Stone Cold Flyers
NEW BOSTON – It wasn’t just the drop in temperature that left the St.
Saturday, December 11, 1999
NEW BOSTON – It wasn’t just the drop in temperature that left the St. Joe Flyers feeling rather cold Friday night.
St. Joe’s shooting performance got stuck in the frozen foods section as the Flyers made hit just 31.3 percent from the field in a 69-53 loss to the New Boston Tigers.
The Flyers were a mere 21 of 67 from the field. To make matters worse, they converted only 7 of 21 foul shots and were 4 of 21 from 3-point range (19 percent).
"We got some good looks, we just didn’t knock them down. We had some easy ones around the basket and they wouldn’t drop. It was one of those nights," Flyers coach Kevin Sheridan said.
"But we played hard. We got in a little foul trouble, but that was our fault. We made some silly fouls. But we’ll get better. We’ve got a long way to go."
Chris McGraw had little trouble getting shots to drop. He scored a game-high 31 points to lead all scorers. Jeremy Monk added 12 points.
"We had two or three guys around McGraw and he still killed us. When he caught the ball, he got it in the basket," Sheridan said.
Eric Waginger scored 22 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Flyers, 1-2. Bub Waginger had 12 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists, and Bill Dressel finished with 10 points.
Despite the loss, Sheridan said he found some bright spots. The Flyers were playing without starter Matt Frazer who had an ankle injury, but freshman Chris Laber filled his spot and another freshman, Danny Stack, proved valuable off the bench as a backup guard.
"Danny Stack did a heck of a job for a freshman and Chris Laber did a nice job. I was pleased with them," said Sheridan.
McGraw had 6 points the first quarter to put New Boston ahead 15-10. He had 10 more points the second quarter to offset 7 points by Bub Waginger and help stretch the lead.
McGraw hit a 30-pointer just before the buzzer that gave the Tigers a 38-25 lead.
"McGraw hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer that put the lead at 13. We got it to 10 and were within striking distance. That one hurt," said Sheridan.
Eric Waginger got hot the third quarter and scored 12 points as St. Joe tried to battle back only to trail 55-41, Eric Waginger scored 5 and Dressel 4 the fourth quarter only to have McGraw score 8 and keep the comfortable cushion.
St. Joe hosts Portsmouth Notre Dame Tuesday.