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St. Joe's putback spree fuels second-half pull-away against Elkhart Memorial

Indians cash in on Senior Night motivation; Chargers' Giger tallies 19 points, 13 boards, three blocks in loss.

Posted on Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:36 p.m.

SOUTH BEND — Putback, putback, putback.

And with that  sequence, Elkhart Memorial was put down and out in its boys high school basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 18, at South Bend St. Joseph.

The Crimson Chargers and host Indians were locked in a 29-all draw at halftime, but St. Joe came out in the third quarter and scored the first six points on offensive rebounds by three different players over the initial 1:48 on its way to pulling away for a 72-56 victory.

The Indians moved to 13-5 with their ninth win in 10 games. Memorial dropped to 7-11 with its fifth loss in six outings.

"That was one of our big things at halftime," St. Joe coach Mike Bauer said of his club outrebounding the Chargers 21-11 following the intermission. "We really wanted to take over the rebounding. We were able to do that, and I think also our defensive energy was higher in the third quarter and we were able to take Elkhart out of their rhythm a little bit."

Crafty junior guard Greenan Sullivan scored 17 points and made three steals for the Indians.

Seniors Matt Monserez, Ryan Wobbe, Keaton Wieschhaus and Matt Gergely each came through fittingly on Senior Night for the winners with at least nine points apiece. Monserez had 13 points and 11 boards to pace the senior assault.

"That adds to the motivation," Bauer said of it being Senior Night, as well as his team's final home game of the season, "and it really was a great night for our seniors. It was great to see them all contribute in a lot of categories."

Memorial junior Dimitri Giger led all players with 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a losing cause. Senior Tray Qualls added 17 points and six boards for the Chargers, while junior Cameron Maxwell dealt a game-high seven assists.

Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer remained huddled with his club in the lockerroom for at least 25 minutes after the game's conclusion.

After the Indians scored the first eight points of the third period for a 37-29 lead, the Chargers clawed to as close as 39-35, but then St. Joe went on still another 8-0 run for a 47-35 advantage.

The Indians took a 50-40 lead into the final quarter and bumped the spread to as much as 68-47 before the seniors came out with 2:38 remaining.

St. Joe was playing for the first time since getting whipped 78-55 three days earlier at NorthWood to end an eight-game winning streak.

"That NorthWood's a good ballclub," Bauer said "We didn't even play that bad, and they still handled us. They're talented and well-coached. We were definitely motivated to try to get back into the winning ways."

The Indians close their regular season with still two more Elkhart County opponents, visiting North Side Gym Friday to face Elkhart Central, then traveling to Goshen on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Memorial plays Feb. 25 at South Bend Clay, then welcomes Michigan City Marquette to North Side Gym for a regular-season finale on Friday, Feb. 28.

SB ST. Joseph 72, Elkhart Memorial 56

Memorial — Dimitri Giger 8-22 3-4 19, Tray Qualls 6-11 3-4 17, Rashad Murphy 0-1 0-0 0, Austin Miller 2-3 1-1 5, Cameron Maxwell 2-8 0-0 5, A.J. Gary 3-9 1-4 9, Michael O’Toole 0-1 1-2 1, Jon Bailey 0-1 0-0 0, Chris Kale 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-56 (.375) 9-15 (.600) 56.

St. Joseph — Keaton Wieschhaus 4-7 0-0 9, Ryan Wobbe 3-6 4-6 10, Matt Monserez 6-12 1-4 13, Matt Gergely 3-9 2-2 9, Greenan Sullivan 6-10 4-4 17, Mark Madden 2-2 0-1 4, Anthony Smiley 3-5 0-0 6, Dominick Ferro 1-3 0-0 2, Wes Short 0-0 0-0 0, Brendan Connelly 0-0 0-0 0, Keaton Oates 1-1 0-0 2, Ben Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-55 (.527) 11-19 (.579) 72.

Scoring By Quarters

Memorial — 15 14 11 16 — 56

St. Joseph — 17 12 21 22 — 72

3-point goals: Memorial (5-20) — Gary 2-5, Qualls 2-7, Maxwell 1-4; St. Joseph (3-11) — Wieschhaus 1-1, Sullivan 1-3, Gergely 1-4.

Rebounds: Memorial (32) — Giger 13, Qualls 6; St. Joseph (35) — Monserez 11, Wieschhaus 6, Gergely 6, Madden 6.

Assists: Memorial (12) — Maxwell 7, Giger 3; St. Joseph (16) — Gergely 6, Monserez 3.

Steals: Memorial (9) — Giger 2, Gary 2, Bailey 2; St. Joseph (10) — Sullivan 3, Monserez 2, Wobbe 2.

Turnovers: Memorial 18, St. Joseph 15.

Total fouls: Memorial 18, St. Joseph 15. Fouled out — O’Toole (3:58, 4th quarter).

Officials: Rob Bishop, Rollie Thill, Phil Mulroe.

Records: St. Joseph 13-5, Memorial 7-11.

Next: St. Joseph vs. Elkhart Central Friday, Feb. 21, at North Side Gym; Memorial at SB Clay Tuesday, Feb. 25.

JV: Memorial 55, St. Joseph 47 (ot). Top scorers: Memorial — A.J. Gary 14, Jon Bailey 12, Chris Kale 9; St. Joseph — Brendan Chappell-Cromartie 12, Sam Quinn 9. JV records: Memorial 13-5, St. Joseph 10-8.


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