Vikings no match for short-handed Saints

Ethan Kirchgatter knocks down a free throw in Tuesday’s game. Kirchgatter went 4 for 4 from the charity stripe, scoring a total of 10 points on the night. Kirchgatter leads the team thusfar with 15.6 points per game, and is shooting 73.2 percent from the free-throw line. Nicholas Bork goes for the jump-ball. Bork grabbed 8 rebounds to go along with 12 points Tuesday. EJ Photo/Travis Charlson

Northwood—Despite having one player sick and another on vacation, the Saints were able to take care of business Tuesday in their first conference game after the holiday break.

The Saints took a ten-point lead at the half and held on to win by a comfortable margin, 53-36.

“I knew with the defense they like to run, we needed to get the ball inside to our posts,” said head coach Jason Squier.

The posts led the way for the Saints, with Nicholas Bork scoring 12 points and nabbing 8 rebounds, and Collin Kramer scored 13 points and  7 rebounds.

Ethan Kirchgatter scored 10 on Tuesday, and is the team’s leading scorer with 15. 6 points per game.

Nicholas Bork goes for the jump-ball. Bork scored 12 points and 8 rebounds on Tuesday. EJ Photo/Travis Charlson

Kramer has been contributing 13.7 points per game so far this season, and Bork has done well on the boards for St. Ansgar, grabbing an average of 8.6 rebounds per game.

Squier said he was happy how his team performed after the break, especially with two of their usual starters unable to play.

“The reserve players did a nice job,” Squier said.

Sophomore Adam Williams scored 9 points, knocking down two 3 pointers and going 3 for 4 from the free-throw line.

Freshman Ryan Cole was active on defense, coming up with 6 steals to go along with his 7 points.

The Saints will play a hot Newman-Catholic (6-3) this Friday at home, as the Knights have won their last 6 contests.

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