Two area basketball teams that have suffered through losing seasons this year went at each other Saturday night in Red Bud, with the Red Bud round-ballers (2-16) triumphing over their Valmeyer counterparts (1-13), 72-57.
Valmeyer took an early lead, 6-0. But Red Bud mounted a furious response, pouring in 16 unanswered points to post a 16-6 lead before Valmeyer was able to notch a free throw for a single point. Red Bud failed to score again in the first quarter, but took a 16-12 lead out of the first eight minutes of play.
The Musketeers pulled away a little in the second quarter, taking a 38-27 lead into the locker room at half time.
The third quarter went heavily in favor of the Red Bud team, which ended the period up 60-44.Sophomore Red Bud forward Zach Dobbs (1) uses his 6’6” height to shoot over Valmeyer’s 6’1” Brady Robert.
The Musketeers had several 20 point leads in the 4th quarter before they started substituting heavily. The contest ended with Red Bud on the winning end of a 72-57 final score.
Red Bud’s Greg Godier and Caleb Grohmann were the two high scorers on the night with 22 points a piece. While Valmeyer’s Zach Williams scored 21 of the Pirates’ points and Eric Smith had 15 points.
In other Saturday boys basketball action, Gibault (15-3) suffered its third loss of the season to Althoff (9-5), 62-57. Columbia opened play in the Litchfield Invite defeating Metro E. Lutheran, 69-46. To view the Litchfield Tournament schedule or the Nashville and Sparta Tournament schedules that begin Tuesday, click here.