Coming off a win Tuesday against rival Brother Rice, host Marist returned to conference play and executed in the fourth quarter for the East Suburban Catholic win.
With Marist leading 56-53 in the fourth, RedHawks’ forward Chamar Hawkins drove down the lane and drew contact while hanging in the air for the athletic layup. The sophomore hit the free throw for the three-point play, putting Marist up 59-53 with 2:30 to go in the game.
Hawkins scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Marist (15-4, 2-1) hold on for the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
Hawkins’ three-point play sparked a 14-6 run to end the game. Brian Holland (14 points), Jeremiah Ferguson (10 points) and Kevin Lerna (10 points, 9 rebounds) contributed for Marist. Nazareth (8-8, 1-3) shot 6-of-15 from the floor in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 50-50 on a Christian Davis (13 points) three-pointer. Michael Brooks scored 17 points to lead the Roadrunners. Kevin Connelly added 11 points.
“A couple seniors told me this was my game to step up. As a sophomore, there’s some pressure on your back, but you can’t let that get to you. I played as hard as I could and listen to the coaches. (With the hanging three-point play), that’s from the coaches hitting us with the big bags underneath.”— Hawkins