H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL: Lourdes opens D-4 playoffs with victory
MILTON - Lourdes Regional did two things better than Meadowbrook Christian Tuesday, and those two things gave the Red Raiders a 51-43 win over the Lions in a District 4 Class A playoff game.
Lourdes (12-11), after a tough start, came back to out-rebound Meadowbrook 36-21, and made 16 of 20 foul shots, compared to the Wolves' 6 of 18, and that's why the Red Raiders will play Friday at Sullivan County in a quarterfinal.
"I think the key to the game was our mental toughness," said Lourdes coach Pete Long. "They (Meadowbrook) can score in spurts and have some good shooters."
Lourdes needed the mental toughness a couple of times. First, after falling behind 14-9 in the first quarter, and then after Meadowbrook pulled into a 34-34 tie in the third quarter, when the Red Raiders closed the quarter with six unanswered points.
"When they tied it and we answered them, I thought it was a sign of how we've gotten more mentally tough," Long said. "There were games we let slip away this year because of that."
Lourdes also got contributions throughout the lineup.
Jordan Fobia led the Raiders with 14 points, and added eight rebounds. Larry Czeponis had 11 points and seven rebounds, Mike Gilger had eight points and six assists, and Luke Holleran had nine rebounds.
Meadowbrook took its lead in the first quarter thanks to some three-point sniping by 6-2 guard Austin Schott, who led the Wolves with 16 points and nailed four three-pointers.
"We talked about their shooters and then came out and lost them," Long said. "But after that I thought we talked well on defense and contested their shots."
Meadowbrook coach Rod Baughman cited two parts of the game that cost his team.
"They had two big runs," Baughman said. "The whole second quarter was a run as far as I'm concerned, then they had the run after we tied it at 34-34."
Lourdes took an 11-point halftime lead by outscoring the Wolves 18-2 in the second period, when Meadowbrook shot 1 for 14 from the floor.
The Wolves' poor foul shooting was something not totally unexpected by Baughman, either.
"It occasionally has been a problem for us," he said. "You don't become a good free throw shooter during the season. That has to happen by working on it in the offseason."
Baughman also thought Lourdes' good foul shooting was "a by-proudct of who we let on the line," he said. "We let Fobia on the line way too much and some of their other shooters."
LOURDES (51) - L. Holleran 1 3-4 5, Gilger 2 4-4 8, Pawelczyk 1 1-1 3, Fobia 4 4-6 14, Padula 1 0-0 3, Czeponis 4 3-4 11, Zarkowski 0 0-0 0, Feese 3 1-1 7. Totals 16 16-20 51.
MEADOWBROOK (43) - Pickett 2 1-2 5, Feaster 0 0-0 0, Baughman 2 3-4 8, Duncan 2 0-4 4, Schott 6 0-0 16, Torrey 0 0-0 0, Klodnicki 4 1-4 9, Showers 0 1-4 1. Totals 16 16-20 51.