Jan. 19, 2019 – The Excelsior Springs Tiger Boys’ Basketball team hosted the Bishop LeBlond Eagles on Dec. 18 where they fell 52-37.
Senior Zane Wilson earned top scorer for the Tigers and almost earned a double-double with 16 points, one offensive rebound and eight defensive rebounds. Senior Jax Gibson followed in points with 12.
Sophomore Jalen Soria earned three points for the Tigers while senior Simon Holst, sophomore Tanner Phillips and junior Breyden Haight earned two each.
Gibson got five combined rebounds, while Holst two offensive and two defensive rebounds.
The Tigers matched the Eagles in three-pointers, sinking six each. The Tigers almost matched Bishop in free throws scoring five to their six.
Bishop doubled Excelsior’s seven two-pointers, sinking 14 for almost 49 percent to the Tigers’ 36 percent. The Eagles made eleven baskets from the paint. In contrast, the Tigers made seven from the paint.
The Tigers traveled to Cameron Dec. 14 to take on the Dragons. Cameron led going into halftime 17-11. After scoring 22 points in the second half, the Tigers almost closed the gap, but still lost 36-33.
All of Cameron’s points came from the paint with no three-pointers attempted. Excelsior completed three of the three-pointer attempts and scored 10 of their field goals from the paint.
Wilson again came close to a double-double with 10 rebounds and eight points. Holst also earned double-double honors with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Gibson also scored 10 points while junior Brandon Gluhm earned three and Haight, two.
Gluhm also earned three offensive rebounds and two defensive, while Gibson got one offensive and three defensive.
The Tigers took on Smithville on Wednesday. Coverage will be included in upcoming issues of The Standard.
The Tigers will take on the Pleasant Hill Roosters Friday in the ESHS gym. The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity Tigers will begin at 7 p.m.