MAUREPAS – There were two major turning points in Maurepas’ game with Family Christian, and neither worked to the Wolves’ advantage.
FCA used a solid run to close out the first quarter and put together another to end the first half when the Wolves lost Hunter Dupuy to a knee injury, sparking a 71-35 win at Maurepas on Monday.
“We’re still in a bad habit of where we get to these stretches in games where we just shut down,” Maurepas coach Jake Bourgeois said. “We just back down and we get in these ruts where we can’t score the ball. Our defense starts slacking, and whenever that happens, they start making runs, and they get the momentum and they really start opening up on us, and the next thing we know, instead of us winning by one or two, all of a sudden, they were up by 12-14 points … It kills us every game.”
Tyler Anderson’s free throws gave Maurepas a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, but FCA scratched its way back as Trevor Washington’s 3-pointer keyed a 14-0 run to close out the first quarter.
Cameron Young’s steal and layup put the Flames up 8-7, and FCA padded the lead with a pair of free throws after the Wolves were hit with a technical foul.
“I was pleased with the way we were moving it, and then we had to come down and get bucket, then we get a tech,” Bourgeois said. “The momentum on that, it completely shifts … That’s a four-point swing right there. That hurt us pretty bad momentum-wise.”
Dupuy scored nine points during a burst which cut the lead to 29-21, but Slade Bercegeay missed the front end of a one-and-one, leading to Bryson Martin’s 3-pointer and an inside basket from Blake Turner, stretching the lead to 36-21.
Dupuy finished with 12 points, including Maurepas’ only 3-pointer of the game, while Trevor Bovia added 11 points. Martin led FCA with 16 points, hitting two of the team’s five 3-pointers.
After Turner’s basket, Dupuy went down and had to be helped off the floor with a knee injury. The Flames scored on two straight turnovers by the Wolves, taking a 41-21 lead at halftime.
“We battled back, or were trying to, until Dupuy got hurt,” Bourgeois said. “Whenever that that happened, I think that just kind of deflated the team. I had my other kid Landon (Loupe), who’s a pivotal part of our team. He had foul trouble. He had three in the first half, and without him and Dupuy together on the court, it really hurts us.”
FCA worked its inside game coming out of halftime, stretching the lead to 49-23. Maurepas got within 55-26 and trailed 65-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
“They’re more athletic than us and they play full-court pressure and get you playing their tempo,” Bourgeois said. “I think in the beginning, we were kind of playing our kind of tempo where we need it, and they kind of sped us up too much.”
A putback by Maurepas’ Logan Scuderi capped the game’s scoring with roughly three minutes to play.
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