.
"We had it cut to 10 with four minutes to go and I thought we had a run in us, but they came out with a run and put us away," Swanson said.
Tyler Palmer, Matt Strecker, Caden Pelan and Grant Shanle all scored four points each for Scotus, which was 13 for 18 at the free-throw line. Kaslon went 7 for 9 at the line.
Crete was also efficient at the charity stripe, going 16 for 22, including a 9-for-11 performance from Deisley.
The Shamrocks, now 1-5 on the season, play Friday at St. Paul.
COLUMBUS — Scotus Central Catholic couldn't get its offense going Friday night in a 54-37 home loss to Pierce.
The Shamrocks made just one field goal in the second quarter, a 3-pointer by Colson Kosch, and trailed 24-18 at halftime.
Pierce (2-4) gradually extended its lead in the second half, outscoring the Shamrocks 15-10 in the third quarter and 15-9 in the fourth.
"We got a lot of good looks, but we just couldn't put the ball in the rim," Scotus head coach Tyler Swanson said. "We have struggled to do that in games lately and we need to figure it out in games because we are making those shots in practice."
Telegram Super Senior Trevor Kaslon led Scotus with 13 points and Tyler Palmer chipped in eight, including a pair of 3-pointers. Kosch also hit two treys for his six points and Matt Strecker matched that scoring output.