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Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer
Mead’s Michael Ward attacks the basket during the Mavericks’ victory at Frederick Tuesday night.

 

FREDERICK — Sometimes the best thing about a home and away conference schedule is the potential it provides for a do-over.

The Mead High boys basketball team made the most of a do-over game against the Frederick Warriors on Tuesday night. After playing possibly its most lackluster game of the season in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 9, the Mead squad ran away with an 82-58 victory in the rematch.

“Overall, it was a good team win,” Mead head coach Darin Reese said. “So much of what we do and whether we’re successful or not depends on our energy and our energy was good from the start tonight. That was the biggest difference tonight and it started on the defensive end. We got a lot of tips, got a lot of steals and that led to some run-outs.”

When Frederick (2-16, 1-8 Tri-Valley) and Mead (12-6, 6-3 Tri-Valley) first met on Jan. 9, Mead won but scored a season-low 49 points. Tuesday’s total was just three points off the Mavericks’ season-high of 85 points, which they scored in a win over Skyline on Jan. 20.

Junior guards Walker Korell and James Maher led the Mavericks with 19 points each, senior forward Blake Goodwin scored 16 and sophomore Michael Ward scored 15. For Korell, who was ejected after picking up two technical fouls against Frederick in January, the win was particularly rewarding.

“Personally, this was a good comeback for me,” Korell said. “But as a team, we came out with a ton of energy and chemistry. We’ve been working hard in practice and coach tells us that sometimes we get selfish and play individually. Tonight we really shared the ball and when we’re energetic, we play really well.”

During the team’s current three-game winning streak, the Mavericks are averaging 75.7 points per game. They got off to another hot start against Frederick on Tuesday, scoring 24 points in the first quarter and 23 in the second.

For Frederick, which has lost four straight, Dylan Dufour led with 13 points and Brady Tagliente scored 11. The Warriors, however, could not keep pace with the hot-shooting Mavericks despite hitting 11 3-pointers in the game.

“We have guys that can get hot and we shot the ball well tonight,” Reese said. “We’ve got a lot of options and when our energy is high, we’re moving the ball and sharing the ball, we start to find those options. But really, defensively is where everything started tonight.”

Mead will face Erie (10-8, 6-3 Tri-Valley) on Friday. With Korell, the team’s second-leading scorer at 14.1 points per game, sitting on the bench, Mead lost 52-42 to Erie on Jan. 13.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Korell said. “We want to come out and play better. It’s going to be a different game.”

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Mead 82, Frederick 58

At Frederick H.S.

MEAD (12-6, 6-3)

Van Lindemann 1 1-3 3, Ryan Cheung 1 0-0 2, James Maher 7 3-3 19, Anthony Brin 0 1-2 1, Michael Ward 7 1-1 15, Cameron Cheung 0 0-0 0, Walker Korell 6 5-5 19, Jake Cloke 0 0-0 0, Alex Sandstrom 2 0-0 4, Michael Rice 1 0-0 3, Blake Goodwin 5 1-4 16. Totals 30 12-18 82.

FREDERICK (2-16, 1-8)

Caleb Deitz 2 0-0 6, Chelton Lebon 1 0-0 3, Jacob Oster 2 0-0 6, Bryce Shirley 0 0-0 0, Brady Tagliente 4 0-0 11, Levi Nichols 1 2-2 4, Avery Elkins 1 0-0 3, Andy Parker 0 0-0 0, Lane Hiser 1 0-0 3, Dylan Dufour 5 3-5 13, Nathan Washington 0 0-0 0, Alec Bessler 4 0-1 9, Matt Plack 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 5-8 58.

Score by quarters:

Mead 24 23 16 19 — 82
Frederick 14 15 13 16 — 58

3-point field goals — Mead (5): Maher 2, Korell 2, Rice; Frederick (11): Tagliente 3, Deitz 2, Oster 2, Lebon, Elkins, Hiser, Bessler. Total fouls — Mead 12, Frederick 19.