NEW BOSTON — The New Boston Tigers won their first game of the season against the Saint Joseph Flyers Tuesday night by a score of 50-47. The game showcased the electric energy of a fresh season combined with the shaky nerves of two young teams scrapping to get their first win of year.
New Boston took a quick lead, with Kyle McQuithy hitting three early three pointers, and racking up 14 in the first two quarters. St Joe’s Chase Walters was strong and scrappy during the entire first half netting 15 points in the first half. The score at the half was 19-18 with New Boston leading.
The Flyers came out pressing in the third quarter, overcoming New Boston early in the quarter and taking a six point lead. New Boston came back strong though, pushing through the pressure and managing to take a 35-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth New Boston came out firing, going up 49-36 with two minutes left. A frustrated St. Joseph’s team buckled down, though, fighting tooth and nail to close the deficit. They came up short, however, even as they threw up a three pointer at the buzzer to make the final score 50-47.
Chase Walters was in foul trouble much of the second half. He was limited to just two points finishing with a total of 17. Kyle McQuithy poured in 18 with 15 coming from behind the arc for New Boston. Ethan Porter and Drake Truitt both helped the Tigers with 10 points each. Ethan was a force inside rebounding all night as well.
“This win means a lot,” said New Boston Head Coach Stapleton. “We’ve been struggling the last couple years and wins have been hard to come by for us. We were out there a lot of times tonight with three sophomores and a freshman. And to come back from the adversity in the third quarter and come back and retake the lead showed a lot of poise.
“We have a young team. They are coming along. I’m awful glad we had success tonight because they’ve been battling hard for years. We have to continue to work on fundamentals. We have to work on ball handling and making free throws when it counts. Last year we averaged 37 points a game and we came out our first night and scored 50. Hopefully this lays a good foundation for the rest of the season.”
New Boston travels to Eastern to face the Eagles Friday, December 4. The Game tips off at 7:30 p.m.
Box Score 1 2 3 4 F
St. Joseph 11 7 12 17 47
New Boston 13 6 16 15 50
St. Joseph — Williams 3-0-6, Whaley 0-1-1, Willis 2-0-4, Adkins 1-0-3, McGraw 4-0-9, Walters 4-9-17, Ward 3-1-7
New Boston — Hayes 1-0-2, Truitt 4-2-10, Conley 2-2-6, Litz 0-1-1, Caldwell 1-0-3, McQuihy 6-1-18, Porter 3-4-10
3-point field goals — St. Joseph 2 (Adkins, McGraw); New Boston 6 (McQuithy 5, Caldwell)
Records — St. Joseph 0-1; New Boston 1-0.