Rickens leads BG to win

Sometimes it takes just one run to win a game.

In the case of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys basketball team, it took them just one quarter to put away Somerset.

Courtesy of 12 of Damon Rickens’ game-high 24 points, the Marauders (2-1) outscored Somerset by 15 in the third quarter en route to a 72-62 victory over the Golden Eagles (2-4) at Pleasant Valley Gymnasium.

“It was definitely just my teammates setting up screens for me, throwing great passes to me,” Rickens said of his third quarter success. They’re setting me up and it’s just a product of what they’re doing.

The defenses were on display early and often before the Marauders went on a 10-3 run capped off by six of Jamey Brumbaugh’s 12 points to give BG a 15-8 lead at the end of the opening stanza.

In the second quarter fortunes turned in favor of the Eagles as the visitors went on a 10-0 run capped off by a pair of free throws by Dylan Barnes, to go ahead 28-27 at the intermission.

“Barnes is really good player,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Chris Drenning said. “He played last year as a freshman, and he is a really good outside shooter.”

Barnes drained a pair of three-pointers on his way to scoring 12 for Somerset.

“You can’t score when you’re giving the other team the ball,” Somerset coach Scott Close said. “We probably had 25-30 turnovers tonight and you’re not going to win a ballgame when you’re doing that.”

The Marauders would take over in the third.

Rickens scored five times including a fadeaway jumper for three to put BG ahead, 47-33, at the end of three.

“We talked at halftime about just making good decisions with the ball, trying to keep the ball out of the key on their dribble, because their dribble penetration was hurting us a little bit,” Drenning said of his team’s second half adjustments.

Bishop Guilfoyle will be off for the next week before hosting the Jim Ellis Tournament next weekend.

“This was a huge win for us,” Rickens said. “Losing to Richland like that wasn’t good. It just shows how much character our team has, how much chemistry we have to come back here and get a good win at home.”

Game Notes: Bishop Guilfoyle held a fundraiser in honor of Somerset football player who suffered a spinal cord injury in a late season football game against Cambria Heights … The Marauders had two other scorers in double figures as C.J. Fulare had 10 points and Jamey Brumbaugh chipped in with 12. … Somerset was perfect at the free-throw line going 11-for-11.

SOMERSET (62): Barnes 3 2-2 10, Heiple 6 3-3 18, Coyle 0 0-0 0, VanLenten 2 0-0 5, Mostoller 4 4-4 12, Dick 3 2-2 9, Uncapher 1 0-0 2, Ream 0 0-0 0, DeBlase 0 0-0 0. Totals – 21 11-11 62.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE (72): Chadbourn 2 2-3 7, Rickens 9 2-2 24, Little 0 1-2 1, McCloskey 4 0-0 9, Gormley 3 0-0 7, Fulare 4 2-2 10, Brumbaugh 5 0-0 12, Wolfe 0 1-2 1, Fiore 0 0-0 0, Kibler 0 0-0 0, Livoti 0 0-0 0, Luther 0 1-2 1. Totals – 27 8-13 72.


Somerset8 20 5 29 – 62

Bishop Guilfoyle15 12 20 25 – 72

3-point goals: Somerset 8 (Menser 2, Barnes 2, Heiple 3, VanLenten); Bishop Guilfoyle 7 (Chadbourn, Rickens 2, McCloskey, Gormley, Brumbaugh 2).

Records: Somerset (2-4); Bishop Guilfoyle (2-1).

JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 59-30. High scorers-Ethan Hunt, S, 10; Colin Welteroth, BG, 12.