Matt Mims hobbled out of the trainer's room at Xavier High School Friday night on crutches and with a big bag of ice attached to his sore right ankle.
It was that kind of a night for Mims and the Xavier Saints in their Mississippi Valley Conference game against Jefferson.
Royshawn Webb and Willie Guy III scored 18 points apiece as the J-Hawks trimmed the Saints, 61-58, in a spirited game at Ron Thillen Gymnasium.
The Saints roared back from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter and had two chances to tie the game in the final seconds, but Spencer Dempewolf and Jackson Joens missed 3-pointers.
Xavier got off to a good start and led 15-8 when Mims got hurt. He kept playing for awhile and was in-and-out of the lineup the rest of the night, but the junior point guard missed all six of his shots from the field and scored only two points.
"We started out really good," said Xavier Coach Ryan Luehrsmann. "Then I thought when Mims turned his ankle all the momentum swung their way. And for whatever reason the rest of the guys were shaken a little bit by seeing him go down.
"We were tentative from that point on against the zone, until the end when we were down and it was an uphill battle."
Jefferson spanked the Saints, 20-5, in the second quarter with a 13-0 run and led 30-23 at the break. The J-Hawks extended their lead to 49-34 on a bucket by Webb with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the game and still owned that 15-point bulge at 51-36.