SPRING VALLEY — The St. Bede Bruins got on top of Stark County early in the third round of the Colmone Classic Wednesday night, beating the Rebels 62-35.
It seems that the Bruins had something to prove.
“We were embarrassed last night,” Bruins coach Mike Kilmartin said, referring to Tuesday night’s loss to Mendota. “We needed something like this. Now we have two nights to practice for Saturday.”
Once again seniors Brad Groleau and Joe Pyska led the Bruins, scoring 15 points each. Senior Damen Smith tacked on 12 points to help polish off Stark County.
When asked about Groleau and Pyska’s new trend of nearly, or exactly, matching one another’s scoring totals, Kilmartin said, “Well, one is outside and one is inside. They are team players. We don’t have any ball hogs. We don’t have any black holes on this team.”
The rout was on early. At the end of the first quarter St. Bede was up 10 points. Stark County came within in six during the second, but that was as close as they would come. At the end of the third quarter, the Bruins held a commanding 21-point lead.
And so went the rest of the game. The Rebels’ biggest contribution to the fourth quarter was their bench getting a technical foul that allowed Groleau to pad his stats.
The Bruins led by as many as 30 points. Both teams sat their starters in the last couple of minutes.
St. Bede will play in the third-place game at 6 p.m. Saturday, its opponent contingent on the outcome of Friday’s final pool play games.