An 11-0 run late in the third quarter gave Sidney Lehman Catholic a lead it would never give up in a 58-52 win over St. Marys.
The loss sent the Roughriders to their seventh straight loss.
Garet Fledderjohann paced the Riders with 20 points. He went 6-of-12 from the floor and hit 6-of-8 free throws. J.D. Meyer added 13 points while going 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
St. Marys (5-14) went to the half up 30-29 on a strong second quarter shooting performance. The Riders were 7-of-15 from the floor in the second, with D.J. Manning knocking down 3-of-4 attempts from the field. Manning finished the game with 10 points.
But after St. Marys took a 38-36 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter, the Cavaliers scored 11 straight points and led 47-40 after three quarters.
St. Marys’ offense, meanwhile, stalled when the outside shots stopped falling.
“It was our inability to run half-court offense,” St. Marys head coach Dan Hegemier said. “We wanted to run the flex, we wanted to get four or five passes. When they overplayed we didn’t go backdoor. And that’s kind of been our bugaboo all year. When the ball is going in the basket, everything looks good, but sometimes you just have to play together and run some half court and we didn’t do that.”
“My guys busted their butts, they play hard,” Hegemier said. “They put their hearts on the floor tonight. Meyer’s beat up. Manning’s beat up. You’d think it would pay off one of these days.”
St. Marys honored its five seniors — Alex Dammeyer, D.J. Manning, Seth Fitzgerald, Steven Elshoff and J.D. Meyer — before the game.
The Riders wrap up their regular season at Shawnee on Friday night.
NEW BREMEN 71, SPENCERVILLE 68
NEW BREMEN — Withstanding two last second three-point chances the New Bremen Cardinals basketball team survived to defeat the Spencerville Bearcats 71-68 Saturday evening in a wild non-league game played at New Bremen.
“We responded really well after last night,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “In the second half I don’t know what the difference was but I thought we were more aggressive and urgent to loose balls and I think that was the difference."
A lot of players scored in double figures for both teams. New Bremen had five players, while the Bearcats had four. For the Cardinals Westerbeck had 15 points, Williams had 14 points, Luke Schwieterman had 11 and Derek Bornhorst and Justin Heitkamp each had 10 points.
For Spencerville Binkley had 18 points, Eli Bowers and Derek Goecke each had 16 points.
Spencerville (12-7) ends its regular season next Friday against Paulding, while the Cardinals (12-7) entertain Fort Recovery next Friday in their final regular season game.