Hoyas make up for lack of shots at line

Harrison’s Subby Adetujoye (10) goes in for a shot against Etowah in the third game of Saturday’s Atlanta High School Hoop Festival.

Staff photo by Anthony Stalcup

MARIETTA - Although Harrison didn't get to the line much, it shot 59 percent from the floor and won 65-58 in the third game of the Atlanta High School Hoop Festival on Saturday at the Cobb County Civic Center

Harrison only went 6-for-11 from the free-throw line, compared to 17-of-25 for Etowah

The Hoyas' Ryan Blumenthal led all scorers with 22, including 20 in the first half, and was his team's most outstanding player. Marshall Guilmette contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists, while Julian Lavender had six points, six rebounds and two assists.

Seven players scored five or more points for Harrison, which didn't shoot its first free throw until 4:50 remained in the game.

Harrison (4-3), which has won three straight, led 14-13 at the end of the first period and 30-28 at halftime.

Reid Olsen's 3-pointer to start the second half ignited a 10-4 run for Etowah (3-7). The Eagles also got five points from Austin Miramonti during the spurt that gave them a 38-34 advantage with 4:44 left in the third period.

But Harrison responded with back-to-back 3s from Elijah Lewis and Jamal Watson, and a putback from Guilmette, to embark on an 18-2 run that put the Hoyas in front 52-40 with 6:43 remaining in the game.

A Miramonti 3 ended the spurt, and an Austin Salyers' layup with 42.5 seconds left pulled the Eagles to within 62-58 with less than a minute remaining. But the Hoyas went 4-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the victory.

"I think our execution throughout most of the game was poor," said Harrison coach Robert Churchwell III, "but, for a couple of spurts there in the third and in the fourth, we put everything together and we were able to build a 12-point lead. That kind of pushed us through for the rest of the game.

"Ryan was on fire (in the first half). He was catching and shooting and driving well to the basket. In the second half, he got some help and, without a doubt, (Etowah) keyed on him some more in the second, which allowed some of our other guys to get open. It was a team effort."

Miramonti led three Etowah players in double figures, connecting on three 3-pointers and scoring 13 of his 19 points in the second half. The Eagles' most outstanding player, he also added four rebounds.

Jeff Anderson finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles. He also contributed two steals and two 3-pointers, while Salyers totaled 13 points, four assists and two steals for the Eagles. Damola Awe posted nine points and seven boards.

"I think we wore down a little bit in the second half," Etowah coach Don Hurlburt said. "We shot 17-for-25 from the foul line and we shot 13 3s in the second half. That's not our style to come down and shoot that many 3s.

"Our shot selection wasn't as good as it needed to be. We have to be more patient, but what I saw out there was a great effort by our kids. We just have to get smarter with the ball, be smarter with our decisions and we have to make our foul shots."

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