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College Heights boys claim third place over McAuley

Feb. 4—The College Heights boys basketball team rode a 24-point second quarter to claim a 58-40 win over the McAuley Warriors in the third-place game of the Mercy/Warrior Classic on Saturday at McAuley High School.

Both teams struggled to score in the first period and went into the second quarter tied 9-9.

The Warriors (11-10) took an 11-9 lead to open the second quarter off a Michael Parrigon drive to the basket, but College Heights scored the next six points to make it 15-11. The Cougars would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.

College Heights' press was effective and forced McAuley turnovers in the second quarter.

"That's really been a focus all season," Cougar senior Caleb Quade said of the team's press. "We really don't have a lot of size, so we need work on being quicker than the other team and getting our hands up."

Up 20-16, College Heights went on a 13-0 run before McAuley's Max Andreder hit a short jumper. The Cougars took a 33-18 lead into the locker room at the half.

College Heights (12-8) increased its lead in the third quarter and held its largest lead so far in the game, 43-24, at 2:45, courtesy of a Caleb Quade score.

Rocco Bazzano-Joseph hit a three for McAuley to close out the third period with his team trailing 43-27.

He hit again from long distance at 7:52 of the final period to pull the Warriors within 13 points at 43-30, but Quade scored six straight to increase the Cougar lead to 49-30. The Cougars held their largest lead of the game at 5:52 when Quade made it 52-32.

McAuley clawed back within 12 at 52-40 off of back-to-back treys by Bazzano-Joseph at 2:33, but the Cougars netted the last six points of the game to go on to the 58-40 win.

"Turnovers and offensive boards — that was the game," McAuley coach Tony Witt said. "When you give someone repeated opportunities from five feet away, it's not going to be a good situation and you can't come out of a quarter or a half and turn the ball over on six straight possessions. That's just not conducive to winning."

Quade claimed game-high honors with 25 points; Ben Schumacher added 13 for the Cougars.

Bazzano-Joseph led the Warriors with 14 points — all in the second half; Parrigon chipped in 10.

College Heights faces Thomas Jefferson Tuesday, while McAuley travels to Everton on Monday. The Cougars and Warriors square off again Friday at McAuley.