PERU — County line foes St. Bede and Hall tipped off against one another Saturday night in boys’ basketball at the Academy. Though it looked like it would get more competitive in the second half, St. Bede’s Joe Pyszka kept scoring and scoring, eventually leading his team to a 65-32 victory.
Pyszka had nearly half of St. Bede’s total with 26 points. Hall’s Brett Fanning, one of the area’s best offensive players, was held to 11 points.
Pyszka got started quickly netting nine points in the first. He stayed consistent in the second, adding another seven points. Fanning and the Red Devils were unable to keep pace with Pyszka and his supporting cast with enough gusto to turn the game around.
In the middle of the second, Hall was able to go on a short run while three of the Bruins starters sat with foul trouble. That said, Hall was only able to get within eight. At the half the score was 30-22 Bruins.
“We were in foul trouble. So that was understandable,” Bruins coach Mike Kilmartin said. Pyszka’s presence in the paint held off the possibility of Hall getting good looks down low. He blocked shots and was a factor on both the defensive and offensive glass. Hall simply did not have the second chance opportunities required to make a long run. That, combined with the fact that at any time during the game Hall looked like they might get moving, St. Bede answered soundly.
Regarding the win Kilmartin said, “Well, we defensively held them to 10 points in the second half, two in the fourth quarter. And held the leading scorer in the area to 11 (points), and I believe four in the second half. And we did a good job on their other two-point shooters.”