Reed and Mayo Lead Chaminade to a Win over Marquette


Owen Boyette , Sports Editor, Basketball Beat-Writer

In a rematch of last season’s sectional playoff game, the Red Devils once again emerged victorious against Marquette by a score of 73-58.  Juniors Tarris Reed and Damien Mayo had their ways with the mustangs, both scoring 22 points as CCP moved to 11-1 on the season.

Marquette attacked Chaminade in waves.  Just 51 seconds into the third quarter, MHS subbed out all five of their starters; however, they all reentered the game at the 6:29 mark. This frequent subbing kept bodies fresh as Marquette tried to do damage off the ball. Consistently, Mustang guards and forwards set off ball screens to give shooters space off the catch or open up backdoor cuts leading to layups at the rim. As Coach Graham Imming told the team postgame, “In order to win a state title fellas, you’re gonna see multiple styles of basketball… That’s how teams get upset… We’ve seen it.”

After Chaminade won the tipoff, junior forward Filip Sinobad cut to the basket, missed a layup, but secured his own rebound and put the ball back up to give CCP the first lead of the game. Damien Mayo stole the ball on Marquette’s following possession but was fouled before he could finish at the rim. Chaminade’s junior shooting guard went 1 for 2 at the free throw line putting CCP up 3-0. A Marquette 7-2 run highlighted by two Anthony Caldwell pullup jump shots forced a Red Devil timeout with 4.47 left in the first quarter.

Coach Bennett’s words of wisdom during the timeout did the trick – Chaminade went on a 7-0 run sparked by a Tarris Reed fadeaway jump shot and two transition slam dunks by Mayo, one of which was a foul as well. Just like that, the home team had the momentum, and Coach Schweain called a Marquette timeout. After a pair of Gavin Marsh free throws, Mayo rattled in a 3-pointer and threw a lob pass to Tarris Reed, who laid the ball in. After his bucket, Reed proceeded to block shots by Alex Radivolsky, Owen Marsh, and Anthony Caldwell. Reed’s defensive dominance lead to a nice finish on the other end over Owen Marsh and another Marquette timeout with 2:03 left in the 1st.

To round out the 1st quarter action, Reed slammed home a monster two-handed dunk triggered by a fast break steal, Jimmy Lansing dimed up the defense and threw a bullet pass across the half court to Nate Straughter who nailed a three pointer, and then Lansing grabbed his own rebound and put the ball back in at the buzzer. CCP was up after the 1st, 26-16.

Though Marquette had the first possession of the 2nd quarter, Nilavan Daniels took a charge, and Chaminade got the ball back. Daniels’ quick-thinking defensive played converted into a Reed three pointer on the other end, and a second defensive stop put Mayo in prime position to receive a pass in transition and glide through the air for a two-handed dunk. For the remainder of the second quarter, both teams traded buckets in back-and-forth fashion. Going into the halftime break, Chaminade led 44 to 25.

To begin the third quarter, Damien Mayo dropped in a layup and CCP found themselves up 21 points. From that moment on however, the lead started to dwindle. MHS went on a 12-0 run highlighted by three-point shots from Caldwell and Schweain, successful post moves by Woodfin and Gavin Marsh, and then a layup by Owen Marsh. The score sat at 46-37. Fortunately for the Red Devils, Damien Mayo stopped the bleeding with a hard drive to the basket, a layup, and the foul. He converted at the free throw line pushing the lead back up to 12 and spurring a Chaminade 15-7 run.

For the remaining three minutes of the third quarter, Chaminade picked up steam off both a transition dunk and put back slam by Reed, a mid-range jumper by Daniels, and a side-step buzzer beating three by Nate Straughter in front of his team’s bench. Going into the last quarter of the night, CCP led 59 – 44.

Reed and Mayo opened up the scoring in the 4th: Tarris had a layup underneath the basket and Mayo had a high rising transition layup as well as an off the dribble three pointer. Back-to-back blocks by Chaminade’s centers, Reed and Lansing, led to a BJ Ward pull up jumper at the free throw line. Marquette’s Anthony Caldwell hit a layup, cutting CCP’s lead to 15, and Coach Bennett called a timeout.

The final 3:30 saw slowed down offenses with 3-pointers by Owen Marsh and Damien Mayo. Jimmy Lansing skipped a bounce pass into the hands of Tarris Reed who tried to tear the rim down with a two-handed slam. Chaminade won 73-58.

Another game and another highlight performance by the junior stars Mayo and Reed. Having both taken over the game, each player finished with 22 points.

Overall Record: 11-1

MCC Record: 4-0

Next Game: Wednesday February 3rd at SLUH, 6:30.