Monday, May 26 | 11:00 AM | Eastern High School | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (23-10) vs. Eastern Eagles (29-6)
Monday, May 26th
Varsity Game – 11:00 AM
7th Region Tournament Quarterfinals
The St. Xavier Tigers will face the 7th Region’s best record team, the Eastern Eagles, in the 2014 KHSAA 7th Region Quartferfinals today at 11:00 AM at Eastern. The two teams met earlier this season on April 8th, when the Tigers won 5-3 at Eastern as well. The Eagles won their district, so they host the Tigers today on Memorial Day. The winner will face either Manual or Atherton tomorrow at the University of Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium at 7:15 PM.
Tiger Basketball fell to Trinity last night in the 7th Region Tournament Quarterfinals 51-40 at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall. The Rage Cage was packed from floor to ceiling and cheered on the underdog Tigers all game long.
Offensively, the Tigers could not get things going with 6’10” forward Raymond Spalding of Trinity guarding the basket. He was the difference in the game altering shots and blocking a high percentage of attempts in the lane. The Tigers made a late push making it a 46-37 game with a 10-1 run which included an Ashanti Burgess 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining in the game.
In his last game as a Tiger, Senior Robert Shaw who started all four seasons at St. X, had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Burgess hit two threes and scored 10 points, and Junior Andrew Marquess grabbed eight rebounds.
“We made a great run late, but it’s hard to match up with Trinity because of their size and strength,” Coach Klein told the Courier Journal. “When Shaw stole that ball and attempted a layup, he was called for hooking (his defender). We went out swinging.”
Tiger Basketball finished the season with a 21-9 record. As Tiger Sports Radio analyst Tony Burke said in the postgame show, the cubbard is not bare for St. X with Marquess, Burgess and a whole lot of young talent returning next season. Another good sign for the future was when Junior CJ Shanklin, who has been sidelined the entire season with an ACL injury, took part in warm ups. We will have more coverage on the 2014 season review in the coming days. Go Tigers!