Feb. 19, 2014 —
“But at this point of the year you have to put 32 minutes together. This late in the season, once a team gets some separation from you, they’ll dictate how the game is going to be played.”
But after Ryne Callahan got hot (12 Points in the second half, and 17 for the game) the Vikings put together a solid quarter and a half to finish the game.
“We got stops, but then we scored,” Thacker said. “The difference was, we scored, so then we were able to control things a little bit.”
Baker said his team had trouble getting shots to fall, knocking down only eight field goals in the second half in 29 attempts.
“We labored there, from the end of the third quarter on, to get looks at the basket,” Baker said. “We had a stretch there where we couldn't find one, and it kind of got in our heads a little bit.”
Rowan took control late in the third after a Brandon Moore layup to tie the game at 31 apiece. Cole Brammer would give East its final lead of the game on a basket to lead 33-31.
From there, it was a green light the rest of the way. Tyler Thacker, who was honored before the game with a game ball after scoring his 1,000th career point hit a basket and a free throw to start a 9-0 run to end the third quarter. He would also hit a three-point basket in that span.
Brammer led East with 12 points.
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