St.?Joe has enough to beat Calvert
FREMONT – Ted Willman said he needs more from his team.
Friday night, the Senecas gave what the coach estimated was 14 minutes of solid execution.
It was enough for the Senecas to overcome a 12-point first-half deficit and take a 43-42 lead after an Austin Ball buzzer-beating jumper to end the third quarter.
It was enough to put Calvert ahead of Fremont St. Joe, 52-48 with 3:34 left.
But it wasn’t enough to win.
The Streaks made a furious rally in the final minutes of the game, going on a 10-0 run and winning, 64-57.
“The last three and a half minutes, it came down to a lack of execution,” Willman said. “The last three and a half [minutes of the game], everything we did the last quarter of the half, it’s like we threw it out the window.”
It wasn’t that Calvert was sloppy with the ball; it had just three turnovers in the entire second half, just two of which came in the final period.
But Willman said Calvert rushed its offense when it should have been using the clock.
“Our guys just got in a hurry to do stuff,” Willman said. “When we closed the gap in the third quarter, early in the fourth quarter, we were taking our time.”
The Streaks started their comeback when Jake Yeckley was left open in the right corner. Yeckley’s 3 brought St. Joe within a point with 2:29 left.
“The 3 Jake hit in the corner was just huge for us,” St. Joe coach Jonathan Will said. “If he doesn’t hit that shot, (Calvert) gets the defensive rebound, the game may be a totally different game.”
Instead, the Streaks got a stop, then Ryan Williams drove for a layup and a 53-52 St. Joe lead. After another stop, Marcus Kerr made two free throws, extending St. Joe’s lead to three with 1:52 left. The lead got as big as 59-52 before a deep 3 from Mike Bennett made it 59-55.
But the Streaks made enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
St. Joe was led by Hunter Harrison, who scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds, while Williams had 13 points.
Ball had 19 points to lead Calvert, which trailed 33-21 at the half before outscoring the Streaks, 22-9 in the third quarter. The Senecas went 9 of 12 from the floor in the third period.
Drew Ritzler had 17 points, while Bennett had 15 for Calvert, which was without Donavon and Devin Stith.
Willman said his team did good things, but not enough.
“Hopefully at some point, the light clicks on with these guys,” Willman said. “Because they’re better than what their performance has been. But it’s one thing to be better, it’s another thing to play better for 32 minutes. Tonight, we did it for 14 minutes.”
Calvert fell to 2-5, 2-1 in the Midland Athletic League. St. Joe improved to 4-4, 2-1.