Immaculate's boys' basketball team used a big run and solid defense late to pull away for a 45-27 victory at Joel Barlow on February 1.
The Mustangs answered back-to-back hoops by Barlow's Carter Janki that tied the game at 26 apiece late in the third quarter with a 13-0 run to seize control. Immaculate finished the third on a 6-0 run and ended the game on a 19-1 run, limiting the Falcons to a free throw in the fourth quarter.
"I think backs against the wall kids realized we've got to make a run here," Immaculate Coach Nelson Mingachos said. "We really had to buckle down and find a way to walk out of here with a win."
It was Immaculate's 12th straight victory and did not come nearly as easily as the final score indicates. The Falcons led 17-16 at the half and, even with Immaculate's offensive surge late, limited the Mustangs to their lowest point total of the season.
"Those kids work hard. I think the defense was unbelievable for Barlow," said Mingachos, whose team's D also stepped up against a Barlow team that clinched a state playoff team in just 11 games.
Mike Iannetta scored 16 points, 11 of which came from the foul line, to lead the Mustangs. Joey Rios scored 12, Sebastian Parenti had eight, Sean Guiry scored seven and Diego Echavarria added two.
Sean Guiry broke the tie in the final minute of the third when he drained a long-range shot. In the final quarter, Parenti had two baskets and Rios added four points to help the Mustangs prevail.
Barlow was led by Carter Janki with 10. Tom Richetelli scored six, Arnold Wright and Austin DeLuca both had four and Clark Gilmore added three.