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February 25, 2014

WC boys basketball drops two games

The Washington Catholic boys basketball team suffered two more losses over the weekend and the Cardinals have just two games left in the regular season before the postseason begins.

Washington Catholic (4-13) lost to Springs Valley (8-12), 59-57 Friday night and 74-57 Saturday night to Medora.

Springs Valley jumped out to a 12-11 lead Friday night at the Bird Cage, but the Cardinals won the second quarter, 15-11 to take a 26-23 lead at halftime. In the first half, Washington Catholic shot 58 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the three-point line. Springs Valley shot 47 percent from the field in the first 16 minutes.

In the second half, however, the Cardinals shot just 40 percent on 10-for-25 shooting and were outscored 36-31 to suffer the two-point defeat. The Blackhawks made 13-of-20 shots in the second half.

AJ Sellers led the Cardinals with 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting and the sophomore guard was 4-for-5 from behind the three-point line. Ethan Wichman and Jon Mitchell had 14 points each, James Brown had three points and seven rebounds and Zach Taylor had two points.

Saturday night at Medora, the Cardinals fell behind 18-7 after one quarter and were fighting uphill the rest of the night. The two teams tied at 16 in the second quarter, but the Cardinals still trailed 34-23 at halftime.

In the first half, Medora shot 54 percent, while the Cardinals shot 43 percent. Washington Catholic won the third quarter by a 17-15 score to cut the Medora lead to 49-40 entering the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals, however, allowed 25 points in the final eight minutes as Medora pulled away for the 74-57 victory. Washington Catholic shot 52 percent in the second half and 47 percent for the game.

Mitchell had 15 points and eight rebounds and Sellers added 15 points and four assists. Wichman had 12 points, two rebounds and two assists, Patrick Conolty added six points,Taylor had four points, Brown had three and Eric Zipperle had two points.

Washington Catholic with the final home game of the season, Tuesday against Evansville Day and a road contest Friday against South Central (Elizabeth).

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