PERU — For the St. Bede Bruins basketball team, a key to them winning basketball games is staying organized and getting a good shot. They did just that as they defeated the Sherrard Tigers in the TRAC home contest 72-51 on Friday night
Up 39-20 heading out of the locker room at halftime, the Bruins played solid, organized basketball throughout behind the guard play of Jarret Olson, Jack Brady and freshmen reserve Braidy Shipp.
St. Bede coach Mike Kilmartin said his team played for three quarters of the game pretty well, defended and stayed organized.
St. Bede (10-12, 3-2 TRACN) allowed Sherrard to go on a 5-0 run to begin the third quarter before the guard combo of Brady and Olson connected on three-point baskets from opposite corners to put the Bruins up 44-27.
The Bruins were sloppy on the next two possessions resulting in turnovers and Sherrard went on another five-point run forcing the Bruin coaching staff to call a timeout with the hosts up 44-34.
With Sherrard mixing up the defensive strategies to limit the scoring opportunities for Olson, St. Bede had a steady hand from Brady and senior Ethan Duttlinger to end the third quarter and begin the fourth quarter.
The co-captains for the Bruins scored the next 12 points including two baskets from Duttlinger and a trio of baskets including two 3-point baskets and a reverse layup from Brady.
“We took some good shots,” said Kilmartin of his team’s shot selection.
Maintaining their composure and lead was something the Bruins did not do in their previous contest with the Tigers, which ended with an overtime loss in Sherrard, as they committed only 10 turnovers compared to 25 in the previous meeting.
Kilmartin said during the last meeting his team led throughout, got beat on a last-second shot and didn’t keep their composure. but corrected that during this game.
The Bruins, behind the very capable ball handling of Olson and Brady, were able to extend the lead to 20 behind two Duttlinger baskets off of assists from his two guards and two Shipp free throws.
St. Bede finished the game off with baskets from Sam Halm, Gabe Brayboy and Joe Dudek sandwiched around a Clayton Bjustrom basket.
St. Bede had three players hit double digits led by Olson (21 points), Brady (17) and Duttlinger (12). St. Bede had eight 3-point baskets
Sherrard was led by Lucas Borass with 21 and Bjustrom with 14 including three long-range shots. Borass had 12 of his 21 points after halftime during his team’s run.
Kilmartin appreciated the play of Duttlinger, the lone senior on the Bruins team, who had a nice return to the lineup after only practicing for about an hour and was able to get some rebounds.
Junior Sam Halm added seven points and 12 deflections to the already balancing scoring and defensive outing for the Bruins.
Notes: St. Bede won 62-39 in the sophomore contest to make a complete sweep. ... The Bruins, played for large crowd on the snowy night, as Friday night was the Bruin Cuties performance led by the St. Bede cheerleaders and moderator Jodi Slingsby.