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With just under a minute and a half left in the fourth quarter of Tuesday evening's contest, the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen held a slim 37-36 lead over the visiting Punxsutawney Chucks. While the Dutchmen only allowed Punxsy to make one more field goal for the remainder of the game, the Chucks were 6-for-7 from the foul line in the final minute to seal their 44-38 victory.
Still, St. Marys Area coach Mark Guido indicated that he was pleased with his team's effort.
"It's the best we've played in two weeks," said Guido. "I'm real proud of their effort. We had to look for some other guys to step up tonight, and I thought they did. I thought Shajuan Carrero and Phil Danz gave us some really good minutes off the bench."
Guido noted that he did not think playing on back-to-back evenings had a negative impact on his squad and instead remarked that he believed that it was good for them to be back in the gym.
"That was the best thing for us to get back in the gym after that shellacking last night by Elk County Catholic. As the old cliche is, 'get back on the horse,' and that was good for us. I thought our effort showed that tonight," Guido said.
Guido added that the team's effort against the Chucks highlighted several areas that need to be improved upon as the team moves forward.
"I think mentally we've got to be a little more focused and clean up our mental errors. We turned it over in some critical situations, missed some easy lay-ups, missed some free throws, and those, obviously, in the end become very costly," Guido said.
St. Marys Area was led offensively by Jimmy Werner with 17 points on three twos and an 11-for-13 night from the foul line. Sam Guido and Shajuan Carrero each added 5 points for the Dutch. Guido had a two and a three while Carrero made a two and was 1-for-2 from the line.
The Chucks were led by Daniel Triponey with 15 points on five twos, a three, and a 2-for-4 night from the foul line.
St. Marys started things off by taking the opening tip-off and then getting on the board on a bucket by Werner. The Chucks quickly took the lead on a three by Alex Fedigan; however, the Dutchmen briefly pulled back in front as Werner sank a pair of foul shots. Punxsy then went on a 12-point run to take a 15-4 lead with under a minute remaining in the first period. Dutchman Brandon Vollmer sank a pair of foul shots with just over 14 seconds on the clock to make Punxsy's lead 15-6 with three quarters remaining.
St. Marys Area cut into the Chucks' lead in the beginning of the second quarter on buckets by Carrero and Werner. The Chucks then added a pair of buckets of their own by Triponey and Fedigan. The Dutchmen went on to score six unanswered points on a pair of foul shots and a bucket by Werner and a bucket by Danz to cut Punxsy's lead to 19-16 at the end of the first half.
The Chucks were able to maintain a narrow advantage throughout the third quarter, outscoring St. Marys 9-7. Triponey added back-to-back buckets for the Chucks before Vollmer added two points for the Dutch and Werner made a pair of foul shots. The Chucks added two more points, Carrero made a foul shot, Punxsy's Cory Geer made a pair of foul shots, Carrero had a bucket, and Luke Janocha made a foul shot for the Chucks to send the game into the final period of play with the score 28-23 in favor of Punxsy.
Dutchman Justin Quiggle hit a three to start off the fourth quarter, and then the foul shooting began. Between both teams, players made a total of 13 trips to the line in the final 6:40 of play, accounting for five points for St. Marys and 12 points for Punxsutawney. With the Chucks up by four, 36-32, Guido hit a three with 2:15 to play to pull the Dutchmen to within one point of tying the score. Triponey missed a pair of foul shots and the Dutchmen were able to take the lead for the final time on a bucket by Danz with 1:28 remaining. From there, the Chucks made their foul shots count, only missing one in the final minute of play, to rally back for the 44-38 win.
With the loss, the Dutchmen are 6-7 on the season and 0-5 in the D9 League. They will return to action on Monday when they travel to Bellefonte to take on the Red Raiders, with junior varsity at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m.
St. Marys Area's Bounce for Bucks made the following people happy: Charis, Trinity, Luke, Will and Jake; John Cashmere and Denny Haberberger; Ellwyn Reynolds; and Dave Angelo.
Daniel Triponey 5-1-2-4-15, Alex Fedigan 1-2-1-2-9, Luke Janocha 1-0-4-6-6, Garrett Zimmerman 1-0-0-2-2, Ian Miller 2-0-5-5-9, Cory Geer 0-0-2-2-2, Devin Nicholson 0-0-1-2-1, Tim Pearce 0-0-0-0-0, Jesse Venturini 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 10-3-15-23-44.
St. Marys 38
Justin Quiggle 0-1-0-1-3, Sam Guido 1-1-0-0-5, Jimmy Werner 3-0-11-13-17, Brandon Vollmer 1-0-2-5-4, Caleb Bennett 0-0-0-0-0, Phil Danz 2-0-0-0-4, Shajuan Carrero 2-0-1-2-5. Totals 9-2-14-21-38.
Score by quarters
Punxsy 15 4 9 16 44
St. Marys 6 10 7 15 38
JVs fall to Chucks
The St. Marys Flying Dutchmen junior varsity squad fell to the Punxsutawney Chucks 55-23 in the preliminary contest.
Punxsutawney jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first period and then outscored St. Marys Area 17-5 in the second quarter to take a 26-10 halftime lead.
The Chucks added 14 more points in the third period while limiting the Dutchmen to 7 to make their lead 40-17. In the fourth quarter, Punxsy held a 15-6 advantage to take the 55-23 victory.
SMA scoring: Kyle Gaton 7, Nathan McFadden 2, Phil Danz 3, Ryan Miller 2, Owen Schreiber 2, Quinn Cunningham 3, Matthew Kronenwetter 4.
Punxsy scoring: Clayton Dale 2, Michael Klingensmith 10, Tyler Young 15, Devin Nicholson 8, Cory Geer 7, Matt Burkett 6, Will Curtis 7.