The plan was simple: shoot the ball.
The Chaminade game plan against St. Mary’s was an effective one Tuesday night, as Jonathan Patterson (23 points, 10 rebounds) and John Gallego (20 points, 7 assists) both broke the 20-point barrier as the Flyers downed the Gaels, 73-66.
“We just wanted to get the team going,” Gallego said. “One thing we emphasize is moving the ball and if you have an open shot to take it.”
They sure took advantage of the open shot in the first half by nailing six three-pointers, with four of them coming off the hands of Gallego.
With the win, Chaminade finished with a 7-5 record and finished fourth in the CHSAA.
“We stressed that we were going to be a good team at the end of February and its coming together now,” Gallego said.
The win was also number 425 of Chamiande head coach Jim Quinn’s illustrious career.
“It feels good. The kids played well,” Quinn said. “We had great ball movement. St. Mary’s is a tough team.”
Chaminade got off to a quick start in the first eight minutes of play by taking a 24-16 league over their rival Gaels on the heels of five three-balls, however that lead would not last as St. Mary’s and Travis Whitfield would pull even with the Flyers at the half.
Whitfield would lead all scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds for St. Mary’s.
As the second-half began both teams literally traded advantages. So much to the point where 19 lead changes took place overall.
But the second half was also the time where Patterson started heating up.
The star 6-foot-6 junior, who average 18 points per game coming into Tuesday night, dropped 16 points in the second half, including a string of eight consecutive points for the Flyers.
The Gaels took a late lead 62-61 midway through the fourth quarter on Jessie Govan’s put-back.
Govan finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
However, that lead dissipated when the 6-foot-9 center fouled out from the game, allowing the Flyers to take over.
With the big center relegated to the bench, the Flyers finished the game on an 11-4 run and were able to take control of the paint for the win.