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Flyers use another late comeback to beat Tartans

Jim Walker

SCIOTOVILLE — When the season began, Chris Barnes felt he was in good health. Halfway through the season, Barnes might have to see a heart doctor about some medication.
The St. Joseph Flyers keep playing close games and winning. The Flyers’ coach is glad that his team is now 9-2 after a 63-61 win over the Sciotoville East Tartans on Saturday, but his heart and nerves are none the better for it.
“The ‘Cardiac Kids’ do it again,” said Barnes who is fortunate to have Dr. Ben Roach on his coaching staff.
“But that’s okay. I’ll take 9-2 no matter how we do it. As young as we are, I never dreamed we’d be where we are. And playing in this gym might be the hardest place you can play.”
Ryan Payne had 19 points to lead three Flyers in double figures. Zach Roach was right behind with 17 points and Jimmy Mahlmeister scored 10.
Will Shope had 20 points, Austin Smith 18 and Kyle Flannery 10 to pace East.
“We got big defensive of plays down the stretch by our whole team. Max Weber gave us some good minutes. We’re going to need him here in the second half of the season,” said Barnes.
“Ryan did a really good job on Flannery who is averaging about 22 points a game and he held him to 10 with six on free throws.”
The Flyers came out strong as they took a 20-9 first quarter lead. Roach drained a pair of treys and scored 10 points while Payne buried two trifectas and scored eight points.
Sean Hollon had a 3-poitner and five points for East.
The Flyers began to relax in the second quarter as East rallied to get within 36-32 at the half.
Shope scored 12 of his points in the quarter and Hollon had another 3-pointer. Mahlmeister scored six points, Payne hit a triple and scored five points and Max Weber came off the bench to add three points to help keep the Flyers in front.
East continued its comeback by taking a 48-46 lead after three quarters as Smith scored 10 points. J.C. Damron had five points for the Flyers who were 4-of-6 from the foul line in the quarter.
Flanney had five points and Shope four and the Tartans made 5-of-9 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.
But the Flyers “gut check” was led by Roach who had six points including a 3-pointer, Payne with five points and Isaac Whaley who added a trifecta as they outscored the Tartans 17-14.
St. Joseph visits New Boston on Tuesday.
St. Joseph 20 16 10 17 = 63
Sciotoville 9 23 16 13 = 61
ST. JOSEPH (9-2): Jackson Rowe 1 0 0-0 2, Isaac Whaley 0 1 1-2 4, Zach Roach 3 3 2-5 17, Ryan Payne 2 3 6-10 19, J.C. Damron 3 0 2-4 8, Jimmy Mahlmeister 5 0 0-1 10, Matt Sheridan 0 0 0-0 0, Max Weber 1 0 1-2 3. Totals: 16 7 12-24 63. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: None.
SCIOTOVILLE EAST (1-9): Hagen Metzler 0 0 0-0 0, Will Shope 5 2 4-5 20, Chandler Carver 2 0 0-0 4, Chase Coyle 0 0 1-2 1, Sean Hollon 1 2 0-0 8, Kyle Flannery 2 0 6-7 10, Austin Smith 9 0 0-2 18. Totals: 19 4 11-16 61. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: Carver.