Melina Santacroce led Mercy with 14 points. Photo: George Faella

Mattituck defeated Mercy at Mattituck High School yesterday, 50-40.

It was the battle of first- and second-place in League VII, but neither team came out of the gate with any push.

Both teams struggled to find the basket, with Mattituck capitalizing on many of Mercy’s errant passes, and giveaways down low. Mercy struggled to gain momentum, and Mattituck looked tired, having played a game the night before. The Tuckers went into the locker room leading Mercy 22-15.

The second half brought more of the same, with both squads putting together a burst of energy, and sinking some shots down low. But Mattituck went ice cold in the third quarter, and Mercy gained some momentum and got within five points. Melina Santacroce did all she could to jump-start the Mercy offense. Midway through the fourth quarter Mercy gained some steam, sunk some baskets and brought the score to within three, 43-40. But Mattituck settled down and put together a seven-point run, closing out the game 50-40.

First-place Mattituck remains undefeated in League VII, 13-0, 16-2 overall. Second-place Mercy is 12-6 overall, 10-2 in League VII. Mercy travels to Center Moriches (1-14, 1-10) Tuesday.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by George Faella

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