Landon Elwer of St. John’s goes in for a shot against Nathan Rindler of New Bremen on Friday night. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Landon Elwer of St. John’s goes in for a shot against Nathan Rindler of New Bremen on Friday night. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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DELPHOS — St. John’s suffered their third conference loss of the season on Friday night, losing to the visiting Cardinals 55-43. Nolan Schwinnen scored a game-high 18 points and Matthew Kahny added 15 but it was not enough to overcome MAC rival New Bremen.

“When you look at our field-goal percentage, it is what it is at this point,” said St. John’s head coach Aaron Elwer. “The stats don’t lie and I think it has more to do with confidence. Our guys are trying and working really hard but we need to work on our execution at both ends.”

The Blue Jays rank near the bottom of the conference in field goal percentage (35.86-percent) and from 3-point range (28.45-percent).

There was plenty of back-and-forth action in the first quarter but the Cardinals took an early 5-2 lead. Jason Gillespie found himself in foul trouble, picking up his third in the first three minutes. Nick Alig hit a 3-pointer for New Bremen but Schwinnen responded with a triple of his own to keep things close.

Kahny sunk a 3-pointer with 1:25 on the clock and Austin Moenter drained one near the end of the period to give St. John’s a 15-10 lead.

New Bremen scored five-unaswered points to open the second quarter but a quick shot by the Jays gave them a slight advantage. Tate Roetgerman nailed a 3-pointer and kicked off a 10-3 run to end the first half. The Cardinals held a 28-22 lead at the break.

New Bremen shot the ball well and are very athletic,” Elwer continued. “They dictated a lot but I thought we had some opportunities around the rim. We are going through a funk where the ball is just not going in and we need to find more consistency on both ends of the court.”

St. John’s was within striking distance several time throughout the third quarter but New Bremen continued to pull away. A 3-point play and a layup streched the Cardinals lead to double digits but triples from Schwinnen and Kahny cut it down to 33-29 with 5:30 remaining in the third quarter.

New Bremen watched their lead grow again before back-to-back buckets from Schwinnen and Kahny drew the Jays within five points. A 3-pointer from the right wing by Alig and a layup from Tenkman gave the Cardinals a 43-33 advantage as they entered the fourth period.

Schwinnen and Gillespie each had 3-pointers in the final 8:00 of action and cut New Bremen’s lead to eight points with 2:54 remaining but layups from Rindler and Bergman sealed the game for the Cardinals, 55-43.

St. John’s falls to 2-5 (0-3 MAC) and will host Shawnee tonight. New Bremen improves to 5-4 (1-2 MAC) with the win. The Cardinals won the junior varsity game 51-32.

New Bremen 10 18 15 12 - 55

St. John’s 15 7 11 10 - 43

New Bremen (55)

Nathan Rindler 13, Mitchell Hays 12, Trevor Bergman 10, Nick Alig 8, Daniel Homan 5, Tate Roetgerman 3, Kyle Tenkman 2, Reece Busse 2

St. John’s (43)

Nolan Schwinnen 18, Matthew Kahny 15, Landon Elwer 4, Jason Gillespie 3, Austin Moenter 3