Bishop England matures through Xmas tourney

  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013

B.J. Grevey averaged 18 points per game for Bishop England in the 2013 Lake Marion Invitational. PHOTO COURTESY OF BE FLICKR

Bishop England head coach Bryan Grevey watched his team grow up in the Lake Marion Invitational last weekend and says he expects it to pay dividends as they return to region play next week.

The Bishops finished 1-2 overall but led at halftime of all three games. They dominated East Clarendon Thursday and were seconds from knocking off Class 4A Berkeley Saturday.

“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,” Grevey said. “This experience will help us immeasurably when we get into the meat of region play.”

Bishop England held a four-point lead in the final minute of overtime against Berkeley before two turnovers washed away the advantage. Scoreless on the day, Demery Ford stepped to the free-throw line for Berkeley with less than 10 seconds to play and gave the Stags a 60-59 win.

Dillon Corbett scored 16 points in the first half and finished with 22 and six rebounds, while B.J. Grevey added 25 on 7-of-10 shooting with six rebounds.

“We had a couple mental breakdowns at the end but this was a great learning experience for our team,” Coach Grevey said. “This won't be the last tough situation we'll be in at the end of a game this season. So hopefully we take something from today that we can use down the road.”

The Bishops defense was smothering Thursday, holding East Clarendon scoreless in the first quarter and allowing just four points in the second. Bishop England came away with 21 steals in a 56-24 drubbing.

With a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, Coach Grevey called off his press and emptied out his bench. Fifteen Bishops saw the floor Thursday. Grevey finished with a game-high 21 points on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Corbett added four points, seven rebounds, while Taylor Howell scored six points, with six steals and four assists. Bishop England shot 45 percent from the field, 50 percent from three, 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.”

Friday, Bishop England held a two-point halftime lead over Stratford but was shutout in the third quarter while the Knights seized control of the game. Coach Grevey says his team played well at times in the loss and, hopefully, learned the importance of a playing complete game for four quarters. Corbett led Bishop England with 14 points with seven rebounds. Howell added nine points and four steals, and Grevey turned in eight points and five rebounds.

Bishop England (6-5, 2-0) returns to the court Jan. 7 at home against Battery Creek (5-2, 2-0) in a showdown for first place of Region VI-AA. //

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