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Elkhart Memorial beats Warsaw to end three-game skid

Cameron Maxwell has five 3-pointers and 18 points for Memorial. The matchup against Warsaw ended a three-game losing streak for the Crimson Chargers.

Posted on Feb. 7, 2014 at 10:56 p.m.

ELKHART -- A strong start and a clutch finish Friday, Feb. 7, helped Elkhart Memorial say goodbye to a three-game boys basketball losing streak.

Cameron Maxwell (12 points) and Dimitri Giger (eight) combined for all of the Crimson Chargers' first-quarter points and wound up with 18 and 16, respectively.

Tra'vion Qualls tallied 14 of his 15 points in the second half and Michael O'Toole made four key free throws down the stretch to help the Crimson Chargers (7-9, 4-2) beat Northern Lakes Conference foe Warsaw 59-53 at North Side Gym.

"Our ball movement was good tonight," said Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer. "We were a little more patient and made the extra pass."

Maxwell wound up with a team-high five assists. Giger finished off Maxwell alley-oop passes with a dunk and a layup.

Giger pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds for the Chargers while Qualls gathered seven.

"I’m happy for the Qualls boy," said Barnhizer of the player who was playing in his second game with the Memorial after enrolling at the school to start the second semester. "He had a nice game tonight. He gives us another scorer. We’ve really only had two this season."

Barnhizer said he was also pleased with the contributions of Rashad Murphy and Austin Miller.

Warsaw (9-7, 2-4) lost for the fourth straight time, including the third since the suspension of Rashaan Jackson.

The Tigers led offensively by Jordan Stookey (22 points) and Tim Swanson (12).

"Our guys are trying and we never gave up," said Warsaw coach Doug Ogle. "Memorial played real well to beat us."

The Chargers led by as many as eight points in the first half and had a 42-34 advantage at the beginning of the fourth quarter then held off the Tigers.

Stookey's free throw with 1:59 remaining cut Memorial's lead to 49-47. In the final 1:03, O'Toole — playing after Murphy fouled out — and Giger both sank four free throws. The win was punctuated by a Qualls dunk just before the final buzzer.

"They just made more plays," said Ogle. "We just weren't good enough tonight."

 Ogle noted the eight 3-pointers made by Memorial.

"We seem to bring out the best in their outside shooting," said Ogle, whose team wraps up the pre-Class 4A Elkhart Sectional portion of its schedule with home games against Plymouth Feb. 13, Elkhart Christian Feb. 18 and Fort Wayne Luers Feb. 21 and away game against Fort Wayne Carroll Feb. 28. 

Memorial will now play three road games -- at NorthWood Feb. 13, South Bend St. Joseph Feb. 18 and South Bend Clay Feb. 25 -- before wrapping up the regular season at home against Michigan City Marquette Feb. 28.

MEMORIAL 59,

WARSAW 53

Warsaw — Jake Mangas 1-5 6-7 8, Jordan Stookey 8-23 6-10 22, Tim Swanson 5-10 0-0 12, Nate Pearl 2-3 0-0 6, Paul Marandet 1-1 0-0 2, Peyton Long 1-1 0-0 3, Moses Marandet 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Hoskins 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Rhoades 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-43 (.419) 12-17 (.706) 53.

Memorial — Rashad Murphy 0-1 1-2 1, Dimitri Giger 6-11 4-6 16, Tra’vion Qualls 4-13 5-7 15, Austin Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Cameron Maxwell 6-8 5-7 18, A.J. Gary 2-3 0-0 5, Jon Bailey 0-0 0-0 0, Michael O’Toole 0-1 4-4 4. Totals: 18-39 (.462) 15-20 (.750) 59.

Scoring By Quarters

Warsaw — 15 12 7 19 — 53

Memorial — 20 8 11 20 — 59

3-point goals: Warsaw (5-15) — Swanson 2-3, Mangas 2-7, Long 1-1; Memorial (8-13) — Maxwell 5-7, Qualls 2-5, Gary 1-1..

Rebounds: Warsaw (16) — Mangas 5, Stookey 5; Memorial (20) —Giger 8, Qualls 7 .

Assists: Warsaw (7) — Stookey 3, P. Marandet 3 ; Memorial (10) — Maxwell 5.

Steals: Warsaw (5) — Stookey 3; Memorial (5).

Turnovers: Warsaw 10, Memorial 15.

Total fouls: Warsaw 14, Memorial 17. Fouled out — Murphy (3:11, fourth quarter), P. Marandet (:46.9, fourth).

Officials: John Walczewski, John Coppens, Raynard Conner.

Records: Memorial 7-9 (4-2 NLC), Warsaw 9-7 (2-4 NLC)-.

Next: Plymouth at Warsaw, Memorial at NorthWood, both Thursday, Feb. 13.

JV: Memorial 39, Warsaw 34. Top scorers: Memorial — Mytchell Sellers 13, Chris Kale 7, Deante Dalton 6; Warsaw — Kyle Mangas 20, Tyler Packard 7. JV records: Memorial 12-4, Warsaw 11-3.


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