With an average height of 6 feet, 2 inches among its five starters, Bishop McGuinness took advantage of the size differential in hitting Shawnee with a 58-37 loss Tuesday night at the Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
It was the second time this season that the Fighting Irish prevailed over the Wolves.
“Obviously it’s a mismatch in size, but I thought we did some good things,” said Shawnee coach Ron Arthur. “We just didn’t have some things go our way at key moments, and against a team like that you can’t make very many mistakes, because they’ll exploit them.”
The Wolves enjoyed an early, albeit a brief, lead when Luke Laster drew first blood on a 3-point field goal with 5:45 to go in the first quarter. Back-to-back-to-back buckets put the Irish up 6-3 with 3:18 to go in the first, and the visitors led 16-9 to start the second quarter.
The Irish led 29-19 at the break, and 42-27 after three quarters.
The 19-point spread at the final was McGuinness’s largest advantage of the night, which came on three separate fourth-quarter junctures. After going up 46-27 in the opening minutes of the fourth, the Irish saw that lead shaved to 12 points when the Wolves put together a 7-0 spurt beginning at the 5:59 mark.
Class 5A’s second-ranked Irish reclaimed their 19-point cushion with 2:18 to play, and again with 22.8 seconds remaining.
“That was a good test for us,” Arthur said. “I thought we handled ourselves well. We’ve just got to do a little better executing against opponents of that caliber.”
The Irish took full advantage off all trips to the foul line, hitting all 13 first-half attempts before ultimately ending the night at 22-for-23 (95.7 percent). The Wolves were 2-for-4 on charity tosses.
Bishop McGuinness’s Stephen Amalong led all scorers with 17 points. Will Lienhard added 13, and David Love pitched in with 11.
Theo Berry paced Shawnee’s offense with 11 points, including two third-quarter treys. Maston also ended the night with a pair of 3-point field goals, and Aaron Yount supplied one.
Maston and Don Murphy each netted six points for the Wolves (5-9).
Shawnee will be off until hosting the Arvest Bank/Sehorn Yamaha Shawnee Invitational Jan. 24-26.