8th annual St. Bernard Christmas Tournament championship
At Fazi-Richard Athletic Center:
J.B. Pennington 6 11 15 14 - 46 (4-9)
St. Bernard 13 11 24 12 - 60 (7-3)
ST. BERNARD: Elijah Price 16, Christian Peterson 15,Gavin Whaley 11, Caleb Guthrey 5, Alec Von Thuelen 4, Carson Holmes 3, Chanh Pham 3, John Christian Rose 2.
J.B. PENNINGTON: Noah Allison 13, Jaxon Bullard 7, Daniel Childs 6, Jalon Bullard 5, Williams Franklin 4, Sean Watson 1.
FLASH NOTES: St. Bernard completed its December schedule by going 6-0, winning five times at the Fazi-Richard Athletic Center this month and taking plenty of momentum into the second half of the season when the schedule resumes January 9 in an area home game with Cold Springs.
The Saints got to the lead without their scoring weapon from the backcourt, Christian Peterson, getting on the board through the first half.
Peterson set up his teammates with half a dozen assists as the Saints connected on 10 first half field goals that propelled them on top with a determined J.B. Pennington unit.
Price was a factor with five field goals through halftime and some important baskets off the bench by Von Theulen (2), plus buckets by Pham, Guthrey and Whaley.
Price spent much of the third quarter on the bench with his third personal foul. Peterson got into an offensive flow, scoring nine, including a trey late in the stanza that sent the Saints to a 48-32 lead when time expired.
St. Bernard had five players to produce field goals in a 24-point third period with the Saints knocking down nine shots, three treys and hold on to the comfortable lead in the final period of play.
Price, Peterson and Whaley combined for 42 points scoring with eight getting into the scoring column for coach Greg Boatright.
Pennington made it respectable by shooting eight of 11 at the line in the third and scoring three treys during the final period.
But St. Bernard was eight of 11 from the line in the second half, five of seven during the fourth quarter. Peterson led the Saints with five of seven FTs, Guthrey made three of four.
Photo 1: St. Bernard's Christian Peterson (23) shoots a jumper from the foul line.
Photo 2: St. Bernard heads toward athletic director William Calvert to accept championship trophy in 8th annual St. Bernard Christmas Tournament Friday night.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.