By Tim Peterson
(Pasadena) – Tyler Dorsey scored 42 points including 18 in the fourth quarter to lead Maranatha to a 69-64 win over Village Christian Tuesday night in the Olympic League on the Minutemen home floor.
Maranatha was down by ten at the half and still trailed by four after three before overwhelming Village in the fourth quarter. Dorsey led the charge with three consecutive threes in the quarter and also hit five of six free throws. He didn’t have a three pointer in the game before burying three straight in the fourth. He also threw down an electrifying jam after a steal in the third that sent a buzz through the crowd.
Sean Romero was the only other Maranatha player in double figures with 11. Bennie Boatwright, who has already committed to USC, led Village Christian with 27.
The game was tied at 15 after one but Village Christian came out in the second quarter and went on a 20-9 run to go up by 11. Boatright did some damage down low and also nailed one from behind the arc with a nine point quarter.
Kahlil Simplis also splashed in a pair of threes and had 11 in the second quarter as the Crusaders took a 37-27 advantage at the half.
The Minutemen whittled away in the third quarter as Dorsey scored nine, and Zachary Smalley finished off an and one to toss in five in the third. Maranatha got within striking distance to trail 51-47 heading into the fourth and deciding quarter.
Then the Minutemen turned it over to Dorsey and he delivered. Dorsey, who is getting D1 looks, (U Conn head coach Kevin Ollie came out to see him last month) torched Village Christian in the final quarter to finish it off.
For Village Christian, Clifton Powell had 13 and Simplis finished with 11 joining Boatwright in doubles.
Maranatha improved to 6-7 overall while Village Christian fell to 15-5.