January 22nd, 2019

St. X holds on to defeat Eastern 60-52

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 


St. X holds on to defeat Eastern 60-52
St.X defeated Eastern 60-52 on Tuesday night/ photo by Dalton Pence

On Tuesday night, St. Xavier defeated Eastern on the road 60-52.

“I just like the way our guys are very resilient and they come together through tough times”, St. X head coach Kevin Klein said. “Overall it was just a great team win on the road against a good seventh region team.”

The first quarter was anything but perfect for the Tigers. They shot just 25% from the field (2/8) and found themselves trailing by 12 after the first eight minutes of play.

“We missed a lot of assignments there early”, Klein said, “and when you’re on your heels and not playing quick, I think that’s what happens.”

The second quarter was a completely different story. A Clay Borders’ three-pointer capped off a 13-1 Tiger run and tied the game at 21 with 4:01 left in the half. Less than a minute later, Sebian Dillard hit a three of his own to give St. X their first lead, 24-22. Klein’s squad would go on to a 34-28 halftime lead, marking a 26-8 second quarter scoring margin.

“We had one of our best quarters of the year”, he said, “I think a big staple of our program is to always compete as hard as you can for the betterment of the team no matter what the situation is…the only way out of a deficit is to fight.”

That lead would not last for long as Ben Craig nailed two three-pointers to regain the lead for the Eagles with 2:18 to play in the third quarter.

Dillard’s lay-up and Sam Boarman’s jump-hook put X up by three with less than two minutes to play and the Tigers never looked back. Dillard scored nine points while Boarman had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead St. X.

“I’m always the hustle guy on the team, I just try to get everyone going”, Boarman said, “I started making shots and they just kept on going in.”

“Sam Boarman’s leadership is a pivotal point of our season right now”, Klein added.

Jacob Robinson and Ben Craig had 19 and 13, respectively, to pace Eastern. The Eagles fall to 9-9 and will return to action on Thursday as they travel Christian Academy.

“You’ve got to give Eastern a lot of credit”, Klein said. “We knew that we were going to get their best punch one more time in the second half.”

Despite the victory, the Tigers can’t reflect for long. St. X (13-5) will host Ballard in a marquee seventh region matchup on Friday. Boarman insisted that his team would quickly turn toward the rest of the season. “In practice, our main focus IS focus”, he said, “our mindset is to win a state championship.”

 

ST XAVIER: 8   26   8   18- 60

EASTERN: 20   8   15   9- 52

 

 

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