In a game between evenly matched teams, free throws accounted for the most important points as Mercy pulled out a comeback victory in the fourth quarter.
Southold came out flying at the start of the game and had the Monarchs on their heels.
Shooting was off for both teams last night, as they had trouble sinking easy baskets, which would lead to fouls for both sides. You could say the foundation was set in free throws, as both teams made their way to the line — and even then, balls would’t fall. By halftime it was 22-20 Southold.
The second half was more of the same, as both teams constantly found themselves in foul trouble. It was a back-and forth game through the third quarter, but by the fourth quarter, with Southold holding onto a small lead, Mercy settled down, sunk a few layups, and held on for the 50-42 win over 0-4 Southold, improving to 5-4 overall.
Allan Zillnicki had a team-high 24 points, and 19 rebounds, with John Venesina adding 12 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals for Mercy, while for Southold Nick Grathwohl had 16 points, and Stephen Russell had 12 points.
SoutholdLOCAL photos by George Faella