Flashes triumph in openerSt. Aloysius girls can’t rally late vs. Enterprise-Lincoln

Published 11:15 am Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The streak is over.

The St. Aloysius boys broke a 16-game losing streak that dated to December of last year. The Flashes got a game-high 30 points from Matthew Foley and nine fourth-quarter points from Connor Smith to beat Enterprise-Lincoln 57-52 Tuesday night at St. Al.

Foley was elated to see the Flashes start the season with a win.

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“Feels amazing,” said Foley who made seven 3-pointers and grabbed 12 rebounds for St. Al. “Our defense is where we’ve made the biggest improvement. We mixed it up pretty well between a couple of zones and man (defenses).”

Second-year St. Al coach Delvin Thompson said his team has grown up since last year’s one-win season.

“Experience helps,” Thompson said. “We’re totally different this year. We weeded out that negative attitude and we played hard.”

The Flashes did have some help. Enterprise-Lincoln (1-1) was awful at the free throw line and made just 9 of 35 attempts. One Yellow Jacket, Jarrod Johnson, missed all 12 of his free throws including nine in the fourth quarter.

St. Al was better, making 24 of 35. Smith was a big reason why. He made 11 of 12 for the game, including seven in the fourth quarter, and finished with 13 points. The lone field goal he made was also the key basket of the game.

The Flashes were up just 53-52 with under a minute to play, but Enterprise’s Ethan Newman missed a short shot and Smith got the ball and drove to the Flashes’ basket. Instead of getting fouled, he lofted up a shot that fell in for a 55-52 lead with 34 seconds left.

“I was expecting to draw a foul, but no one touched me, and I got it in there,” Smith said.

Eleven seconds later, Charles Pendleton swiped a steal at midcourt. That led to two free throws for Smith to seal the win.

“We have a lot more chemistry this season,” Smith said.

The game was a hard-fought affair with neither team having more than a five-point lead. Enterprise-Lincoln had a 32-31 lead at the half and 42-41 after three quarters.

The Yellow Jackets were led by Grant Brister with 16 points and Travis Brinson had 10.