The St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen basketball squad was unable to keep their momentum going after rallying from a 13-point deficit early in the third quarter to take a 31-29 lead with just over three minutes in the period. Their lead was short-lived, though, as the DuBois Beavers staged a rally of their own and pulled away to take a 49-38 victory on Friday evening at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
"We really tried to emphasize coming out and having a decent third quarter because all year that's been our worst quarter," said SMA coach Mark Guido. "So we did, we came out, we played well, and we actually took the lead. DuBois is a good team. I have to give them a lot of credit. They have a lot of nice players, and they were able to keep their composure and rally back and eventually close the game out."
The Beavers led 9-6 at the end of the first period, 26-14 at the half, and 34-31 at the end of the third quarter.
While Guido indicated that he thought the amount of turnovers was fairly equal for both teams, he remarked that playing in "catch-up mode" most of the night likely hurt the Dutch.
"I think the one big difference was, especially when you get down late, you're always in a catch-up mode and then you're fouling and you take more risks and give up some easy baskets," Guido said. "But they (DuBois) made some big shots, and they got some nice offensive rebounds and putbacks. From top to bottom, that's one of the toughest match-up teams that we have all year."
The Dutchmen were led offensively by senior Justin Quiggle, who had 12 points on six twos. Junior Brandon Vollmer added 8 points on three twos and a 2-for-5 night from the foul line.
For the Beavers, the senior duo of Tanner Gooden and Mark Felix both scored 14 points. Gooden had five twos, a three, and a 1-for-2 night from the foul line. Felix had four twos and two threes. Fellow senior Nate Liddle added 12 points for DuBois on four twos, a three, and a 1-for-2 night from the line.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth contest, with neither team able to gain much of an advantage. St. Marys got on the board first on a bucket by Quiggle. It took two minutes for DuBois to answer, but Liddle eventually tied things up with a bucket. Quiggle gave the Dutch their final lead of the half with another 2-pointer before Gooden and Liddle scored back-to-back buckets for the Beavers to put them ahead 6-4. Quiggle tied things up with a bucket with just under two minutes remaining in the period; however, Felix hit a three for DuBois with 54 seconds left to end the quarter with the Beavers up 9-6.
DuBois outscored St. Marys 17-8 in the second quarter to take a 12-point lead at the half. Quiggle started off the quarter with a basket for the Dutch to cut the Beavers' lead to 9-8, but that was the closest the Dutchmen would get for the remainder of the half. Hunter Lydick made a basket and a foul shot to give DuBois a four-point advantage. Quiggle made another basket to bring St. Marys back to within two. Gooden answered with a three and a two for the Beavers to make their lead 17-10. Brandon Vollmer made a layup for the Dutchmen with just under three minutes left in the half to make the score 17-12. The Beavers added five more points on a bucket and foul shot by Gooden and a bucket by Felix. Quiggle scored the final points of the half for the Dutch with 1:22 left on the clock to make the score 22-14, and DuBois closed out the second quarter with buckets by Felix and Gooden to take a 26-14 lead at the half.
St. Marys staged a rally of their own in the third quarter. Vollmer scored the opening bucket of the second half for the Dutch. Felix answered with a three for the Beavers, and then St. Marys went on a 15-point run on a pair of buckets and a foul shot by Caleb Bennett, a three by Sam Guido, buckets by Vollmer, Michael Fox and Jimmy Werner, and a foul shot by Vollmer. The run gave the Dutchmen a 31-29 lead with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter; however, their momentum stalled out as soon as they took the lead. Nate Avery made a three for the Beavers to give DuBois back the lead and Felix added a bucket to send the game into the final quarter with DuBois on top, 34-31.
The Beavers played a strong fourth quarter, limiting St. Marys to just 7 points while adding 15 of their own. DuBois started the quarter off with a 10-point run to make the score 44-31. Werner and Gooden exchanged buckets. Guido hit another three for the Dutchmen to pull SMA back to within 10 points of the lead. Hunter Lydick made a bucket for the Beavers. Werner and Liddle each made a foul shot for their respective teams, and Vollmer scored the final points of the game as he sank a foul shot with 29.5 left on the clock to make the final score 49-38 in favor of the Beavers.
With the loss, the Dutchmen are now 7-10 overall on the season and 0-8 in D9 League play. They will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Punxsutawney to take on the Chucks, with junior varsity set for 6 p.m. and varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Bounce For Bucks made the following individuals happy: Bob & Julie Gogley, Sam Berasi, Natalie Green, and Al Dempsey.
Andy Pfingstler 0-0-0-0-0, Nate Liddle 4-1-1-2-12, Tanner Gooden 5-1-1-2-14, Mark Felix 4-2-0-0-14, Nate Avery 1-0-0-0-2, Alec Shaffer Doan 0-0-0-0-0, Jon Mohney 0-0-0-0-0, Gab Hrecznyj 0-0-0-0-0, Hunter Lydick 2-0-1-1-5, Kyle Hoffer 1-0-0-0-2. Totals 17-4-3-6-49.
St. Marys 38
Justin Quiggle 6-0-0-0-12, Sam Guido 0-2-0-0-6, Jimmy Werner 2-0-1-2-5, Caleb Bennett 2-0-1-1-5, Brandon Vollmer 3-0-2-5-8, Justin Beimel 0-0-0-0-0, Michael Fox 1-0-0-0-2, Shajuan Carrero 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 14-2-4-8-38.
Score by quarters
DuBois 9 17 8 15 49
St. Marys 6 8 17 7 38
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen junior varsity squad was defeated by the DuBois Beavers 38-27 in the preliminary contest.
DuBois took an 8-2 lead in the first period and then outscored St. Marys 10-6 in the second quarter to hold an 18-8 advantage at halftime.
Both teams scored six points in the third quarter to make the score 24-14. DuBois used a 14-13 advantage in the fourth quarter to take the 38-27 victory.
SMA scoring: Nate McFadden 10, Mitchell O'Vell 6, Phil Danz 4, Ryan Miller 1, Quinn Cunningham 4, Matt Kronenwetter 2.
DuBois scoring: Crawford 4, Davis 5, Sanko 3, Mohney 7, Songer 3, Heckathorne 8, Hillebrand 6, Hopkins 2.