In MAC Showdown Maret Stays Hot — Downs Sidwell 59-55
Maret hadn’t defeated Sidwell in three years. Five straight games to be exact. But on Tuesday night in NW Washington that came to a hault as Maret put on a show and walked away four point victors in a packed house on Maret’s campus.
Sidwell star and Villanova commit Josh Hart was plagued with foul trouble all game long. His fourth and fifth fouls were very questionable (in fact the same referee whistled Hart for all five of his fouls) and he tallied a total of 3:39 of playing time in the second half before being disqualified just 39 seconds into the fourth quarter. But Sidwell didn’t just lay down after they’re “Mr. Do Everything” hit the showers. In fact, they looked inspired. Seniors Matt Hillman and Phillip McGloin took over after Hart’s disqualification, scoring all 15 of the Quakers fourth quarter points. The Quakers had cut a 13 point lead down to just three with 1:42 to go. After a defensive stop Matt Hillman’s 3-pointer rimmed out and Maret would cruise from there. Sidwell’s Phillip McGloin connected on a three at the buzzer to make the final score 59-55 Maret.
With the win Maret stays undefeated in the MAC at 2-0 and are 11-2 overall. Maret had many contributors on this night and their success from deep was one of the main reasons they were able to walk away with a W. Maret connected on 9 triples and were led by junior guard Steffen Davis who scored a season high 21, including five deep balls. Marlon Beck chipped in 15 and while Adam Zeitler, Jalen Barnes, and Tre Bowens scored 8, 7, and 7 respectively.
Hillman was the high man for Sidwell registering 22 points including four triples. Phillip McGloin added 18 and Josh Hart finished with 8. It was only the fourth time in 18 games that Hart finished with less then 20 and the first time he didn’t reach double figures this year. It was also the third time this year that Hart played (he missed one game) and wasn’t the Quakers leading scorer. Matt Hillman had his second highest scoring output of the season.
The two teams meet again on February 1st at 5:45pm. Circle your calendars.