Shamrocks Come Up Short In Thrilling Friday night Game - Lose to St. James 43-42

Jared Horstmann scores two of his ten points in Friday night's game.
Box scores below
St. James - 43

New Haven (4-4, 0-2)-42

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Senior Kyle Rueidger scored a game 19,surpassing 1,000 career points and Jared Horstmann added double figures with 10 points in Friday’s Four Rivers Conference loss to St. James 43-42.

Despite New Haven shooting just 6-11 from the line, a mental error on the part of the Shamrocks in the second quarter would come back to haunt them.  Midway through the second quarter with the game tied at 17, St. James went to the line to shoot two free-throws.

Cameron Pritchett draws a foul after stealing the inbound, giving New Haven a spark in the fourth quarter and then forced a jump ball after hitting one of two free throws.

After hitting the first to take a one point lead, 18-17, New Haven was called for a lane violation on the second free throw that St. James missed.  St. James would go on to make the free-throw following the violation and instead of New Haven trailing by one, they found themselves down two, 19-17 and ultimately New Haven would lose by one.

Head Coach Aaron Peirick said, “I had a feeling it that would come back to haunt us.  But we also did not shoot well from the free-throw line.  If we make one or even two more, then it’s a different ball game.”

In the fourth quarter, what could have been a Cinderella like ending and one of the greatest nights in Shamrock basketball.  After being crowned Winter Ball King in between the JV and Varsity game the stage was set to what could have been a nearly perfect night for Rueidger.

Photo by Kelly Hoffmann:  Ruediger hits a pull up jumper scoring two of his game high 19 points.

New Haven trailed 40-38 with 3:33 remaining when Rueidger put back an offensive rebound,  knotting it up 40-40.  On the Shamrocks ensuing possession Ruediger would go to the line, one point shy of hitting 1,000 career points, knocking down both free-throws to give New Haven a two point lead 42-40 at the 1:34 mark.

With 42 seconds  St. James would miss the both free-throws but the Shamrocks failed to box out, giving up two offensive rebounds and the second proving to be costly.  St. James’s shortest player on the floor, 5’9’’ Jake Money was fouled on the put back, tying it at 42-42 and completely the three point play to give St. James a 43-42 lead.

The Shamrocks would have several chances in the last 42 seconds at taking the lead but with two seconds remaining and one timeout reming, New Haven would turn it over on the ensuing inbound leaving just .9 seconds.

Photo by Kelly Hoffmann of Brandon Carey.

Peirick said, “I had one timeout left but was saving it in case we would couldn’t get the ball in.. I probably should have used it once I saw we were unorganized.”

St. James snuck away off the win, handing New Haven their second straight loss as they head into Christmas break 4-4 on the season.

“We had guys stepping and knocking down shots. Cameron [Pritchett] and Brand Carey hit shots and Jared Horstmann played very well, scoring in double digits and rebounded the ball” Peirick said.  “With teams focusing on Kyle we will need guys stepping up and knocking down shots.”

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Box Scores:

New Haven11139235
Pacific1218231770

Leading Scorers

New Haven

Kyle Rueidger 15
Brandon Carey 11 (All in the first half)

Pacific

Cameron VanLeer 17
Cullen VanLeer 32

St. James91510943
New Haven11816742

St. James

Logan Courtois 11
Noah Bartle 10
Elye Rogers 1

New Haven

Kyle Ruediger 19

Jared Horstmann 10