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Freddie Rhodes # 20 Elkhart Memorial 2012-13 varsity basketball (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Memorial-Clay Writethru version
Posted on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Memorial’s time genuinely in the thick of contention for a win ticked away quickly Tuesday night, Feb. 19, at North Side Gym, and that’s with that untimely factor of time also ticking down quickly in the boys basketball regular season as a whole.

South Bend Clay bolted to a 24-10 lead through one quarter and the Crimson Chargers got no closer than seven the rest of the way — that just once, with 2:26 left in the final period — as the Colonials spoiled Memorial’s Senior Night with a 65-50 victory.

“We didn’t compete very hard,” Charger coach Mark Barnhizer said. “When you absolutely can’t make shots, and then you get kids not trying very hard, that’s not good. We just gotta rectify it. We’ve got one more (regular-season game) Friday. We’ve got six days to go (before Tuesday’s Elkhart Sectional contest against Goshen), and we gotta try to get better in those six days. We got our work cut out for us.”

Senior Markese McGuire scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half for Memorial (8-11) to go with three assists and three steals. Junior Freddie Rhodes provided a spark off the bench with 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Taron Miller led Clay (13-8) with 17 points, all in the second half, and six assists. Kenny Jones added 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks for the winners.

“If you could mirror the first quarter all day long,” Colonials coach Joe Huppenthal said of a period in which his team had just one turnover to go with those 24 points, “you’d be in good shape. I thought we passed the ball well there, got looks, were unselfish, and then later when they changed defenses, went that 1-3-1, that gave us a little trouble, so we’ll go back and focus on that.”

Clay, which broke a string of four losses to the Chargers in the teams’ annual late-season meetings, added just five points in the second quarter, but still led 29-19 at halftime.

The Colonials took a 45-33 advantage into the final quarter and upped the spread to 50-36 early in the period.

McGuire, though, bombed home 3-of-3 on 3-pointers over a span of 2:15 to help Memorial close to 54-47 with 2:26 remaining, but Clay’s 9-0 run in response clinched the game.

“They’re a good team, but they’re not a great team,” Barnhizer said of the Colonials. “It’s a team that on your home court you should at least have an opportunity to beat, but things didn’t go well at the start, and because of that it set the tone for the evening. We had guys that didn’t play as hard as we can, and that’s unacceptable.”

The Chargers shot just 17 of 56 from the field for 30 percent with seven treys, to Clay’s 27 of 56 for 48 percent while matching those seven treys.

McGuire finished 9 of 25 from the field, including 5 of 11 outside the arc.

“McGuire’s going to make some, he’s that good,” Huppenthal said, “but I thought we did a good job on him. We made him work for his shots.”

The Colonials, who moved to 7-4 away from home, capped off their second straight 13-8 regular season.

Memorial closes its regular season Friday with a first-ever trip to Michigan City Marquette (15-5).

SB Clay 65, Memorial 50

Clay — Kenny Jones 6-11 2-4 16, Darren Taylor 5-8 0-0 11, Martavious Richmond 4-9 0-2 9, Taron Miller 7-11 2-3 17, Emeka Andrews 0-3 0-0 0, Khalin Diggins 2-2 0-0 5, Gilbert Williams 0-6 0-0 0, Dion Haris 2-3 0-0 5, Marcus Wilkerson 0-2 0-0 0, Warren Taylor 1-1 0-0 2, Justin Packingham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-56 (.482) 4-10 (.400) 65.

Memorial — Darien Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Spenser Gilbert 1-2 0-0 2, Evan Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Markese McGuire 9-25 3-4 26, James Hershberger 1-8 0-0 3, Dimitri Giger 1-3 1-4 3, Michael O’Toole 0-0 0-0 0, Freddie Rhodes 3-8 3-5 10, Cameron Maxwell 1-3 0-0 3, Jaylin Rhodes 0-1 1-2 1, Austin Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Jon Bailey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-56 (.304) 8-15 (.533) 50.

Scoring By Quarters

Clay 24 5 16 20 — 65

Memorial 10 9 14 17 — 50

3-point goals: Clay (7-18) — Jones 2-3, Diggins 1-1, D.Taylor 1-2, Harris 1-2, Richmond 1-3, Miller 1-3; Memorial (7-23) — McGuire 5-11, F.Rhodes 1-2, Maxwell 1-2.

Rebounds: Clay (36) — Jones 10, D.Taylor 9; Memorial (36) — F.Rhodes 9, Diger 6.

Assists: Clay (17) — Miller 6, Jones 4; Memorial (11) — Hershberger 5, McGuire 3.

Steals: Clay (7) — D.Taylor 2, Richmond 2, Miller 2; Memorial (10) — Hershberger 4, McGuire 3, F.Rhodes 3.

Turnovers: Clay 14, Memorial 15.

Fouls: Clay 14, Memorial 19. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Dave Spencer, Bruce Wirick, Jim Weinberg.

Records: Clay 13-8, Memorial 8-11.

Next: Memorial at MC Marquette Friday; Clay vs. SB Riley Tuesday in first round of Class 4A Mishawaka Sectional, 6 p.m.

JV: Memorial 51, Clay 31. Top scorers: Memorial — Scottie Clark 16, Jaylin Rhodes 10, Austin Miller 7; Clay — Jalen Allen 9. JV records: Memorial 8-11, Clay 6-11.