Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Two months ago, Bishop England let Garrett slip away with a tournament win in the final seconds. Tuesday night, a seasoned Bishops squad made sure the Falcons wouldn't get away again, holding on for a 69-66 region win at home.
When the Falcons made their push in the third quarter, the Bishops weathered the storm. And when their lead crumbled in the fourth, the Bishops stayed calm and eventually iced the game at the free-throw line with seconds to play. At the end, it was the Falcons who panicked, throwing away a chance at a final-shot opportunity into the chest of a Bishops defender.
“We're a better team now than we were,” Bishop England head coach Bryan Grevey said. “After going through some of those 4A schools and having four games under your belt in region play, it's kind of a wakeup call. You better be ready to play every night. And I think now we know how to win this type of game. Early in the season we were still figuring that out.”
Bishop England (8-7, 4-1) controlled the first half, taking a 12-point lead into halftime. With guard B.J. Grevey sitting most of the half in foul trouble, the Bishops bench stepped up to score 17 of the Bishops' 34 points.
Garrett (8-5, 2-3) stormed back with four players scoring at least five points in the third quarter and a 13-3 run lapsing two minutes midway through. The Falcons came within one point of tying the game before Taylor Howell halted the charge with a three from the corner. Grevey – scoreless in the first half – awoke with back-to-back threes and four free throws, while Nick Vecchiolla scored nine in the frame to turn the Falcons' run into a 16-point Bishops advantage in the final two minutes of the quarter.
While the Bishops played conservatively to burn the clock in the fourth, Garrett made its final push with a 15-5 run to come within one point with 19 seconds to play. The Falcons couldn't take advantage of late opportunities and were forced to send Grevey to the foul line, where the Bishops captain sank both. One last attempt by Garret to tie the game was thwarted by Vecchiolla who corralled the inbounds pass.
Grevey finished with 15 points, Howell and Dillon Corbett both added 11. Lawton Fosberry scored nine points and Reed Fosberry handed out seven assists to go with five steals on defense. Bishop England received 31 points from its bench, while the Bishops defense limited the Falcons to 39 percent shooting on the night.
Jamie Cooper led Garrett with 15 points. Derek Smith added 14, Jascere Stokes 12, and Carlos Scotton and Devoran Jett each added 11.
“The momentum shifted at times but the kids stepped up when they had to and that's what it took to win this game,” Coach Grevey said. “It was really nice to see some of the other guys come in and really do a wonderful job of not only protecting the lead but extending it. Our guys stepped it up and I'm really proud of the effort they made.”
With the win, Bishop England stays tied with Ridgeland/Hardeeville for second place in Region VI-2A. The home region win is especially important as the Bishops prepare for a five-game region road stand beginning Jan. 28 at North Charleston.
Lady Bishops power past Falcons
Another game Region VI game, another dominant Lady Bishops win. Bishop England had no trouble putting away Garrett, 90-17, Tuesday at home.
The 73-point win is the second largest margin of victory for the Lady Bishops this season. Through five region games, Bishop England (13-1, 5-0) has dismantled its opposition by a 53-point average margin of victory.
Caroline McQueeney and Erin Rose both scored 15 points and gathered eight rebounds to lead both categories. McQueeny shot 7-8 from the field overall and scored 13 points in the first quarter. Bishop England handed out 26 assists as a team and committed just 7 turnovers, a 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The Lady Bishops allowed Garrett just one field goal in the second quarter, while they reeled off 20 unanswered points through the final six minutes of the half.