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Boys Basketball: Brother Rice drops to Waubonsie Valley at Jack Tosh Holiday Classic

Waubonsie Valley enjoyed a great shooting day to edge Brother Rice on Saturday in a consolation bracket quarterfinal contest in the 40th Jack Tosh Holiday Classic.

The Warriors shot a sizzling 60 percent (18-of-30) from the field and held on for a 48-45 victory.

“We’ve had some ugly wins this year, but a win’s a win,” Warriors senior Jack Cordes said. “It shows some toughness in fighting these close ones out.”

Waubonsie Valley (7-6) couldn’t have started much better, jumping to an 11-2 lead, but Brother Rice continued to hang around and only trailed 27-22 at halftime.

Quinn Niego’s baseline jumper with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter gave Brother Rice its first lead of the game at 32-31.

“They took the lead so we just had to settle down in our half court offense and buckle down on defense,” Warriors senior Matt Gialamas said. “We just kind of stuck to our plan all the way through.”

A buzzer beating three-pointer from Jay DeHaan gave the Warriors a 38-36 lead to start the fourth quarter and they’d never trail again. Back-to-back baskets in the paint from Jack Cordes (8 points, 6 rebounds) gave the Warriors the lead for good at 44-40 with just under four minutes remaining.

“Coach (Chaz Taft) called a couple plays to get the ball under the basket,” Cordes said. “We just did a nice job of executing and getting layups.”

Brother Rice (5-7) had a chance to tie the game after DeHaan missed the front end of a one-and-one. After a timeout, the Crusaders inbounded from near half court with 3.6 seconds left but the 6-foot-7 Cordes was able to alter Ray Rubio’s three-point attempt, which was well off target.

“I told our guys I was proud with how we played,” Crusaders coach Rick Harrigan said. “We were just a couple missed shots or missed free throws and missed lay-ups from getting a win.”

Despite shooting so well from the field, the Warriors only converted 8-of-16 free throws. DeHaan led the team with 14 points, Gialamas added 11 points and 4 assists and Nick Karkazis had 8 points and 4 assists.

Quinn Niego paced the Crusaders with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Rubio added 10 points.

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