1/17/2012 10:59:26 PM
Arcadia survives a late push, defeats Anselmo-Merna

ARCADIA- Anselmo-Merna nearly pulled off a come-from-behind win, but ran out of gas late as they fell to the Huskies 50-47 Tuesday night in Arcadia.


In the first half the Coyotes couldn’t buy a basket as it seemed many shots just wouldn’t fall their way. It was a cleanly played game throughout including the first half, as Arcadia (3-8) turned the ball over 10 times, compared to six for Anselmo-Merna (4-7). However, Arcadia jumped out in front 22-8 after the first quarter. Then it seemed like neither team could hit from the field as the Coyotes would outscore the Huskies 6-5 in the second quarter. They trailed 27-14 at the half. The Coyotes would again outscore Arcadia in the third quarter as they tacked on 13 more points including an 80 foot shot from Joseph Christen with time expiring to make it a 37-27 advantage for Arcadia. In the fourth quarter, the Coyotes played their best basketball as they played with a sense of urgency and were able to cut the deficit to three points midway through the fourth quarter. The Huskies turned to Matthew Quick down the stretch. He barreled his way in the paint with several big rebounds and clutch free-throw shooting including 4-for-6 from the line in the fourth quarter.


Quick had 13 points in the game. He also shot 78 percent from the charity stripe for the game. Teammate Michael Chelewski led the team with 15 points also shooting 78 percent at the free-throw line. Zach Lueck also had a big game with 13 points.


Joseph Christen had a monster game for Anselmo-Merna with 20 points including the giant three-pointer at the end of the third quarter. Trent Geiser added nine off the bench. Tyler Evans also had eight for the Coyotes.


The Coyotes will try to end their four game skid on Friday as they head to North Central (4-9). Meanwhile, Arcadia will play host to Stuart (7-4) also on Friday.


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