With a quick 3-pointer at the start of the game Tuesday, Okawville senior Noah Frederking became the leading scorer in the 56-year history of the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament.
He scored an uncharacteristically-low eight points in the top-seeded Rockets’ upset loss to Highland earlier in the day, then got back on track with a 25-point outing Tuesday night in Okawville’s 59-48 victory over Mascoutah.
The University of Evansville recruit drained a 3-pointer to break the 46-year-old record of 312 points set by former Assumption High great Rick Suttle from 1967 to 1970. The game was stopped, and Frederking, who has scored 335 points in tourney games, was presented with the basketball.
Okawville (10-1) also got 10 points from junior Caleb Frederking. Mascoutah’s Malik Green scored 20 points, and Blake Weiss added 12.
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“Our whole mentality now is we’re going to go out there and just win every game,” Noah Frederking said. “If we win the rest of our games, we’re back in the championship, and that’s where we want to be.”
Okawville coach Jon Kraus didn’t waste much time lecturing his team after the loss to Highland earlier in the day. He likely felt the stunning defeat would do all that work for him.
“I was here, I sent them home,” Kraus said. “It’s one of those things where when you have five games in four days ... it’s over. You can’t think about it, you can’t worry about it. You have to learn from it.
“We did a better job of playing with more pace, more intensity. Our guys moved a little better tonight. We were a a little stagnant this morning, but you’ve got to just move on.”
Springfield SH-Griffin 56, Nashville 53
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin senior guard Jack O’Connor sunk a long 3-pointer from the left wing to help the sixth-seeded Cyclones upset No. 2 seed Nashville 56-53.
O’Connor’s shot came just seconds after Nashville’s Hayden Heggemeier hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds.
Nashville led 15-4 after the first quarter but just 27-25 at halftime and trailed 39-31 at the end of the third quarter.
“There’s two ways you can go — either fold and get beat by 20, or you can come back and fight a little bit,” said SH-Griffin coach Kyle Krager, who took over a team that was 4-25 last season. “We fought, so that was good. We put an emphasis on coming out strong, and we usually do in our wins, but today we just didn’t have it. We had to kind of force our own energy.”
Sophomore Nick Broeker had 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half for SH-Griffin while Nashville got 19 points from Brogan Kemp and 15 from Bryce Bultman.
Nashville (9-2) fell to 1-1 in pool play after opening the tourney with a 60-47 victory over Metro-East Lutheran.
Carlyle 60, Metro-East Lutheran 51
Carlyle (4-3) ended a 15-game pool play losing streak at the tournament that included a loss earlier Tuesday to Mater Dei by knocking off Metro-East Lutheran in the later game.
Dru Johnson (18 points) and Tyler Siever (14 points) led the way for Carlyle, which had lost 29 of its previous 30 pool play games. Metro-East Lutheran got 21 points from Noah Coddington.
Central 68, Briarcrest 55
Central broke open a tight game by outscoring Briarcrest Christian 19-9 in the third quarter on their way to an opening-round victory over the Memphis, Tennessee, school.
Senior guard Kolby Schulte led the way for Central (6-3) with a game-high 19 points while senior Carter Truong nailed four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points. Cedric Henderson topped Briarcrest with 12 points.
Trailing 48-38 after three quarters, the fourth-seeded Saints (11-2) cut the deficit to 60-55 on a 3-pointer by Lucian Murdock.
Mater Dei 48, Carlyle 31
Tournament host Mater Dei Knights (5-2) had little trouble in their tourney opener, rolling past Carlyle. Lucas Theising led the Knights with 17 points, and Noah Gerdes added 10, while Carlyle got 12 points from Dru Johnson.