Fourth-quarter rally lifts Wilmington
Wilmington (64) Vs. Mercer (53)
Jan 11, 2014
Wilmington needed a big fourth quarter to pick up the 64-53 District 10, Region 2-AA road victory over Mercer last night.

Wilmington (3-0, 7-3) outscored Mercer (1-4, 5-6) 21-10 over the final eight minutes.

“This was the second game in a row where our guys played really well in the fourth quarter,” ’Hounds coach Mike Jeckavitch said. “My guys have faith in each other to get the job done and that happened again (last) night. I’m really proud of their effort in the fourth quarter, especially on the road.”

The Greyhounds jumped out to a 20-12 lead after the first quarter, but the Mustangs scratched and clawed back into the contest to knot it a 43 entering the final quarter.

“We came out on fire and played really well in the first quarter,” Jeckavitch said. “Being on the road, I thought the game was called a little differently. Mercer was able to come back and tie it going into the fourth quarter.

“In the third quarter, we were settling for jump shots. Yeah, we can hit some outside shots, but I think we’re better at attacking the basket. We regrouped and got to the basket a little more in the fourth quarter. They got fouled and made the foul shots. Defensively, we stepped up and forced them into bad shots and bad possessions.”

Senior Jordan Smith scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the first half and added seven rebounds. Travis Brumbaugh tacked on 13 points and seven rebounds. Rocco Fagan finished with 14 points and five assists. Jesse Hilliard notched seven assists and 10 rebounds.

“They really started to key on Jordan in the second half, which really opened things up for Travis and Rocco,” Jeckavitch said. “We’re really one of those teams that you can’t key on one guy. I have five guys that can hit double figures on any given night. I had three guys in double figures tonight and another right on the cusp. The guys don’t care who gets the baskets as long we get the ‘W.’ ”
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Wilmington 20 11 12 21 0 64
Mercer 12 15 16 10 0 53
Box Scores
WILMINGTON (64)
Josiah Bloise 2 2-2 6
Jesse Hilliard 2 0-0 4
Rocco Fagan 4 5-6 14
Travis Brumbaugh 6 1-1 13
Jordan Smith 8 0-0 18
Spencer DeMedal 3 3-5 9
Dan Danus 0 0-0 0
Totals: 25 11-14 64

MERCER (53)
Logan Clarke 5 3-4 13
Nate Guiler 2 2-4 7
Trenton Fowler 5 1-2 11
John Scheidhauer 7 0-1 14
Trent Leonard 1 0-0 2
Jake Schmid 3 0-0 6
Totals: 23 6-11 53

WILMINGTON 20 11 12 21 — 64
MERCER 12 15 16 10 — 53

3-point goals — Wilmington 3 (Smith 2, Fagan 1), Mercer 1 (Guiler 1).
JV score: Mercer 56, Wilmington 53, 3OT. High scorer: W — Derek Nichols 22, Matt Zimmer 10.
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