MARTINSBURG - One of the only things the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School boys basketball team resume lacked was a high-quality road win.
Most of the Marauders' biggest victories have come at home. They have knocked off the likes of Bedford and Forest Hills on the road, two of the cellar dwellers in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference. One of the Marauders two losses came at the hands of a talented Johnstown team on the road.
The Marauders finally added that quality road win by beating Central, 61-49, Monday night away from home.
"This is a very tough place to play at," Bishop Guilfoyle coach Chris Drenning said. "It always has been. Reggie [Nevins] always has his kids ready to play."
The game began with a trey by Bishop Guilfoyle senior Brandon Drenning, and Central's Ryan Mills answered back with a trey of his own less than a minute later. It was emblematic of what was in store for the rest of the game, as the teams combined for 16 3-pointers in the game.
The Marauders did not allow another basket until there the 1:35 mark, when Trevor Forshey's trey ended a 10-0 run by Bishop Guilfoyle. That 3-pointer also began a 7-0 run by the Scarlet Dragons to end the quarter.
After the Marauders held a 13-10 lead after one quarter, the Scarlet Dragons took their first lead when Zach Slagenweit made a layup for a 14-13 advantage.
The rest of the quarter had one lead change or tie after another, with a pair of ties and eight lead changes total. Pat Irwin drained a trey following a Slagenweit layup to regain the lead for the Marauders (16-14), but Austin Cunningham answered with a 3-pointer of his own. Drenning's trey with 2:20 left in the half gave the Marauders a 20-19 lead, but Central took the lead back when Alex Lafferty's bucket gave the Dragons a 21-20 advantage. Drenning hit a pair of 3-pointers within a 50-second span for a 26-25 halftime lead.
"We really shot the ball well early, but I think we fell in love with it a bit after that," the elder Drenning said.
Much of the third quarter was similar to the second with all of those ties and lead changes. This time there were seven lead changes and one tie. The lone tie came 36-36 with about three minutes left, courtesy of a Cunningham layup. The Marauders went on a 9-3 run to end the third quarter up 45-39.
Bishop Guilfoyle took the lead to 11 when Zach Patterson, who scored eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, scored in the paint with 5:20 remaining. After the Dragons cut the deficit to six points, Damon Rickens sunk both of his free-throws as the result of an intentional foul. Even with the Marauders struggling from the charity stripe down the stretch, making just 5-of-12 in the final minutes, they managed to seal the victory.
Cental coach Reggie Nevins praised his team for battling back .
"They jumped out to that 10 point lead, but I am proud of the way they responded to it," Nevins said.
The Marauders (8-2) are at Central Cambria Wednesday. In fact, they are in the midst of a four-game week that includes a trip to Bellwood-Antis Saturday.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (61): Drenning 6 1-2 17, Irwin 2 1-2 6, Fulare 2 1-2 6, Rickens 5 3-4 17., McCloskey 0 0-3 0, Wolfe 0 0-2 0, Pattterson 6 3-6 15, Chadbourn 0 0-0 0, Nardelli 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 9-21 61.
CENTRAL (49): Cunningham 3 3-4 11, Slagenweit 3 0-0 7, Patterson 9 2-3 20, Mills 1 0-0 3, Forshey 2 0-0 6, Lafferty 1 0-0 2, Brumbaugh 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 5-7 49.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Guilfoyle13 13 19 16 - 61
Central10 15 14 10 49
3-point field goals: Bishop Guilfoyle 10 (Drenning 4, Rickens 4, Fulare, Irwin). Central 6 (Cunningham 2, Forshey 2, Slagenweit, Mills).
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (8-2). Central (8-4).
JV: Bishop Guilfoyle won 43-42. High scorers Gormley, BG, 14; Lafferty, C, 20.