St. Vincent boys get victory despite limited practice time


Apprently, the St. Vincent boys basketball team doesn’t need too much practice.
With a majority of the roster having finished up their football season just days earlier, and with one formal basketball practice, the Indians defeated Herculaneum 73-60 in the Rolla “Duke” Herbert Classic in Crystal City Monday.
“We were definetly rusty to start with,” St. Vincent coach Bruce Valleroy said. “We did a lot of good things and I was very pleased with how we played.”
Valleroy was somewhat surprised that his team was able to put up that many points with limited practice time.
“I was surprised and then I wasn’t,” he said. “We had five guys made threes and that’s going to happen over the course of the year. However, to have it happen the first game was very good to see.”
St. Vincent was led by Max Wheeler with 22 points, while Jacob Schremp had 21 points and 17 rebounds, while Wyatt Winkler had 11.

“There’s going to be nights where we are going to have some other guys lead us in scoring,” Valleroy said.
St. Vincent got measure of revenge as Herculaneum defeated the Indians in the same tournament one year ago, but the Blackcats did graduate six seniors including tournament MVP Gabe Watkins.
The Indians were up 30-28 at the half, and used the third quarter to bolt ahead, winning the frame 28-14.
“We picked up the pace,” Valleroy said. “We wanted to keep doing what we were doing and playing well. We just got better as the night went along.”
The Indians moved onto the tournament semifinals on Wednesday where they played Poplar Bluff. The Mules defeated St. Louis Patriots 78-63 in their matchup.
“They are a much bigger school than anyone else in this tournament. They are very athletic and like to get it up and down the floor.”