Mount de Sales’ defensive goal of disrupting the opposing offense showed Friday night at McAuley Hall.
A pivotal third-quarter run gave the Cavaliers the lead, and they made the advantage hold up, winning 51-45. Balanced scoring from Addison Barth and Garrett Thomson, each with 13 points, led the Cavaliers, who held off a rally by the Vikings in the final quarter.
“We’re not a tremendously gifted team offensively, so we change defenses a lot,” Mount de Sales head coach Jim Massey said. “In the second half, we tried to change defenses throughout and kind of disrupt their flow a little bit. For a large segment of the game, it worked well for us.”
Mount de Sales inched ahead coming out of halftime, and Thomson was at the forefront. He scored the first six points of an 8-2 run that put the Cavaliers in front 33-23 with 4:52 to go in the third quarter.
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But FPD roared back. Back-to-back 3-point shots by sharp-shooting James Oates enabled the Vikings to have a chance to retake the lead going into the fourth quarter as they trailed 37-33. Oates led the Vikings with 15 points while Champ Dawson had 13.
Mount de Sales was able to do enough to hold FPD at bay in the fourth, A layup by Barth followed by scores from Darius Wonnum and Jordan Vaughn to push the Mount de Sales lead to 43-55.
A pair of shots by Oates kept the Cavaliers’ lead at five points, but enough offensive answers on the other end by Mount de Sales sealed the win.
FPD withstood a fourth-quarter rally to win the girls game 45-32. Kate Patterson and Sydney Reese each scored 10 points to lead the Vikings with the Cavaliers being led by the 13 points of Jazzmine Waters.
The win improves FPD to 2-1 in region play and 3-7 overall.
Trailing 37-24 early in the fourth quarter, Mount de Sales made a comeback, closing to being behind 37-31 with 3:20 to play on the heels of a 10-1 run highlighted by Waters lay-up coming off a Renee Hutton steal.
But the Cavaliers (2-9, 1-2) stalled, unable to sink a field goal the rest of the way with the Vikings pulling away to win.