Conlan Comes Up Big Again, Bears Down Dragons
Frewsburg’s winning formula includes a whole lot of Quinn Conlan.
The Bears got a whole lot from their 6-foot-5 senior Monday evening.
Conlan scored 31 points, on 13-of-17 shooting from the floor, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots in Frewsburg’s 69-58 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 West victory over Maple Grove.
“The idea was to get the ball inside. We did that well and Quinn had an outstanding game,” Frewsburg coach Tom Nelson said. “You can’t ask for any more. He just played like a man in there. It was really impressive.”
It was a line eerily similar to when the teams met Jan. 15 in Frewsburg when Conlan had 32 points on identical 13-of-17 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking five shots in an 81-68 Bears’ win.
“With our lack of height and their overabundance of height, that’s a big issue for us,” Maple Grove coach Rob Collver said. ” … We can pressure the guards … and we did the best we could.”
Frewsburg (10-8, 5-6) led throughout Monday, although the Red Dragons (7-11, 3-8) did begin knocking down their perimeter shots in the fourth quarter. Juniors Peter Auer and Tyler McPherson hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the period to make it a five-point game.
Bears junior Aaron Hair hit a pair of free throws and Maple Grove junior Darius Jones scored on back-to-back possessions to keep it a five-point game before Conlan pushed it to seven on a second-chance bucket.
Auer, who led his team with 27 points, made another 3-pointer to make it a four-point game on the Red Dragons’ next possession, but Conlan converted another second-chance bucket to make it a six-point game.
“They have a couple of weapons that you just have to get out on. It’s tough,” Nelson said. “You can kind of live and die by the 3. They made 11 and we only made two. We were trading 2s for 3s and I guess we had more of them than they did.”
Frewsburg junior Caleb Carr and Jones traded 3-pointers to keep it a six-point game, but Conlan blocked a shot and Bears senior Dylan Pearson scored on a putback the next trip down the floor as the visitors created some breathing room with an eight-point lead.
“That was a big shot,” Nelson said of Carr’s 3, adding, “I thought Dylan’s rebound and putback was a huge turning point in the game.”
Maple Grove junior Ayden Reagle and Auer hit 3-pointers during the final minutes, but Frewsburg went 11 of 15 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.
“We held on. We didn’t get rattled and held our composure,” Nelson said. “We hit some foul shots down the stretch. That’s what you have to do.”
The Bears went 23 of 44 (52.2 percent) from the field and 20 of 31 (64.5 percent) from the charity stripe in the game while the Red Dragons were 23 of 66 (34.8 percent) from the field, including 11 of 38 (28.9 percent) from 3-point range, and 1 of 3 from the foul line.
“Our shot selection was really good all night, they just didn’t go down,” Collver said.
Frewsburg led 17-10 after a first quarter during which Conlan scored 11 points and Maple Grove turned the ball over six times.
“With that height, loose balls, 50-50 balls and things that are just thrown up in the air,” Collver said, “Quinn’s going to come down with them and put it right in.”
McPherson and Red Dragons senior Carson Crist opened the second quarter with back-to-back buckets, but the Bears answered with a 10-0 run capped by Carr hitting Conlan with a slick bounce pass for a transition lay-in.
Frewsburg’s lead grew to its biggest of the game on back-to-back baskets from Conlan late in the third quarter, but Reagle answered with a 3-pointer to make it an 11-point lead heading into the final eight minutes.
“It’s going to be one or two dribbles and then a pullup jumper or kick it out. We aren’t going to get to the rim,” Collver said. “If we made our shots, it would’ve looked a little different.”
Both teams will finish their regular seasons Thursday with Frewsburg hosting Southwestern and Maple Grove hosting Chautauqua Lake.
“We need everybody to contribute. We need to play that well inside and defend,” Nelson said of Thursday’s matchup with the Trojans. ” … They have a lot of weapons. It’s a little bit tougher to defend all of them.”
NOTES: Hair had eight rebounds, Pearson had five rebounds and junior Brad Nelson had three steals for Frewsburg. … Reagle had nine rebounds, five steals and three assists; Crist had eight rebounds; McPherson had five rebounds and four assists; and Auer had three steals and three assists for Maple Grove. … Pearson and Reagle were named the Intense Milk/Cross Training Athletics Character Athletes of the Game for their respective teams. … Maple Grove won the jayvee game, 52-35. Cam Crist scored 16 points, Drew Kelemen had 14 and Gehrig Myles had 10 for the Red Dragons. Traden Gray led Frewsburg with 15 points.
Brink 2 1 6, Carr 1 2 5, Nelson 3 4 9, Reinagel 0 1 1, Hayes 1 0 2, Hair 1 6 8, Pearson 3 1 7, Conlan 13 5 31. Totals 23 20 69.
MAPLE GROVE (58)
Auer 11 0 27, Jones 2 0 5, Reagle 3 0 9, Eimiller 1 0 2, Crist 3 1 7, Hendricks 0 0 0, Brunenavs 0 0 0, Egan 0 0 0, McPherson 3 0 8. Totals 23 1 58.
3-point goals–Brink, Carr, Nelson, Auer 5, Jones, Reagle 3, McPherson 2.
Frewsburg 17 17 13 22 — 69
Maple Grove 10 15 11 22 — 58
Jayvees: Maple Grove won, 52-35.