St. Maries’ boys basketball Coach Bryan Chase knew he would be down one starter at Bonners Ferry Dec. 18.

So when it was discovered that another would also miss the Jacks’ final game before break, his team was already prepared to fill some gaps.

Greyson Sands and Colby Renner stepped in to fill starting spots normally occupied by missing starters Tristan Nelson and Brett Stancil and Coach Chase’s team clamped down in the first quarter to hold the Badgers to three points.

“That was both of their first starts, and they did a nice job,” Coach Chase said. “Being down two kids was kind of unexpected, but in that first half I thought we played really good defense, and that helped us hold on the rest of the way.”

Three guards scored in double figures for St. Maries in the 47-34 win. Eli Gibson put up 13, Greyson had 10 and Coleman Ross also had 10.

“Coleman’s one of our best shooters, so it was nice to see him be aggressive early,” Coach Chase said. “We gotta’ do a better job of getting him more looks.”

A Jan. 2 meeting with Genesee was replaced with a game at Sandpoint, a team St. Maries defeated twice last season (52-42, 50-46) and split with the season before (61-45, 50-54).

“They’ve got a few guys with some size, like most 4A schools do,” Coach Chase said. “It was nice to get that game in with having our Genesee game cancelled, and it should be a good, competitive one.”

Upcoming: St. Maries (4-0) returns from break Jan. 2 at Sandpoint (2-2).

St. Maries 47, Bonners 34

SM 18 11 10 8 47

BF 3 6 8 7 34

Gibson – 13 pts., 4 reb., 2 as.; Sands – 10 pts., Ross – 10 pts.; Renner – 5 pts.; Becktel – 5 pts., 5 reb., 2 as.; Elliott – 2 pts.; Badgett – 2 pts.

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