BG goes cold in setback
SIDMAN — The 3-point shot can be a game-changer — if it goes in.
And while Bishop Guilfoyle was able to knock down nine triples in its Thursday night contest with Forest Hills, it was the time when it went cold from downtown that spelled its doom as the Rangers used a 13-3 run to open the fourth quarter to hand the Marauders a 63-60 Laurel Highlands Athletic Section 1 Conference loss.
“We were coming down, throwing one pass and a shot,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Chris Drenning said. “It’s hard to get in a position for an offensive rebound when those are the shots. I want to take open 3’s with our feet set — we preach it all the time. Those ones I will never complain about. But we weren’t doing that. We were taking them off the dribble, moving left, moving right. Those are low percentage shots … We have to be disciplined enough to attack off the dribble and get to the rim.”
BG’s Nick Scaramozzino beat the third-quarter buzzer with a trey that put the visitors up by a 49-45 margin. When Mike Scharf drained another shot from deep to open the final stanza, the lead quickly ballooned to seven, and the Marauders appeared ready to take control of a game that had 10 lead changes and six ties.
Rather than try to match Bishop Guilfoyle with 3-pointers, the Rangers stuck to what had been working up to that point — their advantage inside with Ryan Richardson, who led all scorers with 20 points, and Josh Schrock, who finished with 17.
“The third quarter, they (the Marauders) kind of grinded away at us,” Forest Hills coach Dom Vescovi said. “We had a lead coming out of the half, and they made things really tough for us on offense. We started to get the ball back to the basket instead of settling for jump shots. We had a lot more movement on offense.”
The duo sparked Forest Hills to 13 unanswered points to turn the game in its favor for good as they led 58-52 at the 2:37 mark after Schrock converted a layup.
Meanwhile, as the Rangers kept on muscling inside for baskets, the Marauders were settling for shots that Drenning would have rather not seen.
“52-45 and I thought we were playing really well,” Drenning said. “They went on a quick run. I didn’t like our shot selection. I thought with that lead, we weren’t running our offense — we do that on occasion — and it came back to bite us.”
Not only were the Guilfoyle shots not falling, but the Rangers were limiting the Marauders to just one shot as they owned the glass with a 30-19 edge as Richardson pulled down 11, Schrock ripped down eight, and Adam Cecere, who also registered 18 points, grabbed seven.
“The last thing that’s on our board (in the locker room) that’s underlined is ‘one and done’, Vescovi said. “That was our motto to win this game. They can shoot and they can get hot. If you give them two and three opportunities, they’re going to make them.”
BG’s A.J. Labriola finally got a 3-pointer to drop — ending the run — with 1:36 to play to pull his team within three (58-55), which would be the closest they would get until the final score.
Forest Hills made four points in a row to send the lead back up to 62-55 with just 27.4 remaining.
Labriola would convert an and-1 opportunity and Mark Conrad set the final on a driving layup with just 1.2 left on the clock.
BG got a balanced scoring attack as Scharf, Labriola and Luke Ruggery, who fouled out with under a minute to play, led the way with 12 points apiece, while Scaramozzino and Conrad collected 11 and 10 points respectively.
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (60): Scharf 4 0-0 12, L. Ruggery 5 1-1 12, Conrad 4 1-2 10, Scaramozzino 5 0-0 11, Labriola 5 1-1 12, Patterson 0 0-0 0, Montecalvo 1 0-0 3, K. Ruggery 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 3-4 60.
FOREST HILLS (63): Richardson 8 4-7 20, Chunta 1 0-0 2, Smith 0 0-0 0, Schrock 6 4-5 17, Cecere 8 0-1 18, Shope 2 0-0 4, Bernard 0 0-0 0, Spangler 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 8-13 63.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Guilfoyle 14 17 18 11 — 60
Forest Hills 17 16 12 18 — 63
3-point field goals: Bishop Guilfoyle 9 (Scharf 4, L. Ruggery, Conrad, Scaramozzino, Labriola, Montecalvo); Forest Hills 3 (Cecere 2, Schrock).
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (13-5); Forest Hills (13-6).
Officials: Mike Baum, Scott Close, Sam Zambanini
JV: Bishop Guilfoyle, 41-32. High scorers — Kyle Ruggery, BG, 13; Quinn Spangler, FH, 15.