Boys basketball: STAA beats Patriots, 77-69

Goodman-Pembine's Wyatt Marcey (23) and Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy's Brennan Cyr-Smith (32) battle for the ball Tuesday in Pembine, Wis. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

PEMBINE, Wis. — A steady diet of Jack Farley was too much for Goodman-Pembine on Tuesday.

Farley scored 37 points, including 12 straight in the final three minutes, to spark Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy past the Patriots 77-69 in non-conference boys basketball.

“At the end of the game you want it in his hands,” said STAA head coach Ric Powers. “Jack’s probably one of the better players in the (M&O) conference.”

GP (2-6) closed a 15-point gap to 71-69 after Logan Maloney drained a triple with 59 seconds left in the game. Farley followed with six points, the last four at the free throw line.

Powers figures Farley has shot free throws at a 90 percent clip this season. He hit all 11 of his attempts Tuesday.

“It’s hard sometimes, and he gets frustrated, because he sees a lot of double teams and triple teams,” Powers said. “He handles the ball well and plays hard. He’s kind of the leader of this team.”

Farley scored 24 points in the second half. Tyler Stuart added 18 points for the Cavaliers (4-5) and Christian Hornick had 16.

“This was a game of mistakes,” said GP head coach John Swick. “The team who was able to limit their mistakes in a one-possession game would win.

“Our 19 turnovers kept us from building a lead in the first half and got us in a deep hole early in the second half.”

Hagan Braaten’s 23 points led the Patriots, who trailed 38-36 at halftime. Wyatt Marcy had 19 points and Evan Metras added 10 points.

“I was proud of the way the guys fought back,” Swick said. “We missed some shots late and didn’t play very good help-side defense down the stretch and that cost us in the end.”

Back-to-back steals from Evan Metras and Marcy sparked a GP surge late in the second half. A Caleb Nelson putback and another Metras basket also helped.

“We played well in spurts,” Powers said. “Our defense isn’t where we want it to be. There’s a lot of lapses where we left guys wide open.

“Offensively we played fairly well. The second half we came out and turned up the intensity.”

The Cavaliers’ points came from three seniors and three freshmen.

“Sometimes we have the tendency to shoot the ball a little quick,” Powers said. “Three times in a row we came down, one pass, shot, one pass, shot, one pass, shot.

“Overall, they played well. We just have to take care of the ball better.”

The Patriots and Crandon will meet Thursday in Goodman. The Cavaliers will host Coleman on Friday.

STAA 38 39 — 78

GP 36 33 — 69

SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS ACADEMY (78): Stuart 18, Powers 2, Hofer 2, Knox 2, Farley 37, Hornick 16. FT: 15-16. F: 11. Fouled out: Stuart. 3-point FG: Stuart 4, Farley 2.

GOODMAN-PEMBINE (69): Maloney 3, Metras 10, Heath 6, Marcy 19 Kegley 4, Braaten 23, Nelson 4. FT: 4-10. F: 18. Fouled out: Marcy. 3-point FG: Maloney, Metras 2.