Loyola clinches Catholic North with win over St. Joseph
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:47PM
WESTCHESTER — It took until the final second to determine the outcome of Friday night’s Catholic League North clash between Loyola and St. Joseph, but it turned out to be worth the wait for the Ramblers.
St. Joseph senior Loren Horton missed a potential game-winning jumper in the final seconds that was rebounded by Loyola’s James Clarke (10 points) as the buzzer sounded, preserving a 43-42 victory for the Ramblers in Westchester.
With the win, the Ramblers (20-6, 9-2) earned their 13th straight victory and claimed the CCL North title.
The Chargers (15-11, 7-4) were given one last chance when Loyola turned the ball over on an inbound play under St. Joseph’s basket with 19 seconds left.
Despite building a 10-point lead in the final minute of the first half, Loyola trailed by the end of the third quarter after A.J. Patty converted a dunk to give the Chargers their first lead at 36-35.
Panic did not set in for the Ramblers, as they regained the momentum when Chris Sullivan’s 3-pointer gave them a 41-40 lead in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
Loyola never trailed again, holding St. Joseph scoreless for more than five minutes in the final period.
“I had no doubt in my mind that we were going to win,” said Sullivan. “We have such chemistry and such confidence after what we have been doing recently.”
Loyola opened the game on a 10-0 run behind back-to-back 3-pointers by Jack Morrissey, as St. Joseph missed six straight shots.
Morrissey (five 3-pointers) led all scorers with 24 points, including 22 in the first half.
Patty paced the Chargers with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Horton added 12 points, while Paul Turner finished with 11 for the Chargers, who could have forced a tie atop the conference standings with a victory.
“I wanted to win,” said Patty. “I mean, it is my senior year and it was real important to try to win the conference championship.”
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Thursday to read more about the St. Joseph and Loyola boys basketball team.
Loyola (20-5, 9-2)
Kevin Kucera 0, Richie Wehman 5, James Clarke 10, Jack Morrissey 24, Matthew Sullivan 1, Griffin Boehm 0, Chris Sullivan 3, Matt Bauer 0, Jack Byrne 0.
St. Joseph (15-11, 7-4)
Joffrey Brown 0, Loren Horton 12, Paul Turner 11, Jordan Ash 2, A.J. Patty 13, Jonathan Johnson 0, Glynn Watson 2, Karriem Simmons 2.
Loyola 18-13-4-8 — 43
St. Joseph 11-12-13-6 — 42
3-point goals — Loyola 6 (Morrissey 5, C. Sullivan 1), St. Joseph 3 (Horton 3). Fouled out — None. Team Fouls — Loyola 13, St. Joseph 10. Technicals – None.