The Waterloo High School boys basketball team (14-8, 4-2 in the Mississippi Valley Conference) took on conference foe Triad (5-16, 1-5) Friday. This was a much needed win for the Bulldogs, who are in the running for the Mississippi Valley Conference crown. The, 58-46, victory put the Bulldogs in second place, a game back on conference leader Highland. Waterloo senior Justin Kretchmer led the team with 20 points and had an impressive dunk on the night, featured in the video below. Also for the Bulldogs, Rick Wiegand posted 11 points and Daniel Gardner had eight points against the Knights.
Gibault (20-5), who defeated Triad Tuesday, also played Friday keeping with their trend of close games. The Hawks posted another nail biting win, 42-39, over Okawville (18-6). Gibault center Jacob Weiler led the Hawks with 13 points and eight rebounds, Nick Row had 10 points and four assists on the night, while Brendan McFarland had nine points.
Columbia also played an important conference game Friday. Breese Central (17-8, 7-2 in the Cahokia Conference) squeaked past the Eagles (13-12, 5-2), 49-44. This puts Columbia in third place in the conference behind Central. Carlyle currently leads with a conference record of 7-1. Cole Foster and Michael Hunsaker came through for the Eagles, although it would not be enough. Foster led the team with 17 points and 11 rebounds to make up for Jacob Wessel’s absence in the paint due to a sprained ankle. Hunsaker sunk 13 points against the Cougars.
Saturday, both Columbia and Waterloo participated in the Nashville Shootout with only Columbia coming out with a ‘W’. The Eagles topped Greenville, 50-44, while the Bulldogs fell to McCluer, 51-33.
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