After a slow start where they did not score in the first five-and-a-half minutes, Bergen Catholic recovered to beat Don Bosco, going away, 54-41.
First Quarter: There was little scoring to start the game and with 3:30 left, Bosco held a 6-0 lead on 3-point shots from Owen McGlashan and Victor Konopka. The Crusaders finally got on the board when Matt Zona scored off a rebound, setting the Crusaders on an 8-2 run to end the quarter to tie things at 8-8. Shooting for both teams was off, but that had to do with both teams playing good defense underneath.
Second Quarter: The quarter belonged to Bergen and the Crusaders had their first lead on a Doug Edert 3-point shot to make it 14-11. The lead increased to seven points at 20-13 with 3:30 left in the half. There was no scoring until there was 49 seconds left when BC scored twice off steals to make it 24-13 to end the half. On top of that, Bosco was forcing 3-pointers without an success in the latter part of the quarter.
Third Quarter: There was no scoring for the first five minutes until Raejon Figures hit a jump shot, followed by Zach Freemantle’s 3-pointer, and Zona coring on a layup off a steal to make it 31-13 with 3:49 left. Bosco could not hit their shots and were “cold as ice,” as the band Foreigner once sang. Bosco finally scored when McGlashan and Kyle Maurer hit 3-pointers to make it 35-22, but Edert hit another trey to make it 38-22 at quarter’s end.
Fourth Quarter: There was not much to say about this quarter with Bergen’s commanding lead. Bosco put up 19 points, almost as many as they scored in the first three quarters.
Score By Quarter:
Bergen Catholic —–8—16—14—16—Final—-54
Don Bosco ———–8—-5—-9—-19—Final—-41
Other Details: I strongly believed going into the game, if Bergen played their game, they would win; if Bosco played its game, they had a chance. As the game progressed, it became Bergen’s game…..The Star of the Game was Edert, who scored 21, including four 3-point shots…..Freemantle ended up with 14…..For Bosco, Konopka scored 13 and McGlashan had 12 – on four 3-pointers…..As I said earlier, there were many missed shots, but both defenses were tough underneath…..For those who care, the pregame player introductions clocked in at eight minutes and thirty seconds, which is too long in my book. It is nice to introduce all the players, but it would be much better if only the starters were introduced.