Bruce Thomas Tournament at Herculaneum - January 24-28, 2022

Lee Richardson for LiveStream STL

 

Two very competitive games completed the action of a good week of boys basketball at the Bruce Thomas Tournament played at Herculaneum High School from January 24-28. The teams were honored by Mr. Bruce Thomas himself (Herculaneum Class of 1965) during the presentation of trophies and we were fortunate enough to interview him at halftime of the championship game. Mr. Thomas is a Blackcat legend who scored over 2000 points and 1000 rebounds in his career. Live Stream STL was on hand to cover the 1st and 3rd place games.

 

Championship Game - Gateway Legacy 47, Windsor 42

 

The 1-seed ultimately beat the 2-seed but it was far from easy. The undersized but aggressive Windsor Owls led by eight points at halftime and held a lead into the fourth quarter before the charter school Lions used their size and strength to finally pull out the victory. Windsor led 11-7 at the end of the first quarter on the strength of some early shooting from junior wing Max Hartmann and impressive ball handling by their young guards versus the Gateway pressure. Gateway made a run in the early second quarter behind the driving of talented junior Samuel Hincapie, who would end up with 10 points, but Windsor made a run near the end of the half with threes by Hartmann and freshman Layton Hollis, who scored 12 on the night.

 

In the second half, Windsor kept their lead by smartly mixing up defenses and getting timely buckets from freshman Noah Barnes (7 points) and another third quarter three-pointer from Hartmann, who scored 11 points. However, the Lions began to finally exert their will using their size - they started a lineup that ran 6-7, 6-5, 6-5, 6-3, and 6-2, and their 6th man did all of that one better as he stood 6-8. The power of the deep rotation of forwards Hernan Cortes, Vitor Olivieira, Denile Mendez, Thomas Castano and starting 6-6 center Petar Mijatovic took over late as the Lions got several putbacks despite Windsor’s best efforts to check them off the boards. The three ball would not fall late for Windsor and they came up short, as the Lions took the 1st place trophy again this season.

 

3rd Place Game - St. Pius 35, Northwest 32

 

In a battle of teams with similar styles, the Lancers outlasted the Lions from Cedar Hill in a defensive slugfest to win two out of three games and take the 3rd place trophy. St. Pius came out firing and led 17-2 at the end of one, but Northwest continued to battle and slowly crawled within six at halftime at 21-15. After a tight third quarter, Dabrein Moss hit a big 3-pointer early in the fourth to give the Lancers a 31-24 lead and they would hold on from there to eke out the win. Both teams played patient flex offenses that looked to mostly score inside, and paired that with solid but sagging man-to-man defenses that dared the other to shoot from the outside. St. Pius would end up 5-17 behind the arc while Northwest shot 2-11 from deep. The Lancers were led by Patrick Flanagan with nine points while the Lions were led by Jeff Lentz with eight.

 

5th Place Game - Herculaneum 69, St Louis Patriots 27

 

7th Place Game - Grandview 2, Hancock 0 (forfeit)

 

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Petar Mitajovic, Gateway Legacy (MVP)

Hernan Cortes, Gateway Legacy

Max Hartmann, Windsor

Brenton Shirk, Windsor

Nate Ruble, St. Pius

Brendan Bishop, St. Pius

Jeff Lentz, Northwest

Gabe Watkins, Herculaneum

Joshua Maichel, St. Louis Patriots

Chase Wilson, Grandview

You can rewatch on Video On Demand the 3rd & 1st Place games by downloading the TKDS Sports Network App for Mobile/Roku/FireTV and subscribing: livestreamstl.tkdssports.com

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