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Panther boys take third at CYO Tourney

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Storm Lake St. Mary's boys basketball team took third place after hanging an 88-53 beating on Spalding Catholic Sunday in consolation-round action of the 79th Sioux City Diocesan CYO basketball tournament at Briar Cliff's Newman Flanagan Center.

The Panthers opened the tourney Saturday with a 54-47 loss to Remsen St. Mary's.

In the Spalding contest, the Panthers had balanced scoring, with Jon Foell and Ryan Drey both scoring 19, and Connor Richardson and Alec Kestel adding 15 and 14, respectively.

Foell was selected to the all-tournament team after averaging seven steals and 8.5 rebounds a game.

"We came out shooting the ball very well and played with great defensive intensity," Panthers coach Brad Wilkening said. "Everyone that played had some positive things occur. Great overall performance."

Kestel and Drey both knocked down 4-of-5 treys.

The Panthers had 30 steals, led by Drey with eight, Foell with seven and Brendan Smith with four.

Smith and Drey both doled out three assists. Foell cleared a team-best seven boards, while Evan Smith added five of his own.

In the Remsen St. Mary's contest, Michael Ivey paced the Panthers with 14 points. Foell added 10 rebounds, seven points and seven steals; Evan Smith tallied 10 points and seven rebounds.

"We played hard but made too many defensive mistakes," Wilkening said. "We did get the lead in the third quarter temporarily, but turned the ball over way too often.

"We need to improve our free throw shooting also."

The Panthers (2-11) will host Laurens-Marathon in a girl/boy doubleheader tonight tipping off at 6:30.

The Panther girls (0-13), meanwhile, took fourth, losing to Remsen St. Mary's 50-27 Saturday, then falling to Le Mars Gehlen 61-25 Sunday.

Panther senior Rylee Paterson had 15 points in the loss to Gehlen Catholic.

Remsen St. Mary's boys 54, Storm Lake St. Mary's 47

ST. MARY'S - Brendan Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Michael Ivey 4-7 4-5 14, Paul Yak 0 0-0 0, Jon Foell 2-6 3-8 7, Alec Kestel 1-2 0-0 2, Evan Smith 4-6 2-4 10, Justin Cullen 1-3 0-0 3, Connor Richardson 2-6 0-0 5, Ryan Drey 2-5 0-0 4, Marco Barahona 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 17-39 9-17 47. Fouled out: None.

3-Point Goals (4-11) - Ivey 2-5, Cullen 1-2, Richardson 1-2, Drey 0-2

Storm Lake St. Mary's boys 88, Spalding Catholic 53

ST. MARY'S - Brendan Smith 1-3 3-3 5, Michael Ivey 2-4 2-4 6, Paul Yak 2-5 0-0 4, Jon Foell 8-17 3-9 19, Alec Kestel 5-6 0-0 14, Evan Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Justin Cullen 0-0 1-3 1, Connor Richardson 4-8 7-8 15, Ryan Drey 7-13 1-5 19, Nolan Luhmann 1-1 0-0 2, Marco Barahona 1-1 1-2 3, Matt Lange 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-61 18-34 88. Fouled out: Foell, E. Smith.

3-Point Goals (8-13) - B. Smith 0-1, Foell 0-1, Kestel 4-5, Richardson 0-1, Drey 4-5



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