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Law Leads Maryvale To ECIC III Win Over East Aurora

Rashad Law did all he could to help the Maryvale High School boys basketball team build a nice lead but after fouling out he was forced to play cheerleader as his teammates staved off a comeback attempt by visiting East Aurora.

They got it done.

Law scored 22 points and the Flyers used a strong defensive effort in the final minute to hold off the rival Blue Devils for a 47-43 win on Friday night in ECIC III action.

“I was a little bit worried but I believe in my team,” said Law, who entered the game averaging a team-best 12.5 points per game. “I knew we were going to pull it out.”

Law fouled out with 2:46 to go, picking up his fourth on an attempted shot block and his fifth on a subsequent technical. That gave the Blue Devils four free throws and possession – but in a microcosm of EA’s season, the Blue Devils made just two of the free throws and then came up empty on the next possession.

“Right now, we’re just not making shots,” EA coach Chris Koselny said. “We’re struggling to score. We have a good practice shooting team. We have to be able to be a game shooting team.”

Both teams struggled to score for much of the night. East Aurora led 21-20 at halftime but Maryvale scored the first six of the third quarter to take the lead for good.

After missing a good chunk of the third quarter with three fouls, Law came out firing in the fourth. He scored 10 points in the final period and Maryvale built a lead as large as 13.

“I just wanted to attack,” Law said. “I knew I could beat the man in front of me and I just took advantage of it.”

The Blue Devils closed the game with an 11-2 run and had three shots to get the came closer, but couldn’t convert.

Will Covington scored 12 points and Noah Denz added 10 for EA (2-4), which lost its second game of the week despite holding the opponent under 50 points. The Blue Devils were also just 12-of-25 from the free throw line.

“If you hold Maryvale to 47 points in this gym, you should beat them,” Koselny said. “You saw the shots go in (during the late comeback), that’s what it’s about right now, making shots in game situations.”

Xavier Mitchell scored 10 points for Maryvale (2-3), eight of those coming in the second half. The Flyers were held below 52 points for the fourth time this season.

“We have a long way to go,” Maryvale coach Mark Kensy said. “We don’t take care of the ball well, we don’t take good shots, we don’t box out at times … we have a lot of work to do.”

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