Stewart’s 13 leads way in comeback, OT win
WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel trailed by as many as 17 in the first half before trimming the margin to six at halftime. Eastern pushed that lead back out to 15 in the second half but could not hold on and the Green Terror outlasted the Eagles in overtime 74-72 in men's basketball action on Sunday.
Tim Stewart (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) led five players in double figures for McDaniel (3-2) with 13 points. Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 10 points, adding a career-best eight rebounds. Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) chipped in 11 points off the bench while Nic Martin (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) added 10.
Anthony Parenti led Eastern (2-2) with 25 points while Malcom Garrison and Jimmie Willis also reached double figures with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Trailing 63-48 on two Garrison free throws with 8:09 to play, the Green Terror defense held the Eagles to just four points over the remainder of regulation.
Stewart started the rally with a jumper on McDaniel's next possession before Martin hit two free throws in two trips to the line eight seconds apart, closing the gap to 11.
Garrison and Martin exchanged free throws before Stewart hit a jumper to ignite a 13-2 run over the final 5:25 of regulation.
Perry hit two free throws 1:45 later before Ben Connor accounted for Eastern's only points during the stretch, hitting a putback layup with 3:16 showing.
Pupelis putback a missed shot with 2:59 on the clock before Perry drained a triple with 2:07 on the clock and converted an old-fashioned three-point play 55 seconds later to make it a one-point game.
Fouled on the rebound at the far end, Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) hit the second of two free throws with 38.4 seconds remaining to even the game and the defense held, forcing overtime.
Jordan Diggs hit the second of two free throws 1:11 into the extra session before Echols converted both of his attempts 30 seconds later to turn the one-point deficit into a one-point lead.
Parenti and Echols traded layups before Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) drove and scored with 56.0 seconds left, stretching the lead to 73-70.
Perry forced a turnover and then hit the first of two free throws to push the advantage to four with 32.6 seconds on the clock.
A Parenti layup with 25.2 seconds showing sliced the deficit in half.
McDaniel missed both free throws at the other end and then withstood a game-tying attempt in the waning seconds.
The teams traded points in the early going before Caleb Knudsen hit a layup with 14:44 on the clock, giving the Eagles an 11-10 lead and sparking a 25-9 run that spanned the next 11:14.
Cameron Royster (Derwood, Md./Magruder) halted the run, hitting a layup with 3:19 on the clock before Brooks added a layup and Merlo had a steal-and-layup to trim the deficit to 36-25 with 53 seconds later.
A Willis free-throw pushed the lead back to 12 before Nick Yockey (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) broke the press with Brooks and converted a three-point play to trim the deficit to single digits for the first time since 9:56 remained in the half.
Parenti responded with a jumper but Brooks countered with a triple and layup to make it a 39-33 game at the break.
The run continued with seven of the second half's first nine points to close to within 41-40 just 4:07 into the stanza.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Dickinson on Tuesday. Game time is 8 p.m.