LASALLE — Despite the game being rescheduled, the St. Bede and LaSalle-Peru boys basketball game proved to keep everyone on the edge of their seats until a strong fourth quarter led the Cavs to pull away with a 52-40 win.
St. Bede took control of the game after a strong second and third quarter from sophomore Jarret Olson to lead 34-27 heading into the final quarter.
The Cavs, led by senior 3-point sharp-shooter Noah Lamboley, took advantage of a tired Bruins team that had played the previous night in a tough road win at Orion. L-P would go on a 25-6 run to end the game behind 17-for-23 at the free throw line.
St. Bede coach Mike Kilmartin was quick to credit some of the fourth quarter turnaround to the game the night before.
“We played a game last night and they did not,” he said. “We lost our legs. We had a tough game at Orion and got home at 10:30 p.m. They got into the bonus.”
The Bruins went on almost a four-minute drought to start the fourth quarter before the first basket from senior Ethan Duttlinger on a baseline move to cut the Cavs lead to one, 37-36. Duttlinger scored the next basket almost two minutes later but L-P went on a 12-point run before Olson would score on a coast to coast layup with 11.2 left in the game.
“I’m proud of our kids,” said Kilmartin of his team despite the hometown rivalry game loss. “Good underclassmen don’t beat good upperclassmen. I give my guys lots of credit.”
Olson did most of the damage in the first three quarters scoring with 18 of the 34 points despite being guarded tough in situations that Kilmartin questioned.
According to Kilmartin, the emphasis from the IHSA and referees was that they were going to put an emphasis on the hand check but believes an opposing player can’t guard Olson if it’s called. Olson was tightly guarded by former junior high teammate Brady Huebbe for most of the game.
Olson, who had a game-high 20 points, received most of the attention from the L-P student section. His sister, Katie, is a senior at L-P while his dad, current St. Bede assistant coach, is a former L-P coach.
Sam Halm had a team-high 13 rebounds and four points.
L-P was led by Lamboley with 20 points while Huebbe added 10 points. Both teams struggled from behind the three-point arc with St. Bede 2 of 13 while L-P connected on 4 of 19.
Kilmartin did stress that despite the loss it will help his team with a regional that is loaded with strong teams and tough upcoming games with Kewanee and Rockridge.
Notes: The Cavs made it a clean sweep with a 64-43 win at the sophomore level despite 14 points from Jon Dose. L-P also won the freshmen A contest 70-35 and the freshmen B game 31-19. Prior to the varsity contest, Mike and Maria Rosploch and their daughter, Lily, thanked L-P for their support and recognized Jen Riva, their friend, founder and organizer of the Rally for Lily Campaign. Riva, is a L-P grad and the wife of L-P assistant coach John Riva.
The original scheduled contest was suppose to be the night of the naming of the L-P gymnasium in honor of the late Dr. A.J. Sellett. Fans were given a souvenir reusable bag in honor of the naming of the gymnasium.
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