The Saint Joseph Crimson Streaks and the Lakota Raiders entered their game neither team having a conference win. The Streaks held an 11-point lead early in the second half and hung on to defeat the Raiders 45-41 in a Sandusky Bay Conference River Division game in Kansas on Friday.
St. Joe built an early four-point lead on baskets by Brody Deck and Blake Michael, before Lakota Freshman Josh Matz hit a three-point basket to pull the Raiders to 4-3, Chase Harrison made one of two free throws to extend the Streak lead before Dakota Travis tied the game at 5 with 4:40 to go in the first quarter. Michael would then hit a three-point basket before Elijah Franks and Travis for Lakota would give the Raiders a 9-8 lead which would be their only lead of the game. St Joe’s Garrett Michael ended the quarter with his only three-point field goal of the game to end the quarter leading 11-9.
Lakota’s Travis made the first basket of the second quarter to tie the game at 11. St Joe would score the next six points to go up 17-12 Lakota scored the next four to pull to 17-16, but St. Joe used good defense to force Lakota into missed shots and turnovers to finish the half on a 10-3 run to lead 27-19.
The Crimson Streaks scored first in the second half to build their lead to 10, Lakota’s Collin Hipsher made two free throws then Michael and Harrison combined for three points to take a 32-21 St Joe lead. Matz, Carter Reinhart, and Travis combined for the next six for Lakota to cut the lead to 32-27. St Joe would close the quarter outscoring the Raiders four to two to lead 36-29.
The Raiders did not give up in the fourth quarter, Payton Ackerman scored two points and Travis had a steal and a score to pull the game to 36-33, St Joe went on a 7-0 run to put the lead back to 10. The Raiders then used full court pressure and solid defense to force St Joe turnovers and took advantage on the offensive end to score seven unanswered points to pull to 43-40 with 2:24 left in the game. Traveling calls on the Crimson Streak offense would give the ball back to the Raiders offense but the Raiders without point guard Braden Schaser out with an injury at times seemed unorganized on offense down the stretch. An intentional foul call on St Joe with 1:01 remaining could have been the difference in the game for the Raiders but they only scored one free throw on the possession. Leading 43-41 St Joe was called for a five second violation with 39.6 seconds remaining, but the Raiders would not score in the last minute and the Streaks would hit two of four free throws to seal the win.
Blake Michael led all scorers with 16 for St. Joe, 5-4 overall and 1-3 in the SBC River, Brody Deck 12, Chase Harrison seven, Garrett Michael 4 and Derek Ritzman and Isreal Ysasi Jr. both with three.
Dakota Travis led the Raiders (0-7 and 0-4) with 14, Josh Matz eight, Collin Hipsher and Jalen Cofer both scored six, Carter Reimhart 3, and Elijah Franks and Payton Ackerman each with 2.
St Joe travels to Danbury on January 3 for their next game, Lakota hosts Old Fort on January 3 in SBC River games.