St. Vincent Indians
#2 in Class 2

Monday, March 21, 2005

Boysí BB: St. Vincent falls to Marionville in finale

COLUMBIA -- The St. Vincent Indians had to settle for second place in the Class 2 State Basketball Championship, falling to Marionville 35-30.

St. Vincent's total of 30 points is the second lowest in a boys state championship game since 1950.

St. Vincent head coach Bruce Valleroy says Marionville beat the Indians with defense.

"They did to us what we did to East Bucananan the first half yesterday," he told KBDZ personality C. J. Layton after the game. "You have to give them credit. They have been playing good defense all year. We just could never get it to the floor until the very end. But, like you said, itís been a great season. I am very disappointed, but very please with the way we played this year. We have come a long way. I donít think anyone expected us to be where weíre at today. It was just a great season and now we look forward to next year, but itís tough to say good bye to six great seniors."

Marionville was able to get some revenge on the Indians after losing to St. Vincent in last fallís state football playoffs. St. Vincent defeated Marionville 20-14 in the semifinal round en route to the championship.

Coach Valleroy says his kids have something to remember: first in football and second in basketball.

" Itís a great accomplishment for those guys. Thatís about all we can say," he said.

The contest resembled a football game with tons of contact underneath the basket. Both teams had 21 fouls, and there likely were more that could have been called. Waylon Richardet was constantly in the mix, finishing with a game-high 12 rebounds.

For St. Vincent, the trip to the final four was the first for the basketball program. It followed the school's first football state championship in the fall.

Alex Armbruster led all scorers with 18 points, Danny Rellergert and Waylon Richardet each had five before each fouled out of the game and Pat Siegmund had two.

Coach Valleroy says a good program starts with good kids.

"Who want to play basketball, want to respect you, and do the things asked of them. (Without that) You are not going to have a program," he said. "I have been very fortunate for 18, six as assistant and 12 as the head coach to have great athletes and also great guys. Look at the stand today and how many ex-players are. Thanks for coming, people and the people back home, thanks for listening to us. We didnít bring it home, but we did the best we could and nothing but hats off to our kids and community for their great support of the program."

The Indians were 18-30 at the free throw line and six of 42 from the field.

St. Vincent trailed 11-3 after the first quarter, were down 16-9 at the half and 24-15 after three. The Indians outscored Marionville 15-11 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Now it's on to baseball with no rest for the Indians. The 2005 season opens today.

St. Vincent earned the right to advance to the championship game by downing East Buchanan 51-44 Friday afternoon in a game also played at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Last fall the Indians football team -- inculding all five starters on the Indians basketball team -- downed East Buchanan to win the Class 1 football championship in the dome at St. Louis.

St. Vincent limited East Buchanan to 31.9 percent shooting and only 10 first-half points in the win.

East Buchanan managed just two points in the opening quarter, scoring its first and only basket with less than two minutes remaining. The Bulldogs trailed 21-10 at the half after shooting just 17.6 percent.

The Indians were in control for nearly the entire game.

East Buchanan cut the Indians' lead to 30-25 at the end of the third quarter, but that was as close as it got.

St. Vincent's 11-for-18 performance from the free-throw line in the fourth period was enough for the Indians to advance.

Danny Rellergert was 7-for-13 from the line in the fourth and finished with

12 points. Alex Armbruster, St. Vincent's leading scorer, had eight points in the fourth and hit all four of his free throws.

Armbruster finished with a game-high 21 points. Rellergert added 12 points and nine rebounds. Jacob DeWilde added 10 points and six rebounds. Siegmund also added nine rebounds, as the Indians outrebounded East Buchanan 38-30. St. Vincent was 19 of 30 at the free throw line.

St. Vincent led 13-2 after one, were up 21-10 at the half, 30-28 after three and won the fourth quarter 21-19.