IRONTON – Ste. Genevieve captured three brief leads during the second half after trailing for the majority of the contest, but Arcadia Valley battled back to reclaim a late advantage on Tuesday.
The Tigers rebounded aggressively, and earned frequent trips to the free-throw line during the final three minutes to help seal a 63-60 victory.
Arcadia Valley (8-6) redeemed an earlier 66-58 loss to Ste. Genevieve (4-10) during the Central Christmas Tournament.
Carter Brogan drilled four 3-pointers and grabbed six rebounds in a 22-point performance for the Tigers. Peyton Whited went 9-of-10 from the foul line and tallied 16 points in the win.
The Dragons worked their way back to the game with forceful full-court pressure in the third quarter. Chad Donze claimed the first Ste. Genevieve lead of 43-41 with one minute to play in the third by draining his third shot from the perimeter.
Logan Trollinger and Donze each contributed 12 points, and Sam Stolzer added 10 points plus a team-high six rebounds for the Dragons.
Ste. Genevieve maintained a powerful defensive presence to generate several turnovers early in the fourth period, and Gabe Greminger converted back-to-back transition layups to regain a 55-54 lead with five minutes remaining.
Greminger added his lone 3-pointer to trim the margin within 62-58 with 27 seconds to play after previously being cold from the perimeter.
Brogan and Whited each provided a late boost for the Tigers from the free-throw line. Arcadia Valley was 17-of-26 from the stripe, while Ste. Genevieve went 4-of-12.
Jeremiah Moore began the contest with an effective mid-range stroke from to help the Tigers achieve an early 11-3 edge. He finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, despite fouling out with six minutes left.
Ste. Genevieve cut to the basket in an attempt to chip away, but struggled to finish near the goal. However, Donze and Drew Toombs added layups in the last minute of the first quarter to make the score 11-7.
Arcadia Valley held its advantage through the second quarter with a fast-paced attack, while the Dragons focused more on perimeter offense.
Ste. Genevieve slowly narrowed the difference by forcing multiple turnovers before halftime. The Dragons trailed 27-23 after a fast-break layup by Chase Koller circled the rim and out at the buzzer.
Takota Jones notched 10 points with eight rebounds for the Tigers.
Arcadia Valley will begin conference play at West County on Friday while Ste. Genevieve faces Potosi.