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CLARION - The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team captured the 2010-11 District 9 Class AAA basketball championship Saturday with a 49-37 victory over the Bradford Owls in a game played at the Waldo Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University.
The Dutch used a 14-2 run late in the third period to break open a close contest. St. Marys led 24-21 with 5:23 remaining in the third period. Jimmy Werner started things by making one of two foul shots. Ryan Mancuso followed with a field goal, Justin Quiggle hit a three, and Mancuso and Quiggle each added a field goal before Bradford scored at the 53-second mark, 34-23. Ryan Uhl and Quiggle would add buckets as the Dutch went up 38-23 at the end of the third period. Bradford would outscore St. Marys 14-11 in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the Dutch lead.
â€śThis championship means a great deal to this program. Give credit to those 11 guys in there (in the locker room). If it wasnâ€™t for their hard work, we would never be at this point. Itâ€™s all about them. They deserve the credit,â€ť said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
â€śWe were definitely motivated. We try to keep ourselves on an even keel. Our defense came through tonight. They picked it up tonight.
â€śTonight we played our style: bring pressure, take care of the backboards and wear them down.â€ť
The Dutch offense was led by Justin Quiggle with 17 points on four twos and three threes. Ryan Mancuso scored 16 points on six field goals and a four-for-six night from the foul line.
Mancuso and Uhl led the Dutch in rebounding with seven each. The Dutch had a 31-29 rebounding edge over the Owls.
The Owls were led by three players with 10 points. Charles Fairâ€™s 10 points came on four field goals and a two-for-two night from the foul line. Colton Holzwarth scored his points on three twos, a three and a one-for-one night from the foul line. Forrest Works scored his points on five field goals.
â€śRyan Mancuso is nursing a sore knee. It was the biggest game of his career. It was fantastic,â€ť said Guido.
â€śJustin Quiggle also had a nice game, but the run we had in the third quarter was definitely the key to the game,â€ť added Guido.
Holzwarth gave the Owls a 2-0 lead. Quiggle responded with two field goals, 4-2. Cody Faucher and Works hit field goals, making the score 6-4. A foul shot by Werner cut the Bradford lead to 6-5. Fair converted two foul shots while Works hit a field goal, 10-5. Quiggle hit a three to make it 10-8. A field goal by Holzwarth gave the Owls the 12-8 lead at the end of the first period.
Holzwarth hit a three to open the second period. The Dutch went on a 9-0 run as Mancuso scored two field goals, Werner one and Quiggle hit a three, giving St. Marys the 17-15 lead. Works tied the game at 17 with 3:55 left. Mancuso scored on a putback and added a field goal, 21-17. Fair and Mancuso traded buckets as the first half ended with St. Marys on top 23-19.
Wernerâ€™s foul shot made the score 24-19 to open the third period. Works cut it to 24-21 before the Dutch went on their 14-2 run to take a 38-23 lead at the end of three quarters.
Uhl made the score 40-23 to open the fourth quarter. Bradford went on a 5-0 run to cut the St. Marys lead to 40-28. Werner scored for the Dutch, 42-28. Dan Rinfrette converted a three-point play to make it 42-31. Mancuso converted two foul shots at the 1:40 mark, making the score 44-31. Fair scored for Bradford with Mancuso adding two foul shots, 46-33. Buckets by Rinfrette and Fair made the score 46-37 with 36 seconds remaining. Sam Guido converted a foul shot, making it 47-37. Jordan Weinzierl scored for the Dutch with one second remaining, giving St. Marys the District 9-AAA title with a 49-37 victory.
The Dutch are now 17-7 on the season.
The Dutch will play the winner of Tuesdayâ€™s Peabody at New Castle play-in game on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Clarion University. Peabody is the District 8 runner-up with a 10-9 record. New Castle is the fourth-place team from District 7 with a 20-7 record.
This is St. Marys Areaâ€™s first District 9 title since the 1999-2000 season.
The Dutch had good fan support at Saturdayâ€™s contest.
Charles Fair 4-0-2-2-10, Dan Rinfrette 2-0-1-1-5, Colton Holzwarth 3-1-1-1-10, Forest Works 5-0-0-0-10, Mike Wilber 0-0-0-0-0, Randy Ruffner 0-0-0-0-0, Kyle Viola 0-0-0-0-0, Brandon Teriberry 0-0-0-0-0, Cody Faucher 1-0-0-2-2, Aaron Fishkin 0-0-0-0-0, Tim Drehmer 0-0-0-0-0, Tyler Wilber 0-0-0-0-0, Cody Mascho 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 15-1-4-7-37.
St. Marys 49
Jordan Weinzierl 1-0-0-0-2, Ryan Hockman 1-0-0-0-2, Sam Guido 0-0-1-4-1, Michael Fox 0-0-0-2-0, Bob Vollmer 0-0-0-2-0, Dylan Reigel 0-0-0-1-0, Ryan Uhl 2-0-0-2-4, Justin Quiggle 4-3-0-0-17, Ryan Mancuso 6-0-4-6-16, Jimmy Werner 2-0-3-8-7. Totals 16-3-8-24-49.
Score by quarters
Bradford 12 7 4 14 37
St. Marys 8 15 15 11 49