By JACK HILL III
11:09 PM EST, January 24, 2013
The Saint James boys basketball team stayed close with Maret School for three quaters on Thursday.
Then the Frogs decided to hop to it.
Maret broke the game open in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to pull away for a 49-40 victory over the Saints in a Mid-Atlantic Conference game at Alumni Hall.
Maret (16-2, 6-0) led Saint James (7-10, 2-3) 35-32 at the end of the third quarter before starting a 10-2 run to pull away to a 45-34 advantage.
Reserve guard Steffen Davis scored Maret’s last five points in that spurt with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws. It was more than enough to take down the Saints, who never got closer than nine points for the rest of the way.
“I think there were two very good teams battling hard,” Saint James coach Paul Easton said. “There were spells where we did not play together, which really hurt us. We have what it takes to really compete in the league, but we have to do it for 32 minutes. I was impressed with how disciplined Maret was.”
Davis led Maret with a game-high total of 18 points, including five 3-pointers. Tre Bowens and Jalen Barnes grabbed eight rebounds each for the Frogs.
Both Obi Enechionyia and Jacob Thompson came off the bench to lead Saint James with 10 points each.
Obi Enechionyia collected 13 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Nnamdi Enechionyia had seven rebounds and two blocked shots for the Saints. Both Enechionyias played while battling injuries — Obi was nursing two sprained ankles while Nnamdi has a bruised knee.
A.J. Carr added eight rebounds and three assists, while Sherman Harris had five assists and four rebounds for the Saints.
“Paul Easton is a good coach and I know his team is going to be ready,” Maret School coach Garrett O’Donnell said. “He has got the kids running what they are supposed to do. They are a well-coached team. We just wanted to focus on running our stuff. We just wanted to rebound, defend and run our offense. We rebounded and defended well. We just have to get better offensively.”
The game was tied at 8-8 with one minute remaining in the first quarter.
Maret scored 13 consecutive points over the next 3:30, bridging the first and second quarters, to race to a 21-8 lead.
Saint James battled back with an 11-0 run over the next 2:30 completed to chop the deficit to 21-19 with three minutes to go in the first half and trailed 26-22 at the intermission.
Maret 49, Saint James 40
MARET (16-2, 6-0)
Goddard 8, Beck 6, Davis 18, Peltier 1, Zeitler 1, Bowens 4, Barnes 8, Lawrence 3. Totals 16 12-20 49.
SAINT JAMES (7-10, 2-3)
Harris 4, Slater 3, Fahey 6, Carr 7, Thompson 10, O. Enechionyia 10. Totals 14 6-8 40.
Maret 13 13 9 14 — 49
Saint James 8 14 10 8 — 40
3-point goals — Maret 5 (Davis 5), Saint James 6 (Slater, Fahey 2, Thompson 2, O. Enechionyia).
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