Patriots come back in fourth quarter to top MSJ

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BENNINGTON — Coming into the final quarter Friday night at Kates Gym, it looked as if Mount Saint Joseph was well on its way to keeping its undefeated season in tact.

Down nine coming into the final frame, the Mount Anthony boys basketball team had a tough task on its hands to defeat the Mounties.

That's when MAU took over, outscoring MSJ 27-8 in the last eight minutes to top the Mounties.

Patriots coach Marcus Hass could not have been more proud of the fight his team showed to come back.

"We've got a team of fighters. These guys just fight," Hass said. "We've been down a couple of games now and we just keep fighting back. These guys don't give up. They all have bought into a system that they just believe in."

The Patriots were paced by Jordan Sullivan, who led the team with 17 points in the contest. The senior was especially good in the second half, notching 13 of his 17 after the break.

Matthew Steadman scored 14 against the Mounties, with eight of his points coming in the last eight minutes of the game. Gavin Johnson and Brandon Anderson both contributed as well with 14 and 11 points respectively.

MAU seemed to be the team showing more toughness on loose balls and effort plays. Hass prides his team upon their toughness.

"We're all about hustle and toughness," Hass said. "We're not the biggest team in the state. We're probably not the fastest team in the state, but we have the most hustle and toughness. That's what we pride ourselves on. We just don't give up."

Logan Montilla paced MSJ and was the main playmaker for the Mounties. He scored 19 points in the contest. Logan Starling added 12 for MSJ.

Hass was happy with the effort his team showed defending Montilla, especially in the second half.

"Early on we were letting him get to the basket too much," Hass said. "Brandon Anderson did a good job in the second half, shutting him down and making him have to pull up and take shots. Other guys came in to help. That was probably the difference toward the end of the game."

The game was a game of runs with each team controlling specific quarters. The Mounties outscored MAU by a combined 36-19 in the first and third quarters, while the Patriots outscored MSJ by a combined 46-19 in the second and fourth quarters.

MAU is back in action Monday against Taconic at home, with a 7 p.m. tip.

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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