Local boys’ basketball teams look for wins as 2017-2018 season starts to wind down


By Robert Chalupny
For the Call

The 2017-2018 high school varsity basketball regular season is winding down and local teams have less than a handful of games to play before starting their postseason bids.

Among the three high schools in the Call’s circulation area, the Mehlville High School boys’ basketball team is leading the pack.

The Panthers are 14-9 on the season and are 3-2 in their last five contests as of Monday. They are coming off a 58-40 win over Seckman Friday night.

Mehlville has had a well-rounded attack, as at least six players have over 100 points on the season.

Leading the charge is King Waller with 404 points, Tre Reese with 171, Jaylan Valentine with 136, Ben Hayes with 133, Doron Adams with 120 and Dylan Branson with 115.

The Panthers were set to battle 13-10 Kirkwood Tuesday night — after the Call went to press.

And the team will round out the season against rival Lindbergh, 11-12, Monday, Feb. 26.

The Oakville High School boys’ basketball team boasts a 10-10 record.

Despite an early season losing streak, the team is on an upward trend, going 4-1 in its last five games.

However, the Tigers fell 51-41 to Marquette Friday night. They were set to play 6-15 Seckman on Monday night — after the Call’s press time.

Offensive leaders for the Tigers include Brendan Gillman with 380 points, Tommy Purschke with 190 and Joe Beardsley with 163.

Oakville will finish its schedule with games against Summit tonight — Thursday, Feb. 22 — and the Tigers’ final meeting of the regular season is set for Tuesday, Feb. 27, against 13-10 Vianney.

As the end of the season approaches, the Lindbergh High School boys’ basketball team is just a game under .500 with a record of 11-12. The Flyers have gone 2-3 in their last five outings.

Lindbergh is coming off a 61-46 win over Lafayette and hopes to continue that trend.

The Flyers were scheduled to face 12-11 McCluer North Tuesday night — after the Call’s press time.

The Flyers will look for help from their offensive leaders, including Erik Lahm, who has 317 points on the season, along with Kieran Conboy, who has 167; Daniel Killian with 148 and Sean-Pierre Akers-Kennedy with 141.

Lindbergh will close its season with matchups against 16-8 Marquette tonight — Thursday, Feb. 22 — and 14-9 Mehlville on Monday, Feb. 26.