Friday, September 11 | 7:30 PM | Central High School | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (2-0) at Central Yellowjackets (1-2)
Friday, September 11
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
The Bee Hive
Tiger Football will travel to Central Friday for their first true road game of the season. The Tigers are coming off a huge win against Bowling Green and will be looking to ride that momentum to another win. The Tigers have never lost to Central in the 35 times they have played each other and have tied twice.
This is a game where we could see a lot of Tigers get playing time, and it will be a fun atmosphere down at The Bee Hive. If you’re debating on whether to go or not, Central has one of the most entertaining bands in the state, so there’s that.
Last Game: Defeated Bowling Green 45-19
The Saint Xavier Basketball team kicked off the regular season Tuesday night against the Central Yellowjackets, and it was a squeaker amid a hostile road environment.
But the Tigers handled the pressure from the crowd and the Jackets very well, and perfect execution late in the game led St. X to a resounding 69-64 victory, making this their second consecutive victory in the season opener.
The team secured the victory with methodical, consistent ball movement and tremendous poise when the action heated up. They didn’t need any flash or frills; St. X won by simply controlling what it could and taking advantage of every opportunity afforded.
With three new faces in the starting lineup, the final outcome of the game was anything but decided before tip-off. Juniors Connor McKim and Will Olsen joined senior C.J. Shanklin as first timers in the lineup along with returning starters Ashanti Burgess and Lucas Miller. After two losing efforts in preseason scrimmages versus Oldham County and Bowling Green, the Tigers were desperately hoping they could find a rhythm early.
St. X never really established a rhythm, but it didn’t phase McKim at all. The point guard finished with 15 points on 1-5 shooting and 13-14 free throw shooting. He got to the rim early and often and was money when he got there. He wasn’t phased by a loud crowd on the road either, as he swished 6-6 shots at the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds of the game to put the nail in the coffin.
“I honestly felt great,” McKim said about his clutch free throws. “I’ve thought about times like that a lot, on the road and needing to hit free throws to seal the game. I was just thinking, ‘Take your time and win this game.'”
If you look at the box score, both Central and St. X looked very similar; both teams shot horribly from long range, both teams had a ton of turnovers, and both teams had almost the exact same rebound total.
But the Tigers routed the Jackets in one category: free throw shooting. St. X had more than doubled the amount of attempts Central had, and the Tigers converted those extra scoring opportunities at an 85% team clip. The difference in the game was the charity stripe.
The game started with a technical foul before tip-off for the third year in a row when Central was assessed a uniform violation for not wearing white jerseys as the home team. McKim drained the two freebies to begin his eventful night at the line.
The first quarter was back-and-forth the whole way, and the score was knotted up at 16 after the buzzer sounded.
St. X controlled the second quarter on the shoulders of Olsen, who poured in 10 of his team-high 16 points. Senior Tiger guard Josh Rudy turned the game around for the Tigers on a brilliant play early in the quarter. He took an inbounds pass, broke Central’s full-court press, and picked up his dribble just after passing halfcourt. He was immediately double-teamed, and just when it looked like he was going to turn it over on a five-second call, he whipped it across the court to Miller for a wide-open layup that gave the Tigers a big burst of energy.
St. X lead by 7 at halftime, but the Jackets turned the tables in the third period by holding the Tigers to just 7 points and tying the score at 47.
But McKim’s decisive play and Rudy’s deceptively-effective 20 minutes off the bench helped guide St. X the rest of the way. Rudy only had 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal, but he did not turn the ball over at all and brought a calming presence to the floor when the pressure was ratcheting up.
Shanklin started his first regular season game back after tearing his left ACL in a summer AAU game in during the summer of his junior year. It will be especially tough for him to get back in the swing of things because not only is he adjusting to the feel of the game after being injured for a long time, but he also has to become accustomed to playing in the post when he is naturally a guard.
