Lindbergh boys pound Kirkwood to finish third in tournament

By STEPHEN GLOVER

When the Lindbergh High School boys’ basketball team faced Kirkwood Saturday night in the third-place game of the Webster Groves Tournament, the Flyers knew that they had a tough challenge to overcome.

The Flyers (2-3) had dropped a disappointing 68-48 decision to Webster Groves in the semifinal game Friday evening and Lindbergh head coach Jason Wolfard knew that it was critical for his team to bounce back the following evening.

Lindbergh did just that with a 50-37 pounding of the Pioneers.

“After we played Webster on Friday, we had to come back and play Kirkwood and we knew we would have to put together a complete game against them,” Wolfard told the Call. “This was actually the first time we put together a complete game this season and I was really pleased with how we played.”

Lindbergh’s Tyler Kiel led all scorers with 14 points and seven rebounds. The senior forward also contributed four assists and one steal in the win over Kirkwood.

“Tyler had a great tournament,” Wolfard said. “Against Webster, he held Zach Redel to zero points, so I was really pleased with the way he played.”

Lindbergh’s Robert Williams also scored in double figures with 12 points. In addition, Williams recorded three assists and one rebound for the Flyers. The senior guard is averaging 10.3 points and 2.0 rebounds a game this season.

“Yesterday was a breakout game for Robert,” Wolfard said Sunday. “He was really shooting the ball with a lot of confidence.”

Senior guard Ben Harmon put together a 10-point scoring effort that also included three assists and one rebound.

“On Thursday (Dec. 7), Ben hit the game-winning shot against Maplewood,” Wolfard said. “On Friday, he struggled against Webster, but he really seemed to be hitting the open shots against Kirkwood.”

The Flyers head coach also was impressed with the play of Tremieko Drake, who came off the bench to score three points and one assist.

“I was really pleased with what he was able to do for us this week,” Wolfard said. “He hit some key shots for us last night.”

Lindbergh is back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when the Flyers travel to Glendale Senior High School in Springfield. The game originally was scheduled Nov. 30, but was canceled due to poor weather.

“With us going down there, it’s going to be tough,” Wolfard said. “If we play the way we did during this tournament, we should be all right.”