Defensive prowess in third quarter gives Eagles second win of the week

January 1, 2022 | 12:05 am

Updated January 1, 2022 | 2:50 pm

Stifling St. Mary’s offense in the third quarter, Apollo was able to find the bottom of the net with ease en route to a 72-64 win.

Junior Jaren Stites and freshman Kobe Kelly were able to give the Eagles a boost offensively in the first, combining for nine points from deep.

Accounting for half of its points, this allowed Apollo to go into the second quarter owning a 17-12 lead.

The Eagles were able to stay hot in the second quarter, but the Vikings were able to inch closer and cut it to a 35-32 game at halftime.

Sophomore Eli Masterson and senior Jaden Kelly made it happen for Apollo in the third, combining for 17 of the team’s 19 points.

Meanwhile, St. Mary’s offense had gone flat, as they were held to single digits and trailed the Eagles 54-41 going into the fourth.

The Vikings offense was clicking on all cylinders in the fourth, grabbing 23 points. 

Despite St. Mary’s having its best quarter of the game, Apollo was able to hang on and earned a 72-64 win in front of its home crowd.

Masterson led the Eagles with 22 points on the day, while Jaden finished with 19 and junior Zjhan Tutt finished with 11 points.

The win is the second in three days for Apollo, after starting the season 0-9.

Steadily improving game by game, the Eagles will look to secure another home on Jan. 4, when they take on Butler County at 7:30 p.m.

January 1, 2022 | 12:05 am

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