As of Wednesday, December 12, 2012
St. Joseph post Adam Konarik is the definition of a reserve spark plug.
He comes off the bench, gives the team energy and points, which the shorthanded Flyers needed on Tuesday.
"I play my best, play as hard as I can, come off the bench and try and score for the team," said the 6-foot-2 junior.
Konarik and senior point guard Jerry Vasquez scored game highs of 17 points apiece, but it wasn't enough as St. Joseph (9-5) dropped a close one to Corpus Christi Moody, 67-64, at the St. Joseph gym.
The Flyers came into the game without junior post Luke Wenske, who's been a big offensive producer for the team the last two seasons.
Wenske injured his back last week against Victoria West and has missed the last nine games.
"He is a big point scorer for our team, so we've had to pick up that slack and score the points that he's not scoring any more," Konarik said.
Konarik helped pick up the slack by scoring nine straight points in a four-minute stretch in the second quarter.
His three-pointer 3:40 before halftime gave the Flyers their second lead at 21-18.
"We're just trying to put kids in positions where they can be successful and tonight Adam was in a position where he can be successful and he came through for us." said St. Joseph coach Abraham Garcia.
Despite turning the ball over 12 times and allowing the Trojans to score 10 fast break points, the Flyers had the ball and a chance to tie the game with half a minute remaining.
With the Flyers trailing 66-63, Vasquez had a better look at a three-pointer after a shot fake, but the attempt missed the mark with 20 seconds remaining.
"I was hoping it would, but it didn't look too good," Vasquez said.
Added Konarik: "If we could have gotten off a little more balanced shot, we could have had a better chance of going in. We were kind of in the moment, just trying to put it up."
Junior post Cody Janak came down with the rebound, he dribbled to the far side and put up a three of his own. He missed the shot, but junior post Barclay Proctor was found on the rebound attempt with 3.07 seconds remaining.
"I didn't want to be too cautious, I wanted them to be in the flow of the game," Garcia said. "I thought the first two 3-pointers we took were in the flow of the game."
Proctor made the first, then after a Moody timeout, intentionally missed the second, but the Trojans rebounded the ball and St. Joseph had to foul.
Moody sophomore guard Curtis Huff hit the second of two free throw to put the Trojans ahead 67-64 and forced St. Joseph to inbound under their own basket with only 2.08 second left.
Konarik's inbound pass to Vasquez who put up a last gasp shot at half court that was too long.
Janak added 16 points for St. Joseph including three-point play that gave St. Joseph it's second lead of the game with 3:19 remaining in the first half.
Soon after senior guards Korey Santos and Troy Lopez helped the Trojans take control of the game.
The duo hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark a 10-1 Moody run in the final 2:15 of the second quarter.
The run helped the Trojans take a nine-point halftime lead and forced the Flyers to play catch-up the rest of the game.
"Basketball is a game of runs and they had theirs at the end of the first half," Vasquez said.
St. Joseph did not take the lead again until Janak hit a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining in the fourth to put the Flyers ahead 61-60.
The Flyers look for their 10th win of the season on Friday when they make the crosstown trip to Victoria East.