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Margaretta bear-ly escapes against St. Mary CC

Fandy.com Staff • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

St. Mary Central Catholic grabbed the momentum and took a 41-39 lead into the fourth quarter, the Devin Jones stepped up.

The Margaretta senior went on a personal 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter, wrestling control of the game away from the Panthers and leading the Polar Bears to a 58-51 home win.

"Coach got into me at halftime, and that's when you know it's time to go out and pick it up," Jones said. "I'm a senior and I wasn't playing well the whole game. They got on their run and we knew none of our starters had played well. It was just time for us to get some momentum."

Margaretta (6-4, 5-2 SBC) had just one field goal the rest of the way, but only needed one by hitting 10 of 14 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

"We told the guys during a time out that they should all thank Devin Jones because he came to play," Polar Bears coach Troy Roth said. "We talked about other kids stepping up, but Devin took over."

Jones only finished with 13 for the game with another pair of buckets coming in the first quarter when Margaretta converted 8 of 20 shots and grabbed a comfortable 20-8 lead that was extended to 23-8 when David Brownell buried his third straight trey in a row.

"We stopped doing everything we did to get a big lead in the first half," Roth said. "Devin took it as a challenge that being a senior and a four-year letterman, he was going to take over the game and he did."

The Panthers (27, 1-6) began to claw back into game in the second quarter, trimming the deficit to 32-25 at the intermission and finally pulling ahead by a 38-38 margin on a trey from Denarius Harris with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter.

"We're getting better and playing better all the time, but it's frustrating when you have an opportunity to put one away and you don't," said SMCC coach Lyle Falknor. "We had the lead at the end of the third quarter, but you can't go four minutes in the fourth quarter and not score."

It was a drought of 5 minutes and 32 seconds, to be exact, turning a two-point lead into a 50-41 deficit.

"I'm not sure that we couldn't penetrate their match-up zone, we just didn't," Falknor said. "What their match-up did to us was made us stand around. We talked about that and we really needed to make an adjustment with some movement."

Brownell finished with a team-leading 15 points and Jones led the way on the boards with 11 rebounds. Corey Kane chipped in 10 points for the Bears.

"We stopped hitting shots and started settling for threes," Roth said. "The thing that is disturbing is we talked to them about penetrating more and stop shooting the threes, but then we come out of the locker room after the half and shoot two or three threes in a row.

"It's frustrating, but we're still learning."

Harris, a freshman at SMCC, had a game-high 18 points with 13 rebounds to lead the Panthers, with Alex Opfer tossing 13 points.

"Devin did a nice job of getting the ball to the basket in the fourth quarter," Falknor said. "He's physically a very strong player inside and that's what I felt they did to us in that last quarter, they physically took it to us."

Ryan Myers tossed in 24 points and Brett St. Clair scored 14 to lead the Panthers to a 60-47 victory in the jayvee game. Ben Singer and Austin Spicer each had nine points for the Polar Bears.

St. Mary CC (2-7, 1-6)

Alex Opfer 5-2--13; Ethan Sennish 2-0--4; Pat Sennish 2-0--5; Denarius Harris 7-2--18; Joe Youskievicz 4-0--8; Andrew Carruthers 1-1--3. Totals 21-5--51

Margaretta (6-4, 5-2)

Craig Galindo 1-1--3; Corey Kane 3-2--10; Tyler Hilton 1-4--7; Austin Moore 3-0--6; Devin Jones 6-1--13; Andrew Freeh 2-0--4; David Brownell 4-4--15. Totals 20-12--58

St. Mary CC 8 17 16 10 -- 51

Margaretta 20 12 7 19 -- 58

3-pt FG: St. Mary 4 (Opfer, Sennish, Harris 2); Margaretta 6 (Kane 2, Hilton, Brownell 3)

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