BASKETBALL McFadden pours in 27 in Mahoning Valley win
TeJay Anderson had 14 points in the decisive final period for the Wildcats.
STRUTHERS -- Rick McFadden scored 27 points Saturday to lead the Mahoning Valley Wildcats to a 128-102 victory over the Vancouver Volcanoes at Struthers Fieldhouse.
An 18-4 run to start the fourth quarter propelled the Wildcats to the win in the International Basketball League game.
"Rickie is a mismatch when being defended," Wildcats coach Rob Spon said. "This is his home court, and he knows every spot on the court."
TeJay Anderson added 23 points, including 14 in the final period, as the Wildcats won for the second time in as many outings. The Volcanoes, coached by IBL commissioner Mikal Duilio, fell for the fifth time to remain winless.
The Wildcats' run early in the fourth made the difference.
"When they cut the lead to 88-85 after the third quarter of play, I really got on them during that break between periods," Spon said. "This team responds to criticism rather well, and they proved that by starting the final period with an 18-4 run to give us a cushion."
Charles McKinney led the Volcanoes with 35 points, but 26 of them came in the first half.
The Wildcats made 43 of 109 shots from the field, including 14 of 41 from 3-point range. Vancouver was 35 of 92 in shooting, including 15 of 51 from behind the arc.
Mahoning Valley's Mark Metzka made five 3-pointers for his 15 points.
"Mark Metzka and TeJay Anderson gave us excellent minutes off the bench," Spon said.
Crockett's first start
Former Youngstown State guard A.C. Crockett, in his first start of the season, scored 13 first-quarter points for the Wildcats. He had 15 at halftime as Mahoning Valley took a 64-50 lead.
The two teams played even for much of the first quarter before the Wildcats took the lead for good, 24-22, on an Anderson layup with 5:11 left.
Fess Irvin's basket at the beginning of the second quarter gave the Wildcats their biggest first-half lead, 48-28.
"This game is a game of runs, and we were able to answer the runs they made at us," Spon said. "While we didn't do a good job of getting back tonight, overall, I was pleased with our effort."
McKinney kept the Volcanoes close, scoring 13 points in the second quarter. His two free throws late in the first half cut the deficit to 62-50.
Vancouver hit nine 3-pointers in the first half -- Mahoning Valley had six -- and all five of the Volcanoes' baskets in the second quarter were treys.
Defense is not Vancouver's strong point -- the Volcanoes are allowing an average of 148 points. On Friday, they lost in Dayton, 167-94.
The Wildcats play again Friday at home against Akron.