“It was hard getting back to the speed of a real game and also the atmosphere,” Shanklin explained. “I was a little nervous at the beginning, but I started to adjust and get a good feel for the game again. I didn’t really think about it being my first game back.”
Shanklin finished with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in 23 minutes of action in what was production that will almost surely increase as he grows more accustomed to his role. He said he needs to work on being more aggressive and putting the ball on the floor going forward.
The Tigers now sit at 1-0 on the young season with their next game against district rival Collegiate. That game will be St. X’s home opener, and it is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in the Bro. John Wills Arena.
Tuesday, December 2 | 7:30 PM | Central High School | Louisville, KY
Saint Xavier Tigers (0-0) at Central Yellow Jackets (0-0)
Tuesday, December 2nd
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
JV Game – 6:00 PM
Freshman Game – 4:30 PM
Central High School
The Tigers begin the 2014-2015 season on the road against a familiar opponent. St. X has faced Central numerous times in both the regular season and the postseason. After two lackluster performances in scrimmages against Oldham County and Bowling Green, the Tigers will be hungry to prove they are not a team to be taken for granted.
It will be a special night for senior C.J. Shanklin, as he will start his first regular season game since tearing his left ACL in the summer of 2013. Fellow senior Ashanti Burgess will look to have a breakout season with long-time lead guard Robert Shaw now graduated. Burgess struggled with ball security in the two scrimmages, finishing with more than 7 turnovers in both scrimmages. Keeping turnovers at a minimum will be huge for St. X all season, but especially tonight when they take on the very underrated Yellow Jackets at their house. Central is always well-coached, and it is known for applying heavy pressure defense.
It will be interesting to see how St. X handles the pressure, as it struggled mightily in the first two scrimmages with handling a full-court press. All in all, this should be a great contest.
The Tigers picked up their fourth win of the season last night with a big victory over the Yellowjackets. Winning will surely boost the Tigers’ confidence heading into “The Game”. Lots of guys made some primetime plays and as such they deserve a special shoutout today. In the spirit of College Gameday, here are our choices for the guys deserving of a new helmet decal after Week 6:
The 5-9 185 lbs. Senior linebacker snagged his first interception of the year. Amshoff played a lot of minutes Friday for the Tigers and gave them great leadership from the middle of the defense that will be key as we head down the stretch of the season. The turnover battle will win the game for either team this Friday and it is plays like Trace’s that give the Tigers chances to win.
Another great performance from Noah was displayed last week against Central. Houk led the Tiger Offense for the first half which ended in a 40-0 lead heading into the locker room. He threw two touchdowns and added another on the ground to help the Tigers to their fourth win of the season. His game will be put to the test this week of course, but we believe that the Senior is up for it. Tiger Nation, enjoy Noah because there is not much more you could ask of a player when it comes to his leadership and in a blow out like last week, it was evident. For that, here’s a helmet sticker Noah.
Two touchdowns on 95 yards rushing was Taijon’s stat line for the win over the Yellowjackets before Coach Lyons and the coaching staff let off the gas pedal to get some younger guys playing time. Smith will have to have a big night for the Tigers in their game against Trinity at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium this week, so we’re glad he did his damage early and got some rest too.
Friday, September 26 | 7:30 PM | Br. Thomas More Stadium | Louisville, KY
St. Xavier Tigers (3-2) vs. Central Yellowjackets (3-2)
Friday, September 26th
Varsity Game – 7:30 PM
Br. Thomas More Stadium
When you look up “Trap Game” in the dictionary, St. Xavier vs. Central comes up first. Every year, Tiger Football has to keep their focus tight as they take on the Yellowjackets. With Trinity looming in the distance only a week away, it is very easy for the Tigers to start looking ahead, but in recent years, Central has given St. Xavier a reason to make sure they’re locked in.
Tonight’s game will be a fun atmosphere on a beautiful September Friday night. Beach Night is the theme courtesy of the Student Activities Council, but it would not be a good idea for the team to show up with that laid back attitude you take down to the ocean over spring break.