MEAD — In the ego-driven world of sports, many overestimate their abilities and overrate performances. Mead center Blake Goodwin is on the other end of the spectrum.

“I played like trash, especially in the first half,” Goodwin said.

Many would long for such a trashy performance. Goodwin scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked eight shots Friday night to help the host Mavericks overthrow Erie 50-39 in a pivotal Tri-Valley League game.

The teams entered in a third-place tie in the league standings, and only three playoff spots are guaranteed. Erie, playing without ill starters Kyle Leahy and Andrew Campbell, held a surprising two-point lead at the half.

But Goodwin and the Mavericks (13-6, 7-3) found their groove in the second half and limited the Tigers to a mere 11 points after intermission.

Asked what changed, Goodwin said: “Definitely our energy. They had us in the first half, I’m not going to lie. We had to come together at half, realize it was our home court and come back strong.”

The Mavericks also received 16 points from Walker Korell, who drilled four of Mead’s seven 3-pointers. The Mavs were down a starter themselves with freshman Daniel Gernant sidelined indefinitely by a knee injury.

Things changed quickly in the second half as Mead, trailing 28-26 at the outset, began with a 7-0 run. The Mavericks began the game the same way, but Erie countered that seven-point burst. The Tigers didn’t have an answer this time.

“Our guys were more focused on ways to get inside of the zone,” Mead coach Darin Reese said. “I think in the second quarter when they made their run, we were content to be on the perimeter. In the second half we were a little more deliberate, more efficient offensively.”

Leahy, who leads Erie with averages of 17.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, five assists and 2.4 steals, was on the bench along with Campbell. Neither was in any shape to play.

“I feel like I’m dying,” Leahy said of the nasty cold/flu symptoms that have plagued him.

The shorthanded Tigers (10-9, 6-4) played with zest in the first half, and sophomore center Cameron McCurry finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. But as Mead settled in, the absences proved too difficult to overcome.

“Actually, defensively we played kind of where I wanted it,” Erie coach Tim Leahy said. “I was hoping we could keep it somewhere in the 40- to 50-point range. That gave us a chance, but obviously we didn’t score very well in the second half.”

It was the third meeting between the teams this season after splitting the first two. Mead toppled Erie 76-63 in the final of the Boulder Valley Invitational in December, then the Tigers came back for a 52-42 win in the first leg of league play.

Winning the rubber match left the Mavericks in full control of the league’s final guaranteed playoff spot.

“It’s a huge deal,” Goodwin said. “It’s been a mini-rivalry with them all season and we match up well.”

A fourth-place finish won’t necessarily prevent Erie from qualifying for the postseason. It just means the Tigers won’t have a guaranteed spot. They are just hoping to have their starters back for the rest of the league slate.

“Sports aren’t fair sometimes, but it’s a team game,” Tim Leahy said.

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Mead 50, Erie 39

At Mead HS

ERIE (10-9, 6-4)

Bobby Bledsoe 1 0-0 3, Triston Berringer 0 0-0 0, Alex Goodell 3 0-0 6, Josh Meyers 0 0-0 0, Cameron McCurry 7 2-5 16, Clint Allen 2 0-0 6, William Campbell 0 2-2 2, Cody Hartkopp 1 0-0 2, Brevin Anderson 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 4-7 39.

MEAD (13-6, 7-3)

James Maher 1 0-0 2, Michael Ward 2 1-2 7, Walker Korell 5 2-3 16, Alex Sandstrom 0 0-0 0, Blake Goodwin 8 2-7 18, Van Lindemann 1 2-3 4, Ryan Cheung 1 0-0 3, Michael Rice 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 7-15 50.

Score by quarters:

Erie 16 12 6 5 — 39
Mead 11 15 15 9 — 50

3-point field goals — Erie (3): Allen 2, Bledsoe; Mead (7): Korell 4, Ward 2, Cheung. Total fouls — Erie 15, Mead 13. Fouled out — Goodell.