The Vianney basketball team will take some momentum into the Christmas break and the 2017 Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament.
The Griffins defeated visiting Metro Catholic Conference rival Chaminade 61-57 on Thursday night. Senior forward Collin Braun scored a game-high 23 points, while junior guard Josh Kleinheider added 17 and senior guard C.J. Paul scored 10.
With the victory, Vianney improved to 6-3 on the season and 2-0 in MCC play.
Next up is the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament at nearly St. Louis Community College at Meramec. The Griffins are seeded eighth and drew a first-round matchup against No. 9 seed McCluer North (4-4) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"Coaches vs. Cancer is the premier tournament in Missouri," Vianney coach Kevin Walsh said. "There are quality teams throughout the bracket and the challenge of playing four good teams in four straight days is one we look forward to. Regardless of the outcome, we will have a good idea of who we are as a team heading into January."
The Griffins went 13-14 a year ago, including a 2-4 mark prior to the 2016 Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament. Their 1-2 record in the tournament left them at 3-6 heading into the new year.
This year's Vianney squad has already recorded impressive wins against Farmington, De Smet, Lindbergh, Poplar Bluff and Chaminade.
Leading the way has been Braun, a 6-foot-7 forward who is averaging 18.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game. Paul is averaging 14.9 points and Kleinheider is contributing 11.6 per contest.