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Maxwell’s late shot helps Chargers earn piece of second place in NLC

Chargers wind up 4-3 in league play.
Posted on Feb. 7, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.

ELKHART — Cameron Maxwell’s 3-pointer from the left corner with five seconds remaining in overtime made the difference Thursday as Memorial beat NorthWood 60-57 in Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball at North Side Gym.

Maxwell had inbounded the ball to Dimitri Giger. When Giger drew a double team, he got the ball back to Maxwell, whom Crimson Chargers coach Mark Barnhizer considered the “fourth option” behind Markese McGuire off a double-team, Giger or James Hershberger.

“Cameron made a nice play,” said Barnhizer of the 5-foot-10 sophomore who logged all of his 12-plus minutes after halftime. “He spotted up in the corner and made a nice shot for us.

“These kids wanted this game tonight,” Barnhizer continued. “They made the right plays. It wasn’t anything the coaches did.”

Barnhizer watched his team force the Panthers into eight fourth-quarter turnovers while rallying to send the game into overtime.

“Our energy level went up as the game got closer to the end.” said Barnhizer. “There was a sense of desperation.”

Barnhizer counted it as a special accomplishment for his team to finish tied for second in the NLC standings (with Goshen and Plymouth) considering a 0-2 conference start in 2012-13 and the number of players lost to graduation in 2011-12.

McGuire, whose steal and layup with 17 seconds remaining in regulation pulled Memorial (8-9, 4-3) to 53-all, paced all scorers with 35 points.

“(McGuire) hit some shots deep in the floor which stretched our defense,” said Panthers coach Aaron Wolfe, who also saw the University of Illinois-Chicago recruit make six 3-pointers while also dishing five assists, making five steals and pulling down four rebounds.

“Markese came back from what might have been his worst game as a high school basketball player (in a 48-47 loss last Friday at Warsaw) to have his best,” said Barnhizer. “He carried us tonight.”

Giger netted 10 points to go with six rebounds and three blocks.

“Dimitri had rebounds, deflections and blocks that were important for us tonight,” said Barnhizer.

Jonathan Wilkinson, who missed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer, led NorthWood (11-6, 3-4) with 25 points.

With illness keeping Zach Zurcher and his team-leading 18.2 scoring average out of the lineup, 6-5 junior Will Stueve started for the Panthers and tallied 17 points to go with five rebounds and four blocks.

“Time and time again, (Stueve) kept beating us off the dribble,” said Barnhizer. “He was determined to pick up the slack.”

Wolfe looks for even more out of Stueve in the future.

“We hope that’s coming attractions for us in the future,” said Wolfe. “I was extremely happy with Will’s play. He can build on this and gain confidence.”

Tommy Klem added 10 points for NorthWood, which lost for the fifth straight time. The last three setbacks have been by a total of seven points.

Memorial 60, NorthWood 57, OT

NorthWood — Jonathan Wilkinson 8-18 8-8 25, Will Stueve 4-6 9-10 17, Braxton Linville 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner Farmwald 1-4 0-0 2, Tommy Klem 4-8 0-0 10, Kyle McCoy 1-1 0-0 3, Spencer Culp 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-38 (.474) 17-18 (.944) 57.

Memorial — Michael O’Toole 0-0 0-0 0, Dimitri Giger 5-10 0-1 10, Freddie Rhodes 0-1 1-2 1, Markese McGuire 12-21 5-5 35, James Hershberger 2-11 0-0 4, Evan Andersen 0-1 0-0 0, Darien Williams 2-5 0-0 4, Spenser Gilbert 0-1 0-0 0, Jaylin Rhodes 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Maxwell 2-3 0-0 6. Totals: 23-53 (.434) 6-8 (.750) 60.

Scoring By Quarters

NorthWood 18 10 16 9 4 — 57

Memorial 12 16 10 15 7 — 60

3-point goals: NorthWood (4-14) — Klem 2-5, McCoy 1-1, Wilkinson 1-5; Memorial (8-18) — McGuire 6-8, Maxwell 2-3.

Rebounds: NorthWood (23) — Stueve 5, Farmwald 4, Klem 4; Memorial (22) — Giger 6, McGuire 4.

Assists: NorthWood (12) — Wilkinson 5; Memorial (12) — McGuire 5.

Steals: NorthWood (4); Memorial (10) — McGuire 5.

Blocks: NortWood (4) — Stueve 4; Memorial (4) — Giger 3.

Turnovers: NorthWood 15, Memorial 10.

Fouls: NorthWood 12, Memorial 17. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Jimmy Arnett, Kim Curry, John Walczewski.

Records: Memorial 8-9 (4-3 NLC), NorthWood 11-6 (3-4 NLC).

Next: Glenn at NorthWood, Memorial at SB Adams, both Tuesday.

JV: Memorial 49, NorthWood 40. Top scorers: Memorial — A.J. Gary 12, Jon Bailey 10, Mytchel Sellers 9, Jaylin Rhodes 7; NorthWood — Travis Bear 17, Gabe Williams 9, Dakiyron Fox 7. Rebounds: NorthWood — Fox 20. JV records: Memorial 7-10, NorthWood 13-4.




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