The Greg Boatright era officially began at St. Bernard on Tuesday night. And even though the Saints opened with a narrow 45-42 loss to Covenant Christian, the basketball coach had every reason to believe his boys will be competitive throughout the remainder of the season.
St. Bernard came up just short of tying the game with four seconds left in regulation.
“What I liked about my group was they never quit,” said Boatright, who took over the small-school program in late May after a 14-year stay at Fairview. “They continued to play hard and gave themselves an opportunity to take the game into overtime.”
Gavin Harris and John Gurtowski paced the Saints with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Evan Aldridge chipped in eight points, and Dean Smith had five.
Sam Griffin was Covenant Christian’s high scorer with 20 points.
With only one contest to glean from, Boatright felt the two biggest areas his team needs to improve in are free throws and turnovers. St. Bernard will look to clean up in both categories in time for a home game Friday against Paint Rock Valley. The Saints’ middle school boys will take the court at 5 p.m., followed by their varsity girls and boys.
“It’s early,” Boatright said. “We’re just going to keep working hard and get ready for Friday.”
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.