Tonawanda News —
St. Joe's center Daniel Maher also played well, scoring nine points and accepting the gigantic challenge of going at Obokoh, Gods Power Ogide and Thomas Bryant — all three standing at 6-foot-9 — throughout the game. He made several big plays throughout the game on both ends and Simon said he was thrilled with the effort of the whole team.
"Danny played well and we talk about confidence and going out and making plays. Tonight was a night he went out and made plays and if you make them you win and if you don't they win," Simon said. "Danny tried to make plays and they all tried to make plays. I don't have any criticisms of our guys. They worked hard and we fell a little short. Give the other team credit."
The Kings dominated in the first quarter, taking a quick 15-10 advantage and showing their dominance in the paint and especially on the boards. But the Marauders owned the second quarter, outscoring Kearney 19-12 because of some good shooting and tough defense.
Dylan Hall scored seven of his 12 points in the second, six of which came from beyond the arc. St. Joe's made five 3-pointers in the game, while the Kings couldn't convert a single one.
When St. Joe's started to create turnovers, Simon incorporated some half court trap to test the Kearney backcourt, and for a while its guards were frustrated. The defensive intensity spilled over into the third quarter.
With the Marauders leading 38-36 and the Kings starting to make a run, Oliveri snatched a rebound away from Obokoh and sent a nice outlet pass to Jordan Glover — who finished with four points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals — who made a pretty move to the basket and sent a behind-the-back pass to a charging Mark Cerza who finished and brought the crowd to its feet.