PITTSBURG — St. Mary’s Colgan head boys basketball coach Wayne Chicon passed a career milestone Tuesday night, racking up his 600th career win with a 52-41 victory over the Columbus Titans.
“I’ve had a lot of great players and a lot of good assistant coaches,” the 35-year Colgan head coach said after the game. “That’s how you do it, you stay in the game long enough and have great players and great coaches.”
Early on it looked like Chicon might have to wait for that win, as the Titans seemed determined to make a game of it.
They came out hot in the first and racked up five quick points and their defense was difficult for the Panthers to solve.
Still, the quarter ended with Colgan up 16-11 and it appeared the Panthers might have Columbus figured out.
However in the second quarter Columbus came storming back and put together a 12-10 period that sent them into the locker room down just 3 at 26-23.
Neither team could get anything going in the third — both scored only 7 points — and the Titans were at one point up by 2.
But a relentless man-to-man defense wore the Titans down and Colgan went on a 10-2 run that put the game out of reach, ultimately outscoring Columbus 19-11 in the fourth.
“I’ve got to give Columbus a lot of credit, they came out and played hard and acted like they wanted to win,” Chicon said. “I think our man-to-man pressure took over and we wore them down.”
By the Numbers
Three Colgan players were in double figures. Jeremiah Buche was game-high scorer with 19 points. He was 5-of-9 from the field, 1-of-2 from the arc and 5-of-8 from the line. Bradley Beykirch went 6-of-11 from the field, 0-of-1 from the arc and 1-of-2 from the line for 13 points and Aaron Higginbothom was 5-of-10 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line for 11 points.
As a team the Panthers were 20-of-41 from the field, 1-of-7 from the arc and 9-of-15 from the line.
By way of comparison, the Titans were 10-of-28 from the field, 6-of-11 from the arc and 3-of-6 from the line.
St. Mary’s Colgan Girls 53, Columbus 30
It looked like it might be a game at the end of the first half, but whatever adjustments Abby Farabi made in her game plan during half time worked as the Colgan girls put together a 36 to 18 second half to blow out the Titans 53-30.
“The second half we really turned up our intensity on both ends of the court,” Farabi said. “I thought it was a great effort by everybody.”
The first quarter was all Colgan as the Panter girls put up 11 quick points and held Columbus to just four. However the Titans came storming back in the second quarter with an 8-6 period that left the Titans down just five at the break.
However as Farabi’s Panthers extended their lead to 10 on a 17-12 stanza in the third, and by the waning minutes of the fourth a 13-point run put the game completely out of reach for the Titans.
By the numbers
Colgan had three players in double figures, Cathy Farmer was 6-of-14 from the field, 0-of-3 from the arc and 2-of-4 from the line for 14 points, Aubri Piccini was right behind her, shooting 4-of-11 from the field and 7-of-5 from the line for 13 points and Kate Radell rounded the night out with 11 points, going 0-of-2 from the field, 3-of-7 from the arc and 2-of-2 from the line.
As a team the Panthers were 17-of-41 from the field, 3-of-14 from the arc and 10-of-15 from the line.
By way of comparison, the Titans were 13-of-29 from the field, 0-of-5 from the arc and just 2-of-6 from the line.