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Sturgeon boys finish tournament with hardware

Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 7:01 pm

Sturgeon beats Westran 37-32

It was a hard lesson for the Sturgeon Bulldogs starters, but Sturgeon Head Coach Michael Smith thinks it was an important one.

Jake Snider about to retake the lead for Sturgeon.Minutes into the first quarter of the third place game of the Sturgeon tournament Smith pulled his varsity off the floor and emptied his bench.

“They practice just as hard as the first string and deserve an opportunity to prove themselves, he said afterward, still flushed from what he called “an ugly win,” to take third place honors at the Sturgeon Invitational Basketball tournament with a tight, 37-32 win over the Westran Hornets. “But I will take an ugly win over a loss any day.”

Yes I put my bench in,” Smith said. “I was tired of it and I wanted to send a message. We are better players than we were showing at the beginning of the game. It was a message, I am not sure they got it.”

Smith’s bench scored four points and Sturgeon finished the first quarter down 12-6 to Westran.

He put the first string in at the beginning of the second and Sturgeon finished the half up one point, 19-18.

“It was a sloppy game, offensively,” Westran Head Coach Chris Sander said. “Basically it was a one-point game between defenses.”

Westran pulled ahead in the third to retake the lead and started the fourth quarter ahead, 30-28.

Jake Snider turned on the jets and spent the first part of the fourth flying toward the rim and helping Sturgeon retake the lead by scoring the first five points of the quarter.

When the game was over he led the now 12-6 Bulldogs with 16 points, backed up by Jacob Brooks with 11 and Connor Morgan with five.

Trey Burton led Westran with 16.

Monday the Bulldogs host the Centralia Panthers.

For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

Jacob Brooks going up for an early two points.

Post victory Bulldogs.