Rolling Meadows falls to Stagg
Rolling Meadows boys basketball coach Kevin Katovich called the Mustangs' 56-49 loss to Stagg Wednesday night in the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic at York 'uncharacteristic'.
"We preach three things," said Katovich. "Make our free throws, limit our turnovers and get our share of 50-50 balls. We missed 12 free throws, committed 20 turnovers, and I don't think we got one 50-50 ball. But, you have to give Stagg credit for that also."
With the loss the Mustangs, now 7-4, will take on Andrew at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in the consolation round.
Rolling Meadows had a hard time defending Stagg center Martin Macenis, who scored 23 points on 11 of 18 from the floor. Point guard Troy Huddleston added 18 points for the Chargers.
"We knew what both of them could do but we weren't able to stop them," said Katovich.
Rolling Meadows climbed out of a 38-32 hole to end the third quarter with a 8-0 run to tie the score.
After Macenis scored to give the 6-5 Chargers a 46-43 lead, Danny Fallon connected on his third 3-pointer, which was followed by Max Christie's layup and a free throw from Jace O'Hara for a 49-46 advantage with 2:51 left in the game.
Stagg finished the game with a 10-0 run.
Christie led the Mustangs with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Fallon came off the bench and scored 9 points and is earning more playing time.
"Danny has worked hard in practice and stepped us his game," said Katovich. "He will continue to add more minutes in games."
"I think I can help on offense," said Fallon, a 6-foot-1 junior. "I have worked hard in practice and was waiting for my number to be called. We seem to play better in the second half of games. It's like we learn from our mistakes in the first half. We didn't come out ready and they wanted it more."
The Mustangs shot 34 percent from the field on 17 of 50 shooting while the Chargers connected on 24 of 53 for 45 percent.