Tigers draw an Ace


Jake “Ace” Meier had been playing well the past two weeks, but Meier had his best game yet and shined in crunch time last Friday night (Jan. 31) when the Tigers defeated rival Mehlville 43-34.

In a game where the Tigers leading scorers Austin Gillmann (12) and Ervin Saralic (12) only had eight points each, the Tigers looked for someone else to step up and that is just what Meier did. He finished with 14 points, shooting  six of seven from the field and 11 rebounds (seven of those coming on the offensive glass).

“I was pumped for the game,” Meier said, “The shots were not falling for us most of the night and I just gave my all and did what I could to win.”

The game started out slow for both teams, with a sloppy first quarter. Both schools struggled on the defensive glass and struggled shooting from the field. The game really had no flow in the first half and the Tigers led 21-19.

The second half was a lot of the same. The Tigers were able to pull away at some points, but Mehlville with the help of some three pointers were able to keep the Panthers in the game. In the end, the Tigers were able to amp up their defense and turn Mehlville over in the final minutes, winning by seven.

“Both sides [fans] provided a great atmosphere. We knew we had to play tough and just play our game,” Meier said.

Although it was an off night for Sarajlic, it was still memorable for him. Sarajlic scored his 1000th career point.

The Tigers now have a full week to prepare for one of the toughest tests they will have all year. The boys will travel to take on conference foe Lafayette this coming Friday (Feb. 7) at 7p.m.