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The Varsity Basketball team looked to snap a 2 game losing streak on Friday night at home vs. Cincinnati Country Day and look to gain some momentum going into next week which includes the first GCL South game at Elder HS. The Bombers opened up a lead in the 1st quarter after the game started out in a 4-4 tie. Senior Daniel Keyes started the run with a 3 pointer and junior David Wassler converted a layup to put St. Xavier out ahead 9-4. The Bombers never looked back from that point as Keyes added 5 more points in the first quarter and St. Xavier led 18-12 after the opening quarter. The 2nd quarter was won in a big way by the Bombers as they only gave up 3 points during the quarter and scored 20 of their own. They were led by a balanced scoring attack as seniors Gage Hammann and Matthew Budde each scored 4 points while junior Bobby Jefferson added 4 points of his own. Wassler scored 3 points while Keyes fired in another three pointer with junior Chase Wolf adding the last basket to add it up to 20 points. With the 20-3 quarter, St. Xavier took a commanding 38-15 lead at the half.
The third quarter was much of the same as St. Xavier as junior Brandon Gilbert led the scoring attack in the quarter with 6 points and sophomore Nathan Stockman scored 5 points. Keyes found the bottom of the net from beyond the arc once again and at the end of the quarter the Bombers lead was extended to 60-22. The 4th quarter saw sophomore Jared Kreimer score his first Varsity points as he had a 7 point quarter to lead St. Xavier to the 79-34 final score.
Keyes finished the game shooting 5-8 from the field and 4-5 from three point range and scored 15 points with 3 assists and 2 rebounds to lead the Bombers. Gilbert recorded a double-double as he had 12 points and 10 rebounds and also recorded 2 assists. Budde finished with 8 points and 2 rebounds. Junior Andrew Wittrock did not score but did grab 6 rebounds, dished out 3 assists and had 2 steals in 12 minutes of play.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 4-6 on the season. The Bombers will play host to the Harrison HS Wildcats on Tuesday night at Berning Gym with the Freshman game kicking things off at 4:30 pm. The JV game will start approximately at 6:00 pm with Varsity slated for a 7:30 pm tipoff.