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St. Louis Call Newspapers

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St. Louis Call Newspapers

Flyers defeat Marquette 54-50 in overtime


For the Call

Flyers fans have something to cheer about as the Lindbergh High School boys’ basketball team knocked off Marquette 54-50 Friday night in a nail-biting, comeback overtime win.

The Flyers were down 6 points with 45 seconds left in regulation play and tied the game, forcing an overtime in which they outscored the Mustangs 12-8.

Flyers head coach Jason Wolfard called the comeback “an all-around team effort” as Blake Welch had 18 points, Mik Ebert had 14, Joe Killian had 11 and Dan Watkins and Nick Deloch each had 4.

Lindbergh, now 6-4, moves into second place in the Suburban West Conference behind 8-4 Lafayette.

“It was a huge win for us,” Wolfard told the Call. “It was our first conference game and to come out against a ranked team like Marquette — they’re one of the better teams in our conference — for us to get a win against them in our first conference game is huge …

“Hopefully, we can keep that momentum going because it doesn’t get any easier. Nothing is going to be easy, but it will definitely give us some momentum.”

The Flyers used all their weapons to stop the Mustangs, but the defense played exceptionally well to stop the high-powered, league-leading Marquette offense.

Of the victory, Wolfard said, “It was a combination of a lot of things. Defensively we did a pretty good job. Part of our defense was the fact that we had some pretty good possessions, some pretty solid possessions on offense where we used some time and that helped out a lot.”

Wolfard said he was impressed, as he has been all season, with the effort he received from his players and cited the win as a prime example of their efforts reaping results.

“I give the guys a lot of credit. They got down in the second half, but they fought back. They clawed back against a team like Marquette and when you get down to 35 seconds left, it’s tough to come back against them,” he said.

“And all our guys kept fighting and kept working and making the shots. They just ducked down, and I was just very proud of their effort and their heart,” the Lindbergh coach added.

The Flyers were set to take on Northwest Monday night and Lutheran South on Tuesday — after the Call went to press.

They will tip off against No. 1 Vianney (12-0) at 7 p.m. Friday on the road.

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