Saints Use Second Half Surge To Soar Past Eagles
The adage in basketball is, the only way to get out of a shooting slump, is to shoot your way out of it. After a slow start for both teams from 3-point distance, that’s exactly what each side did, as the Saints and Eagles combined for 24 made 3-point shots in a 77-71 win for the Saints.
St. Charles connected on 13 3’s: 6 from Kaden Vaughn, 4 from Drew Leistikow, 2 from Sawyer Hander, and one from Sam Holtz. Dover-Eyota had 11 made 3’s: 6 from Tyler Aeschilmann, 3 from Brady Williams, and one each from Brady Glynn and Jack Studer.
Both teams put on a show, as athletic stars from each side tried to one-up each other. There was a 2-handed dunk from Williams. A circus-shot under the basket from Leistikow. An equally impressive up-and-under from Nolan Boice. Jack Studer with a baseline runner splitting the defense. It went on, and on, and on.
Neither team held a lead of more than 5 points for long in the game, with the exception of the final score, as the Saints were able to connect from the free throw line late in the game.
The Eagles held a slim 32-31 lead at the end of the first half, which was almost erased by a half-court heave from Leistikow. Both teams turned in stellar performances in the second half, with the Saints holding a slight edge from their distance shots.
The Eagles were led by Tyler Aeschilmann’s 22 points, while Brady Williams had 18, and Jack Studer and Blake Blattner both scored 10. The Saints were powered by a pair of 20-point performances – 24 from Drew Leistikow, and 20 from Kaden Vaughn. Sam Holtz also chipped in 12.
St. Charles improves to 4-0 on the season, and has now won 7 straight against Dover-Eyota, and 13 out of the last 14 matchups. The Eagles are 2-2 on the year, and will play the Saints at least one more time, on February 9 in St. Charles. The teams could also meet again at the St. Charles Tournament starting December 28.