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The Varsity Basketball team opened up a busy week of play on Tuesday night at home vs. Harrison HS ahead of their first GCL road game on Friday at Elder HS. St. Xavier was ready to play as they came out with energy at both ends of the floor. The Bombers stormed out a 10-0 lead as sophomore Chris Payne opened the game with two steals and two layups. Senior Daniel Keyes, Matthew Budde and Gage Hammann all scored before the Wildcats got on the board. St. Xavier forced Harrison into 8 turnovers in the 1st quarter as they opened up a 19-7 lead. The Bombers maintained their lead in the 2nd quarter as they outscored Harrison 9-8 to lead by a score of 28-15 at the half. Junior Chase Wolf knocked down a three pointer with 24 seconds left to extend the lead from 10 to 13.
The Bombers came out of the locker room looking to put the game out of reach and that is exactly what they did. St. Xavier opened the 3rd quarter on a 9-3 run with Keyes opening the half with a runner in the lane followed by another Hammann layup. Senior Pete Rumpke knocked down a three pointer and Keyes added two more free throws to extend the lead to 37-18 with 5:00 left in the quarter. The Bombers kept the pressure on and forced 4 more Wildcats turnovers in the quarter and ended up outscoring Harrison 21-7. Sophomore Nathan Stockman scored 6 points in the quarter to lead the Bombers to a 49-22 lead heading to the final quarter. The last quarter was much of the same as the Bombers defense forced 5 more turnovers and Wolf led St. Xavier in scoring by knocking down two more three pointers. The Bombers secured a 64-36 win and now turn their sights to GCL play.
Wolf led the Bombers as he scored 12 points on an effective 4 for 5 shooting from beyond the arc. He added 3 assists and 1 rebound as well. Keyes scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds while Stockman finished with 8 points. Hammann led the team in rebounding with 7 and scored 6 points. Payne finished the game with 3 steals, 4 points and 6 rebounds in 11 minutes of play.
With the win, St. Xavier improves to 5-6 on the season and will open GCL play on Friday night at Elder HS against the Panthers who stand at 4-4 on the season and 0-1 in GCL play. The freshman game will kick the night off at 4:30 pm with JV at 6:00 pm and Varsity scheduled for a 7:30 pm tip.