By Travis Volz
A slow start doomed the Nashville Hornets Friday night in the championship of the Carlyle Regional, as Mater Dei sprinted out to an early lead and never looked back on the way to a 60-40 win.
The Knights hit the floor with the pedal down, opening up the game with ten unanswered points before the Hornets managed a field goal. That lead would hold, as Nashville never trailed by less than nine points the rest of the way.
Mater Dei dominated every phase of the game, outrebounding the Hornets by an almost 2-1 margin. Nashville also started the game 2-for-11 from the field, only connected on two three-pointers in 16 attempts while going 4-for-10 from the free throw line.
Trailing 20-4 at the start of the second quarter, the Hornets finally put together a little run. Royce Newman scored, Daniel Thorson and Dylan Mueller each made a free throw and a bucket in an 8-2 run that made it a 22-12 game.
Newman scored early in the second half to make put the Hornets within nine points, but MD responded with eight straight points to regain control.
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Daniel Thorson sprints up the floor during postseason play at the Carlyle Regional last week.
Nashville’s Dylan Mueller looks for the open man during the Hornets’ win over Wesclin last week.