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.
“This championship means a great deal to this program. Give credit to those 11 guys in there (in the locker room). If it wasn’t for their hard work, we would never be at this point. It’s all about them. They deserve the credit,” said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
“We were definitely motivated. We try to keep ourselves on an even keel. Our defense came through tonight. They picked it up tonight.
“Tonight we played our style: bring pressure, take care of the backboards and wear them down.”
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 Fair’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.
“Ryan Mancuso is nursing a sore knee. It was the biggest game of his career. It was fantastic,” said Guido.
“Justin Quiggle also had a nice game, but the run we had in the third quarter was definitely the key to the game,” 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.
Werner’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 Tuesday’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 Area’s first District 9 title since the 1999-2000 season.
The Dutch had good fan support at Saturday’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