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Maranatha boys roll over McLouth

January 7, 2009

Enough with the big schools, the Maranatha Academy boys finally played somebody their same size.

The difference was clear as the Eagles pounded McLouth, 51-32, on Tuesday night.

“McLouth’s probably the first team we’ve played that’s actually our size,” Maranatha coach Tom Hayes said with a laugh. “We aren’t very big, and they weren’t very big.”

The victory was Maranatha’s first of the season as it improved to 1-4.

With size out of the equation, the Eagles let their basketball skills take over — their man-to-man defense in particular.

After falling behind 10-9 by the end of the first quarter, the Eagles switched from zone to man-to-man. In an instant the game changed. The Eagles picked off passes and turned them into layups. They outscored McLouth 15-5 in the second quarter and then used a 19-6 third-quarter explosion to seize complete command of the game.

“We got a lead, and then they had to play man-to-man defense and we ran our man-to-man offense, and we ran it very well,” Hayes said.

McLouth outscored Maranatha 10-8 in the fourth quarter, but Hayes said he was thrilled with his team’s performance during the middle two quarters.

“I think that they probably played two or three of the most relaxed quarters that they’ve played all year because of the situation that they’ve been in with playing from behind,” Hayes said.

Cole Batman led McLouth with 14 points. Seth Swank scored a game-high 20 points for Maranatha. Joining him in double figures were Devonte Williams with 12 and Matt Metcalf with 11.

The victory came on the heels of a 58-45 loss on Friday at Pleasant Ridge, and the Eagles hope to use the McLouth game to kickstart a winning streak. They next play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against St. Mary’s of Independence in a game that was rescheduled from December.

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