The St. Ansgar Saints boys basketball team faced off against the Osage Green Devils on Tuesday night in Osage after an exciting game between the St. Ansgar and Osage girls teams that kicked off the night. The Saints entered the contest coming off their only game of the season when they defeated Central Springs 62-31 in St. Ansgar.
Every minute played on Tuesday night was a battle, which made for some entertaining basketball for both sides. The Saints and Green Devils went back and forth the first half, with Osage going into the locker room up 21-19.
Coming out of the half, the Saints were able to outscore Osage 11-6 in the third quarter, giving St. Ansgar a 30-27 with one quarter to go. Unfortunately, St. Ansgar couldn’t keep Osage from outscoring them in the final quarter. Osage outscored the Saints 14-8 in the fourth, giving the Green Devils the 41-39 win over the Saints.
“I was very happy with our effort,” said Saints coach Jason Squier. I thought our boys played great defense. We struggled at times on offense, but we will keep working to improve.”
Erik Gerdts led the Saints in scoring against Osage. Gerdts finished with 15 points. Nine of those 15 were from beyond the three point line. Ethan Kirchgatter added 10 points and 3 rebounds. Collin Kramer finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals and Jack Sievert added 4 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals.
The Saints have a couple days to prepare for their next contest when they travel to Greene on Friday night to take on the North Butler Bearcats. A game with the Nashua-Plainfield Huskies follows on December 10.
“Big thing we need to do is clean up some of our mistakes and be ready to head into the next games,” said coach Squier.