RIVERSIDE — St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore has seen this happen to his team all season long.
The Chargers put up a low shooting percentage and lost a close game. This time it was to Orr in the Class 3A sectional final at Riverside Brookfield Friday night.
The game was tied after three quarters, but the Spartans pulled away in the fourth to win 50-40. St. Joseph (18-13) saw its season end after shooting just 22 percent from the field and 13 percent from three-point range.
“You’re not going to win (shooting like that) and yet we were in the game up until the very end,” Pingatore said. “You know how many gams we lost just like this? We shot terrible in games where we lost by eight or five or whatever. The M.O. was there. We self destructed again. Bad shot selection, not working hard on offense, trying to think that each guy could do it by themselves. You can’t do that.”
Orr, the top sectional seed, features a pair of impressive juniors in 6-foot-7 guard Tyquone Greer (16 points) and 6-8 forward Marlon Jones (14 points). Major colleges are after the duo. Their size, agility and speed made it difficult for the Chargers to get quality looks at the basket.
Sophomore guards Jordan Ash (11 points) and Glynn Watson (10 points) led the Chargers to an early 14-7 lead. Watson got in foul trouble later on and Orr took advantage.
Those two along with fellow sophomore Joffrey Brown will play a big part in St. Joe’s success next year. Junior Paul Turner (9 points) will also be back.
Senior starters A.J. Patty (6 points, 13 rebounds) and Loren Horton played their last game for the Chargers.
“We got a lot of kids coming back,” Pingatore said. “We played without a real strong floor leader and that’s the other thing that has to happen. Usually that’s from the point guard and he’s a sophomore.”