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Madonna avenges early-season loss to Oak Glen

BATTLING — Madonna’s Evan Bone and Oak Glen’s Jontae Howard chase down a loose ball during Friday night’s contest. -Joe Catullo

WEIRTON — The horrible week that Oak Glen has experienced ended even worse following a 60-47 defeat to Madonna on Friday.

With 2:05 remaining in the fourth, Jontae Howard nailed a close-range shot following a slick pass by Chaise Clark to cut the Golden Bears’ deficit to 53-45.

That was when all of the wind was taken out of Oak Glen’s sails, however.

Senior point guard Gage Patterson landed awkwardly on his left foot on the defensive end before Howard’s shot. He got the referees’ attentions, hopped on one foot to the bench and sat in the stands even well after the game concluded, with his left leg extended and his foot heavily wrapped.

“He jumped out, and I think he came down on it wrong. He got the refs attention and had to come over to the bench. He’s going to the hospital to get an X-ray,” head coach Jerry Everly said.

Oak Glen (2-5) already began the contest with just seven available players, as its JV squad is in quarantine. Brayden Mineard has been out for the season ever since a football-related injury, and Jacob Clark has not played this week after re-aggravating a knee injury.

Madonna head coach George Vargo admitted that his Blue Dons (3-4) took full advantage with a stronger bench. Following a Patterson game-tying 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter, Madonna bolted on a 10-0 scoring run and led, 51-41, with roughly three minutes remaining.

“We finally clicked in the fourth quarter. And, let’s be honest; (Oak Glen) was down a few players,” Vargo said. “Jerry did a great job with only seven guys, six in the last two minutes.”

After the teams returned to the court with 2:05 to play, Madonna would hit eight free-throw attempts to pull out the 13-point win.

“I love basketball games being won and lost at the foul line,” Vargo said. “I think we got roughly 13 or 14 points from the foul line in our last run. Santino (Arlia) was 9 for 10, Lucky (Pulice) hit two in the last stretch and Evan (Bone) also two.”

In the first and third quarters combined, the Golden Bears outscored their rivals, 29-23. However, in the second and fourth, they were bested, 37-18.

“In the fourth quarter, (Madonna) started executing a little better and started hitting some shots,” Everly said. “Our shots weren’t falling. Maybe we had some tired legs because we only played six for the most part.

“We talked about playing with a lot of energy and heart. I think that’s what we did. We played real well and pretty good basketball. Whatever we asked of the guys, they did it.”

Bone, although going up a bigger presence in Howard, finished with a monster double-double (17 points, 16 rebounds).

“That’s old-fashioned basketball — get the big man the ball down low, let him pound it inside and see what happens,” Vargo said. “You don’t have to be a genius to figure that out. We’ve been working with him down low, and he’s getting better with his feet.”

Arlia had 21 points for the second straight game, six boards and seven assists. Pulice, who did not play in the first quarter, tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

For Oak Glen, Patterson ended with 14 points, two rebounds and six assists. Howard had 13 points and nine boards. Chaise Clark contributed 11 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Jeremy Taylor added six points and 13 boards.

“He played two games this week with seven guys. Their main guys are out, and they have tired legs,” Vargo said. “I think Jerry’s one of the finest coaches in the valley. They never asked us to move this game.”

SPLITTING THE SERIES

Ten days prior to Friday, the Golden Bears won a thrilling 68-60 double-overtime contest against Madonna at their place. The Blue Dons then won three of their following five games.

BOUNCING BACK

At the end of the third quarter, Bone launched a one-handed, full-court shot that hit the speakers on the ceiling, bounced in Madonna’s paint and went through the basket. Because it touched the speakers, the bucket did not count.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Pior to the contest, a moment of silence was held for former sports correspondent Ralph Cox, who died in January.

UP NEXT

Oak Glen: Tentatively visits Weir High on Tuesday.

Madonna: Tentatively hosts Clay-Battelle on Tuesday.

Madonna 60, Oak Glen 47

Oak Glen 15 9 14 9 — 47

Madonna 11 18 12 19 — 60

OAK GLEN (2-5): Patterson 6 0-0 14; Hissam 0 0-0 0; Howard 5 3-4 13; Clark 4 2-2 11; Taylor 3 0-0 6; Arner 1 0-0 3; Adams 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19, 5-6: 47.

MADONNA (3-4): Arlia 5 9-10 21; Dietrich 1 1-3 3; Amaismeier 1 0-2 2; Sessi 2 0-0 4; Bone 7 2-2 17; Mascio 0 0-0 0; Pulice 5 3-6 13; Yates 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 21, 15-23: 60.

3-POINT GOALS: Oak Glen 4 (Patterson 2, Clark, Arner); Madonna 3 (Arlia 2, Bone). REBOUNDS: Oak Glen 32 (Taylor 13); Madonna 37 (Bone 16). ASSISTS: Oak Glen 13 (Patterson 6); Madonna 17 (Arlia 7). TURNOVERS: Oak Glen 7; Madonna 7.

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