Bishop England smothers East Clarendon in Lake Marion opener
If defense wins championships, the Bishop England Bishops got off on the right foot Thursday in the 2014 Lake Marion Invitational Tournament in Santee.
Bishop England (6-3, 2-0) limited the East Clarendon Wolverines to just four points in the first half of a 56-24 opening-round rout. The Wolverines didn't score a single point in the first quarter, while the Bishops rang up 17. The Bishops full-court zone pressure wreaked havoc on East Clarendon (3-5), who gave away 21 steals throughout the drubbing.
“We really came out clicking in the first half,” Bishop England head coach Bryan Grevey said. “Everything was working right. We were in the right places; came away with a lot of deflections and steals that led to a lot of easy baskets. It was a total team effort. Everybody that came in did something good.”
Holding on to a secure 20-point lead in the third quarter, Grevey called off the pressure and emptied out his bench. Fifteen Bishops saw the floor Thursday. B.J. Grevey finished with a game-high 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Dillon Corbett added four points, seven rebounds, while Taylor Howell scored six points, came away with six steals and handed out four assists. Bishop England shot 45 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point territory, and dominated the defensive glass with 23 defensive rebounds.
“I thought we did a very good job on the boards, limiting them to one shot each possession,” Coach Grevey said. “Overall, we played well overall but when you play defense and rebound the way we did today, it really helps your cause.”
The Bishops are aligned in Bracket II with Hannah-Pamplico, Stratford, Scott's Branch, Lake Marion, Military Magnet and Berkeley. Friday, they'll advance to face Stratford at 5:30 p.m. in the main gym of Lake Marion High School.
“I really enjoy going to tournaments like this because it allows us to go in an area we never really get to go and gives the kids and our school different exposure, so to speak,” Coach Grevey said. “There are some quality teams in our bracket, including Stratford. We wanted to win and stay in the winners bracket today, and we did that. So right now we're focused on surviving and advancing.”