Jiggetts lifts McNamara with big fourth qtr. -- Gazette.Net Photos from Friday's game

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Stephan Jiggetts had only scored 11 combined points in his previous two games and just one in the first three quarters of Bishop McNamara's game against Our Lady of Good Counsel on Friday. So, he was just waiting to explode figuratively - in the fourth quarter.

And he did.

The Siena recruit and senior point guard scored 11 points in the final eight minutes of the game and posted a total of 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. After trailing for nearly the entire first half and a good portion of the third quarter, Good Counsel (3-7, 0-3) kept within striking distance, but Jiggetts' outburst put the game away for McNamara (6-3, 2-1) in a 77-66 win.

“Stephan was great; he had a great overall game for us,” McNamara coach Martin Keithline said. “He just kept his head together in the fourth quarter, made a couple of big threes and punched us through for the win.”

Although Jiggetts was able to help put away the game in the fourth quarter, McNamara was able to do so because of its 17-2 run in the third quarter. The Mustangs turned a 34-29 disadvantage after Good Counsel went on an 8-0 run to start the second half into a 46-36 lead.

McNamara junior guard Jordan Crockett, who averages less than two points a contest, scored eight points in the run and finished with a team-high 14. McNamara forced nearly double-digit turnovers in the third quarter and scored many of their buckets in transition.

“I think our ball movement and our ability to share the ball well was the difference in the game,” Keithline said. “Our assist-to-turnover ratio was very good so I'm happy with that.”

Although Good Counsel was able to keep within striking distance for much for the contest, the Falcons allowed too many runs that they couldn't make up. The Falcons gave up an 8-2 run to begin the first quarter and 8-1 run to begin the second.

“They made a couple of shots when we were in zone and they had some success when we were in man,” Good Counsel coach Blair Mills said, “So at the end of the day, no matter what defense you're in, you gotta guard and we just struggled at times staying in front and being solid on the defensive end.”

Junior point guard Byron Hawkins had an up-and-down game for the Falcons and posted a game-high 19 points. Although Good Counsel's floor general scored when he needed to, he also turned the ball over some and wasn't as efficient from the floor as he could have been.

“I thought he played pretty well in stretches and he struggled in stretches,” Mills said. “I thought he played pretty well, but I would've been a lot happier if we could've pulled out a 'W.'”

Moving forward, Good Counsel will look to rebound from its second straight loss when it hosts James Island High School (3-7) on Dec. 27 while McNamara has just two days to prepare for another tough WCAC game against Gonzaga College High School (4-1, 1-0) at home on Dec. 23.

Bishop McNamara 77, Good Counsel 66

McNamara 15 14 25 23—77

Good Counsel 12 14 23 17—66

SCORING

McNamara (6-3, 2-1): Jordan Crockett 14, Sam Green 14, Stephan Jiggetts 12, Jamar Watson 12, Jerron Martin 8, Justin Ramey 6, Wayne Johnson 4, Kevin Robbins 3, Justin Jenkins 2, Kyle Rawls 2

Good Counsel (3-7, 0-3): Byron Hawkins 19, Anthony Cowan 13, JP Boyle 10, Trevor Brown 9, Andrew Calomeris 8, Tre Thomas 7