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St. Patrick takes advatage of Nazareth's cold shooting to earn first conference win

01/17/2014, 10:00pm CST
By Patrick Kelly | For Sun-Times Media | @pk_pkelly

St. Patrick 71, Nazareth 48

THE SKINNY

St. Patrick was facing the prospect of dropping its first three games in the conference, but the Shamrocks scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to coast to a 71-48 East Suburban Catholic road victory Friday in LaGrange.

TURNING POINT

Isaac Moore (15 points) scored back-to-back baskets for St. Patrick (11-4, 1-2) in the opening minutes of the third quarter to give the Shamrocks a 30-17 lead. His buckets finished a 13-0 run that started in the second quarter after the score was knotted at 17-17.

THE STAR

Nick Coleman knocked down two 3-pointers in the third quarter when the Shamrocks started to pull away, finishing with 17 points. His three assists at the start of the fourth quarter were just as crucial to keep the margin in double digits the rest of the game.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Roadrunners (8-7, 1-2) went ice cold in the fourth quarter, missing nine 3-pointers and connecting on just 2-of-19 (11 percent) from the field. Evan McLaughlin and Christian Davis led Nazareth with 11 points each. Adrian Pierzchanowski added 17 points for the Shamrocks.

QUOTABLE

“We did not feel any pressure, it was unusual for us to start 0-2 [in the ESCC]. We are young, but we are not playing [like we are] young. We just played with a chip on our shoulder and went out and got this one.” — Coleman

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