Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lutheran Scuttled in First Regional

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lutheran Scuttled in First Regional

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The Pirates of Chamois High didn't look like much of a basketball team.

Their biggest player was 6-feet-4 and looked like he could use a few pounds. And a couple of other players seemed to carrying a little extra weight. And when a few of the Pirates took their shots, they were awkward - some might say down-right ugly.

But none of that seemed to matter Monday night as the Pirates rolled by Lutheran High of St. Charles County 77-58 in Class 1A regional action at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington.

"You have to give them a lot of credit," Lutheran coach Gordon Bredow said of Chamois. "They forced us to play their game, they hit their shots and they executed well at key times. We really can't make excuses. We just got beat."

Chamois (15-11) advances to play in sectionals tonight at Jefferson City High. Lutheran, making its first regional appearance, finished 14-13.

"It was a heck of a way to end the season," Bredow said. "We really felt we had a chance to win this game and advance, but things just didn't fall our way. Our plan was to play an up-tempo game and run at every opportunity. But, except for a short time early in the second half, we weren't able to do that.

"And our shooting just wasn't there. We scored 24 points in the first half tonight; heck, we scored 24 points in the first quarter in districts. Let's face it, you're not going to win many games with 24 points in a half."

The Cougars, who won Friday at Clopton to capture the first district title in any sport by a Lutheran boys team, played well enough early in Monday's game - they led 15-12 after one quarter - but the slow-paced tempo definitely favored the smaller Pirates.

"We wanted to run the break and get the ball to the basket," Bredow said. "And if the break wasn't there, we were going to try to get the ball inside.

"But Chamois did a good job of shutting down our break, and when we weren't hitting our shots, I knew we were in trouble. Our shooters never seemed to get into any rhythm tonight."

Chamois, a small town along the Missouri River between Hermann and Jefferson City, took control late in the first half, going on a 10-1 run to turn a two-point deficit into a 31-24 halftime lead.

Lutheran-St. Charles picked up the defensive pressure early in the second half, sparking a run. The Cougars received a pair of 3-pointers from senior Austin Bredow and four inside baskets from 6-6 junior Matt Beaty to go up 41-39 with 3 minutes, 20 seconds to play in the third quarter.

But the game began to slip away from the Cougars in the next few minutes, thanks to a series of inconsistent calls by the officials.

"We're not going to blame the officials; they didn't cost us this game," coach Bredow said. "At the same time, though, it's awfully tough to play when you can't get a feel for the game. …

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