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Mount St. Joe pulls away in fourth quarter in victory over visiting Pallotti

When visiting Pallotti (11-11, 6-5 conference) took a 3-point lead on a layup by Miles Mallory with 5:40 left in the fourth quarter, No. 7 Mount St. Joseph seemed to be vulnerable for an upset.

But, junior Tyler Brelsford had other ideas, starting a 10-0 run and leading the Gaels (19-4, 12-1) to a 57-48 victory on Monday night.

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Brelsford (11 points) canned a 3-pointer to tie the game at 40-40 with 5:27 left.

Then, he fed James Bishop (game-high 20 points) for a 3-pointer and the Gaels led 43-40 with 4:42 remaining.

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Brelsford’s free throw bumped the lead to 44-40

His steal and breakaway ended with him feeding Bishop for a layup and 46-40 lead.

“Tyler really stepped up when we needed him the most,” Mount St. Joe coach Pat Clatchey said. “He made some big plays with his shooting and his passes and he also did a good job inbounding the ball against pressure.”

“They were stopping Bishop the whole game, so I just felt like I had to step up,” Brelsford said. “I was feeling it, so I just let it fly.”

They needed it because leading scorer Bishop was hounded with great man-to-man defense by Isaiah Oshinnaiye.

“He’s our best defender and he’s been guarding the other team’s best scorer all year and he’s done a great job,” Pallotti coach Dennis Murphy said. “Unfortunately, in the fourth quarter, they got to the free-throw line and got some second shots and Bishop is a prime-time player.”

Bishop scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half and the Gaels also got 14 points from Ausar Crawley.

“Obviously, other then Bishop we thought that we matched up with them,” said Murphy, who said just playing them close isn’t good enough anymore. “There are no moral victories anymore. When we first started six years ago in the B Conference, that was something, but we are trying to win the whole thing and obviously you’ve got to go through them and you’ve got to go through St. Frances.”

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To do that, he needs to see his team make clutch plays in crunch time.

“They competed, but you’ve got to get past just competing, you’ve got to make plays, like a Bishop did, like a Crawley did, that’s what we have to do, when the game was in the balance,” Murphy said. “When they are making a run, we’ve got to make a play, whether it’s a defensive stop, whether it’s a bucket, whether it’s a rebound and against a good team like that, we didn’t do that,”

Brelsford’s trey may have been the biggest play of the night.

“We need other guys to score,” Clatchey said. “Tyler is capable and we are trying to get our big guys involved.”

The Gaels coach was also impressed with the Panthers.

“Pallotti is a good team. They have good athletes and they play hard,” Clatchey said. “There are not a lot of easy games in this league.”

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Anthony Blunt led the Panthers balanced attack with 12 points and Mallory added 11.

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Mount St. Joseph 57

James Bishop 20, Ausar Crawley 14, Tyler Brelsford 11, Sean Carr 5, Wes Chairs 3, Antonio Hamlin 2, Javonte Brown 2.

St. Vincent Pallotti 48

Anthony Blunt 12, Miles Mallory 11, Isaiah Oshinnaiye 8, Joemel McNair 8, Joshua Carter 6, Gilbert Otoo 3.

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