BE fends off Burke to keep pace in Region VI
The Burke Bulldogs rallied Friday but when a final shot fell short as the clock struck zero, the Bishop England Bishops walked off their home floor with a third region win.
Ishmael Evans scored 18 of his game-high 21 points to spark a 29-point outburst for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter. Bishop England (7-6, 3-1 Region VI) led since the opening minute of the game but four threes from Evans gave Burke new life, pulling the Bulldogs within a point in the final seconds.
The Bishops needed all of their 7-of-10 free-throw shooting in the fourth to hold on for a 60-58 win and stay just a game off of first place in Region VI.
“Burke is a team that we knew wasn't going to quit,” Bishop England head coach Bryan Grevey said. “They don't quit. Even when we had a lead, I knew that game was far from over. To win a game like this, you have to continue running your offense until the end and step up defensively at the right times.”
B.J. Grevey led the Bishops with 19 points. Dillon Corbett added 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Taylor Howell scored 16 on 3-of-6 shooting from three.
The Bishops controlled the game from the five-minute mark of the first quarter. Corbett set the tone early for the Bishops dunking over a Bulldogs defender and drew the foul to begin a 12-3 Bishops run through the middle of he first quarter.
Burke struggled against Bishop England's defense most of the night. The Bulldogs gave up 10 steals against the Bishops' pressure and shot just 32 percent from inside the three-point arc. Bishop England allowed Burke just two field goals in the second quarter, 17 points by halftime and 29 entering the fourth quarter.
“It all falls back to fundamentals for us defensively,” Coach Grevey said. “A lot of teams are going to be more athletic than we are, taller than we are, so we have to do the smart things to win. We have to take charges, box out, get rebounds, play aggressive defense and I thought we did that tonight.”
It took an impressive Bulldogs rally to make the game competitive. Burke rang up a 15-5 run through the first half of the fourth quarter to trim the lead down to five. The Bulldogs came within three points of the Bishops with two minutes to play, and again with a minute remaining before coming as close as one point with five seconds to play and Bishop England at the free-throw line.
“Credit to them, they got hot,” Coach Grevey said. “We got hung up in some screens and allowed them some wide-open looks. Burke is a tough team so I'm really proud of my kids for hanging in there and playing their hearts out.
“We'll take this win. This is how our region is going to be. Anything can happen in region play. We're 3-1 and couldn't be happier right now.”
Lady Bishops dominate
Bishop England Lady Bishops turned in one of their most lopsided wins of the season Friday, defeating Burke 87-15 at home.
The 72-point win is the second-largest margin of victory for the Lady Bishops this season. It's the third fewest points Bishop England has allowed and just one point shy of the most it has scored this season.
Bishop England (12-1, 4-0 Region VI) held Burke scoreless through the first quarter, allowing just a single free throw off a foul at the buzzer. Burke didn't score its first field goal until the four-minute mark of the second quarter and finished the half trailing 44-7. Bishop England held Burke without a field goal in the third quarter while it stretched open a 56-point lead, playing mostly its bench.
The Lady Bishops' starters saw less than two quarters Friday. Mary Harriet Moore scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Caroline McQueeney added 11 on a perfect 5-of-5 night from the field. Hannah Corbett added 10 points, four rebounds and two steals off the bench.