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BG rallies for overtime victory over Fairview

December 30, 2012
By Jon Fleck - For the Mirror , The Altoona Mirror

Trailing by four with a minute to play in the championship game of the Jim Ellis Shootout, the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys basketball team needed to make something happen quickly.

The Marauders did just that, but it didn't come the usual sources.

BG got a layup from Damon Rickens and two free throws from Sam McCloskey to tie the game and went to a 66-60 overtime victory against Fairview Saturday at the Pleasant Valley Gym.

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Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec
Bishop Guilfoyle’s Patrick Irwin pulls up on the fast break as Fairview’s Andy Niland defends Saturday.

"Fairview is an extremely well-coached team. They had us scouted. They're kids knew to stay close to Brandon [Drenning]," Bishop Guilfoyle coach Chris Drenning said. "We got some big shots from a sophomore and junior, Sam McCloskey and Damon Rickens."

Drenning and Pat Irwin have done the bulk of the scoring through the early part of the season, but Rickens and McCloskey both scored in double-digits against the team from Erie.

Rickens finished with 16 points and McCloskey had 12. The two accounted for 16 of BG's 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"When I get in I just try to do my best and make the most of the my opportunity," Rickens said.

Rickens layup came on an offensive rebound after McCloskey missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key. McCloskey's free throws followed with 12 seconds left in regulation after Fairview's Dan Carey missed the front end of 1-and-1 on the Tigers previous possession.

"To win games, you have to do the little things. Little things like box out on rebounds and make foul shots," Fairview coach Keith Nies said. "We didn't get a defensive rebound, and we missed the 1-and-1. If we get that defensive rebound, they have to foul us, and it might have been an entirely different outcome."

Rickens, McCloskey and Irwin all played key roles in the overtime session. BG got the first bucket when Irwin made a steal and got a pass over to Rickens for a fast break layup.

Irwin, who finished with 10 points, extended the Guilfoyle lead with four straight free throws.

"Pat's worked really hard on his free throws. That won the game for us," Chris Drenning said. "He's the one who runs our team."

McCloskey then converted 1-of-2 free throws to make it a two possession game with 14 seconds left, and Rickens sealed the win moments later with two more foul shots.

"We wanted to score early, make no stupid fouls and hit our free throws," McCloskey said the team's strategy going into overtime.

With the BG offense off to another slow start, Rickens gave the Marauders a big lift with 10 second quarter points. Two 3-pointers, a pair of free throws and a layup kept Guilfoyle within striking distance of Fairview, which lead 29-22 at halftime.

Brandon Drenning, who had 15 points, sank a 3-pointer to give BG a 43-42 lead late in the third quarter, but Fairview reclaimed the lead when Patrick Corbin hit a fade away jump shot just before the buzzer. The two teams battled back and forth throughout the final quarter.

Fairview's Andy Niland won tournament MVP honors. After scoring 22 points in the Tigers first round win over Cathedral High, the sophomore point guard put up 29 against BG.

His long, lunging 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in overtime pulled Fairview within a point, but his 3-point attempt for the tie hit off the front of the rim with 16 seconds remaining.

BG got possession on a jump ball and nailed down the win from there.

Irwin, McCloskey, Drenning and Corbin were named to the all-tournament team along with Cathedral High's Dylan Miller and St. Jean de Brebeuf's Lucas Johnson. Carey received the tournament hustle award.

Cathedral defeated St. Jean in the boys consolation game, 61-55.

FAIRVIEW (60): Kocan 0 2-4 2, Niland 8 9-10 29, Corbin 7 0-0 14, Gibson 1 0-0 3, Carey 4 2-3 10, Klemm 1 0-0-2, Dewey 0 0-0 0, Rinderle 0 0-0 0, Levin 0 0-0 0, McGrain 0 0-0 0. Totals - 21 13-17 60.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE (66): Irwin 2 6-8 10, Drenning 5 2-2 15, Koehle 2 1-1 5, Fulare 2 0-0 4, McCloskey 2 7-8 12, Patterson 0 2-4 2, Rickens 5 4-4 16, Chadbourn 1 0-0 2, Nardelli 0 0-0 0, Wolf 0 0-0 0, Baldessaro 0 0-0 0. Totals - 19 22-27 66.


Fairview10 19 15 13 3 - 60

Bishop Guilfoyle4 18 21 14 9 - 66

3-point goals: Fairview 5 (Niland 4, Gibson); Bishop Guilfoyle 6 (McCloskey, Rickens 2, Drenning 3).

Records: Fairview (4-4); Bishop Guilfoyle (4-1).

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