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Flintridge Prep basketball locks down late

Flintridge Prep Rebels keep Maranatha Minutemen scoreless for key stretch in fourth to secure 70-59 win.

December 13, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

PASADENA — After matching Flintridge Prep bucket for bucket for most of the second half, the Maranatha High boys' basketball team seemed just a few stops away from possibly making Thursday night's nonleague meeting a close finish.

Instead, the key stops down the stretch were made by the Rebels, who made sure their double-digit lead stayed secure by holding the Minutemen scoreless for a key three-minute span late in the fourth quarter and held on for a comfortable 70-59 win.

“The key to that stretch, or part of it, is when our offense executes it doesn’t allow some of those transition things and we get able to set our defense,” said Prep Coach Garrett Ohara, whose team was led by 18 points and five assists from point guard Robert Cartwright. “When we took care of the ball and we made some shots that was key.”

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From the point that Maranatha’s Caylan Swinney (10 points) scored on a jumper to make it a 10-point game, 60-50, with 3:35 left in the fourth, the Rebels (4-2) themselves only scored four more points over the next 3:20, but they didn’t turn the ball over and deliberately ran precious time off the clock with each possession. Jedrick Eugenio got a big offensive rebound for the Rebels with 2:00 left and his team up by 14 that all but ended the Minutemen’s hopes.

Jeremy Major, who led Maranatha with 17 points, knocked down a three-pointer with 29 seconds left to finally break the Minutemen’s drought, but by that time all they could do was foul to stop the clock. The Rebels foiled that ploy, as well, finishing 25 of 27 from the line on the night, including a perfect 12 for 12 from Kyle Hamane (14 points).

After building a five-point lead at the end of the first quarter into a 40-26 halftime lead, the Rebels kept the edge at 14 points going into the fourth after leading by as many as 16 twice.

“I didn’t feel like we’ve been practicing hard, and that’s my fault,” Maranatha Coach Tim Godley said. “I didn’t feel like we warmed up hard, but our offensive execution in the halfcourt is not very good right now, and they’re a very good basketball team. We had 17 turnovers and they had five for the game, you’ve got to take care of the basketball.”

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