• 59°

Flyers’ comeback falls short, 60-52

Ironton St. Joseph’s Justin Mahlmeister (33) fouls South Gallia’s Danny Matney (40) to prevent an easy basket in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s Division IV sectional tournament game. The Flyers’ late rally fell short in a 60-52 loss. (The Ironton Tribune / Courtesy Bryan Walters of The Gallipolis Tribune)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

 

ROCKSPRINGS — The St. Joseph Flyers ran out of time.

The Flyers erased a 19-point third quarter deficit and closed to within two before falling 60-52 to the South Gallia Rebels in the Division IV sectional finals on Tuesday.

Eli Lewis led thee Flyers with 23 points while Justin Mahlmeister scored 12 points — all on 3-point goals. Ike Palmer added 9 points.

Haner had 19 points to lead four Rebels in double figures. Dalton Matney scored 11 while Danny Matney and John Johnson scored 10 points each.

South Gallia took a 22-15 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretched the cushion to 37-26 at the break.

South Gallia used an 11-3 scoring spurt to lead 48-29 with three minutes left in the third quarter, but St. Joseph began its comeback with a 9-4 run and got within 52-43.

The Flyers scored five straight to begin the fourth quarter and eventually cut the deficit to just 54-52 with 4:28 to play.

But the Flyers were unable to score the rest of the game and Haner’s two free throws with 32 seconds put the lead at six and he had two more foul shots with 11 seconds remaining that sealed the outcome.

Haney had all eight of South Gallia’s points in the fourth quarter while Lewis scored all nine of the Flyers’ points.

The Flyers’ defense forced 11 South Gallia turnovers in the second half. The Rebels had just two in the first half.

St. Joseph ends the season 10-11. Their only two seniors are Palmer and Zack Dalton.

St. Joseph 15 11 17 9 = 52

South Gallia 22 15 14 8 = 60

SAINT JOSEPH (10-11): Grant Geswein 0 0 0-0 0, Ike Palmer 3 0 3-6 9, Joseph Payton 0 0 0-0 0, Zach Dalton 0 0 3-6 3, Eli Lewis 11 0 1-1 23, Justin Mahlmeister 0 4 0-0 12, Troy Scott 2 0 1-2 5. Totals: 16 4 8-15 52. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.

SOUTH GALLIA (12-9): John Johnson 5 0 0-1 10, David Michael 0 0 0-0 0, Ethan Spurlock 0 0 0-0 0, Cory Haner 4 1 8-9 19, Levi Ellis 5 0 0-0 10, Danny Matney 3 1 1-1 10, Dalton Matney 4 1 0-0 11. Totals: 24-59 0-11 60. 3-point goals: 3-16. Rebounds: 24. Turnovers: 13. Team fouls: 11. Fouled out: None.