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Vikings speaking up

February 13, 2002

Vikings speaking up



By DAN SPEARS
dans@herald-mail.com

No. 7 SJPH 43
No. 6 Goretti 40

ST. MARIA GORETTI (40)

Adenhart 5, Hudson 2, Breslin 1, Davis 7, M. Spierenburg 5, Tanner 20. Totals 16-40 4-10 40.

ST. JOHN'S AT PROSPECT HALL (43)

Lyons 11, Richard 4, White 7, Ryley 4, Sanchez 8, Battle 9. Totals 16-42 7-11 43.

Goretti129712-40

SJPH1051315-43

Three-point goals-Goretti 3 (Adenhart, Tanner 2), SJPH 4 (Lyons, White, Sanchez, Battle).



FREDERICK, Md. - It's February, so it must be time for the St. John's at Prospect Hall basketball team to make some noise.

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In seasons past, the Vikings made waves toward national prominence. For now, they're trying to take back central Maryland.

Tuesday night, the No. 7 Vikings turned in a stunning rally in the final 90 seconds - using three gigantic shots and two clutch free throws from Jered Lyons to defeat No. 6 St. Maria Goretti 43-40 - for their latest statement win.

"This was big for us," Lyons said. "Our seniors had never beaten Goretti, and we had some good teams with Adama (Diggs) and those guys. So to get this, this is big."

Last season, the Vikings claimed the mythical Frederick city title by defeating Thomas Johnson at the St. James Invitational. This time, SJPH (20-5) snatched another huge victory from the jaws of defeat on big-situation shooting and a little help from the Gaels.

Trailing 37-33 with 1:34 to play, Lyons hit a 3 to pull within one and Al Sanchez followed with another 3 for a 39-37 lead with 51 seconds to go.

"Coach (Bruce Kelley) told us to relax," Lyons said. "We'd been in this spot before, down a few points in the second half. We just had to be more mentally into the game."

Sanchez's 3 was the surprise, as the 6-foot-8 junior from Spain took a shot that seemed out of the offense to everyone in the gym, except the Vikings.

"He's just a tremendous shooter," Kelley said. "He's not quite used to the speed of things here yet, so he can get in a rush. But when he gets his rhythm ... he always wins our shooting contests."

Both shots were set up by missed 1-and-1s by Goretti (19-10) on the other end, and the Gaels compounded their woes on the next possession.

Matt Tanner missed a baseline runner and the Vikings rebounded and outletted to Guyvans Richard, who went the length of the floor for a layup, even though Derrick Davis tried to foul him and it wasn't called.

"They hit some critical shots, big shots," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "We didn't hit free throws and couldn't hit the big shots. That was the difference."

Goretti countered with a quick 3 from Tanner for a one-point game and 15 seconds to go, but Lyons pushed the lead back up, bouncing in his first free throw before swishing the second. Tanner's last-second 3 to tie was just long from the right wing.

"This was a special game," Kelley said. "You've got to play good to beat them. This was very important for us."

Lyons finished with 11 points as the Vikings dominated the glass with a 26-17 advantage. Tanner finished with 20 points for the Gaels.

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