"We got to a lot of loose balls and we guarded really well, especially in the second quarter. We ran our offense and got some good shots. I'm pleased with the way we played the middle two quarters.''
Poca held Catholic (2-1) without a point for nearly eight minutes - an entire quarter - in flipping a 15-11 deficit early in the second period into a 26-15 lead early in the third.
The Dots hit 6 of 11 shots in the second quarter, capped by a 3-pointer from the left corner by Hayden Bailey at the buzzer off a Frampton feed.
Their shooting touch went awry a bit in the second half, however, as they made just 7 of 19 field goal tries and 4 of 7 at the foul line to close the game, allowing the Irish to creep back into it.
But Catholic couldn't get anyone besides George and guard Garret McCarty (16 points) into the offensive flow. David Godwin, who sank a 3 late in the game, was the only other Irish player to score.
"Coach Osborne's teams have always played hard and always get after it,'' McClanahan said. "They're always going to be physical. They've played that basketball for 30 years, so from a preparation standpoint, everybody who comes in here knows what to expect.
"From our perspective, we didn't play at the level of intensity we needed to, and I was disappointed in our effort and our intensity in the second and most of the third quarter. We'll have to fix that. It's something we'll have to adjust in practice. In all fairness, this is how we practice - we practice in spurts, hard for 4 or 5 minutes, then take 3 or 4 minutes off. Tonight, we took two quarters off. Poca is patient and is going to execute and keeps coming at you, so that's not going to get it done.''
Frampton added six rebounds and three steals for Poca. Cameron Cottrill swiped the ball four times for the Dots.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.