Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boys Basketball: Schadegg Goes Glass to Propel Mater Dei to Hard-Fought Victory over Alton Marquette

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boys Basketball: Schadegg Goes Glass to Propel Mater Dei to Hard-Fought Victory over Alton Marquette

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BREESE -- Mater Dei senior Jacob Schadegg is one of the most accurate 3-point boys basketball shooters in the area, knocking down 48 percent of his long-range attempts.

But it was his 3-point attempt that considerably missed its mark Friday that gave Mater Dei its first lead of the game late in the third quarter.

"It was way off and I banked it in, but it went in so I'll take it," Schadegg said.

Schadegg scored a game-high 16 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third quarter as Mater Dei overcame a 14-point first half deficit to hold off Alton Marquette 45-42.

Schadegg's swished 3-pointer moments later, his 46th made three of the season, gave the Knights a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but preserving victory required an outstanding defensive play by senior Caleb Zurliene. Leading 41-39 with 20 seconds to play, Zurliene blocked a point-blank shot by Alton Marquette senior Iggy McGee as McGee drove for the tying basket.

"I just knew I had to go straight up and I ended up making the play," Zurliene said. "I'm just glad I could make that play for my team."

Zurliene's block allowed Mater Dei (13-3, No. 4 in STLhighschoolsports.com small-school rankings) to convert free throws down the stretch to win its seventh consecutive game. It is the third time in the last 10 seasons that the Knights have begun a season 13-3 -- the last coming in the 2015-16 season, when they finished 21-8.

Alton Marquette (10-5, No. 5 small school) soared to a 7-0 lead in the opening minute. A perfectly executed jump ball play gave McGee a layup right off the tap. A breakaway layup by senior Brett Terry and a 3-pointer by senior Asher Linkous occurred moments later, sparking a quick timeout by the Knights.

"We needed that. For us it's been a struggle to put the ball in the hole, but for our guys to get out and make a few shots definitely put a little pep in our step to say the least," Alton Marquette coach Steve Medford said. …

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