The St. Louis 7th grade basketball team had another great game against aformidable South Ripley team at home Thursday evening and came up a couplepoints short when the time ran out 36-34.A very exciting game to the end that had the home team Cardinals trailing for most of the time but within reach. The team never gave up despite a lopsided turnover margin, good rebounding by the smaller Raiders and very few of the well placed shotsfinding their mark. Good rebounds by Ryan Reder and a good face up defense by Cayden Pohlman helped the home team stay within striking distance.Rebounding was led by Abe Streator along with being high scorer with 12 points. Thomas Raver had a good night rebounding as well as being the main stopper in defense and netting 10 points. Cody Mohr had 8 points along with a good rebounding night and secure ball handling against a team full of fast determined defenders. Joseph Suttman had a good defensive game not letting many shots find their mark from his side of the block. He also made the scoring column in addition to Pohlman.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.St. Louis 8th 8th graders won over South Ripley 52-51 in OT.The St Louis Cardinals 8th grade team hosted the Raiders from South Ripley last night and it turned out to be a great game as the talented teams came out playing well from the opening tip. St. Louis took a 1st quarter lead as LLeyton Ratcliffe came out with the hot hand scoring 10 of his team’s 14 points to the Cardinals a 14-11 lead going into the 2nd quarter. The Cardinals were able to improve on their lead in the second quarter as they got a big three point bucket from Wil Freeland with time running out putting the Cardinals up 27-21 at intermission.In the 3rd quarter the Raiders hit some big three point shots of their own and were able to cut into the lead as St. Louis led by the score of 36-33. South Ripley continued shooting well from the outside in the fourth quarter and were able to tie the score and had a chance to win the game as they held the ball for the last shot. However, the Cardinals played some tough defense and forced the game into overtime. The Cardinals got a quick bucket off the tip in overtime along with clutch free throws from Wil Freeland to put St. Louis up by four with 10 seconds to go. Lane Sparks came down and hit a three but time expired for the Raiders and the Cardinals won 52-51.The scoring for St. Louis consisted of Kurt Siefert with 5, Andrew Oesterling 16, Lleyton Ratcliffe 10, Wil Freeland 16, and Sam Voegele had 6. Defensively Voegele led the team in rebounds and Riley Schebler played some tough defense as well.The Raiders were led by Cody Samples with 20 and Ryan Sparks with 16.St. Louis will meet up with South Ripley again as they are scheduled to play each other in the 4th Annual Holiday Tournament on December 27th The tournament will be at the St. Louis Activity Center.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.
(CMC) – CAPTAIN Jason Holder said yesterday West Indies had no intention of ditching Andre Russell, even though the injury-plagued all-rounder yet again failed to complete a game at the World Cup here.Russell appeared in discomfort during his 16-ball 21 and two overs of seam during the England run chase, and eventually left the field as the hosts and tournament favourites cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket win at the Rose Bowl.“It’s been difficult so far for him. We have been trying our best to keep him on the park, but it is proving difficult,” Holder told reporters afterwards.“Going forward, we have to persist. He is here for a reason. We think he can be a match-winner for us. We have just got to cope with him. Got to do everything we possibly can with him to keep him on the park.”Russell suffers with a chronic knee problem and arrived at the World Cup with question marks over his fitness, especially after he was ruled out of the limited overs series against England in the Caribbean earlier this year.He shone in the Indian Premier League (IPL) prompting his inclusion for the World Cup but has so far taken just four wickets from 13 overs and scored 36 runs, from his three outings.Questioned on if Russell was worth the risk despite the impact his lack of fitness was having on his performances, Holder responded tersely: “Yes.”West Indies were once again let down by their batsmen as they tasted defeat for the second time in four outings.Sent in, they crumbled for an inadequate 212 in the 45th over, which England chased down with ease with nearly 17 overs remaining.Worryingly for West Indies, the much vaunted pace attack seemed muted as Joe Root dominated with exactly 100 not out, but Holder put the performance down to “just one of those days”.“It’s just one of those days. I felt the sun came out in the second half and the wicket flattened out,” he explained.“We just didn’t get new-ball wickets today and it is one out of four games that we have played and we haven’t got new-ball wickets so it is just one of those days.”