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Sophomore Landon Pestrue turned tide for Sharks in fourth quarter Tuesday

By Ralph Echtinaw

St. Louis boys and girls basketball won Tuesday in road games at the Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy.

It was the first game of the season for the boys and the fourth win in a row for the girls, who are undefeated.

After playing the Dragons to a 27-28 halftime score, the boys team fell 10 points behind by the end of the third period. But a 19-8 fourth-quarter performance gave them a 49-48 win.

“We were trailing by 13-14 points with six minutes left in the fourth quarter,” Coach Nic Gibbons said. “I subbed in a sophomore (Landon Pestrue) who had played zero minutes the entire game. His energy on defense when we went to an all out press was a huge difference maker. He also knocked down two buckets. We did not play well, did not have the high energy, and shot the ball horrific. But those last six minutes a switch click and we were flying around the court as a team. Proud of my guys for staying mentally in the game. You don’t make a comeback like that if you check out.”

St. Louis was led by Thomas Zacharko (24 points, 13 rebounds, 9 steals) and Wisdom Zanquo (9 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists).

Girls game

A fast start put the lady Sharks up 20-5 in the first period, and that turned out to be their margin of victory when the final score (43-28) was posted.

St. Louis was led by Josie Schrot (21 points) and Kerregan Wilson (11 points). J’Ahni Walker got 14 points for the Dragons.

Looking ahead

The lady Sharks (4-0) and gentlemen Sharks (1-0) have another away game Friday, Dec. 9 at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw before returning home for a game against Standish-Sterling on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Pictures

See pictures from 2022-23 Sharks basketball games on the Sentinel’s Facebook page.

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