Boys Basketball: Lick knocks Marin Academy out of first place

Lick-Wilmerding guard P.J. Stone makes a pass against Marin Academy on Thursday at Lick-Wilmerding High School. (Photo by Eric Soracco)

Lick-Wilmerding guard P.J. Stone makes a pass against Marin Academy on Thursday at Lick-Wilmerding High School. (Photo by Eric Soracco)

By Josh Levine

Lick-Wilmerding High School knocked off first-place Marin Academy 40-36 in Bay Counties League West play on Thursday.

After trailing 31-30 heading into the fourth quarter, Lick (12-11, 3-4) took the lead back in the fourth and blocked shots by juniors P.J. Stone and Isaiah Boone with less than a minute remaining helped keep the Tigers ahead for good.

Lick senior guard Kishan Jay rises up for a shot against Marin Academy on Thursday at Lick-Wilmerding High School. (Photo by Eric Soracco)

“Those blocks showed heart by our guys,” Lick head coach Eliot Smith said. “Today we found out who likes the game and who loves the game. Guys who make those plays love the game. The referees rewarded that effort out there on that call. I know [MA head coach] Mike [Coffino] thought it was a foul, but on that play you reward the effort.”

Lick’s Kishan Jay paced the Tigers with 13 points, while Stone and Ben Faustine chipped in seven points apiece.

The Wildcats (17-7, 6-2) were led by seniors Brett Cutler, who poured in 15 points, and Dashon Harris (14 points), but were missing point guard Eric Johanson, who is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Dylan Conklin, normally a small forward or shooting guard, started for the Wildcats at point guard.

“I’m not normally the point guard. To be the point, though, it’s really a mental change,” Conklin said. “We as a team need to find our fire that we had in the beginning of the season.”

The Tigers are fighting for the fourth and final BCL West playoff spot with Urban School. For the Tigers not to make the playoffs, they would have to lose their final three games and Urban would have to win all of theirs.

“I tell our team to never get too high or too low, especially now,” said Smith. “Inch by inch, life is a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. We’ve shown what a winning team can do to a high-level team.”

In their previous meeting, the Wildcats got the best of the Tigers 62-42.

“Lick is a well-coached school and I’m friends with a lot of their guys,” Conklin said. “I’ve gone to school with some of them and I know how they play. We can’t have 17 turnovers and expect to win. That’s one of the problems we need to figure out. With two games left we just need to bring it from the opening tip and come to win. Today we just came out flat.”

Marin Academy head coach Michael Coffino was not available for comment after the game.

Scoring Summary

Kishan Jay – 13
P.J. Stone – 7
Ben Faustine – 7
Danny Baldocchi – 4
Two players tied with 3 points

Marin Academy
Brett Cutler – 15
Dashon Harris – 14
Dylan Conklin – 3
A.J. Johanson – 2
Luke Winfield – 2

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12 Comments on "Boys Basketball: Lick knocks Marin Academy out of first place"

  1. Johnny Drama | February 4, 2011 at 6:36 AM |

    I’m a WCAL guy but have thoroughly enjoyed the banter between UNI and MA. Uni fans…where you at? Please chime in…let the diatribe begin.

  2. wooooooooo hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    go lick

  3. MA coach is really professional…no comment? cmon grow up

  4. Haha coffino not available for comment. what an idiot. hes such a poor sport. i guess he decided it isnt smart to criticize other coaches and players anymore

  5. I would like to see uni, lick or MA play SHC. Joshua Fox and Taylor Johns will have a field day.

  6. so ma goes ahead and beats lick by 20 the first time around and gets pissed when uhs beats them by a similar amount. hmmm…..

  7. Joshua Levine | February 5, 2011 at 9:20 AM |

    His reasons for not commenting were not because he was unprofessional. He had to attend another function that he had a previous commitment to and left the gym while I was speaking to Eliot Smith at Lick-Wilmerding. It was a miscommunication that led to him not being quoted.

  8. dconk normally doesnt play because he rages so hard

  9. isnt university in first place in bcl west?

  10. Why is the kid wearing a beanie indoors? Just wondering.

  11. Ma beat lick by 20 the first game but licks two leading scorers were out for the first half. And one saw limited action in the second half only because a junior guard went down with an injury.

  12. why put down a name | February 9, 2011 at 4:48 PM |

    YA, but MA is missing their starting point guard whose good. MA is better than lick, UHS is a different story.

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