SPRING VALLEY — The hot-shooting Hall Red Devils combined to hit nine three-pointers en route to a 64-49 victory over rival St. Bede Friday night during Three Rivers Conference South Division play at Red Devil Gymnasium.
Hall led the entire contest until St. Bede junior guard Justin Shaw knocked down the big three-pointer to give the Bruins their first lead of the game. It was short-lived as Hall senior forward Ian Trevier answered 20 seconds later on the very next possession with one of his six three pointers of the night to tie the game at 34-34 with 4:15 left to play in the third quarter.
Hall coach Mike Filippini credits his decision to not call a timeout and let his team play through adversity for the momentum swing late in the third quarter.
“I told them that we did not lose our composure. They actually took a three-point lead and Ian came right back down the court and nailed a three, that just stopped them right there. You know we could have done a lot of dumb things, make a dumb play, but we just came out, ran the offense, got a wide-open three and hit it. It was a huge point in the game there to not lose our composure. I was going to call a timeout but then I just thought let them play because there’s still a lot of game left, that was huge for us.”
Hall used the momentum from Trevier’s huge basket to steadily add to their lead for the remainder of the game.
The Red Devils knocked down 5 of their 9 three-pointers during an excellent display of shooting during the third quarter as Trevier sank four from downtown and junior guard A.J. Gaeta added the fifth three-pointer.
“We went a long time without scoring, I think part of it was we had to concentrate on defense so much that when we got the ball and tried to score six points in one possession, we took some bad shots in the first half, bad threes,” St. Bede coach Mike Kilmartin said.
St. Bede struggled to get their offense going after Trevier’s three-pointer as the Hall Red Devils defense kept the Bruin offense off the board spanning 4:54 seconds of the third and fourth quarters.
“That was a great second half we shot lights out. I mean we have the capability to shoot like that. Ian and A.J. are good shooters and you know Miguel isn’t a bad three-point shooter either,” Filippini said.
Senior guard Miguel Villarreal got the offense going in the first half as St. Bede had trouble keeping the shifty Villarreal away from the basket as he found wide-open lanes to drive to the hoop and draw fouls.
“Miguel is our finisher, that’s why they came out in a triangle and two. He’s one of the best players on the team. That kid gets to the basket and I don’t know how in the heck he makes some of those layups but he made them all tonight it seemed like,” Filippini said.
St. Bede was forced to abandon their defensive gameplan as the Red Devils continually knocked down deep shots.
“We got behind of course, and then we had to get in a defense that we don’t want to play. Then they hit a couple threes, and we’re kind of at a disadvantage,” Kilmartin said.
“I always tell the kids the best way to get a team out of a zone is to make threes and we made threes. They had to come out and guard us and once we got them to play some man we knew we could win because we could get to the basket,” Filippini said.
The strong shooting from behind the arc also translated to strong shooting from the free throw line as the Red Devils shot 83.3 percent.
“We were 15 for 18 from the line. We’re not exactly a great free-throw shooting team and we made those tonight too so it was our night tonight, and St. Bede had an off night,” Filippini said.
Trevier rode his six three-pointers to a game high 24 points followed by Villarreal with 19.
The Bruin offense was led by junior guard Jack Brady with 13 points followed by junior guards Olson (12) and Shaw (10).