FREDERICK — It was about this time one year ago that Erie's Cameron McCurry knew he'd miss the last part of his junior basketball season and maybe even some of his senior year.
Since then, the goal for the 6-foot-9 post player has always to be a factor but not necessarily the factor in Erie's run to the Class 4A playoffs.
Facing Frederick in his fifth game back, things really did play out that way as McCurry's strong third quarter gave way to a balanced Tigers fourth quarter, leading to a 56-40 win at the FHS gym.
Six players scored points as Erie out-paced Frederick 16-4 in the final stanza, putting the Tigers at 3-1 in Tri-Valley League play and 7-5 overall.
"It feels really good to be back and I think we're really starting to get into the swing of things and figure stuff out," McCurry said after scoring 13 points, a generous offering to go along with Jeff Farineau's 12. "For me, I definitely just want to keep everyone involved as we go. I don't want to be that kind of player who comes back and then wants to do it all. It is a team sport and we want everyone to contribute."
Coming off a 16-point win against Roosevelt in which McCurry did miss — he's averaging 11.5 points since coming back — Erie pulled away from a tight game in the fourth quarter with good inside-outside play.
Taking a 40-36 lead into the final period of regulation, McCurry got things started with an inside basket right away over the next 2 minutes, 20 seconds EHS out-scored FHS 8-2. In that stretch that brought Erie's lead to double-digits, Noah Roper had a field goal and a free throw and Ethyn Tyson nailed his second 3-pointer of the game.
With 4 minutes left, Farineau hit a long jumper to put Erie up 50-38, and that was enough to send Frederick (4-8) to its fourth league loss.
"We definitely played well as a team with ball movement, and our coach really had us slow down the pace a little because Frederick wanted to run," McCurry said. "We weren't going to let them do that. We got some easy looks to finish the game off."
Nate Washington had 12 points and Kyle Lahr 11 for Frederick, which will play at Skyview on Saturday.
Erie will play next on Tuesday at Holy Family.
Erie 56, Frederick 40
At Frederick HS
ERIE (7-5, 3-1)
Tyson 3 0-0 7, Black 0 1-2 1, Loy 2 2-4 6, Farineau 5 1-2 12, Lucero 3 0-0 8, Roper 2 1-4 5, Campbell 1 2-6 4, McCurry 6 1-4 13. Totals 22 8-22 56.
FREDERICK (4-8, 0-4)
Washington 4 4-9 12, Elkins 3 0-0 8, Chohon 1 0-0 2, Campos 1 1-2 4, Rawson 1 1-3 3, Lahr 5 0-2 11. Totals 15 6-16 40.
Score by quarters:Erie 11 14 15 16 — 56 Frederick 10 14 12 4 — 40
3-point field goals — Erie (4): Lucero 2, Tyson, Farineau; Frederick (4): Elkins 2, Campos, Lahr.