ST. MARYS – The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team closed out their season with a 58-48 loss to the Johnsonburg Rams last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Rams were able to outscore the Dutchmen by a 20-7 margin in the second quarter to open a 32-17 halftime lead. In the second half, St. Marys outscored Johnsonburg by a 31-25 margin.
“The biggest momentum-changer was when we had a two-point lead late in the first quarter. They scored the last four points of the first period and the first nine points of the second quarter to open a lead which we were never able to make up,” said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
“I am proud of the four seniors. They played well in the second half,” said Guido. “I appreciate the four seniors’ work ethic and their leadership and wish them the best of luck in the future.”
The Dutch were led offensively by Justin Quiggle with 14 points on two twos, three threes and a one-for-two night from the foul line. Sam Guido finished with 12 points on three threes and a three-for-four night from the foul line. Jimmy Werner and Brandon Vollmer each added nine points.
Johnsonburg placed three players in double figures led by Cole Peterson’s 14 points. Peterson scored his points on one two, two threes and a four-for-four night from the foul line. Cameron Grumley and Quinn Luhr each added 11 points. Grumley scored his on four field goals and a three-for-four night from the foul line, while Luhr scored his points on four twos and a three.
“The second quarter gave us a cushion and the lead and allowed us to win the game,” said Johnsonburg coach Bill Shuey.
“St. Marys didn’t quit and I didn’t expect them to. They did a nice job defensively. When we kicked it out, we got very few open looks,” Shuey added.
Kyle Sheldon gave the Rams the 2-0 lead with Peterson scoring off a steal, 4-0. A three by Quiggle and a two by Werner gave the Dutch the 5-4 lead. Frank Kocjancic scored for Johnsonburg, with Quiggle answering for St. Marys. Luhr scored on a putback, 8-7. A three by Guido gave the Dutch the 10-8 lead. Sheldon and Grumley scored in the closing minute of the first quarter as Johnsonburg led 12-10.
The Rams went on a 9-0 run to open the second quarter. Sheldon hit a three, Luhr and Mitch Holmberg hit twos and Grumley converted two foul shots. Justin Beimel scored on a putback for the Dutch, 21-12. Kocjancic scored for the Rams with Quiggle sinking one of two foul shots. Peterson connected on a three before Quiggle scored 26-15. Buckets by Luhr and Grumley gave the Rams the 30-15 lead. Werner and Grumley traded buckets to close out the first half with the Rams on top 32-17.
Luhr and Quiggle traded threes to open the second half. A three by Quiggle cut the Ram lead to 35-23. A foul shot by Grumley made it 36-23. Vollmer and Kocjancic traded field goals, 38-25. Vollmer hit a field goal and added two of four foul shots, 38-29. A three by Guido and a two by Vollmer cut the Rams’ lead to 38-34 with 1:25 left in the third quarter. Peterson hit a three and Luhr a two to close out the third quarter with the Rams on top 43-34.
Sheldon scored for the Rams to start the fourth quarter. Guido sank two foul shots, 45-36. Mike Shuey scored for the Rams, 47-36. Guido hit a three to make it 47-39 with 4:58 left. Grumley scored for Johnsonburg, 49-39. Two foul shots by Werner cut it to 49-41. Shuey hit a field goal and Kocjancic added a foul shot as Johnsonburg went up 52-41. A three-point play by Werner cut it to 52-44 with 1:50 left. In the final minutes, Johnsonburg outscored St. Marys 6-4 to win the game 58-48.
The Dutchmen finished their season with a 9-13 record. They were 0-10 in the District 9 League.
Playing in their final game for the Dutchmen were Justin Quiggle, Jimmy Werner, Sam Guido and Michael Fox.
Johnsonburg finished regular-season play with a 19-3 record. They will entertain DuBois Central Friday night at 7 p.m. in the AML semifinals. The winner advances to Saturday night’s championship game at St. Marys Area with an 8 p.m. start.
The St. Marys junior varsity squad finished their season with a 7-15 record as they downed the Rams by a 59-40 score.
The Dutch took a 13-10 first-period lead. The Rams outscored the Dutch 13-12 in the second quarter as St. Marys led 25-23 at the half.
The Dutch outscored the Rams 12-4 in the third quarter and 22-13 in the fourth quarter to win the game 59-40.
SMA scoring: Nate McFadden 7, Mitchell O’vell 2, Phil Danz 9, Ryan Miller 8, Rudy Gleixner 16, Owen Schreiber 2, Quinn Cunningham 3, Conner DeMonte 2, Matt Kronenwetter 8, Lucas Lovenduski 2.
Johnsonburg scoring: Mason Walters 16, Brian Feronti 2, Nathan Fields 6, Jesse Tucker 6, Quinn Luhr 10.