Larry Hirst said. "Our top-six guys really played hard out there, but
Mater Dei's 8-9-10-man rotation really wore us out down the stretch."
It was down that stretch that the Monarchs pulled away from the
Sailors, going on a 16-4 run early in the third quarter, turning a
four-point lead into a comfortable 64-49 cushion.
For the Tars, Tony Melum had a strong offensive against the tall
timbers of Mater Dei, scoring 27 points.
"When he does what he's supposed to do, he's a very good post man,"
Hirst said. "We just need it from him on both sides of the court."
Aaron Yarnal, who was held scoreless in the first half, found some
open shots in the second half for 17 points, including four
Newport's defense played strong in the first half, holding the
Monarchs to only nine first-quarter points and only 26 first-half points.
Mater Dei had scored 90 or more points in each of its four tournament
The shooting finally came around for the Monarchs, outscoring the
Sailors, 25-16, in the final quarter.
Ricky Porter led the Monarchs with 22 points, while Kenny Chicoine
"Their biggest strength is that their so fundamentally strong," Hirst
said of the Monarchs. "I was proud of how we hung tough and kept our
composure for the whole game."