Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic has five returning lettermen. Jamey Brumbaugh isn't one of them, but, based on his opening-night performance, he could be a key contributor as the Marauders defend their District 6 Class A championship.
Brumbaugh scored 16 points Friday as BG trimmed Greater Johnstown, 66-57, in its season opener at the Pleasant Valley gym.
"Jamey Brumbaugh is a kid no one knows about," BG coach Chris Drenning said, "but people are going to find out a lot about him this season.
"He's a really good player."
Brumbaugh was the leading scorer as a freshman for BG's junior high team, but didn't play basketball as a sophomore.
"I play volleyball, too, and I played club volleyball that year," said Brumbaugh, who prides himself as an all-around student-athlete. "That year, I chose volleyball and drama over basketball."
Brumbaugh also sings - he's sung the national anthem at BG athletic events - but his busy schedule prevents him from singing as much as he'd like.
Brumbaugh, who says he's "a generous 6-foot-1," returned to basketball as a junior and captained the junior varsity team.
"I learned a lot there," he said. "It took awhile to get back in the groove after taking a year off.
"When Mr. Drenning took the coaching job, he called me and said I'd get a fair chance. He said I'd be rusty, but he was great at giving me a fair shot. He's a great coach."
Brumbaugh worked hard in the off season, but didn't come into the season with high expectations "because we're so deep, I didn't assume anything."
"I don't know who was more nervous, him or me," Drenning said. "It was his first varsity start and he really stepped up. I'm really proud of him."
Brumbaugh scored nine points in the first quarter as BG bolted to a 20-14 lead and never trailed after that.
"We definitely had to start fast and that 5-0 run was a nice way to get a lead," Brumbaugh said. "It really elevated us."
Drenning noted that the flu bug hit the team this week and kept two key performers - Owen Wolf and D.J. Kitt - sidelined last night.
"For the first game, I'm satisfied with the win, but we can play better," Drenning said. "We gave up 57 points and I'm not thrilled with that."
However, Drenning was happy to have three players in double figures - Sam McCloskey (19), Brumbaugh (16) and Damon Rickens (13).
"We also had some nice contributions off the bench," he said. "The biggest shot of the game was Nick Fiore's "3" at the half. We were scrambling at the time and he hit that trey. That was huge."
It gave BG a 36-28 lead at intermission and the Marauders held the lead throughout the second half.
"It's tough over here," Johnstown coach Neil Colbaugh said. "We made too many mistakes early and got too far behind.
"We're young, but I was disappointed with our effort tonight," he said. "We've got to do a better job of handling the ball."
Sophomore Jeremy Updyke scored 23 points for the Trojans, who fell to 1-3.
GREATER JOHNSTOWN (57): Brandon 2 0-3 5, Jones 0 0-0 0, Gause 2 0-0 4, Updyke 8 6-8 23, Reid 4 2-2 10, Goadboat 1 0-0 2, Price 2 0-0 4, Robinson 3 0-1 6, Mayo 0 3-4 3. Totals - 22 11-18 57.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE CATHOLIC (66): Chadbourn 2 3-4 7, McCloskey 6 5-6 19, Rickens 4 3-7 12, Fulare 2 5-11 9, Brumbaugh 7 1-1 16, Fiore 1 0-0 3, Little 0 0-0 0l Kibler 0 0-0 0, Kasun 0 0-0 0, Gormley 0 0-0 0. Totals - 22 17-29 66.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Greater Johnstown14 14 15 14 - 57
Bishop Guilfoyle20 16 15 15 - 66
3-point goals: Johnstown 2 (Brandon, Updyke); Guilfoyle 5 (McCloskey 2, Rickens, Brumbaugh, Fiore).
Officials: Jim Klausman, Dave Reimer, Keith Redfoot.
Records: Johnstown (1-3); Guilfoyle (1-0).
JV: Guilfoyle, 54-48 2 OT. High scorer-Aaron Yasulitis, BG, 15.