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With the Dutchmen down by eight headed into the fourth quarter of Friday afternoon's Elk County Boys' Holiday Tournament consolation game against Elk County Catholic, St. Marys Area senior Justin Quiggle led a furious rally, adding 16 points to tie the score at 50-all at the end of regulation. The Dutchmen were then able to use that momentum to edge the Crusaders 57-56 in overtime to take the win.
"I think one of the most difficult things is to come back and play in a consolation game after you had your heart broken the night before thinking you might make it to the championship," said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
It initially looked like the Crusaders were getting off to another slow start as the Dutchmen scored back-to back buckets to take a 4-0 lead. However, ECC quickly gained momentum and held a 10-8 lead at the end of the first period and a 25-20 advantage at halftime. The Crusaders extended their lead in the third period, outscoring St. Marys Area 14-11 to hold a 39-31 lead headed into the fourth quarter. Quiggle's hot streak helped rally the Dutchmen and regulation ended with the score knotted at 50-all. St. Marys outscored ECC 7-6 in the four-minute overtime period.
"It was a tough loss," said ECC coach Aaron Straub. "We didn't finish the game. We had an opportunity to finish it. We certainly didn't shoot the ball well from the free-throw line."
Straub also noted that his squad allowed Quiggle to have too many opportunities.
"We let him have too many opportunities, absolutely. I did a poor job preparing our kids to take Quiggle away. Certainly he is an excellent player and we let him find too many shots tonight," Straub said.
Guido also credited Quiggle for his role in the Dutchmen's victory.
"Sometimes shooters don't get enough credit when they are playing for you, but believe me, in the locker room Justin got a lot of credit. He saved us tonight," Guido said. "He just got hot and we rolled. We got a little momentum going and it was his shooting that saved the night for us."
Quiggle led the Dutchmen offensively with a total of 27 points on five threes, five twos, and a 2-for-4 night from the foul line. Jimmy Werner added 16 points for St. Marys on four twos and an 8-for-10 night from the line.
The Crusaders were led offensively by Clayton Housler, who had 16 points on six twos, a three, and a 1-for-2 night from the line. Brandon Schlimm and Ben Wortman each also added 10 points for ECC. Schlimm had five twos while Wortman had four twos and a 2-for-4 night from the foul line.
St. Marys took an early lead on buckets by Quiggle and Werner. The two teams then traded pairs of buckets to give St. Marys an 8-4 edge midway through the opening period. ECC then tallied six unanswered points on buckets by Housler, Wortman, and Schlimm to take a slim 10-8 lead at the end of the first period.
Wortman added a pair of buckets to open the second quarter, while Sam Guido had recorded a pair of foul shots for the Dutchmen. The quarter continued to be a back-and-forth affair, with Housler making a bucket with just under a minute remaining in the half and Werner adding a pair of foul shots for the Dutch to send the game into halftime with the Crusaders holding a 25-20 lead.
ECC put up two baskets to expand their lead to 29-20 at the start of the third quarter. Werner made two more foul shots for St. Marys Area. Housler added a bucket and then Quiggle hit his first three of the night just about midway through the period. The teams continued trading baskets, with ECC maintaining a 39-31 advantage with one quarter left in regulation.
The Dutchmen outscored the Crusaders 19-11 in the fourth quarter, led by Quiggle's 16 points on four threes, a two and a pair of foul shots. With 11 seconds left on the clock, Werner made a pair of foul shots to give the Dutchmen a 50-47 lead; however, ECC's Devin Constable hit a three with about three seconds left on the clock to send the game into overtime tied at 50-all.
In the four-minute overtime period, the Crusaders jumped out to a three-point lead on a bucket by Hank Cappiello and a foul shot by Housler. Werner added three for the Dutchmen after he was fouled while making a bucket and added the extra point to tie things back up at 53-all. Dutchmen Caleb Bennett made a foul shot to give St. Marys a slight advantage before the Crusaders retook the lead on a basket by Brock McCullough. Sam Guido sank a three with 47 seconds left on the clock to give St. Marys a 57-55 edge. Cappiello was fouled with 6 seconds remaining and had a chance to tie things back up; however, he was only able to sink one foul shot and that's as close as the Crusaders would get, with the Dutchmen holding on for the 57-56 victory.
With the win, St. Marys Area is now 6-2 on the season. The Dutchmen will return to action on Tuesday as they host the Brookville Raiders in a 7:30 p.m. contest at SMAHS.
The Crusaders are now 3-3 on the season. They return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Brockway to face the Rovers in a 7:30 p.m. game.
Clayton Housler 6-1-1-2-16, Kevin Kraus 0-0-0-0-0, Mitchell Vallone 0-0-0-0-0, Brandon Schlimm 5-0-0-0-10, Ben Wortman 4-0-2-4-10, Brock McCullough 4-0-0-0-8, Jack Herzing 0-0-0-0-0, Alex Herzing 0-0-0-0-0, Hank Cappiello 2-0-3-5-7, Michael Jacob 0-0-0-0-0, Ben Cortina 0-0-0-0-0, Devin Constable 0-1-0-0-3, Shea Meyer 1-0-0-1-2. Totals 22-2-6-12-56.
Justin Beimel 1-0-0-0-2, Brandon Vollmer 2-0-2-2-6, Caleb Bennett 0-0-1-2-1, Sam Guido 0-1-2-2-5, Michael Fox 0-0-0-0-0, Justin Quiggle 5-5-2-4-27, Jimmy Werner 4-0-8-10-16, Shajuan Carrero 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 12-6-15-20-57.
Score by quarters
ECCHS 10 15 14 11 6 56
SMAHS 8 12 11 19 7 57