PERU — A shaky second quarter by the Hall Red Devils gave the St. Bede Bruins just enough cushion to grab a 57-47 victory during Three Rivers Conference South Division play Friday at the Academy.
“We only scored three more than our average but we held them to six or seven under their average and 16 at half, that’s pretty good,” St. Bede Mike Kilmartin said.
It was even through the first quarter, and for most of the game, but the Bruins were able to build an eight-point lead by the half as junior guard Jack Brady ignited St. Bede’s offense through his crisp passing and ability to convert in the lane.
Hall coach Mike Filippini said the Red Devils were unable to stick to their game plan.
“What we’re good at is attacking the hoop and spreading teams out and getting to the line or kicking it for threes, and we didn’t think we did a very good job of attacking the hoop in the first half. The second half we were real happy with the way we played,” Fillipini said. “The first half we just did not attack the hoop well enough to get any dribble penetration and kick-outs. We shot way too many jump shots.”
Hall’s ability to shoot from 3-point range as they did in the first meeting (9 for 20) between the two teams seemed nonexistent in the rematch as they went 3-21 from behind the three-point line.
“We defended. We worked on different things to do against them. The first time they lit us up from 3. Tonight, especially in the first half, we were very good against dribble penetration and kickouts for threes. We got into them,” St. Bede coach Mike Kilmartin said.
Bruin senior guard Jarrett Olson got the Bruins on the board in the second quarter as Brady drew the Hall defense and made a nice skip pass to a wide open Olson who stepped up and drilled the three-pointer to make the score 14-11.
Brady poured in the next five St. Bede points on a nice base line drive for a lay up and then stepped up and hit a huge three pointer on back-to-back possessions to give the Bruins a 19-13 edge with 5:02 left in the half.
St. Bede took a 24-16 into halftime.
“This game was almost the exact opposite of when we played at our gym. Ian went off and had a huge game, and basically they couldn’t stop him,” Filippini said. “Tonight, Brady did the same thing. We couldn’t stop Brady. I thought we did a good job on Olson, but Brady had a great game. That’s what kills us.”
Hall senior guard Miguel Villarreal made a surge to get his team back in the game late in the third quarter. He scored three straight field goals but the Hall surge was slowed down as St. Bede’s Brady knocked down the second of his four threes with 3:30 left in the third to make the score 36-25 Bruins.
Brady led all scorers with 24 while Olson added 15 for the Bruins.
“We’re at home. It’s nice to play at home, it is. There are friendlier rims, and hopefully a louder and bigger crowd. We’ve practiced how many times in this gym. We should shoot well. It was a team effort; it wasn’t just Jack Brady,” Kilmartin said.
Villarreal had a team-high 18 points for the Red Devils’ offense.
Notes: Friday was Senior Night at St. Bede and the lone senior for the Bruins, Ethan Duttlinger, scored eight points for St. Bede in their victory.