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Dimitri Giger # 40 Elkhart Memorial 2012-13 varsity basketball (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Memorial snaps losing streak with win over Wawasee
Posted on Jan. 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Memorial finally overcame a five-game losing streak, but the Crimson Chargers had to survive a barrage of Wawasee 3-pointers to do it.

The visiting Warriors (2-7, 0-3) tossed up 47 shots from behind the arc in Friday night’s Northern Lakes Conference matchup at North Side Gym. But the 11 shots that hit home weren’t enough to overcome the speedy Chargers, and Memorial won 70-57.

Memorial’s Markese McGuire, an Illinois-Chicago commit, put up a quick six points but then struggled to score the rest of the night. Sophomore forward Dimitri Giger took control and went 6 of 6 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line to lead the Chargers with 17 points and nine rebounds.

“Dimitri played great,” Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer said. “He was the one kid that played really well tonight. He did a lot of good things at both ends of the floor.”

Memorial led by as many as 19 points late in the second quarter, but Wawasee embarked on a 10-2 scoring run to close the gap 31-20 at the half.

Couple a flurry of Memorial turnovers with a Wawasee 3-pointer hot streak early in the third quarter and a scoring explosion from Alex Clark, and the Warriors stayed within striking distance through most of the second half.

Clark, who had a quiet 5-point first half, scored 22 of Wawasee’s 37 second-half points.

“He started realizing that he has to be our go-to guy and started playing with that mentality,” Wawasee coach Phil Mishler said of the sophomore.

Mishler said that while his team’s usual game plan is to succeed from behind the arc, the shots haven’t been falling in the last four or five contests.

Barnhizer knew his Chargers had to be ready for the aerial attack.

“That’s the way they play,” he said of Wawasee. “For them, it’s a good system. (Clark) had a hot hand tonight and we didn’t do a good job helping the guarding him. But if they’re hitting them, they’re hard to beat.”

The win marks Memorial’s first since its Dec. 21 meeting with Hobart and its largest margin of victory of the season.

Though McGuire’s 14 point-performance was a season low, three teammates chipped in double-digit scores of their own: Giger (17), Cameron Maxwell (15) and Michael O’Toole (11).

“We needed a win that will help our psyche,” Barnhizer said. “But we still got to take care of the ball better.”

Memorial 70, Wawasee 57

Wawasee — Chase Myers 1-5 1-3 4, Stori Bright 0-1 2-2 2, Gage Reinhard 1-8 0-1 3, David Rocha 1-2 0-0 3, Alex Clark 9-24 6-6 27, Aaron Voirol 0-2 0-0 0, Jeffrey Moore 3-15 0-2 9, Jake Hutchinson 3-4 0-0 8, Bailey Hershberger 0-1 0-0 0, Justin Ciriello 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Rookstool 0-1 1-2 1, Elijah Solina 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-63 (.286) 10-16 (.625) 57.

Memorial — Dimitri Giger 6-6 5-6 17, Spencer Gilbert 0-3 0-0 0, Michael O’Toole 5-7 1-2 11, James Hershberger 1-4 0-0 3, Markese McGuire 4-19 6-9 14, Freddie Rhodes 2-5 1-2 5, Cameron Maxwell 5-6 1-2 15, Austin Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Jaylin Rhodes 0-0 0-0 0, Jon Bailey 0-0 0-0 0, Darien Williams 2-3 1-2 5, Evan Andersen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-53 (.472) 15-23 (.652) 70.

Scoring By Quarters

Wawasee 8 12 19 18 — 57

Memorial 15 16 22 17 — 70

3-point goals: Wawasee (11-47) — Myers, Reinhard, Rocha, Clark 3, Hutchinson 3, Thompson 2; Memorial (5-16) — Hershberger, Maxwell 4.

Rebounds: Wawasee (32) — Rookstool 11, Clark 9; Memorial (30) — Giger 9, Hershberger 5.

Assists: Wawasee (7) — Clark 2; Memorial (15) — Hershberger 7, Maxwell 2.

Steals: Wawasee (4) — Hutchinson 2; Memorial (8) — Giger 2, O’Toole 2, F. Rhodes 2.

Turnovers: Wawasee 20, Memorial 18.

Fouls: Wawasee 20, Memorial 18. Fouled out — Bright.

Officials: Ron Day, Bryan Allen, Tom Hinz.

Records: Memorial 5-7 (1-2 NLC), Wawasee 3-7 (0-3 NLC).

Next: Central at Wawasee tonight, Jan. 12; Northridge vs. Memorial Jan. 19 at North Side Gym.

JV: Wawasee 40, Memorial 38. Top scorers: Wawasee — Jake Hutchinson 10, Aaron Voirol 8; Memorial — Jayln Rhodes 10, AJ Gary 7.