By Jon Miller
Colorado Springs – The Doherty Spartan defeated the league leader Fountain Fort Carson Trojans on Tuesday night at Wasson 56-50.
The Trojans came into Tuesday night’s game with a three game league lead over Doherty and need only two more league wins to seal their first CSML title since 2012-13. Lucas Moerman, Trevor Oldervik, and the rest of the Spartans put a delay in Fountain Fort Carson’s league title hopes.
Moerman finished his night with a triple double, scoring 17 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and blocking 10 shots.
Moerman has really emerged as a top tier player in the league as of late.
“Throughout the season I have learned how to be more aggressive. Learn how to have the killer instinct as my coach calls it. Demanding the ball, making shots, and producing for the team,” Moerman said.
Doherty (9-10, 6-3), jumped out to the early 23-14 lead after the first period and led at the half 36-29.
James Sanders paced the Trojans (14-6, 8-1) with 10 of their 14 first quarter points. Keiton Beck picked up where Sanders left off, scoring 9 of his team 15 second quarter points.
Fountain Fort Carson struggled to score outside of Sanders and Beck. Rashon Barron, Issac Berrier, and Treshawn Taylor combined for 10 points in the first half. Keyshawn Maltbia was held scoreless in that timeframe.
Trever Oldervik and Lucas Meorman led the first half charge for the Spartans. Oldervik scored 13 of his 16 points and Moerman scored 10 of his game high 17 points in the first two quarters.
The Trojans struck first in the second half with a bucket by Barron. The Spartans responded with an 8-0 run to give them the 44-31 lead. Not only did the Spartans extend its lead to 13, they caused Barron to pick up his 4th foul during that stretch, sending him to the bench.
“My coach has helped me a lot to use my muscle to really stay in the game and play good defense,” Moerman stated. “Barron is known for offensive fouls from being aggressive so just figuring out how to draw those fouls out of him and keep him out of the game.”
Doherty extended its lead to 14 in the third quarter on Moerman’s basket underneath the hoop halfway through the period, putting the Spartans up 46-32.
Fountain Fort Carson cut the 14 point lead to seven late in the third before AJ Guaio basket gave the Spartans the nine point lead after three, 50-41.
Both teams struggled to score in the final period, especially Doherty.
Moerman hit one of two free throws to put the Spartans on top 51-41 to start the final quarter.
Maltbia scored six of his teams next nine points, four of which came from the free throw line. Sanders hit a three with 3:00 left in the game to cap off a 9-1 run cutting the lead to two, 52-50.
Sanders three prompted Doherty head coach Eric Steinert to call a timeout and address his team.
“These are the moments you have to grow up,” Steinert told his team. “You can be sophomores and juniors and lose the game or you can take ownership in the moment. Understand it’s up to us to be tougher.”
Doherty did not allow Fountain Fort Carson to score for the remainder of the game as they scored the final four points, hitting their first field goal on a Michael Hall put back with 28 seconds left.
“I got to give Fountain a lot of credit. They amped up their pressure in the last three minutes and it really gave us fits.” Steinert added.
The teams combined for three field goals in the final period.
Fountain Fort Carson was led by James Sanders 13 points. Keiton Beck finished with 11 and Keyshawn Maltbia ended with 10.
Schafer Reichart Update
Fountain Fort Carson played Tuesday’s game in their red uniforms in support for Schafer Reichart. Prior to the start of the game, Trojans athletic director Jared Felice presented Andrew Reichart, Schafers uncle, a gift and a donation to help the Reichart family.
Steinert gave an update on Schafers status after the game.
“He is in that stage where the doctor said that there will be minor setbacks. He has made a ton of progress and all of that is still trending up but he is experiencing some setbacks, which we would call secondary things,” Steinert said. “Things that are still uncomfortable and painful for him. Things he has to deal withand work through with physical therapy and minor operations. He is getting better. I got to talk to him Saturday night and it was great to actually get to talk to him but he has a long way to go and we are always thinking about him.”