By Ralph Echtinaw
The St. Louis Sharks boys basketball team got off on the right foot following Christmas break with a 54-48 win at Farwell Tuesday, Jan. 3, but lost an equally close game (47-52) at Valley Lutheran Friday, Jan. 6.
“Thomas (Zacharko) did not shoot the ball very well (against Valley Lutheran) from the outside but played all out for the entire game and filled the stat sheet up again,” Coach Nic Gibbons said. “He has a motor that doesn’t stop.”
The Sharks held a 7-3 lead after the first period, but the Chargers came back to lead 18-16 at the half. St. Louis had it tied at 29 when the third period expired. But the Chargers outscored the Sharks by 5 points in the final quarter to seal the deal.
“Something we have been preaching at practice is free throw shooting and how it effects games,” Gibbons said. “It didn’t seem to matter tonight because it single-handedly lost it for us.” Indeed, the Sharks went 10 for 27 from the charity stripe. Free throws were a weak point in Zacharko’s game, too, as he hit just two out of eight.
“Rebounding was another big factor,” Gibbons said. “Our big man Colby Taylor left the game early in the third quarter and did not return. (It was a) tough loss, but we’ll learn, get better and spend Saturdays practice free throws.”
St. Louis was led by Zacharko (23 points, 13 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 blocks), Wisdom Zanquo (9 points, 5 assists) and Josh Dew (7 points, 7 rebounds).
Sharks 54, Farwell 48
The Sharks led all the way with Zacharko contributing 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals. Wisdom Zanquo came up with 17 points, 5 assists and 5 steals.
Valley Lutheran made quick work of the Sharks, jumping out to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter. St. Louis shaved one point off that lead by halftime but fell apart in the second half to lose by a score of 55-30.
Kerregan Wilson led the Sharks with 12 points and 7 Rebounds. Emily Jackson had 11 points for the Chargers.
The lady Sharks (5-3) return to action 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at home against the Merrill Vandals, and 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at home against Nouvel Catholic Central.
The gentleman Sharks (3-4) take on Nouvel at 7:30 p.m. that same night.