Saturday, January 7, 2012
Alemany 69, Loyola 63
By Sean Ceglinsky
MISSION HILLS -- Losing was not an option for Max Guercy.
Trailing by double digits in the third quarter, the senior point guard for Mission Hills Alemany took over. Guercy scored 10 straight points, 13 over an eight-minute stretch, to spark a comeback and guide the host Warriors to 69-63 Mission League victory over Los Angeles Loyola.
“Max Guercy is a stud, there's not much more that you can say about him,'' Warriors coach Tray Meeks said. “Honestly, he did what a senior is supposed to do in those kind of scenarios. He's a Division I player, in my book. Someone needs to get this kid and have him sign a scholarship.''
A team that figures to be ranked among the premier programs in the ESPNLosAngeles.com top 20 rankings throughout this season, the Cubs (11-2, 0-2) were in one of those must-win situations in the league race. The setback could lead them to fall out of contention.
None of that mattered to the Guercy and the Warriors (13-2, 2-0).
Down 37-25 to start the second half, Guercy got hot. He converted a four-point play, knocking down a three-pointer and hitting the subsequent free-throw. A pair of layups followed. His three-pointer tied up the score, 50-50, with :22 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
“The basket was looking really big, I couldn't miss. I felt like I was in one of those zones, as they say,'' Guercy said. “There comes a time, a point in these kind of big games, where you need to dig down deep and do what's best for the team. That was my only goal.''
Mission accomplished. The 5-foot-6 floor general did his job. Without any college offers to speak of, the perception about Guercy could be on the verge of changing.
All told, he finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Make no mistake, Guercy had plenty of help along the way. Nevada-bound Marqueze Coleman played well from start to finish and had 19 points. Football player, Jerico Richardson, a UCLA commit, added 14 points of his own. Bear Henderson ended up with 14 points.
Jacob Hazzard did his best to keep the Cubs close. He scored 15 points, all coming on three-pointers. Justin Childress added 13 and Julian Harrell finished with 12 points.
Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.