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Brandon Trimble scored a game high 30 points and helped lead the St. Joseph-Ogden to a 63-51 victory over the Monticello Sages in an Okaw Valley Conference game on Tuesday night in St. Joseph.
Trimble, who had been held in check in his last couple of games, bounced back nicely against the Sages, shooting 8-18 (44%) from the field for the game, including a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line. Jordan Brooks added 15 for the Spartans (16-6, 2-2 in the Okaw), while Marty Wright came off the bench to score 8 points.
“He (Wright) has been playing very well lately, and had a really good game last Friday night (vs. Williamsville), plus he has been practicing really well too," SJO head coach Brian Brooks remarked after the game regarding his senior and his performance.
The Spartans trailed at the end of the first quarter 14-12, but stepped up the intensity on defense in the second quarter to take a 32-28 lead at the half. They extended that lead to 8 at 45-37 through three quarters, and then Trimble salted the game away in the fourth quarter with 8-8 from the line in the final frame.
Calvin Fisher led the Sages (12-4, 4-2 in the Okaw) with 24 points, while Johnny Dawson added 11. Monticello shot the ball well, making 22 of 42 shots for 52% on the night. However, getting to the free throw line proved difficult for the Sages, as they only attempted five free throws, making just two of those attempts.
“We feel that we’ve played well in the past two games, and after our loss at Paxton last week, we’ve practiced better and have reeled off two straight wins in a row," Brooks added about his team’s play in the last week.
SJO won the junior varsity game that preceded the varsity matchup 63-41, and will be back at home again on Friday evening when they welcome the Unity Rockets to St. Joseph in an Okaw Valley Conference tilt.