December 29, 2009

McDaniel survives to advance

Green Terror works overtime to down St. Lawrence 76-70 at Courtyard-Marriott Invitational

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) netted a career-high 18 points to lead five players in double figures and send McDaniel to a 76-70 overtime victory over St. Lawrence in the first round of the Courtyard-Marriott Invitational hosted by St. John Fisher in men's basketball action on Tuesday.

Karl Nelson (Owings Mills, Md./Park School of Baltimore) added a career-high 16 points from the Green Terror (6-2), who advanced to Wednesday's championship game against St. John Fisher.

Josh Sharlow paced the Saints (3-6) with 13 points while Terry Parham chipped in 10.

With 10.2 seconds remaining in regulation, Jarboe hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to stretch the lead to five before Andy Hoercher connected slashing to the basket with 5.5 seconds to play.

After a Green Terror timeout, McDaniel missed both and Hoercher banked home a shot from a step over halfcourt as the final horn expired to send the game to overtime.

Jarboe connected on the first possession of the extra session and Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) hit a pair of free throws to give his team a four-point advantage before 50 seconds had passed.

After three Saint free throws closed the deficit to 67-66, Joseph Potucek (Germantown, Md./St. Johns at Prospect Hall) hit a reverse layup to stretch the lead to three.

After a St. Lawrence timeout with 2:14 to play, the Saints were whistled for a technical foul for playing with six players. The Green Terror missed both ensuing free throws but Jones made it 10 triples for McDaniel for the first time Feb. 17, 2007.

A Jones scoop shot in the lane gave him 12 points with 25 seconds remaining to make it a 74-69 game.

Jack Conboy made the front end of two free throws with 4.9 seconds on the clock to trim the deficit to four before Jarboe connected on both free throws to set the final margin with 3.6 seconds on the clock.

Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) netted the first seven points for the Green Terror, including five straight to turn a 6-2 deficit into a 7-6 lead with 16:35 showing on the first-half clock.

A Nelson 3-pointer in the left corner stretched the lead to 10-6 a minute and a half later.

After a Sharlow drained a 3-pointer from right side to cut the deficit to one, Nelson hit a long jumper and a 3-pointer from right wing to stretch the lead to 15-9 and force a Saints timeout with 11:46 remaining.

Mitch Belella (Smithsburg, Md./Maria Goretti) hit from the foul line at the 10:46 mark to cap a 7-0 burst.

A Ben Araya basket-and-foul with 8:19 on the clock snapped a 5-minute, 35-second scoring drought for St. Lawrence, pulling the squad within 17-12.

Ralph Temgoua put back his own miss with 6:41 to play before Nelson hit a jumper to make it a 19-14 game with 6:20 on the clock. However, the Saints tallied the game's next nine to take a 23-19 lead nearly three minutes later en route to a 27-23 halftime advantage.

Six points from Potucek keyed a 6-2 burst to over the first 1:33 of the second half to even the game at 29.

A Jarboe triple from the right corner gave McDaniel a 34-31 lead before a Garrett Sharlow basket and Josh Sharlow free throw evened the game once again.

Knotted at 38-all, Hoercher hit a trey from the top of the arc to give the Saints a 41-38 advantage with 11:44 to play but Jarboe responded directly off an inbounds pass just before the shot clock expired at the other end.

Five straight St. Lawrence points gave the Saints a 46-41 lead with 10:20 to play but a pair of 3-pointers from both Nelson and Jarboe drew the Green Terror even at 53 with 5:33 to play.

Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) hit his first basket with 5:01 to play - McDaniel's ninth triple and fifth in row to give his team a 56-55 lead.

An exchange of free throws, including a pair from Jones to cap the exchange, gave the Green Terror a 59-58 lead with 2:00 to play.

Jones slashed to the hoop with 1:23 on the clock to stretch the lead to three.

After a timeout with 1:14 on the clock, Dyson came up with a steal.

A five-second closely guarded call gave the ball back to St. Lawrence with 25.0 seconds on the clock but a missed layup and Sarris-Grau rebound gave the ball back to McDaniel with a three-point edge.

Sarris-Grau finished with 13 points and four assists while Potucek netted a career-best 11 points.

Game time on Wednesday is 3 p.m.

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