BG boys knock out Blue Pirates
Late in the first half of their District 6 Class A quarterfinal-round playoff game with feisty Williamsburg Thursday night, the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Marauders were in dire need of a timeout.
They got one, and made the most of it.
Bishop Guilfoyle turned around a 20-9 deficit with a 14-point run in the final three and a half minutes of the second quarter, and used the rally as a springboard for a 59-51 victory at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse.
The second-seeded Marauders improved to 18-5 and earned the right to advance to next week’s semifinal-round matchup against third-seeded Homer-Center.
But they needed the critical timeout to gain their composure, get their bearings, and move on.
“We were playing way too fast,” BG coach Chris Drenning said. “I think that we were so hyped up about being in the playoffs, that we were rushing some shots and making uncharacteristic mistakes. Once we calmed down, we were fine.”
Senior guard Austin McMonagle’s jumper pulled seventh-seeded Williamsburg (12-10) into the 20-9 lead, before BG used some strong contributions from its bench to seize the momentum in the game.
Senior forward Ben Kasun hit a short shot from the baseline to start the rally for BG, and another senior forward, Jamey Brumbaugh, drained a 3-pointer from the left side to pull the Marauders to within 20-14.
After junior forward Brandon Chadbourn hit a pair of free throws, Brumbaugh drove across the key and dumped in a short shot to tie the game, 20-20 with 1:20 remaining in the half. Another junior, Matt Gormley, drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Marauders a 23-20 lead at the intermission.
Brumbaugh, Kasun and Gormley give the Marauders the type of talented depth that will bode well for the team this postseason.
“Jamey Brumbaugh gave us a huge lift,” Drenning said. “And Benny Kasun and Matt Gormley were also fantastic off the bench. We got a lot of contributions from a lot of different players tonight.”
Brumbaugh finished with 14 points, second to Chadbourn’s game-high 15 for BG.
“We obviously didn’t start off too fast, we didn’t hit a lot of shots,” Brumbaugh said. “We needed to get the momentum turned around. After we settled down, we started to play our game. We needed to hit a couple of shots, and after we did, we didn’t look back.”
BG opened a 13-point lead, 38-25, on Brumbaugh’s floater late in the third quarter, but the resilient Blue Pirates battled back to whittle the deficit to five, 46-41 when McMonagle converted a feed from senior guard Brandon Ross into a back-door layup with about five minutes remaining in the game.
BG salted away the win by rattling off the next eight points – with Brumbaugh and senior guard C.J. Fulare both hitting a pair of free throws, Fulare driving the length of the court for a layup after a steal, and senior forward Damon Rickens adding another field goal.
“I thought we played very well,” Williamsburg coach Mike Farrell said. “In the first half, we were moving our feet very well, but we got away from what we were trying to do late in the second quarter. We took some quick shots, [BG] got some run-outs, and I thought that [14-point Marauders’ run] was a very big determining factor in the game.”
Junior Mike Biddle scored 12 points, while McMonagle added 11 for Williamsburg, which got a game-high 10 rebounds from sophomore Peyton Brown.
“I enjoyed this season, we improved as the season went along,” Farrell said.
Drenning is looking for a stiff test in the semifinals from a 21-2 Homer-Center team that downed Claysburg-Kimmel, 72-48 Thursday.
“They’re very good,” Drenning said of Homer-Center. “If we get off to a start against them like we did tonight, we won’t be coming back.”
WILLIAMSBURG (51): Palmer 4 0-1 8, Young 0 6-10 6, McMonagle 5 0-0 11, Brown 2 1-2 6, Ross 3 1-2 8, Biddle 5 1-2 12, Shaw 0 0-0 0, Tate 0 0-0 0, Hughes 0 0-0 0, Pasley 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0. Totals – 19 9-17 51.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (59): Rickens 3 0-2 6, Fulare 1 6-6 8, Chadbourn 6 3-5 15, McCloskey 3 1-4 9, Wolf 0 0-0 0, Fiore 0 0-0 0, Kasun 2 0-0 4, Brumbaugh 5 3-4 14, Gormley 1 0-2 3, Kibler 0 0-0 0, Livoti 0 0-0 0, Luther 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals – 21 13-25 59.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Williamsburg13 7 9 22 – 51
Bishop Guilfoyle4 19 15 21 – 59
3-point goals: Williamsburg 4 (Biddle, Brown, Ross, McMonagle); Bishop Guilfoyle 4 (McCloskey 2, Brumbaugh, Gormley).
Records: Williamsburg (12-10); Bishop Guilfoyle (18-5).
Officials: Dan Gales, Mike Conron, Jeff Fisher.