A Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys basketball team with double-digit wins facing a Bellwood-Antis team with just three victories looked like a mismatch on paper, and early on it was just that.
Down 22 points late in the first half, Bellwood clawed its way back into the game, pulling to within four points twice in the fourth quarter, but BG managed to hold off the hard-charging Blue Devils for a 69-61 win Monday in a non-conference matchup at the Pleasant Valley gym.
Sam McCloskey led BG with 18 points, Brandon Chadbourn scored 16 points and Damon Rickens added 11. Nathan Davis scored a game-high 20 points for Bellwood and Alex Bartlett had 16. Jake Burch scored in double digits as well with 10 points and Noah D'Angelo added nine.
BG improves to 11-2 on the season. Bellwood falls to 3-12.
Early on, the game looked like a 3-point shooting contest as the two teams exchanged treys on four straight possessions at one point during the first quarter. It was the fastbreak, however, that helped the Marauders take control of the game in the second quarter.
"In the first quarter, we shot well, and they weren't able to run," Bellwood coach Brent Gerwert said. "Then we started turning the ball over and missing some shots, and they were able to get out and run."
BG led 14-10 after one quarter. After Burch opened the second quarter with a baseline jumper to make it 14-12, BG ripped off the next seven points to go up 21-12.
Rickens hit a jump shot from the free throw line, McCloskey sank a 3-pointer from the corner and C.J. Fulare made a steal and layup.
Bartlett drained a 3 from the top of the key for Bellwood, but that didn't slow down the Marauders one bit. The Marauders went on a 16-0 run to open up a big lead late in the first half.
Chadbourn scored on a putback, Rickens made a 3-pointer and Fulare assisted on back-to-back fastbreak buckets by Chadbourn and McCloskey, respectively.
Fulare followed that with a pair of free throws, and Ben Kasun scored back-to-back layups for a 37-15 lead.
"We did a lot of good things in the second quarter," BG coach Chris Drenning said. "They started in a zone and we did a good job shooting the ball, working inside out and attacking it."
Bellwood came out and played a strong third quarter to get back in the game. Burch got the Blue Devils started with a baseline jump shot and a 3-pointer, and when Bartlett made his third 3-pointer of the game later in the quarter, Bellwood was within single digits at 44-37.
"We didn't do a very good job defending the 3-point line in the third quarter. They got some open shots and made them," Drenning said.
Bellwood pulled even closer in the fourth quarter when Joey Padula's 3-pointer made it a 57-53 game with three minutes remaining. The Blue Devils made it a four-point game once again with 1:17 left when Davis drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
"We're getting there slowly but surely," Gerwert said. "We're 3-12. It's all about pride right now. If we can play the way we did [Tuesday], we could conceivably win our remaining seven games. 10-12 would be a respectable record. We could jump up and surprise a few teams if we stay together and play as a team."
BELLWOOD-ANTIS (61): Bartlett 4 5-6 16, D'Angelo 2 3-4 9, Davis 7 3-4 20, Kline 1 0-0 2, Burch 4 1-1 10, Harrity 0 1-2 1, Padula 1 0-0 3, Tannehill 0 0-0 0. Totals - 19 13-17 61.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (69): Fulare 1 6-6 8, Rickens 5 0-1 11, McCloskey 6 3-5 18, Brumbaugh 2 0-0 5, Chadbourn 6 4-5 16, Wolf 0 1-2 1, Little 1 0-0 2, Fiore 1 0-3 2, Kasun 2 0-0 4, Kibler 0 0-0 0, Gormley 1 0-0 2. Totals - 25 14-22 69.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bellwood-Antis10 8 25 18 - 61
Bishop Guilfoyle14 23 14 18 - 69
3-point goals: Bellwood-Antis 10 (Bartlett 3, D'Angelo 2, Davis 3, Burch, Padula); Bishop Guilfoyle 5 (Rickens, McCloskey, Brumbaugh).
Records: Bellwood-Antis (3-12); Bishop Guilfoyle (11-2).
JV: 38-30, Bishop Guilfoyle. High scorers-Harrity 14 (BA); Kitt 9 (BG).