KENOSHA — Timeouts tripped up the St. Joseph boys basketball team on Thursday night.
Burlington Catholic Central put together a 7-0 run late in the game and walked out of Madrigrano Gymnasium with a well-deserved 52-49 Metro Classic Conference victory over the Lancers.
In the latest WisSports.net state poll, St. Joseph was ranked No. 9 in Division-4, while BCC was No. 4 in Division-5.
“BCC made more plays than us early in the game and late in the game,” St. Joseph coach Jose Winston said. “We didn’t deserve to win. They deserved to win. They were a better team than we were tonight.”
After Tegan Miles split a pair of free throws to give BCC a 50-47 lead, St. Joseph called its final timeout with 13 seconds to play. Instead of attempting a game-tying 3-pointer, the Lancers opted for a quick two as Alex Marciniak found a wide-open Pete Schuler underneath to make it a one-point game.
Wisely, the Hilltoppers did not inbound the ball immediately and let almost five seconds run off the clock before calling a timeout with 3.3 seconds left.
“We actually wanted to get the three up, but they opened up the paint so wide where we had to go for the two,” Winston said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t have a timeout to burn.”
The Lancers then sent Spencer Wilker to the line and the junior converted both foul shots to bump the lead to 52-49 with 2.5 seconds left.
The game ended when Pete Del Fava’s heave from halfcourt bounced high off the backboard at the buzzer.
St. Joseph (9-3, 4-2 Metro Classic) took its first of three fourth-quarter timeouts with 2:41 to play. With his team leading 45-44, Winston called a timeout just as DeAndre Johns swished a 3-pointer from the right wing.
“We looked a little discombobulated,” Winston said. “I called it early, but the official gave it to me once the ball was out of DeAndre’s hands. It happens.”
BCC (8-2, 4-1) took the lead for good at 46-45 when the 6-foot-7 Miles scored off the glass in the post with 1:45 on the clock. He then made two free throws 13 seconds later to make it a three-point game.
Marciniak missed a game-tying three with 1:02 left and Ben Heiligenthal’s free throw with 45 seconds remaining gave BCC a four-point lead.
Wilker (13), Heiligenthal (12) and Bailey Wright (12) all scored in double figures for the Hilltoppers. Miles had nine points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.
Del Fava and Schuler paced the Lancers with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
St. Joseph started hot, jumping out to a 13-5 lead as Schuler drilled two 3-pointers. BCC kept the Lancers scoreless for the final four minutes of the first quarter and cut it to 13-12 after one. Neither team led by more than three points in the second quarter or four points in the third quarter as the Lancers led 27-26 at the break and 39-37 after three.
The game had 13 lead changes.
“This is a big win for us,” BCC coach Eric Henderson said. “St. Joe’s is a very quality program. Jose does a fantastic job, especially on their home floor. For us to come in here and get a win, I’m very proud of our guys and how they executed down the stretch.”