January 11th, 2020

Tigers fall to Bulldogs is 82-74

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Tigers fall to Bulldogs is 82-74
St.X falls to No.2 Male/ photo by Ed Peak

It was a hot night in the Male gym Friday night. Male ranked No. 2 in the state jumped ahead early but St. Xavier never backed down. Male held on but had to work for an 82-74 victory in a matchup of 26th District rivals.

A packed crowd watched as Male jumped to leads of 9-0 and 22-6 in the first quarter before the Tigers could get untracked. Male (13-3) began the game shooting two free throws because St. X's Nick Mosley grabbed the rim during warmups. The Tigers were assessed a technical foul.

 

"Technical foul shots takes you out of your game mentally and physically," said St. X coach Kevin Klein. "We had a lot to overcome and that was a perfect storm. Male could not have done anything wrong. They were on fire.

"We were shaken and rattled a bit. Once we finally got our composure that was the team I recognized all season long," said Klein.

 

St. X (12-3) trailed 35-20 midway through the second quarter and 44-33 at halftime. The Tigers scored the first seven points of the third quarter to trail 44-40 as Mosley had five points in the spurt.

 

Twice St. X would get within 55-51 on a Mosley three point play with 2:40 in the third and again 57-53 on two Mosley free throws. But St. X couldn't get over the hump.

 

Mosley finished with 26 points making eight of 13 shots from the field before fouling out with 1:18 to play. 

 

"We just couldn't stop them," said Mosley. "Tried to keep ourselves in it. Every time we'd capitalize on something we just couldn't get there."

 

A three pointer by Ben Varga with 57 seconds got the Tigers within 80-73 but they could get no closer. 

Varga and Simon Smith added 14 points each while Mathew Lynch added 10 

 

"I think we handled their pressure fine," said Mosley. "We just had too many fouls. We couldn't close the deal."

 

Junior Cameron Pope led Male with 26 points, 21 in the first half as he made four three pointers. Senior Tyron Moore added 23 points and Noah Courtney had 16.

 

"They were definitely the most athletic team we've played," said Mosley.

 

Despite the loss Klein was happy his team kept fighting. "I'm super proud of this group of guys. We won the last three quarters in a very hostile environment. It was a championship atmosphere. Male is a very good team. They have a lot off weapons."

 

Male coach Tim Haworth is still playing short as Howard Fleming and Trey Stone haven't played because of injuries. "When we get a team down 14, 16 points we have to continue to get stops. Make free throws and rebound.This experience I think will help us later on."

 

 

 

 

 

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