January 28th, 2011

St. Xavier Rebounds With 58-32 Victory

Holly Freeland

Staff Writer

St. Xavier Rebounds With 58-32 Victory
photo by Holly Freeland

D. Ratterman, Tigers defeat Waggener to snap skid

On a night when St. Xavier High School recognized basketball alumni and some of its state championship-winning players, the current Tigers team showed why they, too, are contenders, beating the Waggener Wildcats 58-32 at the Brother John Wills, C.F.X. Sports Activities Center.

St. X’s Dan Ratterman got things going on the offensive end for the Tigers, as he scored the first points of the contest, and the first two of his game-high 20 points. While Waggener struggled to put points up during the first quarter, St X took advantage and increased the lead to eight points, taking a 13-5 lead into the second quarter.

The Wildcats (4-13) got off to a hot start in the 2nd quarter hitting a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 5. It was short lived, however, as St. X senior Nathan Lilly equalized with a 3-pointer of his own for St. X to bring the lead back to eight poitns with 4:50 left to go in the half. After slow spurts and scoring droughts for both teams, Lilly would hit another 3 with just 3 seconds left in the half to give the Tigers the 23-14 lead at the break.

While the 3-point shooting help extend the lead for St. X, Coach Kline lamented “We had ten 2-point attempts and nine 3-point attempts in the first half and we didn’t want that kind of balance with that many 3 point shots.”

Once again in the 3rd quarter, the Wildcats were the first to jump on the scoreboard, closing the gap back to seven points. After an initial slow start to the half, St. X jumped back in control of the game, outscoring Waggener 17-9 in the 3rd quarter. With a mixture of pull-up jumpers, alley oops, put backs, and drives into the lane, St. X charged ahead and never looked back, taking a 40-25 lead into the last quarter of the game.

After a sequence of steals from both sides, things started to settle down when Dan Ratterman scored his 17th and 18th points of the game with 5:44 left to play, with St. X leading 43-28. 

He left the game a few moments later, giving St. X two more points and the 45-30 lead. From there, as St. X Head Coach Kevin Klein gave his bench players some playing time, the offensive flow never changed, and St. X would go on to win the game 58-32.

Justin Moody and Brock Kiesler both had seven rebounds for the Tigers, and St. X shot 49 percent from the field, including 5-of-17 from the 3-point line.

After his team’s performance, Coach Klein said “I thought the difference in the game was in the second half, our effort and energy and desire to get the ball inside. I thought we settled too much for perimeter jump shots against the 2-3 zone in the first half. We did a much better job of attacking the basket and getting some second shots and scoring at the rim, which is obviously a much higher percentage shot so, in my opinion, that made the difference in the game and why the score opened up in the second half.”

St. X ‘s next matchup is Feb. 2 at 7:30pm at DuPont Manual High School.


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