NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Kipper Nichols missed a game-winning shot attempt as time expired and St. Edward's boys basketball team fell to MacDuffie School (Mass.), 63-62, on Sunday at the Dunk 4 Diabetes event at Walsh University.
Nichols, who had a game-high 27 points for the 11-4 Eagles, ranked No. 5 in the cleveland.com Top 25, caught the ball on the left wing and threw up a shot despite some contact. But the shot was short, ending the game.
MacDuffie rallied from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter with a 15-6 run to take the lead for good.
Former North Royalton forward Omari Spellman led the Mustangs with 14 points, and Unique McClean added 13, eight of which came in the fourth quarter.
What it means
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for St. Edward that dates back to Jan. 6.
The 63 points it allowed was tied for the most during St. Edward's last eight games.
St. Edward committed 17 turnovers and shot just 57.6 percent from the free throw line.
Play of the game
McClean converted a three-point play with 4:17 to go in the fourth quarter to give MacDuffie a 53-51 lead. Those were the first of his eight points in the quarter.
MacDuffie opened the fourth quarter on a 15-6 run and never trailed after that point. The run started when Nichols had to come out of the game after he committed his fourth foul.
Who stood out for St. Edward
Mike Ryan: The senior forward showed he has good range on his jump shot, hitting two 3-pointers and scoring 12 points.
Darien Knowles: He had 10 points and two assists, and was effective at driving to the basket against MacDuffie's size.
Who stood out for MacDuffie
Spellman: The North Royalton transfer continued his impressive weekend in his return to Ohio. He had a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds.
McClean: In addition to his strong fourth quarter, he had an effect on the game outside of just scoring. McClean collected five rebounds and led his team with four assists and four steals.
St. Edward sound bites
Coach Eric Flannery: "You make your free throws and you take care of the ball, we probably win going away. But we didn't. This is something that we have to learn from to get better."
Flannery on his team's 7-1 start to 2015: "We're starting to play together. Guys are getting more minutes together. We're starting to establish our rotation a little bit and our backcourt's been playing really well, making shots and taking care of the ball. They didn't do a great job today and that's why we lost. But when they play well, we're very good."
MacDuffie School sound bites
Coach Jacque Rivera: "There's no such thing as a perfect basketball game. If you're going to turn the ball over, we talk about turning it over and throwing it into the 19th row because that at least allows the chance to get back and set up our defense. So we did a really good job of turning it over and not allowing it to lead to offensive buckets by St. Ed's."
St. Edward vs. Toledo St. John's Jesuit, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.