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Jacobsen milestone leads Potosi past Dragons

POTOSI – Potosi junior Noah Jacobsen eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his high school career during a 15-point second quarter against Ste. Genevieve on Friday night.

He was held scoreless during the third period, but made 12-of-14 free throws down the stretch to finish with 35.

The Dragons posed the threat of a late comeback, but the Trojans remained poised to convert 19 of their 25 attempts over the final eight minutes of an 87-82 victory.

Potosi (8-8, 2-1) ended 26-of-40 from the stripe, while Ste. Genevieve (4-11, 0-2) went 11-of-18.

The Trojans capitalized on 30 team fouls committed by the Dragons, which resulted in three players being disqualified. Potosi finished with 24 personal calls, and had one player sit after receiving his fifth.

Jacobsen recorded the first eight points for the Trojans, including consecutive 3-pointers to start the game. They built a quick advantage behind efficient passing into the post for easy looks.

When the Dragons began denying Jacobsen after halftime, Potosi looked to its height down low to keep the lead.

Trenton Cain and Kaleb Coffman each notched double-doubles in the win with 16 points and 11 rebounds apiece. They combined for 22 points following the break.

Ste. Genevieve based its offense from the perimeter during the second half while attempting to narrow the gap. Gabe Greminger buried his first two 3-pointers in the opening two minutes of the third quarter, and totaled five in the game while netting a team-high 19 points.

The Dragons gradually chipped away by generating steals through full-court pressure, and executed well in transition.

Potosi survived eight turnovers, and held a 55-48 lead after Greminger beat the third-quarter buzzer with an acrobatic scoop.

Ste. Genevieve continued to effectively fire from the perimeter, and push its fast-break chances into the fourth quarter.

Darien Brown narrowed the margin to 73-70 with a layup plus a completed 3-point play within a 15-second span with 2:30 remaining in the contest. He ended with 14 points for the Dragons.

Potosi slowly created space down the stretch with its consistency from the foul line. Greminger drained two 3-pointers during the final 30 seconds of play, including a deep buzzer-beater that would not alter the outcome.

The Trojans were ineffective from the stripe early, making just 1-of-6 in the first quarter. They kept an edge through the second period behind a powerful transition attack by Jacobsen.

Drew Toombs, who recorded 10 points and seven rebounds for the Dragons, was active on the offensive glass during the second to earn easy baskets on putback opportunities.

Jacobsen drained his fourth and final perimeter shot with three seconds on the clock to gain a 43-30 Potosi lead at the break.

Garrett Wilkinson produced eight points for the Trojans.

Sam Stolzer tallied eight points for Ste. Genevieve, and Chase Koller paced the team with eight rebounds.

Potosi junior guard Noah Jacobsen (5) releases a jump shot over a Ste. Genevieve defender early in the third quarter on Friday night. Jacobsen eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the win.

Potosi junior guard Noah Jacobsen (5) releases a jump shot over a Ste. Genevieve defender early in the third quarter on Friday night. Jacobsen eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the win.

Ste. Genevieve guard Derek Morganthaler (43) draws a foul on a shot attempt against Potosi forward Trenton Cain (10) during the second quarter on Friday.

Ste. Genevieve guard Derek Morganthaler (43) draws a foul on a shot attempt against Potosi forward Trenton Cain (10) during the second quarter on Friday.

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