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The St. Catharine College basketball season ended last Saturday with J.T. Burton’s Patriots falling 77-63 at Lindsey Wilson College. That followed Thursday’s 78-42 setback at Georgetown giving the Patriots a final record of 5-25 in their first NAIA campaign.
“Except for the Georgetown game and the two against Cumberlands we were right in every game,” said Burton, who completed his first year at the Patriot helm. “We just need to get out now and recruit guys to add to our players returning. One thing we found in this league (the Mid-South Conference in which the Patriots were 1-11) is that you don’t just need talent, but you have to have toughness. The play is so physical that you have to have tough kids if you want to win.”
Thursday at Georgetown, ranked third in the nation with a 26-3 record and a first place 10-2 conference slate, the Patriots never got untracked as they trailed 41-25 at halftime and scored just 17 points after intermission.
“They had a big crowd, it was senior night and the combination of things led to a bad game for us,” added Burton.
St. Catharine shot only 25 percent for the game (15-60) and committed 20 turnovers against the talented Tigers. Arthur Latham had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Patriots and Brandon Johnson had 11 points. Demetrius Goins led the Tigers with 13 points.
Against Lindsey Wilson on Saturday the Patriots led 35-32 at halftime before falling 77-63. “Again it was a case where we just didn’t have a deep enough bench to stay in it the whole game,” Burton said. “I was really proud of our effort though. After the loss at Georgetown they could have laid down in the last game but we really played hard.”
Latham again led the Patriots with 26 points and eight rebounds. Kevin Owens and Thomas Malone had 13 and 11 points respectively.
The Blue Raiders, 24-6 overall and 9-3 in the conference, were led by Eric McPherson’s 23 points.
The Mid-South Conference tournament, which St. Catharine will be eligible for next season, begins Friday at the Frankfort Civic Center. The tournament will conclude with the championship game at 3:30 Sunday.
Go to www.mid-southconference.org for all game times and tournament results.