Newport, St. Henry Advance in All A Classic
Ninth Region All-A Classic - Quarterfinals
St. Henry 63, Holy Cross 56
St. Henry advanced in the quarterfinal round of the All-A Classic tournament over host Holy Cross, 63-56, on Wednesday night.
The Crusaders led in every quarter and were tested late in a spirited comeback attempt from the Indians, but held down the victory thanks largely in part to good free-throw shooting to close out the game.
Holy Cross is a team made up of mainly spot-up shooters that are not very tall and when they shoot the likes of 37 percent from the field and 5-21 from three-point land, it's likely to be a long night for the Indians. They played tough, tenacious defense against the Crusaders, collecting 12 steals in the process, and did not quit on the game despite trailing the majority of the time, but their shooting shortcomings plagued them.
For St. Henry, they pulled out a gritty win and are now 11-7 on the year, but it was a not a clean game for them by any stretch. Their 14 turnovers were not completely outrageous, but they had consistent problems passing the ball all night. Collectively, they at times played unselfishly to a fault and made an extra pass when none was needed. No player emerged as a regular scoring threat once St. Henry forward Paul Wallenhorst was neutralized in the second half to the tune of three points after scoring nine in the first. The Indians harassed the parameter and made St. Henry work for their open looks down low.
Wallenhorst is a disciplined player that moves well without the ball and doesn't appear to take many chances. He's big enough to pull out tough rebounds, but small enough to handle some guards and smaller forwards outside. He led the team with his 12 points.
Holy Cross (9-10), was led by Jared Seibert who had an active night with 18 points and six rebounds, including a couple of threes. Erich Jakobowski, perhaps the Indians' best shooter, finished with 10 points but went only 2-10 from deep.
Hovering around a 12-point lead for most of the second and third quarters, St. Henry let the Indians make it interesting down the stretch when Holy Cross turned their defensive intensity up a notch and forced some dramatic steals. Junior forward Tyler Bezold found the rhythm of the game late with a series of a three-pointer followed by back-to-back steals. This cut the lead to five with under four minutes left in the game. Bezold was bumped on the shot after the last steal though and he fell awkwardly on his knee, which took him out of the game when the tide was turning their way.
As it was, Jakobowski missed a three-pointer with eight seconds left and down five, and two St. Henry free throws put it out of reach for good.
St. Henry plays Newport in the semifinals on Friday night at Holy Cross High School.
Newport 59, Lloyd 54
Newport (10-10) also moves ahead in the Ninth Region All-A Classic after edging Lloyd, 59-54, in the other quarterfinal game on Wednesdaynight.
Newport guard Ethan Snapp had a sensational night with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and teammate forward Cameron Covington helped out with 10 points and five boards.
Lloyd (8-12) was led by sophomore forward Sterling Hamilton who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Newport plays St. Henry in the semifinals Friday night at Holy Cross High School.
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Lafayette 61, (4) Dixie 53.
Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor