February 07, 2014

Maryvale steps ahead of Depew with division win

Ed Smith and Maryvale ran away from division rival Depew in ECIC III action on Thursday. (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes)

With seeding in the Section VI Class A-2 playoffs and positioning in the ECIC-III standings at stake, every game is big down the stretch for the Maryvale High School boys basketball team.

So even though rival Depew came to town shorthanded on Thursday night, the Flyers were very pleased to walk away with a big victory.

Maryvale used a strong defensive performance and an offensive explosion in the third quarter in an 81-64 win over the Wildcats on Senior Night.

"A win is a win is a win," Maryvale coach Mark Kensy said. "We're all fighting for playoff seeding; we've been on that short end too with injuries, too."

The Wildcats played without senior star Derrick Sekuterski, who could miss the rest of the regular season with a foot injury. In addition to that, 6-foot-5 center Mike Lamb battled foul trouble for much of the evening.

Meanwhile, the Flyers' senior big guns came up big. Logan Jung led all scorers with 26 points, while Ed Smith added 23 points and 6 rebounds and Jaylyn Putman contributed 16 points and 6 assists.

The fourth senior on the roster, forward Jonathan O'Neil, also delighted the large home crowd with a late bucket.

Maryvale scored 50 points in the second half to put away what had been a close game.

"When you give up 80 points, you're going to lose games, that's what it boils down to," Depew coach Larry Jones said. "Bottom line, we didn't play well defensively."

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