TRENTON, N.J. -- McQuaid Jesuit nearly frittered away a 20 point second half lead, but the Knights came through with a 13-2 game ending run to post a 73-60 victory over Harrisburg (PA) H.S. on Saturday afternoon at the 2003 Prime Time Shootout.
McQuaid led 53-33 after a three pointer by West Virginia bound point guard Tyler Relph (right), then withstood a furious 25-7 run by Harrisburg which shrunk the lead to 60-58 with 2:25 left in the third quarter.
Game MVP Ryan Pettinella, who will play his college ball just down the road at Penn, started the game ending run by canning a pair of free throws. Moments later, Pettinella blocked a shot that directly led to a fast break bucket by Fairfield bound Marty O'Sullivan (off a nifty feed from Relph) to make it 66-58 with 1:15 remaining in the contest.
At that point, Harrisburg was forced to start fouling, and the Knights sank six of seven free throws in the final minute to keep the game out of reach.
O'Sullivan led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points, while Pettinella and Relph added 18 and 16 points, respectively.
Guard Mikell Simpson paced Harrisburg with 13 points, while Camar Hall scored all nine of his points in the second half to spearhead the comeback.