St. Paul emerged victorious in the battle of winless teams Saturday night with a 58-55 win over Mapleton in Firelands Conference play.
St. Paul is now 1-4, 1-2 on the season. Mapleton drops to 0-5, 0-3.
The Flyers made a complete turnaround from the night before, limiting their turnovers to just eight and converting 14-of-20 free throws. They committed 21 turnovers and made just 4-of-14 free throws Friday at Western Reserve.
St. Paul held the lead after every quarter. The Flyers led by six at the end of the third, 42-36, and pushed their lead to as much as 10 with under two minutes left in the fourth.
A Seth Kramer dunk off of an Alex Foster bounce pass gave St. Paul an eight-point lead, 54-46, with one minute left, effectively securing the win as Mapleton hit two meaningless threes in the final 35 seconds.
St. Paul edged Mapleton in rebounding, 31-26. The Mounties committed 10 turnovers and went 8-11 from the free throw line.
"I thought we were a lot more deliberate and patient on offense. We did a lot of good things," St. Paul coach Mike Smith said.
"It helps when you take care of the ball," Smith said. "You need the ball to score and get shots off, and you gotta make shots."
"It's something to build on," Smith added. "It's kind of a sigh of relief for these kids."
Alex Foster led St. Paul with 15 points, Adam Smith added 14 and Seth Kramer posted 13 points and eight rebounds.
David Sanders led Mapleton with 19 points. Tyler Hower scored 18 and pulled down eight rebounds.
Plymouth 57, New London 45
At New London, the Wildcats struggled shooting the ball and fell behind 22-8 in the first quarter of a 12-point FC loss at Plymouth Saturday night.
Clay Hall scored 17 points for New London (2-4, 2-1 FC) while Cody Barnett added 10. The Wildcats were just 19-of-52 from the floor, including 5-of-24 from 3-point range.