Eagles drop pair on hardwood last week

Tryve Brackin
TOP SCORER…Brenton Sansoni led St. John High in scoring with 16 points in a Friday night District 8-A road loss at West St. John High.

St. John High dropped a pair of boys’ basketball games last week as the Eagles’ overall record fell to 4-15 and they remained winless in District 8-A round ball.

“We lost our only returning starter and leading scorer Da’vante Williams last week and that made our struggle that much harder. A couple of weeks ago we had a 37th power rating and an opportunity to move into a state playoff position, but that could be gone now. Still, we are working hard and making strides to get better each game,” noted Coach Cassidy Russo.

The Eagle coach explained that his team still has a chance to win more games and get into a long shot playoff spot, if they can fight off and split games with West St. John, Ascension CHS, and Ascension Christian. The fact the local 8-A is very strong on the top with White Castle, East Iberville, and Christian Life all top-ten-ranked hoop clubs helps the Eagles’ chances.

“Realistically, we faced a setback early last week when we lost to Ascension Christian. They picked up two top players from Bethany Christian when it closed, while we played without Da’vante for the first time,” noted the Eagle coach.

The Eagles lost to Ascension Christian by a 54-42 score to open last week’s league play. Friday night they fell to hosting West St. John High by a 71-36 score on the road.

SJHS was in the game against AC through the first half, down only 27-26 at intermission. However, they allowed AC to take a 13-3 advantage in the third period and could not catch up. Senior guard Corey Kimble led the Eagles with 12 points, while Connor Case and Andrew Simpson each bagged 9 points. Tyler Shields added 6, while Ben Poirrier hit 4 points and Brenton Sansoni tallied 2.

Against the hosting Rams, the Eagles struggled for much of the game. The only bright spot was Sansoni turning in his career best effort of 16 points. The big inside player hit for four baskets from 3-point range. Kimble was next in line with 9 points, while Case hit for 5 and Simpson 4 points. Sheilds rounded out the Eagle scoring with a pair.

GETS UP THERE…St. John’s Connor Case (15, left) goes high in the air in an attempt to stop an East Iberville High fast break layup in a recent District 8-A hoop game. The SJHS Eagles moved to 4-15 overall on the hardwood last week.