|Tre Gomillion drives past Justin Phillips in Saturday's AugBball Game of the Night.|
Gerald Merriweather scored 21 points, and Tre Gomillion added 13 along with 13 rebounds as Aquinas weathered a fourth quarter Westside run to top the Patriots 64-62 on the road in the AugBball Game of the Night. Merriweather buried 5 threes while he and fellow junior guards Trent Bowdre (12 points and 8 rebounds) and Jelani Shakir (10 points and 7 assists) maintained the momentum gained in the game's first 12 minutes when Gomillion scored or assisted on 8 of the team's first 12 points and the Irish built a 25-9 first quarter lead.
Gomillion, a 6'2" bull of a guard, opened the scoring with a steal and a slam before spending most of the second and third quarters on the bench with foul trouble. During that stretch, the Irish's lead fluctuated between 6 and 16 while Westside's Justin Phillips, who led all scorers with 29 points, kept the Patriots within reach.
Back-to-back Westside threes, the first by Phillips and the second by Isaiah Bauman, cut Aquinas's advantage to 2 at 57-55 with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Irish never trailed as Gomillion was able to make 3 of 4 fourth quarter free throws, the first pair earned after grabbing a difficult offensive rebound, and the second two came because of one of his two forced turnovers down the stretch.
Aquinas (3-0) finished an impressive first week of action with three victories. Westside has dropped three straight after opening the season with a win.
Lammers sinks two free throws to give the Lady Irish a road win
Senior Maura Lammers took the inbound pass and weaved through Westside's defense before drawing a foul and knocking down two free throws with 2.7 seconds to give Aquinas a 39-37 road win at Westside Saturday. Coach Luke Huesel was not surprised by her composure:
"She's our team captain. That's what she does. She's a penetrator. She's on the floor. Then she steps up and makes two when we need them."
|Maura Lammers sank two free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining to seal the Irish win.|
The win avenges an earlier loss to the Patriots in Aquinas's season opener. Aquinas has won 5 of 6 games since that opener. Cecilia McManus led all scorers with 14 points.