MAYVILLE — There was a break in the action, but not the scoring — not for Fall River anyway.
Jared Klein’s 3-pointer from the left corner capped off a 24-7 run for the Pirates that lasted seven minutes bridging the first and second halves, and Fall River was able to hold off a couple of late surges by Mayville to claim a 73-64 win over the Cardinals in a non-conference prep boys basketball game Thursday night.
“We were just being unselfish — making the extra pass — and hitting our shots. And playing aggressive on defense and that transferred to offense,” Pirates’ 6-foot-2 senior Parker Morton said of what keyed the big run, which turned a 27-23 deficit into a 47-34 lead.
“We just came out ready to play after the talk in the locker room,” he added of why the momentum wasn’t halted by halftime.
In fact, Morton’s play from start to finish had a lot do with why Fall River (1-1) came away victorious, as he led the way with 23 points — split evenly with 12 in the first half and 11 in the second — to go along with eight rebounds and three assists.
Heart had a lot to do with it.
“We just came out ready to play and wanted to win — we didn’t win yet this year, so we wanted to win,” he added of the desire to wash away the bitter taste of defeat left from Tuesday’s 80-60 season-opening loss to Deerfield.
For the Cardinals’ (0-2) part, the game got away from them due to being a bit undisciplined for that stretch of time at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half.
“We as a team are a young team — we’re a team that’s coming together and working together. And I think what changed in the middle (of the game) is we tried to overplay past our principles that we’ve set as a team,” Mayville Coach Matt Hurtienne said.
But Mayville didn’t go away after falling behind 58-42 on Morton’s bucket inside with 8:29 to go — making a run of its own courtesy of getting back to its style of play, Hurtienne said.
And the Cards even closed the gap to two possessions when 6-4 junior Jackson Mittelstadt converted an and-one after getting fouled on an alley-oop layup with 5:26 remaining.
But they could get no closer and the Pirates were able to put the game on ice down the stretch.
Still, Hurtienne was pleased with the effort and the resolve his team showed after nearly getting blown out of its own gym.
“I’m very proud of that,” he said. “One of the things we’ve been working on is the mental edge — being together as a team and keeping our focus on the basketball team, and then being able to overcome mistakes.
“So as a coach I’m proud that they were able to do that.”
FALL RIVER 73, MAYVILLE 64
Fall River 35 38 – 73
Mayville 30 34 – 64
FALL RIVER (73) — Jared Klein 14, Gage Nemecek 6, Tanner Liebenthal 19, Luke Figol 2, Parker Morton 23, Dylan Dykstra 9, Keegan Wodill 2. TOTALS (FGM FTM-FTA PTS): 28 8-17 73.
MAVYILLE (64) — Alex Nadolski 12, Hunter Herpel 8, Tyler Gutjahr 8, Matthew Schellinger 6, Jackson Mittelstadt 14, Joseph Adamson 15, Dylan Luehring 1. TOTALS (FGM FTM-FTA PTS): 25 10-19 64.
3-pointers: Fall River 9 (Jared Klein 4, Gage Nemecek 1, Tanner Liebenthal 2, Parker Morton 2), Mayville 4 (Alex Nadolski 2, Matthew Schellinger 2). Total fouls: Fall River 19, Mayville 24. Fouled out: Fall River – Luke Figol. Mayville – Luke Figol, Matthew Schellinger.