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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette New Haven's James Gardner goes up for two with Bishop Dwenger's Campbell Donovan trying to block the shot in the second quarter of Friday night's Sectional game at Garrett High School.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette New Haven's James Gardner goes up to the basket in the second quarter of Friday night's Sectional game at Garrett High School against Bishop Dwenger.

  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette New Haven's Keshawn Moore looks for a way to the basket in the second quarter of Friday night's Sectional game at Garrett High School.

Friday, March 03, 2017 7:14 pm

New Haven on target in win over Bishop Dwenger

Greg Jones | The Journal Gazette

GARRETT – New Haven maintained the lead with the 3s, and then closed out Bishop Dwenger with the frees Friday.

The Bulldogs avenged a regular-season loss against the Saints with that timely shooting in a 67-51 Class 3A sectional semifinal win.

New Haven made nine 3-pointers in the first three quarters, and then finished by making 11 of 13 free throws in the fourth.

“We hit some big shots,” New Haven coach Bruce Stephens said. “That was the key, not that we hit 3s, but just that we hit shots.”

New Haven (18-7) will face defending champion Angola (19-7) in the sectional title game at 7:30 p.m. today.

“It is going to be a tough task, and we just have to be ready to play (tonight),” New Haven’s Brecar Clark said.

Clark paced the Bulldogs with 19 points, while James Gardner and Damario Robinson each added 16.

Clark made 3 3-pointers in the first quarter, Gardner two and Keyshawn Moore one in the second quarter, and in the third, Joey Rowan had two and Robinson one.

“We played as a team and brought energy to the game,” said Robinson, who scored 14 points in the second half. “In practice, we play a game called ‘15,’ and it is like a shooting drill. It is competitive, and we all work on 3s.”

The Saints beat the Bulldogs 54-50 in overtime Jan. 11.

“The last time we played them, both teams played sloppy,” Stephens said. “I went back and looked at the tape, and I was like ‘why did I play so much zone?’ We worked hard on man-to-man defense this whole week, and it helped.”

New Haven led 34-24 at halftime and Dwenger was unable to crack double figures in the second half.

“We were on a roll, and we were hot,” Clark said of the 3s. “We came in really excited, and we were focused, We just worked hard each and every day in practice (this week).”

New Haven led 17-10 after the end of the first quarter. Dwenger pulled within 25-22 midway through the second quarter before the Bulldogs ended the first half on a 9-2 run.

For Dwenger (12-11), Conlan Martin had 13 points, Nick Passino 12 and Campbell Donovan 10.

In the second semifinal, Angola beat Garrett 46-31.

The Hornets got 14 points from Jake Honer and 10 each from Braxton Mack and Braydon Hart.

Angola trailed Garrett 7-3 after the first quarter, but outscored the Railroaders 18-4 in the second quarter to take command and put the lead into double figures.

For Garrett (5-18), Kamron Yarian had 13 points.

gjones@jg.net