Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Cheverus struggled to defeat Marshwood in the Quarterfinals. Surely they would right the ship against Portland and look like the number one seed. For the first three quarters of the game it didn't appear that way. However, the Stags would score 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Louis DiStasio would take over as Cheverus held on to win 45-41.
Cheverus started off the game trying to show they deserved the #1 seed in the West bracket. Matt Cimino scored 6 points as Cheverus stymied Portland with tough interior play and a stifling full-court press. Portland managed only one basket as they were down 11-2 after the first quarter.
Portland would find their way in the second quarter as they got the Stags
into foul trouble. Jayvon Pitts-Young made 5 free throws and three other Bulldogs scored a basket as Cheverus held a slim 16-13 lead going into halftime.
The Bulldogs would come out of the locker room on a 5-0 run, as a Justin Zukowski 3-pointer gave Portland its first lead of the game. Griffin Brady was the only Cheverus scorer for much of the quarter as the Bulldogs looked like the team to beat. Portland would make 9 free throws in the quarter and hold a 29-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth Cheverus would wake up and realize the magnitude of the moment. The Stags would go on a 10-0 run to take a 33-32 lead, as Distasio went to work. Free throws were commonplace as well as costly turnovers, as neither team wanted to lose. In the end, it was Cheverus with just a little bit more, and a little more Distasio, as they held on to win. Distasio would finish with 10 points and a filled-up stat sheet as he was named the Eli's Soda Player of the Game. Cimino was the leading scorer for Cheverus with 12 points. The Stage will now face Bonny Eagle in the Western Maine Final on Saturday.