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Boys hoops action heating up

By on December 17, 2017 at 11:25 am

Columbia’s Cole Khoury finishes a dunk late in Friday’s victory at home over Freeburg. (Corey Saathoff photo)

The high school basketball season is going full speed with holiday tournaments on the horizon.

Columbia (3-4) defeated Freeburg at home on Friday night, 53-39, giving head coach Mark Sandstrom his 300th career victory. He now has 216 wins with the Eagles.

Columbia got off to a strong start, leading 13-5 after the first quarter. The team shot 54.5 percent from the floor for the game, led by senior Jordan Holmes with 22 points. Holmes added four steals.

Valmeyer (5-5) won its home opener on Friday night, 69-57, over winless Dupo. Owen Miller scored 16 points and Philip Reinhardt added 15 points for the Pirates.

Valmeyer dropped a hard-fought contest at Red Bud (7-2) on Saturday, however, 44-41. The Pirates trailed 18-9 after one quarter, but battled back to make it a close game late. Cole Juelfs led Valmeyer with 14 points. Griffin Ziebold scored a game-high 25 points for the Musketeers.

Waterloo (2-8) suffered two more tough losses this weekend. The Bulldogs have now lost five straight games.

On Friday, Waterloo held a 24-19 halftime lead at Jerseyville only to see the Panthers fight back for a 41-39 victory. Ross Schrader led the ‘Dogs with 14 points in the Mississippi Valley Conference clash.

On Saturday, Waterloo dropped a 69-58 home game to Mt. Vernon. Eli Dodd scored 18 points and Schrader added 14 points for Waterloo.

Gibault (2-6) lost at Catholic hoops rival Mater Dei on Saturday night, 56-41. The Hawks cut Mater Dei’s lead to 44-41 with 5:30 remaining in the contest, but cold shooting and turnovers doomed Gibault in the final minutes.

Johnny Adams played well for the Hawks in defeat.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.