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Boys HS Hoops: Rhodes Survives A Thrilling Fourth Quarter To Defeat St. Ignatius 64-63

CLEVELAND – It had been a tough week for Rhodes coming into Saturday night’s road test against a strong St. Ignatius team.

After the OHSAA vacated their first 10 wins of the season, the Rams were not able to qualify for Friday’s Senate League Championship.

They lost to Walsh Jesuit by double digits earlier in the week, and were in desperate need of a victory this weekend.

Despite being outscored 23-11 in the fourth quarter, Rhodes was able to hold on to a much needed 64-63 victory over St. Ignatius Saturday night.

The first quarter was a tight battle, with Rhodes holding a 16-13 edge heading into the second. Keyshawn Hall had six points in the frame for Rhodes, while standout Sophomore Jamal Sumlin had five.

Rhodes began to extend their lead in the second quarter. Hall started the frame strong, but it was Marlon Landingham who caught fire late to give the Rams a 36-26 halftime lead.

Henry Raynor finished the half with eight points for St. Ignatius, including an alley-oop assisted by Chase Toppin.

Tommy Spear had a hot shooting night, leading St. Ignatius with 17 points total in the contest. He was able to pull the Wildcats within single digits in the third, but Landingham and his Rams were able to go on a late run to make the score 53-40 heading into the fourth.

It looked as if Rhodes was on their way to a double digit road victory, but Ignatius would not go down without a fight.

Spear continued his great performance early in the quarter, keeping Ignatius within striking distance. They continued to inch closer before Griffin Hanna rattled off five straight points to tie the game up at 62-62 with one minute to play.

After a Rhodes bucket and an Ignatius free throw, the score was 64-63 in favor of the Rams with 11.9 in regulation. Ignatius missed what likely would have been the game winning shot, but Henry Raynor grabbed the rebound and was fouled on the putback attempt with 1.1 remaining.

Rhodes brought a very solid visiting crowd to Sullivan Gymnasium, and they were in a frenzy when Raynor stepped to the line.

Raynor missed both free throws, and the tip In was just a few tenths of a second after the buzzer. Despite a fourth quarter collapse, Rhodes was able to hang on for a much needed 64-63 road victory.

Rhodes is now technically 6-14, but without the OHSAA imposed forfeits, they would be 16-4. They will close their season next Friday when they travel to Wayne County to square off with Dalton (17-4).

St. Ignatius drops to 13-8 on the season. Their final game of the season will be next Saturday when they play host to Toledo St. John’s Jesuit (12-8).

Box Score

Rhodes 16 20 17 11 64

St. Ignatius 13 13 14 23 63

Leading Scorers

Marlon Landingham (Rhodes): 18 Pts

Tommy Spear (SIHS): 17 Pts

Keyshawn Hall (Rhodes): 13 Pts

Deangelo Williams (Rhodes): 13 Pts

Henry Raynor (SIHS): 11 Pts

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