CLINTON — Late lead changes did not go in Prince of Peace's favor in their boys basketball game against Marquette Catholic on Tuesday night, and the Irish fell 49-48 at Central Catholic Auditorium.
"We were behind most of the game, but we came back in the third quarter and actually took the lead," Irish Coach Gerry Murphy said. "With about four minutes to go we got the lead. We exerted a lot of energy to get it. The kids played hard, and that's a senior-laden team and we're just kind of finding ourselves. We haven't been in a lot of close games like that with this group, so we're learning."
Prince of Peace led with just two minutes to go 46-45. Marquette then scored an easy layup to take the lead.
"We lost track of people at different times. In the first quarter, we didn't locate a guy twice and he hit two threes, wide open. That really hurt. It got them the lead and the momentum and that separation," Murphy said about the defense. "We had some miscues, but we're still learning. It's a process with this group, and we'll get better."
Prince of Peace took possession, and Kaidion Larson drove and scored to put the Irish ahead once more 48-47.
On the other end, another defensive slip found Marquette's Blayne Banowetz wide open, forcing a foul. Banowetz made both free throws to give the Mohawks the 49-48 advantage with just 45 seconds to go. Prince of Peace then called two consecutive timeouts.
"They played a lot of 2-3 and they went back right at the end," Murphy said. "They showed 2-3 and then went man at the end so we had to improvise on the play we called. I should have called two plays."
The final shot attempt from the Irish was no good.
"We had our opportunities, and they're a good team. I hope we learn from it," Murphy said. "We had some miscues here and there and free throws, we missed some free throws. Everybody missed some shots."
Patrick Mulholland led the Irish offensively with 17 points, followed by Larson with 12. Nate Moeller added eight and Aiden Sager had seven. Connor Williams was the only other Irish athlete to put up points.
"I didn't play a whole lot of guys; we basically went six. Those six guys really played hard and had a lot of energy," Murphy said. "It was a great comeback, and they didn't give up. They kept fighting and got the lead. I'm proud of the fight. They played hard."
PRINCE OF PEACE 48, MARQUETTE 49
MARQUETTE (2-2, 2-1) — Jeb Schwagger 0 0-0 0, Hunter Michels 2 3-4 7, Jarton Harris 0 0-0 0, Danny Koos 2 0-0 5, Ethan Pfiffner 2 0-0 5, Blayne Banowetz 2 3-3 8, Will Drams 3 0-2 7, Nate Brinker 5 2-2 13, Ben Kettmann 1 1-1 3
PRINCE OF PEACE (1-2,1-2) —Payton Schnier 0 0-0 0, Connor Williams 1 2-2 4, Kaidion Larson 6 0-4 12, Patrick Mulholland 5 2-2 17, Aidan Sager 3 0-0 7, Nate Moeller 3 2-3 8
Marquette 15 34 42 49
Prince of Peace 9 19 39 48
3-point goals — Marquette 6 (Michels, Koos, Pfiffner, Banowetz, Drams, Brinker, Kettman); Prince of Peace 6 (Mulholland 5, Sager 1) Total fouls — Marquette18, Prince of Peace 14