Basketball season has officially come to an end for St. John School after the No. 11 seed Eagles were handed defeat in round two of the LHSAA Division IV playoffs.
St. John performed well in their opening round matchup last week, however, and earned a dominant 70-34 victory over No. 22 St. Edmund.
The Eagles were up 35-3 after the first quarter and sat their starters halfway through the second quarter. 13 different players scored in the playoff victory.
“This was a complete team effort,” head coach Tyler Howsen said. “I’m proud and excited for the guys that came off the bench, played hard and kept the lead big enough where we could rest our starters.”
Devin Brock racked up 18 points in the win, followed by Adam Blanchard with 14.
The Eagles advanced to the second round to take on a stout No. 6 Central Catholic team, but came up short, 32-66. Brock was the lead scorer with 16 points.
“We were a young team that went through a lot of adversity this year,” head coach Tyler Howsen said. “We had several injuries early in the season, and struggled to build depth. Once we got healthy I thought we started to play well and got better everyday.
“I am excited about the future of St. John basketball. We will return four starters and 15 of our 17 players next year. Our goal is to build this program through hard work, getting better every day and playing disciplined, tough basketball together.”
This young squad will look to carry their experience from their 2016-17 season to reach further into the Division IV playoffs and possibly the Top 28.